Hotel at a Glance: Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina
The Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina overlooks Victoria's inner harbor in the heart of the city. The hotel's designers didn't overlook this fortunate location: guest rooms have sliding glass doors and Juliet balconies that look out onto the water.
- Award-winner: The hotel took home a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2013.
- "The Best Seafood Spot in Victoria", according to Frommer's, is the hotel's onsite Blue Crab Seafood House, which serves fresh catches and has views of the water.
- Award-winning wine list: The Blue Crab's wine list has won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 consecutive years.
- Take a dip in the indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub.
Victoria, British Columbia: Historical Capital City Surrounded by Natural Beauty
Located on the southern part of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast, Victoria has a history as a gold-rush town and naval base, which can still be seen in the 19th-century warehouses downtown and the Victorian mansions along James Bay. Nearby, the Royal BC Museum delves into the region’s history with an impressive collection of artifacts and artwork, including a modern history gallery showcasing indigenous totem poles and masks. And since it’s the capital of British Columbia, Victoria has its share of beautiful government buildings, the neo-baroque British Columbia Parliament buildings being foremost among them.
With Victoria’s quaint character, horse-drawn carriage tours are a fitting way to explore the city’s natural treasures. Tally-Ho Carriage Tours gallop through Beacon Hill Park and past James Bay's exquisite gardens. Whale watching, kayaking, and other open-air pursuits are also popular activities for active travelers. For longer getaways, dedicating a day trip to surrounding rainforests can let you see Vancouver Island's varied wildlife and terrain, including the craggy mountains in Gowlland Tod Provincial Park.