Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is the capital of the province of British Columbia in Canada and is known for its English charm. Alaskan cruises often stop here to satisfy requirements for foreign registered ships to stop at a foreign port when doing a roundtrip from a US port.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at Ogden Point approximately 1km south of the downtown area. http://victoriacruise.ca/page/cruise-schedule
Money and Tipping
A private bus shuttle service is usually provided to take you the scenic route downtown with commentary ($10 return, USD accepted, 2014). Alternatively, it is an easy 35 minute walk on any street heading north through pleasant residential neighbourhoods. Walking along Oswego St is probably the most direct route and following the harbour the most scenic. You can also take the harbour ferry at Fisherman's Wharf. Sharing a taxi may also be cheaper than taking the shuttle. http://www.cvscruisevictoria.com/shuttlebusmap.pdf https://www.victoriaharbourferry.com/
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Shopping & Restaurants
There are tourist shops and restaurants along Government St and Bastion Square. Bay Centre Mall is located off Government Street as well. The Market on Yates is a downtown supermarket with London Drugs located in the same block. Tim Hortons, Canada's favourite donut and coffee chain, can be found on Blanshard (at Johnson St). There is a Chinatown centered around Government and Fisgard St. Boutique stores can be found in Market Square on Johnston St as well as WannaWaffel for Belgian style waffles. Have afternoon tea at the Empress hotel. Upscale casual dining chains include Cactus Club (Fort St and Douglas St), Earls (Bay Centre) and Milestones (Inner Harbour). Sit on the pier with fish and chips at Red Fish Blue Fish next to the seaplane terminal at Wharf St and Broughton. Recommended places for breakfast include John's Place (723 Pandora) or Shine Cafe . (1320 Blanchard St).
The downtown post office is located at 706 Yates at Douglas (Meat and Bread sandwich shop is a couple of shops down). Closest post office to the pier is at the Pharmasave on 230 Menzies St (at Simcoe). There is a Thrifty's supermarket here as well.
Restaurants and cafes may provide free wifi for customers. The downtown public library has free wifi and computers (735 Broughton St).
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