Open invitation to fall In love with Victoria B.C.
I’m Looking At You! Past & present coaches and players of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, BC Lions, Vancouver Canucks, and Seattle Supersonics...I’m talking to YOU!
This invitation is only for players/coaches from the teams that I love! Does NOT include all players from the teams we cover on NWSB! (Obvious loyalty reasons)
I promise you I’m not one of those WEIRD – STALKER type fans who is writing this so you’ll give me $. I’m a family man first, and a die hard NORTHWEST sports fan second.
This is me and the family! Just so you know!
Just throwing that out there!
My Name is “Q”. Hopefully one day we can meet up, in Victoria BC, the place that I live, and I can show you around and buy you a dinner and a beer!
Maybe you mention to a few 1000 people via your twitter account that I’m a nice guy, and that the NWSportsBeat.com website is a really cool place to learn more about the teams we love.
A great website for all the Northwest sports teams we cover. That we’re on Facebook too! That’s it.
No other catches!
Again I’m just throwing the idea out there! Come to town. Check it out!
You’ll love it – I promise!
Bring the wife, bring the kids, bring the girlfriend, whatever, its all good! Just come to town! Check out the links at the bottom of this article, contact my travel agent Allyson M. here in Victoria and get here for a visit today!
All About Victoria
First a bit about the city I love. Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada. We are located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast. You can see us from Port Angeles Washington.
Victoria BC Inner Harbour
We’re growing but the latest city center population numbers are around 80,000 in the “metro” area, and approx another 350,000 in the burbs and region. Victoria’s Colonial history is steeped in British tradition.
We are 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Vancouver BC (Drive + Ferry). 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Seattle by airplane (Yes we have a working airport here), or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry which operates daily, year round between Seattle and Victoria.
We are also ONLY 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Port Angeles, Washington by ferry across the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Victoria offers everything from history, to night clubs, to sporting events, to farmland, to modern urban vibes, cool little villages, busy streets, or a quiet way of life. No matter what the month, Victoria has something to offer.
Annual events and activities keep locals and visitors alike busy.
Restaurants don’t stay open long in Victoria unless they are AMAZING. It’s a VERY competitive place to be a restaurant owner. There’s so much competition here for your eating dollars. Rest assured 99% of the places you eat at, the food will be GREAT.
Plus make sure to try the great selection of local beers you’ll find around town whether you enjoy a pale ale, lager, honey brown, amber ale or a dark lager.
We have your back in the booze department!
Isn’t Canada cold?
Yes & No.
But seriously we’re only 60 miles from Seattle. How much different can it really be here?
During the winter, the average daily high and low temperatures are 8 and 4 °C (46.4 and 39.2 °F), respectively. The summer is mild, an average high of 20 °C (68 °F) and low of 11 °C (51.8 °F). And Yes, like most of Washington and Oregon we do occasionally experience more extreme temperatures.
At the Victoria weather station daily temperatures rise above 30 °C (86 °F) on an average less than one day per year and fall below −2 °C (28.4 °F) on an average of only 6 nights per year.
Reasons To Come Here
- Me (Yes I’m serious) Contact me today (Q at NWSportsBeat Dot Com via email or on Twitter @NWSportsBeat) and tell me your coming to town. Let’s meet for drinks and dinner)
- Great Hotels
- Great Food
- Great Shopping
- Great Tourist Attractions
Top Things To Do
Butchart Gardens - The city takes pride in the many flowers that bloom during the winter and early spring, including crocuses, daffodils, early-blooming rhododendrons, cherry and plum trees. Every February there is an annual “flower count” in what for the rest of the country and most of the province is still the dead of winter.
Nothing on the West Coast prooves this point more than Beautiful Butchart Gardens. The gardens offers 55 acres of floral display. The #1 Tourist Destination in CANADA.
Website - http://www.butchartgardens.com/
Shopping- Great shopping scene. Most things found in a large city, plus tons you won’t find. Aboriginal art, crafts and local creative stores are all available within walking distance.
The #1 Tourist Destination in CANADA
Government Street - British heritage is everywhere. (Victoria is a very historical city. Tons of English, Scottish, and Irish stores in town. Coffee shops and authentic English tea shops are never far away. Government Street also has many stores that specialize in Canadiana, First Nations art, original jewellery and fashion.
Museum and IMAX (For the kids and adults) – The Royal BC Museum is one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. Founded in 1886; the archives in 1894. Go check out wicked cool artifacts, documents and specimens of BC’s natural and human history.
The IMAX® Experience is the world’s most powerful film experience. Breathtaking images on a six storey tall screen with 12,000-watts of wrap-around digital sound.
Museum – http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca + Imax Homepage - Imax Website
Fishing – We are close to some of the best Pacific Ocean salmon fishing places in the world. (Port Alberni and Campbell River aren’t that far away). My step brother also owns and operates a fishing adventure company here in Victoria, and I’d be glad to send you his way.
