SS Valencia: A Theatre of Horror

The shipwreck of the SS Valencia is well known as one of the worst maritime disasters in an area along Vancouver Island’s west side known as “The Graveyard of the Pacific”. Its tale lives on in Victoria through ghost stories and it has even captured the attention of an international audience. But what actually played out during this dramatic sinking? How did this “theatre of horror” drag on for 40 hours? What are the human stories behind the infamous scene of the shipwreck?
This exhibit tells the story of the SS Valencia and considers what conditions led to such a horrific ending. By meeting a cast of characters thrown together by fate, visitors will hear the human stories behind the tragedy and consider what effect trauma had on the events. Visitors will also get to see objects recovered from the Valencia wreck including some of mysterious circumstances. Valencia’s story is enrapturing and will continue to live on in the lore of BC’s maritime history. Visit the Maritime Museum of BC today to learn more about this infamous shipwreck.

Exhibit Dates: 12 March – 2 September 2021

Location: The Maritime Museum of BC634 Humboldt Street Victoria, BC V8W 1A6

Link : https://mmbc.bc.ca/valencia

Victoria Harbour Ferry – Water Ballet, Water Taxi and Tours

Water Ferry Ballet by vicharbourferry via Instagram.com

The Victoria Harbour Ferry is OPEN!

Operating within the Inner Harbour and Gorge, take a water taxi to a destination or a tour.

Pictured above is a local tradition of the ferry captains performing a synchronized “ballet” on the water. Starting April through October check out their FREE performance within the Inner Harbour!

Visit Victoria Harbour Ferry for general information and 2021 Water Ballet for performance scheduling.

Legislative Building

Sunrise over the Legislative Building by Erin Sinclair

The BC Parliament Building is the official location for the Provincial Legislative Assembly to gather and is a major attraction of Victoria. Overlooking the Inner Harbour, the Parliament Building is located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen people.

They are currently open for virtual guided tours or to take a walk outside around the grounds.

Dallas Road Beach!

Dallas Road Beach Sunset by Erin Sinclair

Need more proof that we love our sunsets?! This one was taken right next door to our Royal Scot home in James Bay. You guessed it… Dallas Road Beach! This walk is calming anytime of day, but in the evenings, as the sun’s setting it’s a different kind of magic!

Victoria Sunsets

Saxe Point Park Sunset by Alex Turko

Our favourite thing about Victoria as we get closer to summer… are the sunsets!!

Last night, we caught this beautiful cotton candy sky before a brief storm. Check out some of our staff favourites:

  • Ogden Point Breakwater
  • Dallas Road Beach
  • Clover Point
  • Victoria’s Inner Harbour
  • Mt. Tolmie
  • Mt. Douglas
  • Saxe Point Park
  • Summit Park
  • Highrock Park

Fisherman’s Wharf – Must See!

Colourful Float Homes @ Fisherman’s Wharf by Erin Sinclair

Website: Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

We’re so lucky to have this beautiful attraction just 10-minutes from our door step! Fisherman’s Wharf is a unique marina where you’ll find – iconic colourful float homes, fresh fish and seafood kiosks, marine adventures (whale watching, kayak rentals), and boutique shopping!

Take a walk along the marina to check out the commercial fishing and private vessels. If you’re lucky, you might even see a harbor seal bathing along side the docks!

Dine Around & Stay in Town … Again!

Oyster Plater by Zeynep Ozgunc

Date: February 19 – March 8 2021
Websites: Tourism Victoria

Dine Around is back, by popular demand! Support local culinary and hospitality businesses with special Dine Around menu options and rates. See Tourism Victoria for participating restaurants.

With many ways to get involved and 33 participating restaurants – dine out or order in. It’s a great way to safely spice up your evening.

@tourismvictoria and #DineAroundYYJ to share your experience!

Cherry Blossoms are Bloomin’

Cherry Blossoms on View St by Erin Sinclair

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, in Victoria!

The cherry blossoms have been spotted in bloom, on View Street! That means spring is just around the corner 🙂

Mid-February to May is typically the best time to see them. Keep an eye out as they blossom around town; painting the town pretty & pink, they’ll be hard to miss!

Grab a hot beverage and bundle up, it’s still chilly out there!

It’s snowing in Victoria!

Victoria Snow Days 9 by josullivan.59 via creativecommons.org

It only happens for a few days a year, but Greater Victoria received almost 20cm of snow in certain areas today! Downtown and around the hotel we received around 13cm’s with some more possibly arriving tomorrow.

For those who can safely make it, the cafes and coffee shops are open around us for hot beverages and our pool and hot tub are heated to warm up after you sightsee around our winter wonderland!

Call us at 1-250-388-5463 or 1-800-663-7515 for upgrade, parking or Valentine’s day specials.