European charm, Pacific Northwestern natural beauty, maple syrup. Who could ask for more?
A ferry ride away from Vancouver or Seattle, the enchanting city of Victoria offers some of Canada’s best weather, food, architecture, and outdoor activities. If you have time, consider a road trip around Vancouver Island to visit fishing towns such as Tofino. There are many lovely hotels along the coast where you can relax in forested spas, whale watch and kayak.
Just around the corner from the hotel, Nourish Kitchen & Cafe serves exquisite brunch in a renovated 1888 Victorian home, with many of the ingredients grown in their own garden. Nourish was created to make people feel healthy and happy, and they have accomplished just that. The menu includes healthy takes on classic items, such as oat pancakes sprinkled with bee pollen, eggs benedict with turmeric cashew hollandaise sauce, dandelion, burdock, and bone broth tinctures, and of course, maple syrup. Perfect for a solo or group breakfast or lunch.
I loved strolling around the harbour to take in the scent of flowers and the fresh sea breeze. Roaming the city streets to the tune of live street musicians, I came across the hidden alleyways of Chinatown. Across town in the tree-lined Oak Bay neighborhood, there are numerous boutiques and galleries. I stopped in for a cocktail and a bite at French restaurant Vis-a-Vis. Vis-a-Vis is a great place for solo dining, although it is on the fancier side.
You could spend days just taking in Victoria’s natural sites, beginning with a walk along the Galloping Goose Trail. Across the Johnson St. Bridge you can walk along the water towards Banfield Park. I had a great experience renting a kayak in the afternoon at Victoria Kayak Tours & Rentals to see many birds and other critters in the Upper Harbour. After kayaking, head to the wharf for fresh seafood, and wander the docks to see many brightly coloured floating homes. Finish off the day with a sunset whale watching excursion from Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours. You’ll learn about the majestic whales from the onboard scientists, and see endangered orcas, seals, and humpbacks as the evening sets in.
Do you have plans to visit Victoria? Let me know in the comments below!