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Sometimes the best things in life really are free. As a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel know all the ins and outs of the city, and that includes everything you can do on a budget. Here are just a few staff favourites:

1) Gastown: If you’re looking to stroll through the historic part of Vancouver, look no further. Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, filled with galleries, designer boutiques, and a wide variety of restaurants. If you’re packing a lunch, there’s no end of scenic urban settings to enjoy it in.

2) Stanley Park: This is Canada’s largest park, and one could easily spend all day just hiking its trails or enjoying its gardens. But on top of that, it features a large part of the Seawall, beaches, a lake, and more. It also contains a number of paid attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, a pitch-and-putt course, and the Forest Train, which is sure to delight the young and young at heart. But it’s just as easy to spend a relaxing day here without spending a dime. And don’t forget about the free outdoor movies they offer in the summer!

3) The Great Outdoors Next Door: Hop across to North Vancouver and you have a number of free outdoorsy options available, such as the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge and Canyon Park, or the famous Grouse Grind (aka Nature’s Stairmaster) which will give you a real workout.

4) Street Festivals: Vancouver offers many free street festivals throughout the summer. Past events have included Make Music, the Burnaby Hats Off Day Street Party, and Italian Day on the Drive. Be sure to keep up to date as to what events will be happening when you come to visit!

5) Celebration of Light: If you’re coming between July 28 and August 4th, you’re in for a treat. The 28th Annual Celebration of Light will be taking place, and there’s a number of places you can go to best watch the light show. Second Beach, English Bay, or even Vanier Park in Kitsilano all offer great vantage points.

No matter what you decide to do, the Victorian Hotel will be there at the end of your journey, offering comfort and indulgences like luxury pillow tops, soaker tubs, high-speed WiFi, and flat-screen TVs. There’s even a complimentary Healthy Start breakfast in the morning, so you’ll be all set for your next adventure.

To learn more or make a reservation, call 1.877.681.6369.

As a boutique hotel in Vancouver, many visitors arrive at the Victorian Hotel with a keen intent to take in Canada’s culture and attractions. For those looking for a special venue, the Vancouver Art Gallery has always been a hub of culture in the centre of the city. Better yet, it’s located less than a 10 minute walk away from the Victorian Hotel.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is one of North America’s most respected and innovative art institutions. Founded in 1931, they offer ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and put an emphasis on advancing scholarship. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design, and architecture.

For all the shopping lovers out there, the VAG is located right at the heart of the Robson Street shopping district, so you can start or finish your visit to this part of Vancouver with some high-quality window shopping.

The permanent collection includes works by Emily Carr and indigenous art from the region, as well as contemporary art from Asia. Current Exhibitions include a thematic exhibition exploring the impact of the nuclear age, and a German expressionistic collection that explores the development of the style in the early 19th century. Later this year, they will be hosting an exhibit of sculptures and video installations that draw upon both conceptual and performance art while utilising a DIY sense of inventiveness.

Due to its central location, people visiting the VAG aren’t far away from a wide variety of other attractions, such as the Orpheum on Granville, Gastown, Yaletown, and Canada Place. In fact, thanks to its proximity to Granville Street and two major SkyTrain lines, just about anywhere in Vancouver is within reach.

Here’s a local’s tip, every Tuesday evening from 5-9pm the admission for the Vancouver Art Gallery is by donation! Get there early for this popular night to get a spot in line and enjoy the exhibits. During your visit, make your way up to the Gallery Cafe’s rooftop patio for lunch and a beautiful view, one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets.

Once you’ve had your fill of art and culture, you’re just a short walk away from your room at the Victorian Hotel. Enjoy a relaxing bath in the deep soaker tubs, rest on the pillowtop beds, or relax with some TV. In the morning, enjoy the complimentary Healthy Start breakfast and ask our friendly for their recommendations about what to do next.

Make a reservation or learn more at 1.877.681.6369

Vancouver boutique hotelAs a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel enjoy engaging in convivial conversation with guests from near and far. As a landing point for many people visiting Canada for the first time, guests often ask for recommendations about attractions that are amazing, inspiring, and truly Canadian.

For those interested in an activity that’s sure to educate and inspire, FlyOver Canada never fails to impress. Just a fifteen-minute walk from the Victorian Hotel, right down by Canada Place— this scenic attraction is a great launching point for your Fly Over adventure.

