Victoria, B.C.

Board the Victoria Clipper on the Seattle waterfront and disembark just steps from the harbor city’s downtown core. Photo by Victoria Clipper Vacations.

Beautiful Victoria, B.C.
Just three hours separates Seattleites from Victoria's splendor

A getaway to Vancouver Island is a welcomed opportunity to relax, recharge, be enlivened by new experiences, and maybe even pamper yourself a bit.

And what if you didn’t have to travel thousands of miles to find a destination offering enriching, rejuvenating experiences? What if a glamorous getaway awaited you less than three hours from Seattle by high-speed ferry?

Perhaps when you think of a ferry ride, “luxury” is not the first thing that comes to mind. If that’s the case, maybe it’s been a while since you’ve taken a ride on the Seattle to Victoria Clipper ferry. Connecting the downtown areas of each city, the stately new Victoria Clipper V features a spacious interior for a comfortable trip, numerous onboard amenities and stunning views of both water and land alike.

While the trip from Seattle to Victoria is brief, you’ll wish it was longer once you step onboard the Victoria Clipper. It’s very affordable to upgrade to Comfort Class, which features leather seats surrounded by windows in a roomy private area on the top deck. Comfort Class offers complimentary snacks and beverages, including an espresso machine to satisfy your caffeine cravings.

Stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific for some rest and relaxation. Photo by Hotel Grand Pacific.

Once on the island, a visit to The Butchart Gardens is an absolute must—enthralling visitors for well over 110 years with its stunning 55 acres of floral display gardens. Still privately owned and operated, now by the great-granddaughter of Jennie and Robert Pim Butchart who began The Gardens in the early 1900s. Today, The Gardens is recognized as one of the Top 10 Gardens of the World. Open every day of the year, it attracts over a million visitors from around the globe. Comprised of several major gardens, including the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, the Concert Lawn, and the Ross Fountain, there is something to enjoy in every season. In 2004, The Butchart Gardens celebrated its 100th anniversary, and in the same year received designation as a National Historic Site of Canada.

A stroll through the fragrant gardens followed by Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room Restaurant, the former residence of the Butchart’s, is the perfect Vancouver Island experience. Afternoon Tea includes a variety of specialty sandwiches, scones, and delectable treats all made in-house. Complete the visit with a stop in ‘The Gallery’. Open in spring through to October, this unique shop features works by local artisans from Vancouver Island and BC.

Where you choose to stay is a critical element of any getaway. The Hotel Grand Pacific is an independent hotel that offers a more personalized guest service experience, with unique offerings and a harbourfront location perfectly situated within walking distance to all that Victoria offers.

Regardless of season, The Butchart Gardens is a must-visit. Photo by The Butchart Gardens.

The Hotel Grand Pacific recognizes that the perfect getaway has to embrace all facets of your lifestyle, and the world is your oyster during your stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific - the premier choice for business and leisure travelers. During your stay, try a variety of guest experiences including the Wild West Coast Afternoon Tea, walks along the seawall, on-site yoga classes at the unparalleled athletic club, or abscond with a complimentary bike and create your own adventure.

Discover your tailored health routine at the Victoria Athletic Club, where hotel guests have complimentary access. Popular among locals, hotel guests, and even Olympic athletes, the Victoria Athletic Club is a full-service fitness facility offering everything you need to get in a great workout. Break a sweat in the fully-equipped weight room with Paramount strength training and Matrix Cardio equipment, play a vigorous game of squash, or simply pop in to enjoy the sauna.

When it is finally time to return home, fear not - the Victoria Clipper ferry operates year-round, with additional trips offered mid-May through mid-September. So the opportunity to explore, rejuvenate, and get pampered, is always available and closer than you think.