Best Way to Get on the Water – Harbour Ferries and 3 Hour Sail

Posted in By mark

A trip out on the water is a great way to spend your time. There are some great options available in Victoria. Here are my two favourites.

Harbour Ferries offers 45 minute Inner Harbour Tours. A short walk from Chateau Victoria, tours depart from the Causeway in front of the Empress Hotel regularly throughout the day. See a village of floating homes, a beautiful marina, seals, birds, float planes, the entrance to historic Esquimalt and more! It’s a great way to see Victoria from a different perspective.

Prices are reasonable – Adults $22, Seniors $20, Children (12 & under) $10 and a family pass is $54 (2 adults/2 children). They are open from 10:00am to 9:00pm every day, weather permitting.

If getting out for a high sea adventure is more to your liking, then 3 Hour Sail is the tour for you. For only $69 per person you can have the complete tall ship sailing experience. All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate in sailing the vessel – although you don’t have to if you’d rather relax and take in the sights.

The tour includes the Fisgard Lighthouse, the Naval Harbour, Esquimalt Lagoon up to Whitty’s Lagoon, Clover Point and Trial Island. You’ll see lots of marine life and gorgeous scenery. Departure times vary, so make sure you call ahead 250-885-2311.

Roy has been a Concierge at the Chateau Victoria since 2004.He loves people and he loves Victoria. His favourite part of being a Concierge is introducing guests to the many hidden treasures that Victoria has to offer.


Chateau Victoria Receives Certificate of Recognition for Health and Safety

Posted in By marionann

Earlier this year, the Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites was pleased to receive the Certificate of Recognition (COR) certification from go2, a BC tourism human resource association responsible for coordinating the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy.

COR is a voluntary “best practice” program that enhances an organization’s health and safety program. The goal is to reduce injury and claim costs and provide a safe work environment for employees, with rewards for meeting pre-determined benchmarks.

Including the Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites, there are presently 13 COR Certified tourism businesses in BC. Another 28 tourism businesses have registered to pursue the certification, with many other organizations expressing interest in participating.

Tourism is one of the largest industries in BC with approximately 18,000 mainly small to medium sized businesses employing more than 127,000 British Columbians. go2 serves the tourism industry with programs and services to support growth.

go2 also provides a variety of industry health and safety resources that can help tourism businesses of any size implement an effective health and safety program. Visit www.go2hr.ca/ihs to learn more.

 


Best Golf Courses – What’s Your Golfing Pleasure?

Posted in By mark

With Victoria’s scenic natural beauty and mild year-round climate, we are a popular destination for golfers. If this is your first time golfing in Victoria, I recommend a visit to our friends at Golf Central. They have connections to all the Victoria golf courses, set you up with clubs and carts, and even provide transportation if needed.

From Chateau Victoria, the closest course is the Victoria Golf Club. This is a member’s only club, so it is difficult to get on. Having said that, this course is breathtaking! It has 18 character holes right on the water with stunning views.

If you’re looking for a good all around public course, Olympic View Golf Club is great! It’s a par 72, 18-hole championship course located only 20 minutes from the hotel on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island. The views of the Olympic Mountains are amazing and the course itself is challenging.

Prospect Lake Golf Course is a great 9-hole casual and fun course. Located on the shores of Prospect Lake, golfers can catch glimpses of eagles, deer and heron while enjoying the winding fairways. This course is 25 minutes from Chateau Victoria with very reasonable rates.

If pitch and putt is what you’re looking for, the Ridge Course at Cordova Bay is the place to go. Enjoy spectacular views of Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands. Choose from a 9-hole par 3 course, an 18-hole grass putting course, or a short game practice facility.

Roy has been at Concierge at the Chateau Victoria since 2004.He loves people and he loves Victoria. His favourite part of being a Concierge is introducing guests to the many hidden treasures that Victoria has to offer.


Happy Canada Day from Chateau Victoria – Must See Family-Friendly Events

Posted in By gaurav

Canadian Flag

This year Canada celebrates its 146th birthday. Happy Birthday Canada! Canada Day really kicks off the summer as people across the country get outdoors and join in the festivities. Victoria has a huge family-friendly celebration in the Inner Harbour filled with live performances, a Kid’s Zone and even a Living Flag. If you’re in Victoria this weekend, here’s what you need to know to have a great time:

  • Events run from Sunday June 30 to Monday July 1.
  • The Main Stage is located on the Legislature Lawn and has regular performances both days.
  • Kid’s Zone is located on the Legislature Lawn and includes bouncy castles, mural painting and more.
  • You can participate in the Living Flag by bringing a group of 6 or more, all wearing your own red or white shirts. There are some shirts available, but it is best to bring your own. Arrive around 12:30 at the Legislature Lawn.
  • Ship Point hosts The Zone Stage with live entertainment both days.
  • A Flavour of Canada is a Multicultural Food Village and Activity Centre located at Ship Point. Emerging artists and cultural groups are showcased.
  • Fireworks begin at 10:20pm and can be viewed from anywhere near the inner harbour.

To see the full schedule and map, visit Victoria Canada Day’s website.


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