Using state-of-the-art technology, guests are suspended before a 20-meter spherical screen and are then swept away on a thrilling eight-minute journey across Canada. Explore the seaside, prairies, mountains, and islands in an exhilarating journey that’s sure to leave you breathless. In fact, even filming this remarkable experience required more than a year!

More than a movie on a fancy screen, you will expertise sights and sounds. You will feel the mist and the mountain wind, because this sensory experience uses effects like wind, mist, and fragrances in conjunction with the ride’s moving seats to create a truly spellbinding experience.

Dive through valleys and glide over mountains, buzz through the confines of our biggest cities and experience the wide-open plains of the prairies. In just eight minutes you’ll cover Canada’s six thousand kilometers—all without ever leaving Vancouver.

As a reminder, to experience  FlyOver Canada, children must be at least 102cm (40″) tall. Children (12 and under) must also be accompanied by an adult or guardian (14 years or older).

When you’re done experiencing the country from coast to coast, indulge in some nearby cuisine or shopping before landing safely back at the Victorian Hotel. To learn more about potential adventures in Vancouver, virtual or real, ask staff members for their recommendations. They’ll be glad to help.

Make a reservation or call  1.877.681.6369 to learn more.

As a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel know all the most interesting places to visit. Whether it’s an outdoor adventure or shopping downtown, Vancouver is a city with limitless options. Even better, most of these are walking distance or just a short ride from the Victorian’s downtown location.

 

Just beyond the front door, a short walk away, Beautiful Canada Place sits on the harbour. This is an attraction that attracts about three million people each year, and it’s the site of many special events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics.

 

In the opposite direction, you’ll find the shopping mecca knowns as Robson Street. However, if the history of the city seems more intersecting, Gas Town is just a short jaunt away. As Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown is filled with galleries, designer boutiques, and, of course, a wide variety of restaurants. In fact, some of the cites finest eateries are located here. And just further afield is historic China Town, another neighborhood awash in history and wonder. Make sure to check out the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which is especially recommended for gardening enthusiasts.

 

Those fixed on city highlights should definitely check out Stanley Park, Canada’s largest park. Fantastic in its own right, Stanley Park also contains its own attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, a pitch-and-putt course, and, of course, the Forest Train, which is sure to delight the young and young at heart.

 

Another not to be missed city highlight is Granville Island, which is just a short bus ride away. This is a haven where the crafty and curious can enjoy all things artisanal, organic, and handmade.

 

No matter where your trip takes you, or how much energy you expend, at the end of the day the Victorian Hotel will offer indulgence and comfort in the form of luxury pillow tops, soaker tubs, high speed WiFi, and flat screen TVs. There’s even a complimentary Healthy Start breakfast, so you’ll be set for day 2 of your adventures.

 

To lean more or  make a reservation, or call 1.877.681.6369.

victorian hotel in Vancouver It’s the month of love. As the city hovers on the cusp of spring, the romance in the air is nearly as thick as the pollen. But don’t let that stop you. Vancouver caters to lovers of all ages and stages. This makes it the perfect destination for a spur-of-the-moment retreat. To help plan your getaway, the staff at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver has put together a list of recommendations for the romantically inclined.

Tea for Two

Located just blocks from the Victorian Hotel, the Fairmont’s tradition of afternoon tea has delighted guests from around the world for decades. The tearoom is tucked away in the back of Notch8. The hotel frequently switches up their themes (currently Silver Screen), but it’s always fresh and fabulous. Choose from an extensive list of teas before setting out on an explosive journey of the sweet and savoury.

Heat Up the Kitchen

For couples who love to cook, a session at The Dirty Apron is sure to spice things up. As a cooking school, you’ll have a chance to romp and stomp in one of Vancouver’s most extraordinary culinary playgrounds. After you’re done, you’ll have a chance to share your gourmet masterpiece at a communal table. The Dirty Apron is just a short trot into Gastown, but classes fill up fast, so reservations are recommended.

Spa Time

Today, relaxing together is a rare treat for many couples. If the thought of being lavishly pampered makes you sigh—then this is your opportunity. Located on Robson, Smile Thai Wellness offers relaxing Thai, oil, and deep tissue massages. Even better, they have a couples room, where you can indulge in a session of pampering with your partner. Talk, relax, and de-stress side by side.

After a day of discovery and romance, you’ll probably need to eat. For those who love dining, the Victorian Hotel shares retail space with Cinara, one of the most distinguished restaurants in the city. Enjoy Italian-inspired cuisine made with fine fresh ingredients.

