Weekend Breaks to Victoria
Planning a short break to Victoria? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Victoria. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Victoria. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Victoria on a Short Break
7321 Lochside Dr. Situated on 29 acres of beautiful parkland, the Society is dedicated to collecting, restoring, housing and demostrating artefacts from the rural past, with artefacts dating back, from before 1900 to the present.
The museum, itself, is over 9000 sq. feet, but the rest of the parkland has miles of nature trails to explore. Two very special events are held here annually. The Old Time Summer Fair on the Father's Day weekend and the Steam Threshing Show in September.
Quw ' utsun ' Cultural and Conference Centre
200 Cowichan Way, Duncan. The centre offers a Native experience rich in history, unlike anywhere else. The cultural interpretors are all indigenous from the Cowichan tribe and share their legends, teachings and language passed down from generation to generation. Watch cedar wood being carved and transformed into time-honoured symbols, watch the Great Deeds experience on DVD or enjoy a live native demostration and entertainment and end your visit at the Riverwalk Cafe for authentic native cuisine.
For more info visit www.quwutsun.ca
649 Humboldt Str. Miniature world features animated mini scenes which involve stories of fact, fiction and fantasy, like Circus World, Space 2201 and Fantasyland. It is the greatest little show on earth with more than 85 little attractions which include the world's smallest saw-mill, two of the largest dolls houses and one of the longest model railways.
Visit www.miniatureworld.com for more mini info.
125 Skinner Str. Dating back to the 1800's, Point Ellice house was home to three generations of the same family for over a century.It became a provincial historic site in 1974 and is considered Western Canada's finest collection of Victoriana in its original setting. The gardens have also been restored to Victorian style and within its beautiful surrounds, visitors can enjoy the traditional High Tea.
1708 Old Island Highway. Open between 10am - 4am everyday of the week, this 32000 sq.feet of casino features over 300 favourite slot machines along with the popular "Race to win" carousel where winners drive away in a brand new car. There are also games to test card lovers as well as a full service bar and grill and the Weinlager and Amici Caffee.
835 Humboldt Str. Began as Victoria's tallest masonry building, it now houses modern offices and a beautifully restored chapel dating back to 1858. Declared a national historic treasure in 1858, this was once a French-Canadian convent and school from 1871 - 1973. Visitors can take selfguided tours to see the restored interior or stroll around the six acres of beautiful parks.
505 Quayle Rd. The centre itself only covers 5 acres of garden, set in 103 acres of a conservation park, just outside Victoria. The gardens have nature trails, wetlands and birdwatching sites. Visitors can tour the Winter Garden, Japanese style Takata Garden, zen garden, the trial dahlia and heather garden and enjoy the perennial borders, lilies, fuchsias and herbs all year around, due to Victoria's mild winter climate.The centre also provides courses, workshops and landscape programmes.
For more on the different programmes and courses, go to www.hcp.bc.ca
4150 Blenkinskop Rd. This third generation family farm grows over 50 varieties of vegetables and berries and is located only a few minutes downtown. Scarecrow maze has become one of Canada's leading mazes and should best be done in summer. Other attractions include Galey's Cornfield of Horror, a ghost town, flower gardens, ponds and cave exhibits.
World renowned for its bustling traffic and unique waterways, Victoria harbour is best explored on one of the many fun and friendly ferry tours. The ferries run every 12 - 15 minutes between March and October and the harbour tour takes about 45 minutes.There are ferry stop signs at the major waterfront locations for you to hop on and off. For an extra 5 minutes, you can take the Gorge tour.
603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd. Canada's oldest lighthouse, Fort Rodd is still a real, working lighthouse. Colourful displays tell stories of ships wrecked, lives lost and saved and treasures beneath the sea.
You can see the ramparts of three coastal gun batteries built over a century ago, look down the barrel of antique, original guns, see underground bunkers and discover camouflaged searchlight emplacements.
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