Hotel at a Glance: English Inn
Designed by architect Samuel McLure, the English Inn is a heritage hotel built in 1906 and was recently renovated. It’s spread across 1.5 acres of well-tended lawns and gardens. Though you’ll be just a short stroll from the beach and near a path that leads to downtown, the estate is set in a quiet residential area that gives a romantic, tucked-away-in –the-country feel to it.
- Complimentary continental breakfast to start your day
- Walk in the sunken garden to see flowering plants and old-growth trees
- Elegant rooms: The individually decorated Estate and Crown rooms may feature separate sitting areas and may have canopy beds, patios, and/or fireplaces.
- Downtown Victoria is a 6-minute drive from the Inn.
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 trot 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.