Roy Recommends – Royal BC Museum – Race to the End of the Earth

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Have you experienced the Royal BC Museum yet? Located a short walk from Chateau Victoria at 675 Belleville Street, at the edge of downtown Victoria where historic James Bay begins, the Royal BC Museum is a great place to spend some time.

Allow yourself two to four hours to explore the exhibitions, browse the shops, dine at the Museum Café or even take in a National Geographic IMAX film. They are open 10am to 5pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 10pm Thursday to Saturday. The cost is $21.60 for adults and $15.75 for seniors and youth ages 6-18. Children under 5 are free. They also have a family rate of $61.75.

Race to the end of the earth - Photo credit - Royal BC Museum

There are several exhibitions currently on. One that I found interesting is the Race to the End of the Earth running until October 14. This exhibition recounts the quest to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911-1912 by Norwegian Roald Amundsen and Captain Robert Falcon Scott of the British Royal Navy. They each journeyed 3900 kilometres from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf to the Pole and back. Amazing!

What’s really neat about this exhibition is that visitors get to choose a character card and ‘become’ one of the members of the exploration teams. As they move through the show, they find clues about that character’s experiences. There are artifacts, photographs, document, and even an interactive map. It is well worth the visit.

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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.

A Touch Of Green

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Our Well Dressed Front Desk Team

As a finishing touch to our hotel renovations in the lobby,  Front Desk Employees will be sporting new green shirts to compliment the colour pallet of the new lobby.  Besides looking amazing, they also feel the colour represents our growing desire to green up our daily lives both at home and at work.   We continue to find new ways to reduce our impact.  Things like purchasing products with less packaging, buying as local as we can,  reducing large orders of perishable products that can spoil and giving back to our community when ever possible are now at the heart of our way of doing business and conducting our lives.  Even the renovation process has a great deal of green in the way it is carried out using the same themes as mentioned above.   A very big part of our greening process is yet to come as we consider major mechanical upgrades and state of the art heat recovery solar hybrid systems to reduce our carbon footprint as the building increases its efficiency.

One thing we will dispense freely and in a abundance is our friendly service and it shows in our customer reviews.   Something we are very proud of and our competitors are green with envy.   Please stop by, have a look at the lobby and tell us what you think of the new look.

The Front Desk Crew in Action

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

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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

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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 to learn more.


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