Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, Canada. Walking the streets I was reminded a lot of Europe, especially London. Beautiful city, low buildings, florishing streets, clean, fresh, a harbor, museums, art, restaurants, café, shops, MEC, bike transit lanes. It´s totally worthy to lose your self around the center for a while.
The city center has all day parking for $13/day or $2.25/hour at the Wharf Pk, in front of the harbor beside the information center, it's an open air lot that allowed us to park, the other parking lots in town have low roof clearance denying us entry.
WHERE TO SLEEP?
Rolling off the ferry late at night weary and keen to find a place to sleep we found an unexpected camping called Island View Beach Regional Park. Upon arrival we were surrounded by pink and purple skies, sunset time! It was a spectacular welcome to the ocean! A simple campground half on beach front and half behind with blossoming trees, both really nice. The beach side costs $20/night, its only for Rv and the back side is $15/night and for tents or smaller vans like ours. Facilities include toilets, water tap, picnic tables, a common fire pit next to the beach, paved access, long beach and 20 min from Victoria's downtown. For us it was simply perfect. When you head in or out on the road you will see a big market called Michelle's Farm, it has a variety of veggies, free run eggs, meat, etc, all local and cheap!
At Cedar Hill Recreation Center there is showers for $3 plus free wifi and a big café in the entrance. Ten minutes from downtown and opens until late.
Galloping Goose Trail, is a multi-use trail with 60 km of friendly paved paths to ride or walk. The "Goose" goes from Victoria to Sooke to Leechtown. It's a perfect place to escape from the city and has a lot of historical beauty. You can choose your own section. More on this trail in our Sooke blog post.
More info of the trail: http://www.gallopinggoosetrail.com/
For the rainy days you can choose from two locations for pulling on plastic in one of these great climbing gyms
Though we did not climb outside we did research a great looking bouldering area called Fleming Beach
More info here http://flemingbeacheliminates.ca/