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The Maritime Museum

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The Maritime Museum is a representation of BC’s provincial marine origins. It features 35,000 artifacts and over 40,000 historical photos. Within these artifacts lies stories of pirates, shipwrecks and several vessels used throughout the years.

Keep an eye out for a few main attractions in the museum:

Engine Room: This room is filled with various types of engines ranging from small to large that have shaped the way navel transportation has evolved.
Trekka: In 1959, this ship was the smallest ship to travel around the world. Learn about her story in this exhibit!
Modelmania: One of the largest collections in Canada, the Maritime Museum features over 400 model airplanes. Some of these models originate from as far back as ancient civilization!

The Maritime Museum always has featured exhibits, so be sure to check out these as well!

Did you know?

The Maritime Museum will be moving closer to the Royal Scot! The museum is moving into the Steamship Terminal, located on the Inner Harbour. This means that it will only be a few minutes away from our hotel.

Furthermore, moving to the Steamship Terminal will allow the Maritime Museum to showcase boat exhibits alongside its building. Eventually, Dorothy and Trekka, boats that were used in the 1900’s, will be sitting in the water beside the Steamship Terminal for people to view!

For more information on the Maritime Museum, please visit their website.

Out of Hand Craft Fair

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

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November 28 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
November 29 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
November 30 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas Street

It is the 26th annual Out of Hand Craft Fair! This fair is known as one of the most ‘prestigious fairs’ that features fine crafts, home décor, unique fashion pieces, and artisan food.

The fair presents several local exhibitors that offer a variety of different handmade, high quality items. Whether you are trying to find the perfect gift for a close friend or loved one, or shopping is just your guilty pleasure, you will find just about anything!

Please visit their website for more information!

Chinatown

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and second oldest in North America, coming right behind San Francisco! With its own distinctive decorations and style, it makes it a unique part of the downtown core.

In the depths of Chinatown is a Chinese school, historical buildings, and Fan Tan Alley. Fan Tan Alley was originally a private walkway; however, it is now home to little shops and offices. Find local Chinese restaurants and markets amongst the street as well!

Absorb the Chinese-Canadian culture, take in the beautiful stoned lions that guard the gate to Chinatown, called the Gate of Harmonious Interest, and visit the famous alleyway!

Did you know?

Throughout the 1850s – 1860s, Chinatown was a major gateway for Asian immigrants. In 1911, Chinatown reached its peak size, covering six blocks of downtown Victoria with housing. It housed over 3,500 people, more than all of downtown’s population today!

Halloween Events

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Need some spooky ideas for Halloween in Victoria? Read below for a list of events happening to make your Halloween in Victoria as festive as possible!

Dracula: Ballet Victoria

Dates and Times:
October 24 and 25: 7:30 pm
October 26: 2:00 pm
Location: McPherson Playhouse

Get into the Halloween spirit with Dracula, a performance created by Ballet Victoria.

The Addams Family

Dates and Times:
October 31 and November 1: 8:00 pm
November 2: 2:00 pm
Location: McPherson Playhouse

A musical comedy, featured at McPherson Playhouse, the Addams Family is spooky, yet a bizarre and lovable show. Come out and see our favourite Halloween family showcased, perfect for the entire family!

Ghost Bus-Tours

Dates: October 18, 24, 25, 29, 30
Times: Bus will be waiting at 7:00 pm and leaves at 7:30 pm
Location: Start point is at Oak Bay Marina

These two-hour long, haunted tours, begin just as it starts to get dark outside… the perfect time for a Halloween tour! They will be held in a luxury coach bus, where the tour guide will tell lots of spooooky stories.

Ghostly Walks Walking Tours

Dates: October 17 – November 1
Times: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm
Location: Begins at 1140 Government Street, inside the lobby at the Bedford Regency Hotel

Join an expert who has been doing these walking tours since 1970! John Adams will take you on a scaaaarrrrry tour! However, try out the EXTREME ghostly tours for an extra scary Halloween (details provided below)

Ghostly Walks Extreme

Dates: October 10 and 11, November 7 and 8
Time: 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
Location: Undisclosed until event time, please reserve!

The tour guide will take you on a late-night tour of the utmost scariest areas in downtown Victoria. Be prepared to walk through cemeteries, and alleyways while being told of several ghost stories!

Happy Halloween from the staff at the Royal Scot!!

Main Streets in Downtown Victoria

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Government Street

Government Street is an iconic street, located in the downtown core. Whether you are just wanting to browse around or shop for gifts and souvenirs, it is definitely worth a walk! The street features several souvenir shops, exclusive local shops, chocolate, gelato and much more!

