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3 Top Victoria Activities for a Warm Winter Getaway

  • November 24, 2020

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Attention, snowbirds! While you may not be able to fly south for the winter, you can still go west. British Columbia, and particularly Vancouver Island, has the mildest climate in all of Canada and, this year, presents the very best alternative for Canadians who want a warmer escape this season. Keep reading for some fantastic local activities to enjoy in the area—no parka required. 

 

Visit Butchart Gardens 

With typical winter temperatures in Victoria ranging between 7 and 9 degrees Celsius, you can still comfortably enjoy outdoor activities—and BC is an outdoor lover’s paradise. One of the crown jewels of Victoria is Butchart Gardens. Over 100 years old and a National Historic Site of Canada, the gardens are as beautiful as they are diverse, changing with the seasons and featuring a sunken garden, rose garden, Japanese garden, Mediterranean garden, and much more. Butchart is always done up spectacularly with impressive light displays for the Christmas season, with select viewings throughout December. 

 

Take a Boat Tour of Victoria’s Harbour

Filled with thousands of years of history and incredible sweeping views, Victoria’s harbour is something special. Hop aboard the Harbour Ferry and take a 45-minute boat tour to take it all in and learn more about the architectural landmarks, First Nation sacred territories, and marine life habitats that all call the harbour home. 

 

Hike Thetis Lake Regional Park 

With upper and lower parts of the trail offering moderate to more challenging hiking experiences, Thetis Lake makes for a lovely way to take in Victoria’s natural beauty. Pack a snack and enjoy it at one of the around the beaches or picnic areas, after you’ve looped the Douglas Fir-surrounded lake.   

 

Make Days Inn Victoria on the Harbour your home base when enjoying your west coast vacation this winter. We’re conveniently located, right on the inner harbour’s waterfront, providing easy access to all of the great attractions listed above. Plus, our comfortable, tasteful, and spacious accommodations provide a cozy retreat after a full day of outdoor activities. Get in touch to make your reservations.  

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