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Vancouver and Victoria: fruit, folliage and flowers

May 1, 2006  British Columbia native weekend getaways.
3.5 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

Vancouver and Victoria are beautiful sights to see in the Spring, especially since you haven't hit the peak summer rush. Enjoy the oversized fruit at the Granville Island market, stroll through the folliage at Stanley Park, then hop on the ferry to Vancouver Island to see the beautiful flowers at Buchart Gardens and to Victoria to see in the harbour.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Vancouver, Central Saanich, Victoria
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Granville Island
    Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia

    In the heart of greater Vancouver, an island all of it's own, including a market with fresh seafood and other meats, fresh baked goods, fresh flowers and fresh oversized fruit. Take the little ferry to get there, or drive and enjoy the view. The Granville Island Stage runs regular arts concerts that are affordable.
    There are many other little specialty shops on the island to enjoy as well. You may wish to take a bus tour that stops on the island as parking can be difficult because of the islands popularity with tourists and the locals.

  • 2. Stanley Park
    Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Largest green space in Vancouver with miles of walking trails with attractions hidden within and a beach on the paciific ocean. You will want to spend a good day in the park to experience all of the attractions held within it. Pick up a park map to help you navigate the forrest.
    Be sure to stop by the Totem poles to marvel at the intricate carving details, and see the hollow tree burnt out by the lightning that struck it.
    Awalk from the park, along the water front, will bring you to Canada Place and more beautiful ocean views.

  • 3. Butchart Gardens
    Butchart Gardens, Central Saanich, Victoria Capital Regional District

    Take a short plane ride or a longer ferry ride over to Vancouver Island. The ferry ride can be a but pricy, but enjoy the scenery along the way, nothing can beat it so be sure to bring your camera.
    Between the ferry terminal and Victoria lies the beautiful gardens.Blooming all year round, take the self-guided walking tour through some of the most beautiful flowers and folliage. There are paths marked out for those who have difficulties with mobility and prefer not to use stairs, and a longer path for those who are up for the leisurely walk. Be sure to stay for lunch or afternoon tea at their dinning facilities.
    There are different flowers in bloom at different times of the year, and I can say that the Spring flowers seen in May were just wonderful.

  • 4. Inner Harbour
    Inner Harbour, Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District

    Many little tourist attractions line the harbour. Enjoy the views of the Parliament buildings, the harbour full of boats, and the Fairmount Empress.

  • 5. Fairmont Empress Hotel
    Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada, Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District

    A great place to stay, but even better for the afternoon tea, but be sure to make a reservation because this is popular. After the tea, take a stroll through the hotel and admire the design and architecture of the hotel