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5 days in Victoria: the highlights (part two)

5 days in Victoria: the highlights (part two)
5 days in Victoria: the highlights (part two)

Earlier this month, I spent 5 days in Victoria on BC’s Vancouver Island. I was there for a conference and luckily had time to visit some of my favourite places and explore some new ones.


Here are the highlights: part two. Missed part one? Read it here.


Monday


Coffee at Habit


The conference didn’t start until Monday afternoon, so after getting some work done in my hotel room I walked over to Habit Coffee for a delicious Americano made from locally-roasted Bows & Arrow coffee beans.


Walk to Chinese Cemetery


Wanting to take advantage of the beautiful morning, I ventured out for a long walk to the Chinese Cemetery. Past Clover Point Park and further along Dallas Road is the cemetery. It is in a beautiful location, near the rocky shores of Harling Point and looks out towards the Olympic Mountains. While you may run into a few other tourists or locals walking around, it is such a serene and peaceful place.



Return downtown via Ross Bay Cemetery and Clover Point Park


I slowly made my way back downtown, following the coastline winding through Victoria’s picturesque Oak Bay area. Every so often, there were steps down from the road to the ocean (like in the picture above). It is just such a beautiful spot to walk or run, and one of my favourite places to be. Along the way, I passed by Ross Bay Cemetery and stopped at Clover Point Park for a few more pictures of the stunning ocean views. It is a great spot to see kite surfers on a windy day.



Lunch to-go from Be Love


Last time I was in Victoria, I really enjoyed my dinner at Be Love, serving organic, local, and plant-based cuisine (you may be sensing a pattern here). This time, I got take out instead of ordering in. The iced almond milk latte was so good, just the right amount of sweetness and creaminess. My food (Carmanah Bowl served with sesame stir-fried shiitakes, spring veggies, greens, grilled sweet potato, avocado, house sauerkraut, local seaweed, and wild greens on steamed quinoa with miso ginger sauce) was quite good, but the portion was much smaller than eating at the restaurant and left me a little hungry.



Tuesday


Breakfast at Victoria Conference Centre


Tuesday was spent at the conference and in board meetings. I have to give a shout-out to the Victoria Conference Centre’s food, provided by the Fairmont Empress. They easily accommodated any food sensitivities and served me the best conference breakfast I’ve had: steel cut oats served with nut milk, caramelized banana, hemp and flax seeds.



Dinner at Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Fire and Water


After a long day at the conference and a board meeting, I was more than ready for dinner. Our Directors and I had dinner at the Marriott’s restaurant Fire and Water. Admittedly, I tend not to eat at hotel restaurants. There are just so many places to explore in a new city, it seems at times like a waste to stay at the hotel. Was I ever proved wrong at Fire and Water! It was one of the best meals I have had in a long time.

We started off with several appetizers, my favourite being the Pulled Korean BBQ Bison Short Ribs (sweet and sticky BBQ sauce, Hoisin sesame butter, Asian slaw, jalapeno corn bread). The cornbread was so good and brought me back to the drool worthy brunch and cornbread I had in Portland at Tasty & Alder. For my main course, I enjoyed the Sesame Crusted Grilled Wild BC Salmon (served with sautéed tiger prawns maple, orange and ginger vinaigrette) and a side of freshly steamed vegetables and homemade sweet potato wedges. We finished the meal off with a sampling of their homemade ice cream flavours.


Wednesday


Fly back to Vancouver via Harbour Air


I had grand plans to go to the Blue Fox Cafe for breakfast before flying back to Vancouver, but woke up a little late. Next time! The Harbour Air flight from Victoria to Vancouver is always beautiful. If you’ve never been on a float plane, I highly recommend it. Though I was a little apprehensive to be on such a small plane at first, as long as there is no major turbulence it is quite enjoyable and a fun experience.



Only have a day to spend in Victoria? Read this post: 8 hours in Victoria – what to see, eat and do.


Have you ever been on a float plane before? 

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  • While I love life on the west coast, it's never easy living on the other side of the country from many friends and family. Grateful for trips home, no matter how long or short (this weekend!) they may be. Back to YVR ✈️
  • Soaking up that Toronto sunshine ☀️
  • Had some of the best vegan food ever at @plantatoronto tonight! I've often been left disappointed (and hungry 😅) by new plant based eateries but this totally exceeded expectations. Loved all the dishes we tried from the cheesy queso dip (pictured here) to the peanut butter chocolate "terrarium" for dessert.
  • Springtime in Victoria #flashbackfriday meanwhile in Toronto... ❄️🌧☀️
  • Last night's surprisingly purple sunset, a welcome sight after a day of rain #tbt
  • From west coast to east coast (sort of! 😛) Toronto bound ✈️ where there is apparently a rainfall warning #cantescapeit
  • The ferry is fun, but these views can't be beat. YYJ ➡️ YVR ✈️
  • Thanks Victoria for the sunshine, great eats, good coffee, and those Island views. Now to the float plane!