If your idea of fun is cocooning inside, this gorgeous B.C. city has got you covered. Here are the top things to do for the urban escapist in Victoria.
1. Stay at Abigail’s Hotel
Believe fresh air is overrated? Then book a room at the luxe Abigail’s Hotel, light the wood-burning fireplace, and put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door.
2. Visit the Craigdarroch Castle
When you venture out—and really, you must—admire the lovingly restored Victorian and Edwardian homes in the neighbourhood around Abigail’s. Step inside the imposing Craigdarroch Castle for a sumptuous glimpse at high society, Canadian-style, circa 1890 (think antiques and stained glass).
3. Wander around the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Nearby, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Japanese art in Canada, as well as the works of Victoria-born artist Emily Carr.
4. Eat pizza and small plates
5. Pamper yourself at Silk Road Spa
In Chinatown, indulge in a Green Tea Facial at tiny Silk Road Spa, located one level below the teashop of the same name. Lie back and let the pitter-patter of shoppers’ feet remind you how you’ve wisely escaped the urban rush.
[A version of this article appears in the March 2015 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]
Where to Go Shopping in Victoria
Whether you're looking for antique treasures, locally made bath and beauty products or unique clothing, Victoria delivers. Shop for retro treasures at Zeitgeist Vintage Store, buy records at The Turntable in Fan Tan Alley and pick up some cool stationary at The Regional Assembly of Text.