From the moment you arrive, embrace the serenity that comes with island living as you soak up the intentional pace of life, abundant natural environment, and calming vistas. Between relaxing oceanside in mineral pools, meandering among giants in west coast rainforests or paddling out for an epic sunset on the Salish Sea, discover why Victoria offers the ultimate wellness getaway.
BOOK A WELLNESS PACKAGE
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is a seaside oasis that will have you experiencing the ultimate in relaxation. From their luxurious rooms to the heated outdoor mineral pools to summertime yoga on the seaside terrace – everything about this place is pure bliss.
Escape to the tranquil Parkside Hotel & Spa, where they’ve brought the outside in with their stunning atrium full of lush plant life and tranquil ponds with colourful koi fish as well as a wide selection of spa services. Alternatively, rejuvenate at the iconic Fairmont Empress and at their award-winning Willowstream Spa where you’ll leave feeling energized and inspired.
Hit pause on your busy life and immerse, rejuvenate, and repeat at RITUAL Nordic Spa. Leisurely move through the Nordic circuit on your own time, at your own pace. Try out the Finnish sauna, steam room, cold plunge pool, salt lounge, outdoor patios, rinse station, Nordic bucket shower, and lounge. Alternate between hot and cold, then relax and repeat the circuit again.
Turn the heat up on your wellness trip. HAVN Saunas is centrally located on Victoria’s Inner Harbour on a repurposed 1943 barge. HAVN brings people together in a transitional space between urban and natural worlds in a floating park-like atmosphere. HAVN’s hydrotherapy circuit includes saunas, cold pools, hot tubs, a relaxation cabin (in the heart of the city!), a exfoliation shower, and a stunning garden patio with some of the best views in the city.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE
There’s nothing quite like a venture into nature to get yourself grounded and re-centred and Victoria’s mild climate lets islanders and guests enjoy outdoor activities year-round. With endless scenic trails and lush forests,Victoria is the perfect place to experience forest bathing which will fully immerse you, body and mind, in the natural world.
Book a hike with Rainforest Tours where you’ll explore the natural wonders that surround Victoria and be guided through a mindful exploration of East Sooke Park or the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail. Rainforest Tours offers intimate guided adventures into Vancouver Island’s temperate rain forests. With one guide for every six guests, Rainforest Tours guided hikes are ideal for families, as well as hikers looking to meet fellow travellers.
Wander down to the beach. Take in the surrounding mountains and breathe in the salty sea air. Victoria has several wonderful beaches to choose from. Meander down the walking path on Dallas Road for ocean views and stop at Ogden Point or Willows Beach for a picnic.
FUEL UP WITH NOURISHING FOOD
Start your morning at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub – with a brunch menu of comforting dishes focused on local and natural ingredients, you’ll leave feeling healthy and happy. Their waterfront space also features a full-service Provisions and coffee bar with rich, local brews and baking that are sure to have you alert and fresh-faced for the day ahead. Whether you opt for a savoury option like the House Smoked Salmon Frittata or a sweeter option such as the Spinnakers Granola Parfait, your taste buds will be thanking you! In addition to terrific local fare, Spinnakers are pouring up some of the city’s finest craft beer and spirits, be sure to grab a bottle for your evening unwind.
10 Acres boasts four unique dining locations under their wing, each sourcing their seasonal ingredients from their own 10 Acres Farm up in North Saanich. That’s right, 10 Acres know where their produce grows, because they grow it themselves; this includes not only seasonal vegetables but also livestock, honey, and even kiwis! Dig into the bounty of the Saanich Peninsula with dinner at 10 Acres.
End Dive’s obsessive commitment to local food ensures an ever-changing menu that means no two visits are ever the same. End Dive playfully curates dishes with the best available ingredients from our local fishers, growers, and pickers and pairs them all brilliantly with house crafted cocktails and natural wines. An exploration into Victoria’s foodie scene begins and ends with End Dive.
GET OUT ON THE WATER
Experience the Pacific Northwest’s legendary sunsets from the water for ultimate relaxation. Head out on a sunset whale watching tour or hop into a kayak and paddle into the sunset with Kelp Reef Adventures while enjoying spectacular views throughout the protected waters of the Inner Harbour and Gorge. Alternatively, be greeted by the salty ocean breeze as you hop on one of Victoria’s famous harbour ferries, also known as the happiest little boats in the harbour!
ENJOY A STROLL THROUGH THE GARDENS
Victoria – also known as the City of Gardens – is home to several spectacular gardens that range from formal to heritage, exotic to westcoast, and multi-themed to mostly rhododendron. One of the largest gardens is Beacon Hill Park at 178-acres. This public park is a showpiece of Victoria’s long gardening tradition. The Park boasts large remnants of the fragile native Garry Oak ecosystem, five man-made lakes, a stone bridge, original fountains and woodland streams, trails, a petting animal farm and wading pool, water fountains, picnic areas, monuments, sports fields and playgrounds, totem poles and lots and lots of flowers!
If you are looking to cruise out of the downtown, then a stop at Butchart Gardens is a must. Fifty-five acres of floral finery await you as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns at The Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada.
STAY IN STYLE
Nestled away in the heart of the Saanich Peninsula’s Flavour Trails lies the Brentwood Bay Resort. This breathtaking resort brings together the best in modern luxury and natural beauty. Graceful hospitality meets fine dining at the resort’s restaurant, The Arbutus Room, featuring the freshest local ingredients. The resort also boasts a world class spa, mere steps from the tranquil waters of the Saanich Inlet. Brentwood Bay Resort’s one-of-a-kind connection to nature inspires you to be truly in the moment.
In Victoria, you can treat yourself like royalty. Luxury boutique hotels, such as the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, allow you to spoil yourself in the way you deserve (you’ve earned it after all). The Magnolia’s dedication to superior, personalized service makes for a truly unforgettable experience. The magnificent Spa Magnolia offers a serene escape from the stresses of daily life, and their beautiful restaurant, The Courtney Room, is a local favourite for timelessly elegant dining and boasts one of the city’s most extensive wine selections. Located steps from Victoria’s famed Inner Harbour and historic landmarks, the Magnolia brings the best of what Victoria has to offer right to your fingertips.