Victoria Inner Harbour
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Vancouver Island Spa Getaways

The best of spa pampering meets stunning wilderness settings at Vancouver Island’s award-winning spas. Enjoy a hot stone massage, a sea salt scrub, a Hawaiian-inspired body treatment, or at a seaside destination spa on a remote beach. Count on natural products drawn from local forests, waters and gardens for a truly relaxing experience.

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Afternoon Tea at the Empress

Whether you’re sipping Earl Grey beneath a chandelier, or sampling herbal blends in a corner café, Victoria is the place to enjoy a proper cup of tea. Book a formal afternoon tea, complete with freshly baked treats including scones, in the tea lobby at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, or head to Chinatown’s Silk Road Tea to learn about tea from a Chinese-trained tea master. For a British Columbian spin on the tea tradition, try the West Coast Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Grand Pacific, where single estate brews and curated blends are served with house-baked croissants and Dungeness crab cakes.

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Ancient Cedars Spa in Tofino

Step into the Rainforest Haven or the Cedar Sanctuary – the names of two of the spa rooms - at the Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn near Tofino. Gaze out on the ocean and listen to the pounding surf while enjoying a treatment in one of the country’s top destination spas. Savour a massage for two in an oceanside cedar hut, join a beachside yoga class, or indulge in one of the seasonal spa treatments that utilize traditional First Nations techniques. Afterward, stroll the driftwood-strewn beach or hop on a boat to Hot Springs Cove – a remote natural hot spring on the ocean’s edge.

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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Located at the north end of Sidney Island, this popular family destination is accessible by boat, kayak & seasonal walk-on ferry passengers (contact Alpine Ferry at 250-474-5145 for sailing info).

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Hollyhock's spectacular ocean-front setting on super natural Cortes Island, is an ideal backdrop for both transformative learning experiences and unforgettably dreamy holidays. Nestled between ancient forest and a sandy beach, our internationally ...
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Hot Springs Cove

Spend a serene day at Hot Springs Cove. These rustic geothermal springs, about 80 minutes by sea from Tofino in Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, are accessible year-round by boat or floatplane. Several water taxis and tour operators offer trips to the park. After gliding past forested islands, spotting marine mammals and birdlife on the way, you stroll along a forested boardwalk to the springs. Here, a steaming waterfall cascades into a series of pools carved into the shoreline and cooled by ocean swells, making it an idyllic setting for a relaxing soak.

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Kingfisher Spa

Nestled in a coastal forest on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island, the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa offers breathtaking ocean and mountain views.

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

In Long Beach, run barefoot through the sand, surf the waves, stroll along a boardwalk trail, and camp under the canopy of the rainforest. At the Kwisitis Visitor Centre discover the rich history and vibrant traditions of the Nuu-chah-nulth people...
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Sante Spa

Located minutes from downtown Victoria, award-winning Sante Spa Victoria draws from the elements of nature to inspire, nurture & empower your well-being. Our full array of spa treatments offers endless opportunities for relaxation, discovery, rene...
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The Spa Magnolia

Lat: 48.4232803
Lon: -123.3670613
Day Spas, Massage, Waxing
11 reviews
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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

Reconnect at Vancouver Island's natural choice for your next getaway, retreat or corporate event. Located in picturesque Parksville, BC, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre provides rustic charm in the heart of nature. Experience...
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Willow Stream Spa in Victoria

The Fairmont Empress’s Willow Stream Spa, with its gentle waterfall and Greco-Roman decor, is one of Victoria’s top pampering spots. The spa menu doesn’t just list treatments: it offers experiences, like the Island Senses experience— a two-hour immersion in the scents and sensations of Vancouver Island, from the sea salt body scrub to the lavender massage. Guests are encouraged to linger, so make a day of it. Sit by the fire, soak in the thermal mineral bath, or relax in the eucalyptus steam room and sauna. Post-spa, indulge in the ultimate Victorian ritual: afternoon tea at the Empress.

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Places to Eat

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Aurora Restaurant

Lat: 48.7463237
Lon: -123.2235985
Canadian (New)
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Syrens Bistro

Lat: 48.7468451324572
Lon: -123.226893967922
Burgers, Pubs, Canadian (New)
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Places to Stay

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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Join us at the magnificent Black Rock Oceanfront Resort with spectacular accommodations, awe-inspiring views & friendly service. The 71 room Lodge & 62 Wild Pacific Trail suites offer a variety of studio & one & two bedroom suites with all the com...
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Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

Nestled on the shores of the Saanich Inlet, Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa offers 36 beautifully designed Ocean Suites and Ocean Villas, tailored for the luxury traveler. Conveniently located just across the bay from the world famous Butchart Gardens ...
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Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa

Situated on Victoria's breathtaking Inner Harbour, renovated in 2014, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort is just steps from downtown shopping, restaurants & attractions. This beautiful hotel offers a modern waterfront setting for unsurpassed guest...
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Wickanninnish Inn

Wickaninnish Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property since 1997, overlooks the Pacific Ocean from a rocky point on Vancouver Island's rugged west coast, near the eclectic town of Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park. Two contemporary cedar buildings, s...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands

Scenery by land, air and sea: getting to Vancouver Island really is half the fun!  BC... Read more Ferries has three routes that offer regular service between the mainland and Vancouver Island. These comfortable ferries also serve the Gulf Islands.  Travelling car-free?  Pacific Coach Lines offers downtown to downtown service. From Washington State, Black Ball Ferries, Washington State Ferries, and the Victoria Clipper all sail to Victoria.  Prefer to fly?  Daily flights connect Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria, while frequent floatplane service links all three cities.  You can even go by helicopter, with Helijet’s Vancouver to Victoria service.


BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Getting to Tofino and Ucluelet

BC Ferries sail every few hours from Horseshoe Bay, just north of Vancouver, to Nanaimo on... Read more Vancouver Island. From there, it’s a three to four hour drive through Vancouver Island’s mountain scenery to the coast. Travelling car-free? Tofino Bus Island Express runs daily service from Nanaimo to Tofino and Ucluelet. Orca Airways fly to Tofino from Vancouver International Airport.


One of a kind, spectacular, scenic helicopter service.

While the Strait of Georgia reaches out below you, majestic mountains and towering skyscrapers beckon on the horizon, Helijet's spacious helicopters fly you to your destination in som...

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Tofino Air

Our planes are waiting to take you on a spectacular flightseeing adventure. Soar over stunning coastline, islands and beaches on the look out for orcas, porpoises, bears and mountain goats. Depending on your time and budget you can expand your exp...
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Tofino Bus Services

Travel economically and in comfort when visiting any part of Vancouver Island. Our year-round daily scheduled service offers daily departures to all major points on Vancouver Island as well as a direct connection to Vancouver.

Our Island ro...

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Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10 busiest airport in Canada with over 1.5 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights.

The airport is situated approximately 25KM (15.5...

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