Hotel at a Glance: 4 Beaches Bed & Breakfast
On the southern tip of Vancouver Island, 4 Beaches Bed & Breakfast lives up to its name by putting guests within a 30-minute drive of four beaches. Rooms are simply decorated with a little elegance from the glittering chandelier in each suite. The sun deck makes for a great place to enjoy the weather and the outdoor hot tub is operational year round.
- Dig in to plates of waffles and other gourmet cuisine during the daily included breakfast.
- Curl up with a book or put together a jigsaw puzzle in the Great Room.
- Galloping Goose: a 6-kilometer bike trail to Victoria is accessible directly from the hotel
- Whale watching: Sail the Strait of Juan de Fuca in search of orcas, gray whales, and humpback whales.
Greater Victoria, British Columbia: Scenic Seaside Bluffs and Whale-Watching Tours
British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, overlooks the Salish Sea on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Year-round, the Victoria Clipper ferry takes people from downtown Seattle to Victoria’s Inner Harbour; the trip takes about three hours.
Around Vancouver Island, there are charming seaside towns set along craggy, scenic coastline. In the township of Sooke, 45 minutes west of downtown Victoria, it’s popular to take whale-watching tours. From May to October, you can cruise through nearby inlets and see orca and humpback whales, as well as seals, sea lions, and dolphins.
Pine-tree-covered bluffs and tide pools are common in the region. You can see this native terrain at many nearby regional and provincial parks, such as East Sooke and Juan de Fuca. Sooke Potholes is among the most popular area parks in summertime—locals come here in droves to cool off in its natural bedrock holes.
You can learn about Canada’s aboriginal peoples, known as the T’Sou-ke First Nation, at the Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre. Back in Victoria, Thunderbird Park features a number of totem poles with carvings that depict mythology of a number of First Nation tribes. The park is right next to Royal BC Museum, which features a to-scale woolly mammoth and a to-scale Fred Flintstone trying to shower under water from its trunk.