July 1 & 2, 2017
June 28-30, 2017
“Will you have information about what to see and do in Victoria?” “I’m bringing my husband/friend to the conference. Can we stay in the University Residence?” “Can I bring my child?” “What about my cat/dog?” These are all questions the planning committee has been asked. Here is some information that should assist in answering these questions:
Where to Stay
University of Victoria Student Residences offer accommodation to tourists in the summer months so everyone coming to the conference can bring family or friends. You will also be able to extend your stay beyond the conference and take some time to look around Victoria and Vancouver Island.
The university offers both traditional dorm rooms and cluster housing. The dorm rooms have one or two single beds and shared washrooms and lounges. Cluster housing offers four single bedrooms per unit, with a shared kitchen and washrooms. Cluster housing is ideal for families and groups–children are welcome.
Clear instructions about options for accommodation at the university residence will be posted to the website in the months to come.
The Accommodation pages on the Conference website will also grow to include links to hotels and motels in Victoria. The university does not allow pets, so we will have a link to pet-friendly hotels.
For those who desire to bring an RV or tent, there are several campsites in the region. The university does not allow overnight camping onsite. Look for a link to camping options on the website soon..
What To Do
Whether you are a history buff, a hiker or cyclist or a urban shopper, the first place to look for information about Victoria is the Tourism Victoria website.There are links here to the top tourist attractions around Victoria: Butchart Gardens, Craigdarroch Castle, Butterfly Gardens, Whale watching, Fort Rodd Hill, the Parliament Buildings, Point Ellice House, and Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea to name a few. The Royal BC Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Victoria and BC and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has an excellent collection of Asian Art.
Victoria is known as the “City of Gardens” for good reason—because of our mild year-round climate, many Victorians like to garden. You can get a feel for our garden city by walking or cycling around the city. Victoria has hundreds of kilometres of bicycle paths, bike lanes and bike routes in the city, including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and the Lochside Trail.
Afternoon tea is a tradition in Victoria. You can enjoy it at several venues in Victoria including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, the White Heather Tearoom, Butchart Gardens and the Abkhazie Gardens.
There are beaches and hiking trails both in and around Victoria. Spend a morning walking or cycling the Victoria seafront from downtown to Oak Bay. Wander around Beacon Hill Park in the centre of the city or drive out to Thetis Lake Regional Park or East Sooke Regional Park for some west coast walking. Cadboro Beach is a 15-minute walk from the University and Willows Beach is a short drive or bus ride.
Victoria is home to many fabulous restaurants. The downtown core is exceptionally tourist and pedestrian friendly and fresh local offerings abound. From 5-star dining to fresh fish and chips on the dock, there is something for every palate. And you can wash it down with locally made beers, ciders, wines and spirits. Take some time for a tasting at a local pub or winery or take a wine/beer tour.
Victoria is a great place to experience many physical activities, whether it be a world-class game of golf, a kayak trip around the bay, or reeling in the big one. Many links to local activities and tour operators can be found at the Tourism Victoria site or by searching the Internet.
And the Victoria region is only the gateway to what Vancouver Island has to share. Travel companions may wish to travel north while you weave/spin with us or consider an adventure together before or after the conference. The towns of Duncan and Nanaimo offer activities galore. The west side of the island, including the town of Tofino, is perfect for beachcombing and surfing. And further north, even more natural beauty awaits.
Finally, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday during our conference, on July 1st 2017. As Victoria is the provincial capital, you can expect major celebrations throughout the city. There will be free concerts and activities during the day and a stellar fireworks show over the inner harbor that evening.
The conference website will have links to these activities and more under Companion Activities beginning in early September.
Post by Christine Purse.