A few weeks ago, my boyfriend I went on a beautiful trip to Victoria, BC. The city is located on Vancouver Island, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to! Two years ago we travelled to Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Hornby Island for the first time and we instantly fell in love with the area.
This time, our trip had a very special reason: Two awesome friends of ours got married! The ceremony was held at Cordova Bay, which is an absolutely beautiful and peaceful place to start your lives as a married couple. What made this wedding extra special is that is was an international one – the bride is Spanish and the groom is Canadian, so both nationalities came together and held a colorful, happy and diverse party. There was lots of seafoods, wine and dancing – what else can you ask for? 🙂
Photo taken by FJ
The city of Victoria itself is built around the Inner Harbor. So everywhere you go – you will soon hear the sound of metal clinking against the masts of the many sailing boats in the water. I remembered loving Fisherman’s Wharf, so right after we arrived in Victoria, we boarded one of the tiny little water taxis and went to the stunning marine neighborhood with all its floating houses and restaurants! The first (of many) Canadian foods I absolute craved for was poutine, so I had a yummy bucket full of that with seagulls circling us, hoping for some french fries to fall on the ground.
One of my very lasting impressions of Vancouver and Vancouver Island is, that the people love good food. Almost everywhere you go, you get organic, local, homemade food which always tastes fantastic. My favourite places in Victoria so far are the Blue Fox Café (breakfast to die for), the Relish (awesome coffee!! Also, you should try their sour dough bread, it’s delicious), the Spinnakers (best view from their patio!), Pizzeria Primastrada (real Italian Pizza!! Also their panna cotta is the bomb!), John’s Place (awesome food at any time of the day) and Bard and Banker (amazing interior, the building used to host a bank). If you’re of age, you really should check out all the different kinds of locally made beer from the countless micro-breweries in the area. They are so many different varieties, it would take years to taste them all. My personal favourite is cider though… yum!
Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown! Whether you want to eat tasteful Asian food, want to listen to the music of the great entrance gate at night or just want to wander around the small alleys, you should not miss out on a trip to Chinatown. Tea and Scandal has recently posted a great article about Victoria’s Chinatown, check it out right here!
If you’re travelling with kids, I would have definitely recommend visiting the Pacific Undersea Gardens in the Inner Harbor. Unfortunately, I just found out that this beautiful old aquarium has been permanently closed just a few weeks after we’ve visited it. It was home to many beautiful and impressive creatures and its closure will definitely be a loss for Victoria in my opinion.
For those of you who plan to explore the island as a whole – definitely check out Tofino up in the north! This little marine town has a lot to offer, especially for those of you who have always wanted to learn surfing in the Pacific Ocean. Here’s your chance! We’ve been to Tofino Surf School two years ago and had great three hours of training with two coaches. Each of us managed to ride at least a few bigger waves towards the end of the lesson 😉
On your way up along the island’s shore, you will traverse the enormous rain forest of the Pacific Rim National Parc. It is so worthwhile to take your time and get out of the car every so often – there are lots of tracks leading you into the impressive forest. I have never seen such a pristine place of earth in my entire life. The massive old trees make you stand still in awe for a while and really make you rethink your position as a human being on this earth.
My favourite adventure of this year’s trip was probably our fishing trip in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Hearing the hundreds of seals on Race Rocks was something I will definitely never forget.
Another great place to be if you’re seeking quiet and peace is Hornby Island. Time seems to have come to a standstill on this little island and you can totally relax and forget about your job or other worries back at home.
I hope I was able to give you a little insight of why I think that Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you have any questions or need any more tips – don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email 🙂