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Victoria Day Trip

Victoria is known for its heritage and laid back attitude to life. One of the best ways to enjoy this is to tour the waterfront. We started in front of the Parliament Buildings and headed east to Fisherman's Wharf. This bustling inner harbour destination is home to Barb's Fish and Chips, a floating home community and other marine oriented businesses. There is always something happening here.

Off to Ogden Point to walk along the breakwater to the distant lighthouse.  You may want to take the time to visit the Ogden Point Cafe. Good food and one of the best views anywhere. Keep in mind that along the way you will find restaurants of every type from pubs to white linen or stop at one of the many delis and build the best picnic ever.

We left Ogden Point and slowly drove along Dallas road to Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway and down onto Clover Point where we looked over a huge kelp bed with otters and seals frolicking about. 

We cruised along the coast past Gonzales Bay, Oak Bay, Cordova Bay then up to the summit of Mt. Tolmie Park to look out over the route we'd just travelled. We have called this a day trip but any of the points of interest listed could consume the better part of any day.

Most times we wander this course only to end up in Chinatown for some of the most memorable meals of all times. Take your time, rain or shine and enjoy what the south end of the Island offers.

  1. Start: Victoria BC
    More than just Afternoon Tea!
  2. Fisherman's Wharf
    Home of Barb's Fish and Chips, a floating home community and other marine oriented businesses.
  3. Ogden Point
    Walk the Ogden Point breakwater to the lighthouse and watch enormous cruise ships dock
  4. Dallas Beach
    From Clover Point to below the cliffs of Beacon Hill Park, Dallas Beach is a beachcombers delight.
  5. Gonzales Beach
    Small crescent shaped community beach popular with the locals
  6. Oak Bay Marina
    Come and play with the resident seals and enjoy oceanfront dining in the cafeteria or Marina restaurant.
  7. Willows Beach
    Beautiful sandy beach anchored by the Kiwanis Tea House. A delight for young and old alike.
  8. Cadboro Bay
    Cadboro-Gyro Park, one of Victoria's nicest and best known ocean beaches
  9. Mt Tolmie Park
    Spectacular 360 degree view
  10. End: Chinatown Victoria
    The oldest Chinatown in Canada