A mix of Old World charm and contemporary flair, Victoria’s picturesque waterfront and downtown are easily walkable.
In the Pacific Northwest, we embrace the annual, almost magical transition to fall. The days become a little crisper and afternoons are filled with glancing sunlight and golden hues. For Seattleites, there is no better way to savor the season than with a quick and easy ride from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria, B.C. on the Victoria Clipper.
A unique mix of Old World charm and contemporary flair, Victoria’s picturesque historic waterfront and downtown are easily walkable. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion with your significant other or looking for a weekend escape with your family, here are seven ways to experience fall in beautiful Victoria.
Soak in fall colors at The Butchart Gardens
Fall’s arrival means two things: vibrant, multihued foliage, and the excuse to unapologetically jump into crunchy mounds of leaves. When it comes to spotting Vancouver Island fall color, The Butchart Gardens are likely the first place that comes to mind, and for good reason. Japanese maples awash in scarlet and burgundy as well as brilliant yellow beech trees give The Gardens a glowing radiance as Mother Nature works her magic.
Sip fine tea like a local at the newly renovated Fairmont Empress
It’s no secret Victoria is home to one of the most fabulous tea scenes around, and when it comes to sitting down for a sumptuous sip, tea at the Empress is the crème de la crème. After all, is there anything better than cozying up on a plush couch, with a lineup of delicious treats and relaxing with a steaming hot cup of tea? If you really want to get fancy, add flutes of sparkling wine and toast to the perfect day!
Explore local history at the Royal B.C. Museum
Brush up on your history as you and the kiddos wander through an impressive display of authentic artifacts and specimens from distant times and places at the popular Royal BC Museum. Discover a life-sized model of the city of Victoria at the turn of the 19th century, slide back into the Ice Age or catch a show on the largest IMAX screen in British Columbia.
Check out Victoria’s burgeoning wine scene
Unwind Up Island as you explore the region’s flourishing wine and balsamic scene on Cowichan Valley Wine Country Tour. The perfect mini-escape in your own backyard, Clipper’s exclusive wine-tasting tour takes you up the scenic Malahat Drive for incredible vistas of the Saanich Inlet and cruise under a canopy of multicolored maple leaves before descending into the heart of Cowichan Valley. Sniff, swirl and tilt your wine glass as you savor sensational sips at three boutique vineyards.
Discover the past at Victoria’s historic sites
Featuring streets lined with 19th-century architecture such as the elaborate Parliament Buildings and not one, but two, extravagant castles (Craigdarroch and Hatley), you can head out in practically any direction in Victoria and take a walking tour of the city’s fascinating history. Helmcken House is located on the same block as the Royal B.C. Museum and from there, Ann’s Academy is just a hop, skip and jump away.
Pedal Along the Galloping Goose Trail
Perhaps it’s the cool breeze warmed by the afternoon sun prompting childhood memories, but there is something special about fall that calls for a fun bike ride. Pick up your wheels at the Pedaler and whiz though a kaleidoscopic blur of glowing leaves on the Galloping Goose Trail. This 34-mile former railway line winds its way from the urban back streets of Victoria to the ghost town of Leechtown.
Sample cider at a local watering hole
With the return of sweater weather, you will be hard pressed to find a better beverage showcasing the flavors of the season than a crisp, sweet frothy pint of apple cider. Head up the stunning Saanich Peninsula and sample this delicious brew at the source on Sea Cider’s beautiful piece of farmland where their cider apples are grown.
A short ride away from Seattle through the Salish Sea, the unparalleled destination of Victoria, B.C. is the perfect escape in your own backyard. The friendly Canadian city includes everything from historical landmarks, to stunning architecture, trendy boutiques and award-winning restaurants, all within a 20-minute stroll from the Clipper terminal. Hello, autumn adventure.
Ready to plan your fall escape to Victoria? Book your trip today at clippervacations.com.