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3 days in Victoria this week

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3 days in Victoria this week

We are flying into Victoria this Wednesday for our 25th wedding anniversary. We have NOTHING planned for probably the first time ever. Whale watching is a must, but we what else is a must? We will have a car, but only plan on going out of the city if the weather turns rainy on us. Best restaurants, pubs? Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

Too many good pubs to even mention :-)

Spinnakers, The Bard & Banker, Irish Times, the list goes on and on.

For a special meal - Blighty's Bistro in Oak Bay.

The Museum is superb and worth a few hours.

Victoria, Canada
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2. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

Where are you staying? I was going to suggest Butchart Gardens , but I see that they are still on their summer rates, That's a lot of money just to see flowers, I don't think they run their concerts after Labour Day?

The museum is really good, and I'm a UK museum snob! The buskers are still out in the Inner Harbour, and Barb's Fish & Chips is still going over at Fisherman's Wharf. It's a great city to walk around .

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3. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

How many days?

Looking ahead, with the focus on whale watching to the west of Victoria Harbour, where the Humpback whales have been foraging in large numbers in prep for the winter trek to Hawaii and where the most recent sightings of orca have been; Thursday looks like the best day on the water. Friday looks snotty, Saturday and Sunday, fair to good. That is the better than WAG outlook and it could change before you read this.

You should be able to book one or two days in advance and I will try to stay on top of sea state and whale location for you. Happy Anniversary!

Edited: 17 September 2018, 12:04
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4. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

Part Two.

Here are the Victoria members of Pacific Whale Watchers Association.

Have a look and check out the various boat configurations. Keep in mind, if deployed, the smaller open RIBs will be rougher, colder, wetter and more difficult to see surface action in the waves.

SpringTide Charters

http://www.victoriawhaletours.com/

Eagle Wing Tours

https://www.eaglewingtours.com/

Five Star Whale Watching

https://5starwhales.com/

Orca Spirit Adventures

https://orcaspirit.com/

Prince of Whales

https://princeofwhales.com/

BC Whale Tours

https://bcwhalewatchingtours.com/

And in case the orca move inside to the Gulf Islands or Fraser River areas;

Sidney Whale Watching

https://sidneywhalewatching.com/

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5. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

Butchart Gardens and wineries nearby. Tea at the Fairmont Empress or at Huntingdon Manor... Restaurant- The Commons across from the Empress Hotel,the dining room at the Legislative buildings (for lunch)

Edited: 17 September 2018, 12:47
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6. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

When I asked how many days in post 3, it should have read how many full/total days. Are arrival and departure days included in the 3, making Thursday is your only full day?

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7. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

For restaurants,here's a few of my faves

Il Terrazzo never disappoints for ambience and food quality

For cocktails,beverages & snacks,Veneto and or Clives

Good views,the Glo,The Lure,Vista 18

Small plates,The Tapas Bar,Bodega,Stage,Nubo Japanese Tapas

Farm to fork,10 Acres &Agrius

Comox,British...
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8. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

There's more,theres allways more in Vic.

Funk factor- Little jumbo

Frenchy- Saveur

Gotta do it-Parliamentary Dining Room in the Legislative House

Idaho
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9. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

No. We have 3 full days. We arrive in the late afternoon on Wednesday and fly out early on Sunday. We have all day Thur, Fri and Sat.

Thanks so much for all of the information. We are so excited to experience your beautiful island.

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10. Re: 3 days in Victoria this week

Nice. As of right now, 6pm Monday, Thursday is still looking to be the better day, on the waters off Victoria and Friday has improved, moving the lumpy stuff to Saturday.

Here, have a look. The wind speed flag (kt) is where I’m hoping your action might be.

An unusual, opposing forces, flat spot.

Thursday

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Friday

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Saturday

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