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Rachel’s guidebook

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Rachel’s guidebook

Water/Trail Recreation
The main beach can get busy in the summer but is a great place to launch from if you have watercraft. If not you can take a hike to upper Thetis Lake. Halfway along the loop of lower Thetis follow the signs to upper Thetis. There are many places where the land meets the water for a perfect secluded swimming experience! Also, for hikers, off the main trails are smaller ones and some with vista peaks. Take the day to explore the area!
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Thetis Lake Regional Park
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The main beach can get busy in the summer but is a great place to launch from if you have watercraft. If not you can take a hike to upper Thetis Lake. Halfway along the loop of lower Thetis follow the signs to upper Thetis. There are many places where the land meets the water for a perfect secluded swimming experience! Also, for hikers, off the main trails are smaller ones and some with vista peaks. Take the day to explore the area!
Beautiful views await at the top of a 30 minute hike. From the parking lot entrance you can climb to the top via a forested route or a more manicured route. Either way it is a relatively easy climb for a beginner - moderately experienced hiker. Also, ask for directions to the Calypso trail on the other side of the hill if you would like to walk there from the suite.
Mill Hill Regional Park
Beautiful views await at the top of a 30 minute hike. From the parking lot entrance you can climb to the top via a forested route or a more manicured route. Either way it is a relatively easy climb for a beginner - moderately experienced hiker. Also, ask for directions to the Calypso trail on the other side of the hill if you would like to walk there from the suite.
Beautiful Vistas and easy - moderate trails, this is a great place to go for a relaxing hike with incredible views.
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East Sooke Regional Park
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Beautiful Vistas and easy - moderate trails, this is a great place to go for a relaxing hike with incredible views.
Take a ride, bike or walk on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail! The trail spans across Victoria out to Sooke BC. It is 54 KMs and is used as a commuting and recreation trail. Down the road from the suite you can access the trail by going through the tunnel on your right. Going left from Atkins will take you downtown, going right will take you towards Langford, Metchosin and Sooke. The trail going left is paved all the way, going right is partially paved and then is trail grade. The trail winds in both directions through nature and city, with the trail towards Sooke being the most secluded. At 8 km from here, on your right, there is a staircase that takes you down to a dock. This is Glen Lake and is the perfect place to stop for a dip after a bit of a ride. The staircase is between Jacklin and Sooke Rd.
Galloping Goose Regional Trail - Atkins Road Parking Lot
Take a ride, bike or walk on the Galloping Goose Regional Trail! The trail spans across Victoria out to Sooke BC. It is 54 KMs and is used as a commuting and recreation trail. Down the road from the suite you can access the trail by going through the tunnel on your right. Going left from Atkins will take you downtown, going right will take you towards Langford, Metchosin and Sooke. The trail going left is paved all the way, going right is partially paved and then is trail grade. The trail winds in both directions through nature and city, with the trail towards Sooke being the most secluded. At 8 km from here, on your right, there is a staircase that takes you down to a dock. This is Glen Lake and is the perfect place to stop for a dip after a bit of a ride. The staircase is between Jacklin and Sooke Rd.
Waterfalls and great meandering easy trails and fantastic views of the Olympics!
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Witty's Lagoon
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Waterfalls and great meandering easy trails and fantastic views of the Olympics!
Sightseeing
So incredible any time of the year! Beautiful blooms and rich beautiful landscapes year round. Great for a casual day of relaxation! Get in early, or go later in the day - midday can be quite busy. Admission is worth the while.
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The Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave
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So incredible any time of the year! Beautiful blooms and rich beautiful landscapes year round. Great for a casual day of relaxation! Get in early, or go later in the day - midday can be quite busy. Admission is worth the while.
Learn about the fascinating Dunsmuir family, through their home and their interesting lives. The building itself has a rich and vibrant history as it has seen many iterations since its beginnings as a family home i.e. Military hospital, Victoria College, Victoria Conservatory of Music. Fantastically steeped in history and incredible docents who are always willing to share their extensive knowledge of the building.
