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Treat Yourself to a Spring Adventure in Greater Victoria

Posted on January 13, 2020

Spring is the perfect time to refresh and recharge after a long winter. While the rest of the country is still under a blanket of snow or facing sub-zero temperatures, Victoria begins to bloom. From the healing power of the sea to curated luxury experiences, let the rest of the world wait while you take in a relaxing getaway to British Columbia’s capital city.

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Warm breezes, blooming wildflowers and singing birds – some might say spring is when Greater Victoria’s seemingly endless collection of parks and natural spaces are at their best. Whether you are discovering ancient indigenous petroglyphs along the coastal trails of East Sooke Regional Park or taking in endless views from the summit of Jocelyn Hill in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, being immersed in nature is the ultimate way to recharge after a winter spent indoors.

Tip: Let John from Elemental Magick help you practice mindfulness and holistic wellness among the trees by joining one of his guided Mystical Rainforest Tours or Self-Discovery Quests.

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From the tranquil sound of waves crashing against the shore to the soothing scent of eucalyptus wafting from the Boathouse Spa steam room and sauna, a weekend of pampering may be exactly what you need after a long workweek. Kick back and relax at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel while indulging in a day of lavish relaxation at the hotel’s luxurious spa.

If a full slate of rejuvenating massages, facials, manicures and pedicures don’t quite hit the mark, a sunset soak in seaside mineral pools - cocktail in hand - should do the trick.

Another fantastic place to soak in some ‘you’ time is the Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa on the Saanich Peninsula, right near The Butchart Gardens. Indulge in a facial, mani-pedi and full-body massage for a day of revitalization away from the city.

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The Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa also offers kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals for those looking to explore the treelined shores and hidden coves of Saanich Inlet. The sound of sea birds calling overhead and glimpses of timid seals will make you forget all about the responsibilities you left back at home.  

You can also stay close to the city to get your paddling fix – Ocean River Adventures offers rentals from their downtown location for easy access to the Inner Harbour and Gorge Waterway.



Treat yourself to the quintessential Victorian tradition of Tea at the Empress. With an elegant dining room, selection of 21 exquisite loose-leaf teas, plus a three-tiered platter stacked with tasty, house-made treats, it’s easy to relish in royalty for an afternoon. Celebrating a fun occasion? Add flutes of sparkling wine for an extra special touch.

Tip: If you’re looking for an alternative place to enjoy afternoon tea, we highly recommend the White Heather Tea Room in Oak Bay and The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden, which is also surrounded by a beautiful garden.

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End your day by treating yourself to some of Victoria’s famous farm-to-table foodie scene. The enviable climate of Victoria allows Islanders to grow, harvest, nurture and prepare local dishes far beyond the typical growing season experienced by the rest of the country. A favourite among locals and visitors alike, 10 Acres Bistro and Commons sources many of their ingredients right from their own farm just 25 kilometres away. You will be hard-pressed to find any cuisine fresher than that. Agrius, Nourish, and Olo are just a few of the many other restaurants that focus on quality local features and flavours.

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