Itinerary: 4 Days in Victoria, British Columbia

Itinerary: 4 Days in Victoria, British Columbia

Itinerary: 4 Days in Victoria, British Columbia

On Monday I shared all about the Washington part of our trip, and today is all about our Victoria, British Columbia itinerary. Victoria is absolutely beautiful, and it reminded me of a slower-paced European city. It was the perfect getaway! Read on to find out how we spent four days in Victoria.

Victoria, British Columbia Itinerary:

Day 1: Bright and early on a Monday morning, we left Seattle on the Victoria Clipper. A 2.5-hour boat ride later, we were finally in Victoria! We arrived around 10 am and headed (by a very expensive taxi) to Amante Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Sidney, BC. Even though Amante is 30 minutes from Victoria, friends of ours had such a wonderful experience there that we knew we wanted to stay there! The innkeepers thought of everything from a comfy bed, Netflix, and a hot tub to yummy breakfasts delivered through a cabinet to our room every morning. We rented a car to drive to Victoria, after deciding that we would rather not have to stick to the bus schedule. After checking into Amante and resting for a bit, we went back to Victoria to explore downtown. I found Beehive Wool Shop, a yarn store that has been in business over 100 years, and I was in knitting heaven! By the time our feet were tired, Jacob had added a new hat to his collection too. We ended our day at Bard & Banker, a pub in the heart of downtown. We loved this pub because it had cozy seating areas called “snugs”. They make darn good fish and chips too. We were so tired from our early start that morning that we decided to go to sleep early like the 80-year-olds we are at heart.

Amante Luxury Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:  We started our day with a lazy morning at Amante, and then went to Fisherman’s Wharf to see the floating houses. I was hoping to see otters at the wharf, but we didn’t see any around. The floating houses were fun and colorful, though! Our next stop was afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress. Jacob and I each chose a tea to try, and we had a lovely time trying all of the tea sandwiches and pastries. I felt like a princess! The last stop of the day was the Royal British Columbia Museum. This museum is so. cool. It starts with the natural history of Vancouver Island, moves to the history First Nations tribes, and ends with British settlement to the present. I enjoyed looking at the differences in the art styles of the First Nations tribes. My favorite part of the museum, though, was the British settlement area. It is set up like a mini downtown, and you can go through the buildings to see what life was like during the late 1800s. The Royal BC Museum is a must-see if you visit Victoria! We stayed until closing time, and then we grabbed a quick dinner at the Local.

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Day 3: This was probably my favorite day of the whole trip. After eating another delicious breakfast at Amante, we drove out to Butchart Gardens, which is like the Disneyland of gardens. We took so many pictures that I’m going to devote a whole post to it another day. We enjoyed taking our time strolling through each garden, taking in all of the sights and smells! We ate a delicious lunch at the Dining Room, which was the original Butchart Family Residence. Once we were stuffed, we drove back to Victoria to visit the British Columbia Parliament building. The tour of the building only takes about 40 minutes, and it is so worth it! It is a beautiful building with stained glass windows, murals, and gold accented moldings. We spent the rest of the evening walking around downtown and then celebrated a belated anniversary dinner at OLO, a farm-to-table restaurant. Jacob and I both did the kitchen tasting menu, and it may have been the best meal of my life! Course after course blew me away, and any dessert called “the chocolate dessert” is a winner in my book. It was a wonderful way to celebrate two years of marriage with my best friend!

Day 4: For our last day in Victoria, we started by taking the long route to Victoria from Sidney. We wanted to see some of the scenery, and we ended up finding a park near a beach. When we got to Victoria, we went for a stroll around Beacon Hill Park. There are so many birds in this park! We saw a couple of different types of ducks, heron, seagulls, and a peacock casually crossing the street. We sat on a bench near the pond for a little while watching the ducks, who didn’t mind us one bit. We spent our last few hours in Victoria exploring the shops around China town, and then we went for an early dinner at Baan Thai. Before we knew it, it was time to board the Clipper back to Seattle. Jacob and I had so much fun on our first international vacation together, and we hope we will be able to visit Victoria again one day!

Lexi Sebren

Hi y’all! I’m a wife, third year medical student, and puppy momma from Louisiana. Welcome to Life, Love, & Medicine, your dose of outfit and lifestyle inspiration, with my journey through medical school mixed in!

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