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Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent
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Learn about the fascinating Dunsmuir family, through their home and their interesting lives. The building itself has a rich and vibrant history as it has seen many iterations since its beginnings as a family home i.e. Military hospital, Victoria College, Victoria Conservatory of Music. Fantastically steeped in history and incredible docents who are always willing to share their extensive knowledge of the building.
Super sleepy and relaxed way to spend the day by the water. Sydney is best known for its slow pace and its amazing views of the Salish Sea. There are also a tonne of great restaurants to visit in the area and I highly recommend pairing with a visit to Butchart Gardens . Approx a 35 minute drive from the suite.
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Sidney
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Super sleepy and relaxed way to spend the day by the water. Sydney is best known for its slow pace and its amazing views of the Salish Sea. There are also a tonne of great restaurants to visit in the area and I highly recommend pairing with a visit to Butchart Gardens . Approx a 35 minute drive from the suite.
Market Square and the surrounding areas are great places to shop, eat and hang out! Visit Green Cuisine here for some excellent vegetarian bites at reasonable prices!
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Market Square
560 Johnson Street
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Market Square and the surrounding areas are great places to shop, eat and hang out! Visit Green Cuisine here for some excellent vegetarian bites at reasonable prices!
Definitely a spot not to be missed. A visit to the Royal BC Museum puts you in touch with the place you are visiting and gives a unique and informative perspective of Victoria's indigenous history and future. Also featured here are visiting exhibits as well as the IMAX theatre.
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Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St
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Definitely a spot not to be missed. A visit to the Royal BC Museum puts you in touch with the place you are visiting and gives a unique and informative perspective of Victoria's indigenous history and future. Also featured here are visiting exhibits as well as the IMAX theatre.
The most vibrant and historically steeped area in Victoria - a visit to the second oldest chinatown in North America is a must. The food is amazing and the architecture is astounding. Don't forget to visit famous Fan Tan Alley either for an ice cream, and a dip into record stores, Salt Spring Soap works etc.
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Chinatown
500 Fisgard St
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The most vibrant and historically steeped area in Victoria - a visit to the second oldest chinatown in North America is a must. The food is amazing and the architecture is astounding. Don't forget to visit famous Fan Tan Alley either for an ice cream, and a dip into record stores, Salt Spring Soap works etc.
Food scene
Reasonably priced and great food! Fantastic spot to just chill in and relax! Also, location in Cook St. Village and Oak Bay!
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The Village Restaurant
2518 Estevan Avenue
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Reasonably priced and great food! Fantastic spot to just chill in and relax! Also, location in Cook St. Village and Oak Bay!
Super healthy vegetarian and Vegan options - also super delicious!!! Huge portions and excellent selection of smoothies. Fantastic location in Bastion Square with super hip vibe and relaxed flair.
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Rebar
50 Bastion Square
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Super healthy vegetarian and Vegan options - also super delicious!!! Huge portions and excellent selection of smoothies. Fantastic location in Bastion Square with super hip vibe and relaxed flair.
Incredible food! Fantastic ambiance in an historical (and some say haunted) location! The prices reflect the quality, but if you are looking for a beautiful night out this is a great place to go!
Wind Cries Mary
45 Bastion Square
Incredible food! Fantastic ambiance in an historical (and some say haunted) location! The prices reflect the quality, but if you are looking for a beautiful night out this is a great place to go!
This. This is the place to go for Italian fare in Victoria and it never disappoints. The ambiance in here is unreal and super romantic. Even on its busier nights (which is the norm) you can still feel as if you are the only table in the room. Price reflects the awesome food and atmosphere! Make a reservation with ADVANCE notice! They book up quickly!
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II Terrazzo
555 Johnson St
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This. This is the place to go for Italian fare in Victoria and it never disappoints. The ambiance in here is unreal and super romantic. Even on its busier nights (which is the norm) you can still feel as if you are the only table in the room. Price reflects the awesome food and atmosphere! Make a reservation with ADVANCE notice! They book up quickly!
Grab a table on the patio for happy hour apps and drinks or go for the full dining experience! Tapa Bar is a reasonably priced hang out spot in downtown in a super cool alley that screams classic Victoria. It's been around for awhile, and there's reasons for that!
