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Royal Visit to Victoria

Royal Visit - Media Information

Welcome to Victoria

The city of Victoria was originally going to be named Camosun, a Songhees word meaning "where different waters meet and are transformed." Soon it was decided the city should be named for the young Queen's husband and for a short time became Fort Albert.When it was known that the city would be the Hudson Bay Company's headquaters west of the Rocky Mountains, and destined to become a new British colony, it was decided that no less a name could be attached than that of the Queen herself. 

Today, Victoria is a distinctive blend of old world charm and new world experiences. Heritage architecture and colourful gardens mix with outdoor adventure activities such as kayaking, whale watching, hiking, cycling and golf. Set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains and surrounded by old-growth rainforests, Victoria is the perfect place to enjoy city adventures and escapes in to nature.

Social Media:

Connect with us on our social media channels. Always include our hashtag #ExploreVictoria to make sure that we see your posts!

Royal Accounts:

Connect with the Royals on Twitter. Use hashtags #RoyalTour and #RoyalTourCanada

Royal Story Ideas: 

Check out fresh story ideas around the Royal Visit.

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Attractions Pass

Our attractions pass offers media complimentary admission for two adults to 30 different attractions in the city.
*Please note that certain attractions indicated on the pass require a reservation.

Accredited Media

To be eligible for a pass you must be pre-registered as accredited media with the Department of Canadian Heritage. Passes for accredited media will be available at the Media Centre at the Inn at Laurel Point (680 Montreal St).

Non-Accredited Media

If you are not accredited with Heritage Canada, please contact one of the Media Relations team to confirm your outlets and coverage expectations. Please ensure you have identification and a business card to present when collecting your pass.

If you have been authorized by Tourism Victoria's Media Relations team to collect a pass, passes will be held at the Victoria Visitor Centre (812 Wharf Street), open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Media Tours

Sign up for one of our four complimentary media tours on Thursday, September 29 to learn more about our city.

Please note that you will need to register in advance to join a tour - to register, contact Holly Lenk. Tours are subject to availability, each tour has a maximum of 15 participants. The deadline to secure a place is Monday, September 26.

Tours include:

Gardens and Tea: Petals, Pints and Tea Fit for a Prince - Explore Butchart Gardens, sip on local tipples from Sea Cider and then take Royal Tea in style at the Fairmont Empress.

Outdoor Adventure: Royally Good Outdoor Tour - Hike Victoria's Mount Douglas Park for incredible views of the city and the Southern Gulf Islands before heading out on the water for a whale watching adventure

Arts and Culture: A First Nations Feast For Your Mind and Body - Work up an appetite on a guided bike tour before exploring the Royal BC Museum. Fuel up at First Nations Songhees food truck and finish your tour with a tea tasting at Silk Road.

Foodie Fun: Cook Your Catch! - Go crabbing with an authentic London Chef, then enjoy cooking your catch for lunch. Head to Spinnakers Gastro brewpub for a beer and chocolate tasting.

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Image Library

For access to Tourism Victoria's image library and B-Roll:

  • Login page: www.barberstock.com/tourismvictoria
  • Username: media@royalvisit.com
  • Password: barberstock

- Once logged in, go to Account > Terms & Conditions to view the Terms and Guidelines for image use.
- When you have completed downloading the files required, clear the Download Queue
- Please do not change the password

There are pre-selected collections of images found in the left hand column under Collections for easy reference.

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Contact Information 

Should you need further assistance:

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Holly Lenk
Manager, Media Relations
Email: holly.lenk@tourismvictoria.com
D 250-414-6974 | C 250-882-5365

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Karen Elgersma
Manager, Media Relations 

Email: karen.elgersma@tourismvictoria.com   
D 250-414-6998 | C 250-889-3091

 Katie headshot Katie Dabbs
Acting Manager, Media Relations

Email: katie.dabbs@tourismvictoria.com
D 250-414-6985| C 250-888-6839


 For interviews or quotes from Tourism Victoria:


Jim Zeeben
Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Email: jim.zeeben@tourismvictoria.com
D 250-414-6976 | C 778-677-8342


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