As a special treat, the Victorian Hotel also offers a Luv-Affair package for couples who love the classics. With heady champagne and a duvet full of rose petals… well, let’s just say we’ll understand if you need to arrange for an extended checkout.

With its Euro-style heritage charm, the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver is a great destination for anyone visiting the city in the holiday season. For those who delight in glossy hardwood and soaring bay windows, the hotel’s vintage-y vibe makes it hard to beat in any season. However, Christmas affords Vancouver-bound holiday goers with a special opportunity. With the gourmet epicentres of Gastown, Robson, and Yaletown just 5-10 minutes away, this is the ideal base for exploring the local Christmas culinary scene.

Food and Christmas have always gone hand-in-hand. Think rich gingerbread, candied nuts, decadently spiced cider, thick holiday hams, thin crispy cookies, seductive chocolates  and, of course, that perennial North American favourite—turkey! Of course, in Vancouver many restaurants will put their own inspired Westcoast twists on classic dishes. With fresh ingredients and fresher ideas, there is an endless bounty of creations designed to delight your inner gastronome. So, if you’re ready to explore a bevvy of seasonal eats and treats, read on!

Forage

Located about 5-10 minutes away on 1300 Robson Street, Forage always puts the best of BC on your plate. This restaurant connects diners to local fishers, foragers, and farmers. They also offer the best from the local craft distilleries, breweries, and wineries. Every December, this restaurant trots out their rustic holiday decor, a nod to their sustainable dining approach, and serves up a four-course family-style lunch or dinner. Last year, this included grilled kale salad, a charcuterie board, a choice of roasted Fraser Valley turkey or hay-smoked pork rack roast, and a sticky toffee pudding. Stay tuned to see what’s being served up this year. Just remember, reservations are a must in this intimate space.

Le Crocodile

Located at 100-909 Burrard (about 10 minutes away), this restaurant puts a fancy French twist on its seasonal specialities. Be on the lookout for rare delicacies like smoked and candied salmon. For the main course, tuck into Roasted Fraser Valley Duck Breast served with Pan-Seared Foie Gras and an Apple Cider Reduction. Follow that up with a chocolate cake, featuring an orange reduction that lends a seasonal fruity flair to this traditional favourite. As a bonus, Le Crocodile will be offering a New Year’s Course this year, so make your reservations early.

West

Just a brief trot away at 2881 Granville Street, West offers a modern space bathed in natural light thanks to an assortment of skylights, perfect for holiday conviviality. Guests can choose from options ranging from a three-course meal to simple à la carte selections like West Coast oysters with elderflower mignonette or an albacore tuna salad. Don’t forget to follow up with a decadent chocolate parfait sandwich, featuring a white chocolate sour cream mousse, which works perfectly with its crisp hazelnut wafers and sour-sweet raspberry compote.

After all that food, you’ll be grateful for the luxurious pillow-top mattresses, raindrop showers, and flat-screen TVs that add dimension and comfort to your stay at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver. To top it off, the complimentary continental breakfast, which is included in your stay, will provide a light and refreshing start to the day next morning.

The Victorian Hotel in Vancouver boasts a long and illustrious history. But while keeping its vintage-y vibe intact for twenty-first century visitors, the centralized location also offers some unexpected perks for those who are keenly aware of Vancouver’s glitzy alter ego—aka Hollywood North!

For those who don’t know, the Victorian Hotel is comprised of two buildings. The first building at the went up in 1898 to house the explorers, prospectors, and newcomers who were compelled by the possibilities of life on the frontier. The second building, constructed 10 years later, was a reaction to the rapidly growing economy. Both these beautiful buildings offer a historic flavour, without sacrificing the amenities that are essential for modern day guests. Large flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and luxurious bedding that even Kate Rockwell, the queen of the Klondike gold rush, would envy.

As a hotel with a centralized location in the downtown core, The Victorian Hotel offers fans of the big and small screen alike unique opportunities to visit the locations of a number of famous movies and TV shows that are filmed all around Vancouver. For fans of the CW original show Riverdale, staying at the hotel just might afford you a peak at America’s most famous redhead, since the set of Veronica’s Lodge’s home is just next door at The Permanent Building.

For those interested in other sets and locations, Atlas of Wonders has a list of all the known shooting locations from Season One. Organize your own set location tour, starting with Veronica’s mansion and then work your way out. Atlas of Wonders also shares shooting locations for other movies and TV shows, so there’s no telling what (or who) you might find.