They don't call it Canada's Most Romanic City for nothing. This Valentine's Day, treat yourself and your chosen companion to a personalized break and show them how much they mean to you! We've got lots of ideas to help you craft the perfect escape in Victoria.
With the Love of your Life
If you're looking for a romantic spot for dinner, head out to Wild Mountain in Sooke. Surrounded by wildlife and with stunning views of the Juan de Fuca Strait, Wild Mountain is the perfect spot for a quiet date. The menu is ever-changing depending on what can be found and harvested locally and is complemented by an extensive local and international wine menu and a selection of B.C. craft beers, ciders and spirits.
If hearts, flowers and chocolates aren't your thing, perhaps a retreat in to nature would be a better choice? Book a cosy cabin at Wild Renfrew in Port Renfrew and escape from it all. Grab a coffee from the Coastal Kitchen Café, take a walk along Botanical Beach to peer in to tidal pools or simply snuggle up in your cabin.
Sometimes it needs to be all about you! Take the opportunity to enjoy some quality "me time" with a soothing spa session. Spoil yourself with a spa experience at the Boathouse Spa at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel or the Float House sensory deprivation tanks. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, hop on a flight Harbour Air and take in Victoria's beautiful coastline from above. They'll take you almost anywhere on B.C.'s coast!
With Your BFF
Show your appreciation for your BFF. After all, no one knows them like you do. Spend an afternoon at Cherry Bomb Toys, a collectable toy store in downtown Victoria which has awesome arcade games to play. Treat them to dinner at North FORTY-EIGHT and tuck into retro favourites you might've shared when you were kids. They serve everything from house-made Cheese Whiz and corn dog bites to meatloaf and build-your-own S'Mores, along with delightfully retro tiki cocktails served in tiki mugs with hibiscus flower and fruit garnishes. Feeling outdoorsy? Explore the city and surrounding areas on two wheels with a huge number of biking and cycling routes to choose from.
With Your Parental Units
It's likely you've been through it all with your ‘rents, so here's the opportunity to show them you care. Why not plan a relaxing getaway and take top spot as the loving son or daughter that you are? Start with a luxury tour of the region's local wineries with L.A. Limousine. Cruise in style to each winery in a plush limousine, enjoy tastings at up to four locations in the Saanich Peninsula or Cowichan Valley and tuck in to a delicious bistro lunch.
Experience a cultured evening together at the theatre and discover the offerings at The Belfry Theatre in Fernwood Village or the McPherson Playhouse in downtown Victoria, then treat them to dinner afterwards at Ça Va Bistro Moderne with tasty fare sourced from local farms, butchers and small businesses.
With Your Four-legged Friend
Pamper your pet and discover Victoria together. The city has numerous hotels who prepare rooms with pooches in mind. The Oswego Hotel, steps from the Inner Harbour, is a Pets Can Stay certified property which has developed an amenity package for your pet including a welcome card with suggestions for nearby dog parks and off leash areas, a comfortable bed custom made by Jax & Bones, designer bowls and locally made organic treats.
Once you've checked in, take your dog for a walk through Beacon Hill Park where they'll make lots of new friends, then wander to Cook Street Village where you'll find plenty of pet-friendly shops.