Spring has come!

Victoria is a beautiful city with lots of flowers, and now the cherry blossom season has come😊

You will find cherry blossom trees in most part of downtown, especially it will be iconic to picture the one with the parliament building!

Here is the map for spring blossoms created by CITY OF VICTORIA.

https://vicmap.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=bb2833176ff2419ab1170551d9877a29

Royal Scot Hotel is located in downtown, right next to the parliament building and Menzies Street which is a “Cherry Blossoms Street”!

Don’t miss the “Le printemps😉 Book your stay directly with us now!

Victoria Valentine’s Day Activities

Picture Courtesy of Rogers Chocolates

Still trying to think of ideas for Valentine’s Day?

Victoria offers a variety of unique activities, restaurants, fantastic views, and gift shops that you and your loved one can enjoy!

We suggest taking a stroll around Abkhazi gardens and indulging in some afternoon tea and pastries, visiting Rogers Chocolates for some holiday treats or challenging each other to a game at the Board Game Café. If you are feeling more outdoorsy, Victoria has a variety of unforgettable whale watching tours to chose from. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or spending the day with friends and family, Valentine’s Day in Victoria has something for everyone.

Don’t be afraid to take advantage of what downtown Victoria has to offer, and if you need inspiration or information our front desk staff is always happy to help!

Dine Around Victoria 2023 is back this week

The picture is courtesy of Steamship Grill and Bar

 When: from January 20th – February 5th, 2023

Where: various restaurants in Victoria

Whether your New Years Resolution was to travel more, experience new foods or spend less money, Dine Around Victoria was created for you!

Participate from January 20th to February 5th as more than 50 Victoria restaurants are offering a three-course dining experience at discounted prices ranging from $20-$60 dollars! Support local restaurants, experience great food and explore Victoria with this amazing deal.

If you are planning on coming down to Victoria in January call us directly at (250) 388-5463 for our Free Parking Special on our HOT rates!

Head over to https://www.tourismvictoria.com/blog/dine-around-and-stay-town-2023 to learn more about the fantastic restaurants and their specially designed menus.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2023 Chinese New Years Celebrations

Photograph courtesy of https://hungfut.ca/

WHEN: Sunday Jan 29th, 2023, 12pm – 3:30pm

WHERE: Chinatown (Fisgard St. & Government St.)

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit! Come celebrate in Canada’s oldest Chinatown. At the Gates of Harmonious interest, you will see the Lion dance parade and Kung Fu demonstrations. Join the celebration that the Lion will bless the merchants, scare away evil spirits from the past year, and bring good luck for the new year!

For more details, please visit: https://hungfut.ca/news-events

Event will proceed rain, shine, or snow.

The teahouse at Abkhazi Garden

Photo Curtesy of Abkhazi Teahouse

Drinking hot tea, eating sandwiches and enjoy old-fashioned Christmas cake is the perfect activity on a cold day in Victoria. Just an 8-10 minute drive from the Royal Scot Hotel is the teahouse at Abkhazi Garden. They are offering their seasonal four-course Festive Christmas High Tea over this holiday season until December 31st. Warm up and enjoy the calm atmosphere, food and gardens.

Where: 1964 Fairfield Rd. Victoria, BC Canada V8S 1H4

When: Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am-5pm

Admission: $65 per person

Reserve a table: (778) 265-6466

Visit https://www.abkhaziteahouse.com/teahouse-menu to see the full menu and other teas!

Holiday Shopping in Victoria

Photograph curtesy of Black Ball Ferry Line

Stressed about your holiday shopping list?

All within a reasonable distance from the Royal Scot Hotel and Suites is a variety of shopping locations! From fresh baked goods and book stores to presents for your outdoor friends and relatives. Take your pick of what downtown Victoria has to offer. We suggest walking or driving down Government Street to find some local and souvenir stores or head over to the Bay Centre to enjoy the Festival of Trees while finding gifts for your loved ones.

Don’t forget to take a peek inside our gift shop to look at some mugs, jewelry, wallets and more!

Feel free to ask our Front Desk staff for more recommendations and directions or visit the link below for more information.

https://www.tourismvictoria.com/blog/your-downtown-victoria-bc-shopping-guide

A Winter Dream-Victoria Harbour Lights

Illustration courtesy of Victoria Harbour Lights

Less than a five-minute walk from The Royal Scot Hotel, Victoria Harbour Lights is offering A Winter Dream. A 45-minute narrated seasonal story that will get you in the holiday spirit! The story includes an interactive light display and music all while you’re taking a scenic ride on the Victoria harbour ferry.

WHEN: The ferries will run from December 2nd-23rd and the 26th– 31st from 5pm-9pm.

ADMISSION:

Adult (18+): $35

Youth (13-17): $20

Child (2-12): $10

Infants: Free

Tickets can be purchased online at www.victoriaharbourferry.com or by phone (250) 514-9794.

Lights Of Wonder

Image courtesy of Downtown Victoria Business Association

From December 15th-31st Centennial Square will transform into a beautiful outdoor winter wonderland. The square will be decorated in multiple light displays, a 40-foot tree and offer lots of music, entertainment and treats! Some activities include a silent disco, dance performances and a daily Giving Booth.

If you’re looking for a memorable New Years Event, head over to the square December 31st to celebrate the start of the New Year!

Make sure to visit https://downtownvictoria.ca/lights-of-wonder/ to learn more.

Festival of Trees

Image courtesy of Sergej Krivenko/The Bay Centre

The holiday season has finally arrived in Victoria, bringing with it a number of festive events and must-see displays, including the Festival of Trees! This annual tradition has been delighting residents and visitors for the last 27 years, and transforms the Bay Centre (located in the downtown core, just minutes away from the Royal Scot) into a forested wonderland of uniquely decorated trees.  The event runs during Centre hours from November 17th to January 3rd and gives visitors to the Bay Centre the opportunity to vote on their favourite trees, as well as collecting donations for the BC Children’s Hospital.  This year the money raised will go towards research into childhood diabetes, so if you’re in town, consider stopping by, casting your votes and supporting a good cause while taking in this magical display!

More information can be found at the Bay Centre website or at the BC Children’s Hospital event page.

IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive Event

Photograph courtesy of Jim Bradley

The 23rd Annual Truck Light Convoy will be coming to Victoria on December 3rd 2022! In this holiday event, local businesses decorate trucks of all kinds with the best and brightest light displays imaginable before taking to the roads for a festive tour of the city. This year the convoy will be departing at 5:40 PM from the Breakwater District in James Bay (a short distance from where our hotel is conveniently located along the inner harbor) and will finish almost 3 hours later at the Westshore Parkway.  Not only is this colourful convey fun to watch, but it also raises donations for local food banks, making this annual tradition a delight on multiple levels.

Visit the official website at ieoa.ca for more information.