Wharf Street

Walk along Wharf Street and enjoy the stunning views of the inner harbour. While you walk along this street, keep an eye out for boats parked in the harbour! Shops, cafes and art galleries line the street, as well, several restaurants are located on Wharf Street… Perfect for an evening walk!

Johnson Street

Johnson Street shops are in restored heritage buildings. The street is filled with several exclusive shops and boutiques that an avid shopper will not want to miss! If you are not interested in shopping, still check out the buildings!

Fisherman’s Wharf

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Are you a fan of fish? Or, do you like a scenic view? Fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect place to go! Just a short walk away from our hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf is a perfect destination for the entire family.

There a few food options to choose from including the famous Barb’s Fish and Chips, Mexican food, a café and to finish your meal off, ice cream!

Not to mention, Fisherman’s Wharf has some beautiful scenic views of the water. Stroll down the docks and check out the floating houses as well. Yes, people do actually live in the houses!

If that is not enough to convince you, there is a little place where you can get fresh seafood. You can purchase it to eat, or feed it to the sea otters!

Fun Fact:
Sea otters have a tendency to pop their heads of out the water along the inner docks if you feed them fish!

With tons of fun activities, it is definitely a must-see Victoria attraction.

Please visit their website for more information!

Art of the Cocktail Festival

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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Dates: October 4 – 6
Time and Location: Varies throughout event, please visit their website!

Art of the Cocktail is a weekend-long event that encompasses everything you need to know about cocktails! The event contains several tastings, workshops and three cocktail competitions.

You will not want to miss the main spectacle… A Grand Tasting featuring over 70 unique cocktail creations! If you are a cocktail enthusiast, or just enjoy sipping on delicious cocktails, this event is for you!

Featured Events:

- Futurist                                      - Drinking on a Deadline
- Gin Craze                                   – Earls’ Bar Games Competition
- Rumapalooza                              - The Spy Who Loved Whiskey
- Cocktail Hour                              - House Made, Not Home Made
- Home Bartender’s Competition     – How and Why of Cocktail Bitters
- Victoria Spirit Best of the Pacific North West

Please visit their website for a detailed itinerary of events and schedules!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Date: Every Wednesday year-round
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Back Carriageway, 1701 Douglas Street

Really take in Victoria’s culture with the Farmer’s Market happening weekly every Wednesday at the Victoria Public Market. The Farmer’s Market showcases local food, farmers and music! See what Victoria truly has to offer with its friendly atmosphere and great variety of local items! Everything is homegrown and handmade, meaning you truly get a taste of the local area.

A Taste of Items Featured:

Alchemy Juice: Fresh, raw juices are made right before the market to ensure perfection!
Be Raw Chocolate: Local, fair-trade, handmade chocolate.
Farm Food To Go: Features locally-made frozen dinners to go!
Luv BITES: Locally-made, healthy dog snacks.

This is only part of what the Victoria Public Market offers! Browse the market weekly at these times:
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Mondays: Closed

Visit the website for more information!

Walking with Dinosaurs

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Dates and Times:
September 18, 7 pm
September 19, 3 & 7 pm
September 20, 11 am, 3 pm, & 7 pm
September 21, 1 pm & 5 pm
Location: Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Walking with Dinosaurs is back in Victoria! The spectacle features life-size dinosaurs and their story throughout the years, aging back to 245 million years ago. The show contains the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of time, telling the story of how dinosaurs became.

The idea of this huge show began in 1996; however, the first show originated in Australia in 2007.  The show has played in over 243 cities across the world, with over 2000 shows!

Interesting Fact:

To travel around, it is necessary to have 27 trucks to transport all the Walking with Dinosaurs props!  Not to mention, dinosaurs range up to 36 feet tall and 56 feet long… talk about large!

Vicoria International Chalk Festival

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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Date: September 13 – 14
Time: All day!
Location: Government Street and Royal BC Museum

Victoria is proud to present Canada’s largest street painting festival! This year’s theme revolves around “Nature’s Spirits”: a celebration of art, wonder and adventure. The festival is free to attend and completely kid-friendly. International chalk professionals will be showcasing their beautiful artwork throughout the weekend!

Chalk Festival Highlights:

  • A kids chalk zone located on Langley street by Bastion Square
  • A performance stage on Government and View
  • A NEW venue at the Royal BC Museum (just minutes from the Royal Scot Hotel!) which features 3D chalk art
Fun Fact:

3D chalk art was invented by Kurt Wenner in the 1980s.

Watch amazing art come to life with chalk, just on the side of the road!