6 reasons we’re excited about visiting Victoria, B.C. this spring

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With historical landmarks, gorgeous gardens and ocean views that will make even lifelong Vancouverites jealous, Victoria should definitely be on the top of your list for places to visit this spring.

Inner Harbour of Victoria, B.C. (Shutterstock)

Located just a few hours from downtown Vancouver, Victoria is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to explore what the province has to offer, without giving up too many vacation days in the process. To make the most of your weekend getaway, we’ve partnered with V2V Vacations to highlight Victoria’s must-visit experiences, including the top rated stops and authentic cultural experiences that every British Columbian should experience at least once (or twice) in their lifetime. Don’t wait another year, it’s time to visit Victoria, BC!

Munro’s Books

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Ranked one of the best bookstores in the world, Munro’s books has been a destination for lovers of literature for more than 50 years. With an exquisite collection of new, noteworthy and buzz books in tow, not to mention thousands of hidden gems, this independent bookstore might just be the closest thing to heaven for avid readers and book lovers alike.

The Butchart Gardens

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Enveloping you in lush greens and exotic blooms, The Butchart Gardens is a must-see oasis that’s been blooming in Victoria for over 100 years. From Japanese gardens to high tea and historical displays, Butchart’s 55 acres of gardens and almost 1,000 varieties of plants, will transport you to another world, making this highly instagrammable destination an absolute must for anyone headed to Victoria, especially during the spring.  Speaking of which, V2V is offering 50% off all premium class travel between March 15 – April 30, 2019. To learn more, visit v2vvacations.com/offers

Miniature World

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Located in the famous Empress Hotel, Miniature World is an incredibly fun way to spend an afternoon in the province’s capital. Referred to as “the greatest little show on earth” Miniature World boasts a huge collection of miniaturized depictions of fact, fiction and fantasy ranging from regional history to futuristic depictions of space in the year 2201.

Craigdarroch Castle

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Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, offering visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience the lifestyle of who was once “the richest and most important man in Western Canada”. The immense fortune of the Dunsmuir family is reflected in the four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian-era furnishings, each dating back to 1887.

Royal BC Museum

Haida Box, Bill Reid (1971), Royal BC Museum

Victoria’s Royal BC Museum is a world-class museum of natural and human history and is also ranked one of the top destinations in our province’s capital. Their current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will showcase  a global selection of outstanding nature photography. Travelling from London’s Natural History Museum, this exhibition takes viewers on a visual journey around the world, bringing the talent and vision of each photographer closer to all who visit.

V2V Vacations

Every great trip starts with the journey there! V2V is a premium cruise service connecting Vancouver and Victoria in just three hours and thirty minutes.

V2V’s 242-passenger catamaran boasts a full concierge service that allows guests to make bookings from an exclusively curated list of cultural and authentic attractions, including everything we mentioned above. During your journey aboard, you’re invited to the upper outside deck to enjoy a spectacular 360-degree views while indulging in local flavors from V2V’s on-board menu. Best of all, with direct passenger-only service between downtown Vancouver and Victoria’s inner harbor, absolutely no bus transfers or lengthy cab rides are needed.

This spring, you can sail away with V2V’s Friends and Family Rates! Receive 50% off all premium class travel between March 15 – April 30, 2019. To learn more, visit v2vvacations.com/offers