A Piece of Victoria’s History – Craigdarroch Castle

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Craigdarroch Castle is a sight to see in Victoria! It was built between 1887-1890 for Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune in the coal industry. Perfectly situated on a hill with beautiful views of Victoria, the Castle is a pleasant walk from Chateau Victoria located at 1050 Joan Crescent.

Craigdarroch has 39 rooms with lavish furnishings, woodwork, and stained glass windows throughout four floors. There’s also a massive staircase with 87 stairs that lead up to the tower. This is worth the climb because the view up there is breathtaking.

There are 1.75 acres of grounds around the Castle with paths, ponds, streams and meadows. Be sure to allow yourself some time to relax and enjoy a stroll.

Craigdarroch Castle is open 7 days a week, including statutory holidays for self-guided tours. Admission is $13.75 for adults, $12.75 for seniors, $5.00 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

To learn more visit Craigdarroch’s website at www.thecastle.ca.


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.

Fresh Flags To Welcome Our Guests

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Can you Identify all the flags?  Hint: All but two flags are country flags and all flags represent places where our customers generally come from.

Flags closest to the harbour

Flags closest to Blanshard Street

Our downtown Victoria hotel welcomes you to put Victoria on you list to visit this year.

Enter Our Facebook Contest To Win a Dream Getaway to Victoria

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Picture it – 3 nights in a fabulous one bedroom suite at the Chateau Victoria, delicious meals, and days filled with fun and excitement at a variety of attractions across the city. What an experience!

This is what we’ve included in our Dream Getaway to Victoria package for the lucky winner of our Facebook contest.

To Enter

Step 1: Like our Facebook Page.

Step 2: Fill in the entry form.

Step 3: Increase your chances of winning!  Enter multiple times by liking the below Facebook Pages and filling in the form.

The prize package includes:

3 Nights’ Accommodation at Chateau Victoria ($705 value)

  • One Casual Dinner at Clive’s Classic Lounge ($50 value)
  • Breakfast Everyday you Stay at Vista 18 ($150 value)
  • Victoria Harbour Kayak Tour with Ocean River Sports ($150 value)
  • Zipline Adventure Tour with AdrenaLINE ($199 value)
  • Covered Vessel Whale Watching with Springtide Victoria Whale Tours ($210 value)
  • Buchart Gardens & Hop On Hop Off City Tour with CVS Sightseeing ($150 value)
  • Swedish Aromatherapy Massages at Victoria Spa Services ($210 value)
  • Total Value $1795 + tax.

The contest closes May 31, 2013 at 11:59pm. We’ll announce the winner by June 7. Good luck!

You are going to love what we have in store for you this season!

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As with every season, the team at this downtown Victoria hotel always spruce up our house to get ready for our guests.  This year, however, we did a major makeover to really set the stage for a great welcome.  Our lobby is completely renovated and ready for your inspection.  As are all of our Traditional Rooms.

Sitting area with fireplace - click to enlarge

Our space appears larger, yet more inviting.

Our Grand Lobby - click to enlarge

For more information of details of our renovations, please click here.  You don’t have to compromise  to shop local.

Be sure to tell us what you think, after all, it is your comments that guide us.