Recently CNN wrote an article called 3 fun and cheap road trips. Trip no. 2 covered the Pacific Northwest which included a trip from Seattle to Victoria to Cowichan Bay and then on to Vancouver. Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites was listed as the great place to stay in Victoria. They even mentioned our rooftop restaurant – Vista 18.
We are so excited that CNN has recognized that we have a great downtown Victoria location, delightful rooftop restaurant, and affordable pricing. What a compliment! So in honour of CNN’s 3 fun and cheap road trips, we thought we’d suggest our favourite 3 fun and cheap things to do while in Victoria.
- Take a walk along the waterfront at Dallas Road and through Beacon Hill Park in James Bay. There are great paths, beautiful gardens and gorgeous ocean views. There is even a petting zoo for the kids.
- Browse the shops along Government Street for some great local shopping.
- Take a 45 minute Inner Harbour Tour from Harbour Ferries. The little ferries take you all around the inner harbour, past the floating homes and marina to the entrance of historic Esquimalt and back. Well worth it for only $22.
For more great ideas of how to have fun in Victoria, check out Roy Recommends, a bi-weekly blog full of ways to discover all that Victoria has to offer.
The Victoria Symphony has many wonderful performances throughout the year. One of note is coming up Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 – The Red Violin. Enjoy music from two fabulous films – The Red Violin and West Side Story.
The symphony will be playing four pieces:
- Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
- Concerto for Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
- The Red Violin Suite, John Corigliano (1938- )
- Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).
Renowned Canadian violinist Lara St. John will make her debut with the Victoria Symphony to play the Red Violin Suite. Lara has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times. She has been playing violin since she was two. Amazing!
Leonard Bernstein’s masterwork Symphonic Dances from West Side Story will also be performed. West Side Story is Bernstein’s most popular work. It’s based on the retelling of Romeo and Juliet and set in New York. Dances has been described as profoundly difficult, but well worth the effort. It will be wonderful to hear I’m sure!
It is always a pleasure to listen to the Victoria Symphony and The Red Violin is a particularly beautiful piece. The performance will be at the Royal Theatre – 805 Broughton Street, just a few blocks from Chateau Victoria. You can buy tickets here. The prices range from $18 to $55.
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.