He would take you fishing in Sooke B.C. where you can try your luck at hooking into powerful Chinook (King) salmon or hard fighting Coho (Silver).
Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or trying the waters for the first time, he’ll provide you with all the gear necessary to enjoy a great day fishing.
My step brothers website: http://www.tailoutfishing.com/
Whale Watching - Tons of whale watching tour groups operate out of the inner harbour. In addition to Whales you may also see seals, dolphins, porpoises, otters, and tons of birds I’m sure.
Golf – There are approx. 18 golf courses in the Victoria area. We are a true golfer’s paradise. Greens are green all year round.
WE have cheap courses and expensive courses, easy courses and HARD courses. Ocean and mountain views, relaxing facilities, all operating year round. I can provide you with with links to golf course websites, green fees, directions to golf courses, online golf booking, and current golf course promotions.
But you have to get a hold of me. I can also round up a few buddies to help complete your foursome don’t worry about that.
Beer – Vancouver Island Brewery is located here. HOME of my favorite Beers. PLUS you can have a fun Brewery tour, and sample the Brew. What a great way to spend a day. Don’t even get me started talking about the PUBS located in and around the greater Victoria area.
http://www.vanislandbrewery.com/ (Beer Fest every June in Victoria BC. Wink Wink)
Other Touristy Things To Do include- The BC Parliament Buildings, Craigdarroch Castle, Nanoose Bay (A short drive away), the Town of Chemainus (A short drive away), Victoria’s Chinatown, the Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park, and Beacon Hill Drive-In (Best Ice cream in the WORLD), Beaches (Yes we have tons of them), Running ( 5k & 10k runners paradise) So many great places to run in town.
Hiking (Tons of great places to HIKE and take awesome pictures).
Victoria BC - A true golfer's paradise
Cycling fan? Bring your bike and ride along Victoria’s extensive trail system, the Galloping Goose or lochside trails.
You can get anywhere in Victoria via bike.
Bed & Breakfasts – Not sure if these would ever be up your alley but I thought I’d share them with you regardless. http://www.bestbnbvictoria.com/lodging/
Float Plane Trip - Take the scenic route between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Or travel to Nanaimo, Whistler, Comox, Sechelt, Maple Bay, Salt Spring Island, or Jervis Inlet ALL from the inner harbour of Victoria. http://www.harbour-air.com/
Great Times To Visit
SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER. I can’t stress this enough. We get the weather you get in Vancouver and Seattle, but there is not a prettier city to visit on the WEST COAST.
I guarantee it.
Want to come in the Winter? We’re just a short drive from Mt. Washington Ski Resort.
Skiers and snowboarders currently have 1,700+ acres of terrain to choose from. http://www.mountwashington.ca/
Some fun seasonal events to come to town for include.
- Check out the Victoria TC 10K run - Great for the runners among you. There’s also a 1.5k Family Run. Good times
- Victoria Boat Show (April) – Inner Harbour hosts a floating boat show.
- Victoria Steam Expo (April) – Festival features vendors, and Steampunk Cabaret Burlesque Show.
- Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival (May) – Tartan Parade, Kilted Golf Tournament, Tilted Kilt Pub Crawl, Torchlight Clan Ceremony.
- Victoria Day Parade (May) – Clowns, floats, marching bands and more with over 120,000 spectators. Fun family event.
- Victoria Pet Expo (May) Animal education and entertainment under one roof. Vendors and unique entertainment.
- Taste: Victoria Wine Festival – Annual festival of food and wine… a local taste of Vancouver Island and the wine regions of BC. “Festival with a culinary conscience!”
- Symphony Splash (August) – Annual Victoria Symphony event. On a floating stage moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Includes musical entertainment, food, souvenirs and a live performance by the Victoria Symphony.
- Victoria Marathon (October) – The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon course is AIMS, IAAF and Athletics Canada certified and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
- Victoria International Cycling Festival (June)
Travel Notes for USA Visitors
If you come to Victoria for less than 48 hours, each person 21 years of age and older in your party may bring articles purchased in Canada valued up to $200 U.S. duty free.
The dollar amount may not include more than 50 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 150 ml (5 oz) of alcoholic beverages and 150 ml (5oz) of perfume containing alcohol; otherwise, all articles may be dutiable.
If you come to Victoria for MORE than 48 hours, each person 21 years of age and older in your party may bring articles valued up to $800 including 1 liter of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes and 100 cigars.
Thinking of driving to Victoria from Seattle WA, or Vancouver BC? Your quickest route is on the maps below.
Seattle WA –> Victoria BC (Includes Ferry from Vancouver)
Vancouver BC –> Victoria BC (Includes Ferry)
Looking for a slower more touristy scenic route to Victoria? Go the following way from Seattle
via Port Angeles
Seattle WA –> Victoria BC (Includes Ferry from Port Angeles WA) The Port Angeles terminal is just a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle, WA.
I hope you take me up on my offer to come check out this paradise nestled on the west coast of Canada. You’ll be glad you did.
Get a hold of me today.
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