How to Spend 48 Hours in Victoria, BC

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If you find yourself with a spare day in Vancouver or looking to explore British Columbia’s wild West Coast a little further, then a trip over to Vancouver Island is a great way to experience the more rugged side to Canada’s coastline. After staying in Vancouver for a few days I made my way over to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia and the gateway to Vancouver Island. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Victoria (though based off my own experience I would recommend spending at least a week here exploring the island!)

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Arriving in Victoria

There are a few ways to arrive in Victoria with the most popular being by ferry from Vancouver, by sea plane or by commercial plane. After arriving at Victoria International Airport by plane (a 15-minute flight from the mainland), I made my way to baggage collection, signed the paperwork for my rental car and began driving to the city of Victoria.

After a 30-minute drive South, I found myself in a city much bigger, greener, and more elegant than I could have ever expected. British influence is evident at every turn – from the architecture to the quaint shopping streets and everything in between. Expect to see trimmed hedges, immaculate streets, lush gardens and plenty of dog-walking (rumour has it they love their pups here in Victoria!)
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Where to Eat

The eats and drinks scene in Victoria is high by my standards, and its fair to say that I have eaten my share of tasty treats around the world! What I was surprised by is the broad range of pickings in Victoria – with almost every international cuisine imaginable on offer and some great vegetarian + vegan eateries to pick from.

My favourite Bakeries

Crust – I loved this quaint little bakery on Fort street for its interior, uber friendly service and most importantly delicious baked goods! I visited a few times in two days, trying the cronut (my first cronut ever – wowee do I whole heartedly endorse these things!), the savoury tart for lunch (also delicious) and a caramel tart (not bad either!)

Fol Epi – If you want to escape the centre of town and go where the locals do, then look no further. The pastry itself is delicious and quite obviously fresh, however you will need to be prepared to walk for your meal here (not necessarily a bad thing!)

The Dutch Bakery – If you’re someone who eats with your eyes and you’re on a diet, do not dare step inside this shop! The Dutch Bakery is an absolute mecca for baked goods every which way you look and the prices are too cheap to resist!

My favourite Vegetarian Eateries

Rebar – If there’s just one place I would send you for food in all of Victoria (vegetarian or not), this would be eat! This casual, eclectic cafe serves up some of the most amazing low-key vegetarian fare I have tried around the world. The smoothies are delicious and if you can’t squeeze in a sweat treat at the end of your meal (the meal sizes are huuuuuuge), they’ll let you take it away for later! Bonus!

Be Love – With only  two evenings in Victoria I didn’t get the chance to eat out much, but another great find was “Be Love” restaurant, another great low key option with a varied menu.

Saveur – Although I didn’t get the chance to dine here (REGRET!), Saveur is said to be the best vegetarian restaurant in Victoria and boy the photos look convincing! If you’re looking for a more upscale dinner, this would be my first pick (based on recommendations, the interwebs, and those mouth-watering photos).

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Beyond Victoria: Exploring Vancouver Island

Beyond the capital city itself, there is much more to be discovered on Vancouver Island! Unfortunately I had such limited time here that I couldn’t see half of what I had intended – but that doesn’t mean I didn’t do the research with full intent on seeing it all!

East Sooke Park – If West Coast wilderness is what you’re after then head straight for East Sooke Park, roughly a fifty minute drive from downtown Victoria.

Goldstream Provincial Park – If hiking in Canada is on your bucket list then you’ll find plenty of great hikes on Vancouver Island, starting with Goldstream. Here you can hike to the Goldstream Trestle and immerse yourself in local history and culture by learning about the salmon runs that are pivotal to wildlife survival in the area.

Fisgard Lighthouse & Historic Site – As the first lighthouse on the West Coast of Canada and only a 20-minute drive away from downtown, I would highly recommend a short visit to Fisgard Lighthouse to round-off your day trips within the immediate area surrounding Victoria.

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A huge thank you to Hello BC and Victoria Tourism for welcoming me to experience this beautiful little island paradise! All thoughts, views and oodles of photos are my own. I travelled to Canada with Air New Zealand as part of their new destination launch, direct to Vancouver!

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    November 29, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    If i was in Victoria, BC, then i am going to visit Vancouver Island.

    November 19, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Love your list of Bakeries .. gonna surely visit 🙂

    Angelina Veronica
    November 17, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Victoria bc is nice place for passing good times your images are so eye reachable Hope will visit their soon

    Packers and Movers Jaipur
    November 16, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Awww..! Its really very beautiful place.Your all pics are amazing.Thanks for sharing your lovely experience.

    Kayti Clayton
    November 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I love Victoria. I live in WA so this is a super easy vacation for me that isn’t far or too expensive but definitely still feels like I’m getting away. I hope you got a chance to visit Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown (they’re Chinatown is killer) and some of the Irish Pubs. I’m headed back the week after Christmas and have added Crust to my list because I have to try a cronut!

    November 16, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I love reading blogs about Vancouver Island, my home 🙂 You’ll have to make it more North next time, it’s beautiful and less city-like if you’re into that.

    Gabriela T
    November 15, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    You were right in my backyard (honestly I’m a 10 minute walk from Fort Rodd Hill, Next time do a meet up!!

    November 15, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Victoria looks so gorgeous! I’m so sad that I didn’t get to visit when we did our Canadian roadtrip last year, it looks like a great place. Saveur sounds fantastic, I hope you (and I) get a chance to try it! xxx
    Lucy @

    jessica wright
    November 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

    This is beautiful! Would love to go visit here!

    Multi Clipping Path
    November 14, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    nice place!! have any nearest hotel?

    November 14, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Ah I have to try all your food recommandations! 🙂
    The area of Canada looks so pretty.

    November 14, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Amazing photos, thanks for sharing the vegetarian options too!

    Brooklyn Murtaugh
    November 14, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I moved to Vancouver nearly two years ago but still have yet to visit the island. Everyone tells me how beautiful it is though!
    All of those restaurants looks delicious 🙂

    November 14, 2016 at 8:11 am

    What a beautiful place !! great scenery and fells homey i love it 🙂

    November 14, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Victoria was the first Canadin city i visited and i was mesmerised…. The English influence is truly everywhere!

    Charmaine Ng
    November 14, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I’ve heard many good things about Rebar. If I ever visit Vancouver, it’s first on my list!
    – Charmaine