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Tapa Bar
620 Trounce Alley
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Grab a table on the patio for happy hour apps and drinks or go for the full dining experience! Tapa Bar is a reasonably priced hang out spot in downtown in a super cool alley that screams classic Victoria. It's been around for awhile, and there's reasons for that!
If you have the time for a lineup and superior food then visit JAM! Fantastic food, reasonable prices and big portions. The buttermilk biscuits are UNREAL.
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Jam Cafe
542 Herald St
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If you have the time for a lineup and superior food then visit JAM! Fantastic food, reasonable prices and big portions. The buttermilk biscuits are UNREAL.
This is a local spot for breakfast and while it's downtown counterpart is a bit more cool and hip - the breakfast is equally as amazing. Reasonably priced and a 5 minute drive form the suite.
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MO:LÉ Restaurant
2345 Millstream Rd
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This is a local spot for breakfast and while it's downtown counterpart is a bit more cool and hip - the breakfast is equally as amazing. Reasonably priced and a 5 minute drive form the suite.
This is a Victoria staple - and one of its location is local to us! Totally retro/ funky/eclectic diner in all three of its Victoria locations. The food is quick and amazing and the prices are reasonable too!
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Floyd's Diner
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This is a Victoria staple - and one of its location is local to us! Totally retro/ funky/eclectic diner in all three of its Victoria locations. The food is quick and amazing and the prices are reasonable too!
Best Indian food hands down that we have found (and we've tried a lot of places)! Dinner for two (without drinks) runs approx. $50-60. They offer takeout and delivery on Skip the Dishes.
Spice Valley Indian Cuisine
Best Indian food hands down that we have found (and we've tried a lot of places)! Dinner for two (without drinks) runs approx. $50-60. They offer takeout and delivery on Skip the Dishes.
Greatest pub food ever! Honest to goodness you are likely to find exactly what you want in an authentic pub here. The only thing is the service can be a but slow, but the food more than makes up for it and you are there to have some drinks too right? They apparently have a super patio there too! Just a quick 15 minute walk to the pub from the suite.
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Six Mile Pub
494 Old Island Highway
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Greatest pub food ever! Honest to goodness you are likely to find exactly what you want in an authentic pub here. The only thing is the service can be a but slow, but the food more than makes up for it and you are there to have some drinks too right? They apparently have a super patio there too! Just a quick 15 minute walk to the pub from the suite.
Grocery Stores
The produce is good, the prices are fair for the island, the Chinese takeout is fantastic. Also, if you go to the deli counter and ask for pizza dough they will bring you a bag. So good.
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Quality Foods View Royal
27 Helmcken Rd
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The produce is good, the prices are fair for the island, the Chinese takeout is fantastic. Also, if you go to the deli counter and ask for pizza dough they will bring you a bag. So good.
Bit pricey, but all grocery stores here are (ah island life).
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Thrifty Foods
1860 Island Hwy
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Bit pricey, but all grocery stores here are (ah island life).
Here's where to shop "bargain" food on the island. Also, not cheap, but it's the Loblaws we've got.
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Real Canadian Superstore
835 Langford Pky
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Here's where to shop "bargain" food on the island. Also, not cheap, but it's the Loblaws we've got.
Shopping Malls
Here's the box stores! Not a huge selection but a few big names for shopping. On the other side of this shopping centre "across the street" is Best Buy, Costco and Home Depot. It's a five minute drive from the suite.
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Millstream Village Shopping Centre
131-2401A Millstream Rd
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Here's the box stores! Not a huge selection but a few big names for shopping. On the other side of this shopping centre "across the street" is Best Buy, Costco and Home Depot. It's a five minute drive from the suite.
More box stores! This is where you will find the Supercentre too.
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Westshore Town Centre
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More box stores! This is where you will find the Supercentre too.
The fanciest outdoor mall you've ever seen! More box stores, higher price points too in some places. If you are a mall person this on'e fun to check out.
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Uptown
3440 Saanich Rd
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The fanciest outdoor mall you've ever seen! More box stores, higher price points too in some places. If you are a mall person this on'e fun to check out.