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Victoria & Banff

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Victoria & Banff

We were supposed to go to Victoria for our honeymoon 39 years ago, never made it. For our 40th.

We are planning a trip for next spring to Victoria for 3-4 days and then take the Rocky Mounatineer train from Vancouver to Banff. Is it easier to fly into Vancouver than Seattle and then ferry to Victoria?

We are enjoy nature, wildlife, and are starving artists, what suggestions besides Butchard gardens? Where to stay and what restraunts are memorable?

We plan on staying in Banff a day or 2. What are thes suggestions there? Thank you

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1. Re: Victoria & Banff

Not sure about flights to Seattle as we've always flown into Vancouver but ferry journey across is really enjoyable as it navigates through the picturesque landscape.

Last time we were in Victoria we stayed at the Marriott Inner Harbour which was excellent and its an easy walk to the main sights in Victoria as well as many good restaurants.


There are various things to do in and around Victoria including the Royal BC Museum, Empress Hotel for afternoon tea, sea plane tours, whale watching and if you are heading up to Butchart Gardens there are wineries to visit.

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2. Re: Victoria & Banff

For information on things to do in Banff, you need to go to the Banff and/or Canadian Rockies forums.

FYI - It's about a 4 hour trip one way from Downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver where the train leaves from - this includes the ferry crossing. So you would be advised to stay in Vancouver the night before your train departure (depending on when in the day it leaves). You don't want to be stuck on the Island when you need to be on the mainland for that trip.

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It can be much cheaper to fly into Seattle. If you did this then you'd take the Clipper ferry from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria. After your Victoria visit look at Pacific Coach lines for bus/ferry/bus transfer from downtown Victoria to Vancouver.

A good budget hotel in Vancouver is the Y hotel it's a real hotel in a good location with private bathrooms etc. Assume your splurge is going to be the Rocky Mountaineer.

FWIW you could do a rental car and a self drive to the Rockies for much less than the Rocky Mountaineer. Suggest you have a look at trip reports on the BC forums for an idea about various trips.

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the flights into Seattle will be much cheaper and also the commute to Victoria will take about the same amount of time. Fly into Seattle then look at the times of


which leaves right from downtown Seattle to Victoria. You might also check airfare direct to Victoria or try


from Seattle. If you fly Alaska air you can get a flight direct into Victoria however the Clipper actually arrives in the inner harbor where the airport is a ways out of town

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There is the Victoria Art Gallery: http://aggv.ca/

Emily Carr was a home grown artist with a small family home museum on Government St. From May 1st. It's actually a national and provincial heritage site: http://emilycarr.com/

Vancouver Art Gallery has a permanent exhibit of some of her works I believe.

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