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Victoria getaway: both traditional and modern
From old world buildings to modern IMAX shows, from afternoon tea to organic culinary feasts, from horse-drawn carriage rides to wild jet boat rides, Victoria offers a wide range of traditional and modern. Any first-time visit to Victoria should always include some of the city's renowned sites and experiences. It is with good reason that the Parliament building and the Fairmont Empress Hotel are the two most photographed buildings in British Columbia. If you spend any time on the waterfront, you can't miss them. Both buildings were designed around 1900 by architect Francis Rattenbury. Their aristocratic presence dominates the harbor. Parliament is especially spectacular as evening approaches; its entire façade is outlined with 3,300 lights and creates a wonderful spectacle as it reflects off the still harbor waters.
Victoria Lodging
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Abigails Hotel
906 McClure Street
Victoria, BC  V8V 3E7
Ph: 800-561-6565   Fx: 250-388-7787
Email: innkeeper@abigailshotel.com
Ranked among the Top 25 Hotels in Canada by TripAdvisor-2012 Travelers' Choice Awards! Abigail's is an adult oriented 23-room boutique bed-and-breakfast hotel that is housed in a distinguished 1930's Tudor style heritage mansion. Abigail's offers a distinctive and charming experience that blends the romance and charm of the past with all the comforts and conveniences of the modern world. Known internationally for its cozy ambiance, the Abigail's experience is best described as friendly, professional and courteous service interwoven with luxuriously appointed guest rooms, gourmet three-course breakfasts and complimentary evening hors d'oeuvres.
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Executive House Hotel
777 Douglas St.
Victoria, BC  V8W 2B5
Ph: 800-663-7001   Fx: 250-385-1323
Email: executive@executivehouse.com
Executive House Hotel offers you the comfort and ambience of a European boutique style hotel, world class hospitality and full service facilities. Located in the heart of Victoria with the Victoria Conference Centre, business, shopping, and the magnificent Inner Harbour at our doorstep. Our 181 spacious guest rooms and suites overlook Victoria's grandest scenery, with accommodations to meet the special needs of the corporate, individual or group traveller. We offer complimentary Inner Harbour shuttle service, complimentary high speed internet, and pets are welcome.
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Accent Inn Victoria
3233 Maple St
Victoria, BC  V8X 4Y9
Ph: 250-475-7500   Fx: 250-475-7599
Email: victoria@accentinns.com
The Accent Inn Victoria BC hotel is centrally located to all of the garden city's major attractions. Two of Victoria's largest shopping malls are within walking distance. A short distance away is the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre, home to the Victoria WHL and great concerts. The University of Victoria, the spectacular inner harbour and Victoria's business district are minutes by car. Rent a Kayak or Bicycle and enjoy another fantastic way to see the city. Relax in one of our famously comfortable beds. Amenities include: free parking, wireless internet, Steve Nash Fitness World and pet friendly rooms.
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Admiral Inn
257 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC  V8V 1X1
Ph: 888-823-6472   Fx: 250-388 6267
Email: admiral@admiral.bc.ca
"Ideally located on Victoria's Downtown Harbour, The Admiral Inn offers the amenities of a small hotel, along with the warmth and friendliness of a cozy B&B. Steps away from the Clipper and Coho ferries, Royal BC Museum, Parliament Buildings and Downtown attractions, we are where you want to be! Awake refreshed and enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast. No hidden charges here; WiFi (or lobby computer), Breakfast, Parking, Kitchens, Bicycles all included in our modest rates!"
Recommended Activities
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Kenmore Air
Seattle * San Juan Islands * Victoria, BC * Olympic Peninsula * BC
Inside Passage *Scenic Flight Tours over Seattle, WA  
Ph: 866-435-9524   
At Kenmore Air we think your travel should be just as much fun as your destination. Remember when flying was an exciting experience - really cool planes, gorgeous views and excellent service? We do! Why spend long hours in ferry lines or waiting at the border when you could leave Seattle and be in the San Juan Islands or Victoria, BC in under an hour? Our scheduled flights to over 45 spectacular destinations are an easy, hassle-free alternative. Or take a 20-minute scenic flight over Seattle - it's the quintessential NW experience!
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Dining - Executive House
777 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 2B5
Ph: 800-663-7001   
BARKLEY'S STEAK HOUSE: One of Victoria's most elegant dining rooms, famous for fresh seafood and charbroiled steaks. House specialties include Classic Tableside Caesar Salad, Chateaubriand, and Alaskan King Crab. BARTHOLOMEW'S: Cheerful, pub-style atmosphere. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Menu features a variety of tap beers, soups, salads, and appetizers, as well as burgers, oysters, and traditional English-style fish and chips. DOUBLES OYSTER BAR: Reminiscent of an English country pub, specialties include a wide range of oyster offerings. THE CAFE: We use local products exclusively and they are fresh.
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Tourism Victoria
812 Wharf Street
Victoria, BC  V8W 1T3
Ph: 250-953-2033   Fx: 250-382-6539
Email: info@tourismvictoria.com
Welcome to Victoria, British Columbia, on the sunny southern tip of Vancouver Island. Twice named Best City in the Americas since the year 2000, Victoria is one of the world's favourite places. Imbued with the beauty and amenities of an historic capital city and blessed by magnificent nature all around us, Victoria is full of life. From superb cuisine, to museums and galleries, to our glorious beaches and outdoor adventures, we offer a truly remarkable experience and excape from the hurried world.
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