Roy Recommends – Best City Hikes – Beacon Hill Park & Mount Douglas Park

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September is a beautiful time to explore the natural beauty in Victoria with a hike through a city park. Two of my favourites are Beacon Hill Park, near Chateau Victoria and Mount Douglas Park, a short 15 minute drive away.

Beacon Hill Park, located in James Bay and walking distance from the hotel, is a 200 acre historic park founded in 1858 by Sir James Douglas, governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island. It’s filled with beautiful gardens, a rustic stone bridge, numerous trails, beaches, and a lookout point with a breathtaking view of the ocean and Olympic Mountains.

Throughout the park you’ll find native Garry oak, arbutus, Douglas fir, and western red cedar trees along with swans, ducks, Canada geese and other wildlife. This park is well worth exploring.

In Saanich’s Gordon Head area you’ll find Mount Douglas Park. Begin your hike with a walk on the shores of the Mount Douglas Park beach, and then hike lush trails filled with wildflowers, Douglas fir, and cedar trees. There is a walking trail, and a steep road to take you to the mountain summit, a 213m elevation. At the top you’ll find the best view of the city – a full 360° view of rural Saanich, Victoria, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Mount Doug is a must see for anyone who visits Victoria.

If you have any questions on how to get to either of these beautiful city parks, stop by the concierge desk and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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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.

Victoria International Chalk Art Festival is a Sight to See September 14 & 15 in Downtown Victoria

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Whether you’re an art fan or simply appreciate a creative work of art, the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival is the event to see this coming weekend. Stretching from Government Street to Centennial Square, enjoy art from some of the world’s finest 2D and 3D chalk artists as they fill the street with their beautiful and unique creations. It’s a fun festival that’s great for the whole family!

This free event includes a music stage, food village, kid’s chalkers area and more including a 20 X 20 foot painting in the Bay Centre’s lower level. Artists come from all over the world to take part in this unique event. This year’s artists include Leon Keer, Dutch pop-surrealist and world’s leading artist in 3D street art and Ian Morris, specialist in Renaissance masterpieces and creator of this year’s program cover honouring the First Nations of British Columbia. What a treat!

The Chalk Art Festival is in its second year. After last year’s event they had so much overwhelming community support that this year they expanded with more artists and locations for your enjoyment. They are expecting as many as 30,000 spectators!

After you enjoy all there is to see and do at the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival, make your way down to Chateau Victoria for a delicious meal in our fabulous rooftop restaurant, Vista 18, and unwind for the evening in one of our comfortable rooms.

For more information on the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival visit their website.

Cheateau Victoria’s Newly Renovated Traditional Rooms are a Must See

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At Chateau Victoria we are so proud of our newly renovated Traditional Rooms that we just had to share with you this new video showcasing the fresh look and feel.

These Traditional Rooms are located on the 2nd through 4th floor, are 100% non-smoking, and are family and dog friendly – perfect for a family vacation or a business trip.

These rooms all have environmentally friendly carpeting courtesy of Shaw Floors, a company that continues to innovate. They believe in supporting our shared ecosystem with products that perform beyond expectation and are better for the planet.

Each room also has:

  • Complimentary calls
  • High speed internet
  • Sealy Posturepedic® Monogram II 400 pillow-top beds
  • Down duvets and high thread count linens
  • Each has either two queen beds or one king bed
  • They come with complimentary parking (one vehicle per room)
  • They’re stocked with coffee from local company Oughtred, EcoStar 2012 Award winner
  • And much more!

At Chateau Victoria, we want all our customers to have an amazing stay with us. We renovated our Traditional Rooms so that you’ll love your time here so much that you’ll come back again and again.

To make a reservation call 1-800-663-5891.

Roy Recommends – Best Way to See Historic Gardens – Victorian Garden Tours

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Guests at Chateau Victoria ask me all the time about the Butchart Gardens. They are the most famous gardens in Victoria. But did you know that there are many other beautiful heritage gardens throughout the city? Whether an avid gardener or simply an admirer of beauty, these gardens will take your breath away!

Victorian Garden Tours offers unique tours throughout some of the best local gardens around. You’ll see Hatley Gardens – the largest intact Edwardian gardens in Canada, Jewel Box, featuring two one hundred year old apple trees and a rainbow of hellebores surrounding a heritage cottage, or Heritage Home – a trend-setting garden with plants hailing from New Zealand and Australia, inspired by Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf.

Another option is the Emily Carr Tour. See Victoria through the eyes of Canada’s leading painter and writer, Emily Carr (1875-1945). You’ll hear stories about this amazing woman, see the places that inspired her art, and explore the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Visit to submit your tour request or phone 250-380-2797. They will put together a tour package based on your preferences and contact you to finalize details.

Roy Recommends

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.