The New Year is upon us and what better way to kick things off then a revitalizing island getaway? In Victoria, a vacation doesn't have to be a time to overindulge; it can be a time to refresh, relax and recharge as you step into 2016. Whether you're looking to cross the first few items off your bucket list or kick back and relieve that lingering holiday stress, Victoria is the place to do it.

Get Physical

With some of the mildest winter weather in Canada, exploring the outdoors is a year-round activitiy in Victoria. Take a meandering stroll through one of Victoria's infamous gardens or parks, work up a sweat on a forested hike, or speed along any number of picturesque cycling routes. Whatever you choose, you'll be rewarded with epic views and feel recharged out in nature. 

Cycling in Victoria

Nourish Your Body

Being nice to your body means eating well! In Victoria, eating out can be just as healthy (if not healthier) than what you might make at home. With restaurants specializing in gluten-free dining and many farm-to-table options for dining out, you'll eat well and feel nourished while giving your body what it craves most. 

Dining fresh and colourful with locally-grown rainbow chard

Treat Yourself

If relaxation is high on your list, a visit to one of Victoria's spas is an absolute must. After your treatment, treat yourself to afternoon tea or indulge in a decadent dessert from Murchie's

West Coast Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Grand Pacific

Try Something New

What better time to try something new? As B.C.'s craft beer capital, you'll find no shortage of locally-crafted brews to sample. You could also take a food and wine tour or a cooking class, if that's more your style. 

A tasting flight and cheese board at sea cider

Get Outside (Your Comfort Zone)

Break away from the daily grind with an activity that will get your blood pumping. Take a whale watching tour and get up close and personal with some of the world's largest marine life, or try an exhilirating zipline tour with Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours and or a challenging tree top rope course at WildPlay Element Parks.

a ziplining adventure through west coast boreal forest

Now the only question is, what will you do first?