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Victoria with High School Students

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Victoria with High School Students

After our BC Legislature tour on a day in late November, our chaperoned high school groups from Vancouver have one to two hours of free time in downtown Victoria.

What would be some highly recommended eateries, shops, and activities to check out? While I do appreciate the tourist sights in Victoria, I'm looking for those attractions that might have some appeal beyond the tourist audience.

For example, when we took some high school students to San Francisco, while everyone went to Fisherman's Wharf, I took the students to the Ferry Building, which contained a public market and eateries. In Vancouver, I've taken senior students to Subeez and the Vancouver Art Gallery, with positive feedback.

Suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Victoria with High School Students

As Victoria is mainly government and a tourist town, there isn't much that isn't touristy. There is shopping on Government street but depending on what day of the week it is, the shops can close by 5pm. There is the Bay centre mall, also on Government street. The Royal BC Museum is good or you could take in an IMAX film there instead.

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2. Re: Victoria with High School Students

RBC Museum is an excellent place. Excellent First Nations exhibit, Modern History (pioneer town, forestry, salmon canning, HMS Discovery) and Natural History exhibits. Couple of hours anyway.

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Another vote for the RBC Museum. Really, a fantastic facility with outstanding displays.

If you are mobile you might consider the Ross Bay Cemetery. Resting place of Emily Carr and Billy Barker amongst others.

victoria.ca/EN/…ross-bay-cemetery.html

Along the same lines as the Ferry Building, but to a much lesser degree is Market Square. In the immediate area of the Square are lots of little wee shops and restaurants.

http://www.marketsquare.ca/

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4. Re: Victoria with High School Students

Ghost walks are very popular.. walking tour of China Town

http://www.discoverthepast.com/gwalks.htm

Edited: 8:22 pm, October 27, 2012
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5. Re: Victoria with High School Students

Another hearty recommendation for the RBC museum. Craigdarroch Castle is another site we've visited many times over the past 31 years. A fascinating, intimate look at lifestyles of the rich and famous in 19th century Victoria. Bastion Square is another intresting place for visitors -- nautical museum and a few other sites of historical interest, plus several nice shops and restaurants (fine dining and casual). Oh, by all means make a stop at Rogers' Chocolates on Govermnet Street. There's a good reason they're the Queen's favorite sweet.

Edited: 10:26 pm, October 27, 2012
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6. Re: Victoria with High School Students

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I should have mentioned that our visit will include visits to the Royal BC Museum and a tour of the BC Legislature. We will have some brief free time to explore some of the sights of downtown Victoria, and was looking for some interesting shops and eateries to recommend to the kids and to patronize as it would be more engaging that having to go to a conventional chain restaurant or shop.

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7. Re: Victoria with High School Students

A few eateries that come to mind...

Pig BBQ Jointn http://pigbbqjoint.com/

Hernandez has great Mexican food. Homemade corn tortilla's last time I visited them. www.hernandezcocina.com/menu/yates-st-menu/

Bin 4...bit more upscale burger joint http://www.bin4burgerlounge.com/

Famoso is one of Victoria's newer restaurants...delish pizza!!! famoso.ca/locations/victoria_market_square.p…

For something fun, and perhaps a little different, Lasercity Fun Centre Laser Tag is located right downtown on View St. They are open every afternoon accept for Mondays. http://lasercityfuncentre.com/

Funky store right downtown is Seeing is Believing..I could spend at least half an hour in there just looking at all of the cool stuff that they have in there!! http://www.seeingisbelievinggifts.com/

At Fisherman's Wharf you can check out all of the houseboats! There are a few eateries there too, but not sure how many of them are open in late November.

Government Street and Johnson Street have some neat little shops to check out!!

The Bug Zoo and Miniature World are touristy, but could perhaps be interesting to some of the students... http://www.bugzoo.bc.ca/ http://www.miniatureworld.com/

And don't forget to stop at Roger's Chocolates on Government Street to pick up some local chocolates!!! (Only about two blocks away from the Legislative Buildings)

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