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Best time to visit Victoria

What is the best time of year to visit Victoria? What is the weather like in early November? We just got back from a 7 day Alaskan cruise and it rained eveyday. We only had 4 hours in Victoria and would like to go back. Is it best to fly into Seattle and take the ferry?Any hotel suggestions? Thanks.

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1. Re: Best time to visit Victoria

The best time to visit is any month with a Monday in it. Early November can be unpredictable. There could be rain and wind, maybe lots, or you could get several days of sunshine.

How to get here depends a great deal on timing and where you're coming from . You can fly from Seattle via floatplane to our harbour, or regular plane to the airport. You can drive/ferry via Port Angeles (due south of us) or Tsawwassen (almost due north, just cross the border and turn left). You can take the Victoria Clipper fast boat from Seattle (in that direction the sailing times work well).

http://www.bcferries.com/

http://www.cohoferry.com/main/

http://www.kenmoreair.com/

horizon air via http://www.alaskaair.com/

http://www.clippervacations.com/

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2. Re: Best time to visit Victoria

The closer you come to tourist season, the more ferry choices you will have and more tourist attractions and activities will be open. Will you have a car? You won't need one at all in Victoria, especially if you plan on 3 days or so. So you will have to carefully check the schedules for the WA State ferry, the Coho and the Victoria Clipper to see what would work for you.

IMO, the best time to come to Victloria is July, August or September. Yes, it's busier but the chances of good weather are better and Butchart Gardens will be in full colour and beauty.

Is it best to fly into Seattle? Don't know where Southlake is, so can't comment on that. If you plan to come in November, you would likely save a lot of time by flying to Victoria.

Hotels? I like BW Inner Harbour, Royal Scott, Queen Victoria, Delta Hotel and Suites, and Chateau Victoria. Harbour Towers is undergoing renovations at the moment and would be another consideration. Again, it depends on your budget and what star rating you are looking for. I would suggest you browse through the Victoria Hotels, found in the sidebar to the left to see what appeals to you. Then ask for further comment once you have a couple to compare.

Edited: 9:27 pm, September 11, 2011
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3. Re: Best time to visit Victoria

November is considered the rainy season in these parts. July, August, and September is drought season. November can still be nice, but it's a gamble. If you're looking at avoiding rain, coming in November is chancy.

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4. Re: Best time to visit Victoria

The weather here is best from mid May until mid to late September.

A lot of the tourist attractions and events are in town from late June until the end of August. July/August can be horribly expensive, though I guess that is the case for a lot of tourist spots. If you travel on the shoulder seasons (May/September) you can usually find fairly good weather and it isn't as expensive for accommodation - though some of the attractions may not be open or for as extensive operating hours.

If you fly into Seattle - you can get to Victoria through a number of means - by float plane from Lake Union into downtown Victoria Inner Harbour - from Seattle Airport to Victoria Intl Airpot (outside of town about 30 mins drive from downtown) Horizon/Alaska Airlines, or by ferry/catamaran (walk on only does not take cars) is the Victoria Clipper which runs from downtown Seattle waterfront into downtown Victoria Inner Harbour.

If you drive from Seattle there are car ferries via Anacortes, Port Angeles, and Vancouver/Tswassen.

If you have more specific questions, ask away.

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5. Re: Best time to visit Victoria

Summer is lovely, but very busy. We lived in Nanaimo most our lives and would visit Victoria on a regular basis. I loved going in the spring when all the trees and flowers were coming into bloom in April/May. I would say September/early October is my other favorite time. However it is the "wet" coast as we call it and rain can happen anytime. November would be a gamble, it could be crisp temperatures but lovely or miserable and rainy during your entire visit.

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