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Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

642 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1M6
Phone: +1 250-388-5513   |   Fax: 250/388-5343   |   103 Rooms
Check Out Time: 12:00 PM   |   Check In: 4:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Discover the best of Victoria at this elegant hotel- close to attractions, restaurants, shopping districts, Victoria's Inner Harbour and Save-on Foods Memorial Centre, 100% non-smoking!

Right in the Heart of Victoria's boutique shopping district The Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel is proud to offer the finest in accommodations and friendly customer service at an affordable rate! The convenient downtown location of this Victoria hotel is ideal for guests visiting the Royal British Columbia Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria's IMAX® Theater and is a short drive to the Butchart Gardens. Guests looking for things to do in Victoria will enjoy being close to local attractions, theaters, golf courses, and whale watching expeditions. Favorite attractions also include Antique Row and the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.

This Victoria British Columbia hotel features spaciously-appointed guest rooms and suites, each equipped with free wireless high-speed Internet access, 37-inch flat screen televisions and Keurig Coffee makers. The on-site restaurant, London Tube is a great place to enjoy a delicious meal before sightseeing. Additional amenities at this British Columbia Inn include a fitness centre, guest laundry, business centre and meeting facilities.

For superior customer service and a convenient location in Victoria, make a reservation at the Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel! Please note that the hotel lobby will be undergoing extensive renovations from January 1, 2018, to February 15, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Restaurant on-site, The Ruby on Johnson
  • Exercise facility 24 Hour
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Guest laundry, $2.00, nominal fee 24-hours
  • Safe deposit box
  • Fax services
  • Photocopy services
  • Business center
  • Computer available
  • Dataports
  • Weight lifting equipment
  • Stationary bike
  • Treadmill
  • Elevator
  • Interior corridor
  • Porterage/bell services
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free wireless internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless internet access; Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms
  • Photocopy, nominal fee
  • Photocopy machine
  • Mail services
  • Air-conditioning
  • Elevator, wheelchair accessible
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Complimentary Bottled Water
  • Hair Salon
  • Watch Repair Shop
  • Cash Machine (ATM)
  • Text Message Concierge Service
  • Valet Service on-site. Actual parking lot is off site. $20 fee May - September and $10 fee October - April.

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Conveniently located, the best western plus carlton plaza hotel in Victoria, British Columbia is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 48.427485  /  Latitude: -123.365455


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: BC/Anacortes Ferry Take Highway 17 South 18 kilometers, then turn right on Pandora. Make an immediate left on Broad, then left on Johnson to the Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel.

Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

5 Star Whale Watching

Casting off from Victoria, Five Star Whale Watching takes visitors on two to three hour tours of the nearby Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Haro Strait, the San Juan Islands, and Vancouver Island. Whale watching tours operate from April to October on the company's expedition catamarans.

Take the chance to see orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, dolphins, and river otters. There are many ways to experience a full day of fun in Victoria – historic sites, attractions, and a wealth of friendly locals – but the best way might just be 5 Start Whale Watching tours.

Abkhazi Garden

Blooming with color and beauty, the Abkhazi Garden is a historic home and garden located in Victoria. The garden was built in 1946, and features a vast collection of flowers, trees, and greenery native to Vancouver Island and British Columbia.

Specific landmarks at the garden include the Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden – a working restaurant and teahouse specializing in afternoon tea and light lunches. Tour through the garden and you’ll come face to face with colorful displays like the Rhododendron Woodland Garden, the Yangtze River display, and the scenic East Path.

Adrena Line ZIPLINE

Chock-full of high-flying thrills, Adrena Line ZIPLINE provides visitors with a unique experience native to Vancouver Island. Adrena Line is located in the town of Sooke on the southeastern part of the island.

The zipline tours provide visitors with excellent views of the surrounding forest and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Each tour varies in length, with courses like Cody’s Crossing measuring in at 100 feet and Into the Light at 600 feet.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Founded in 1951, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria first exhibited its art in the historic Victoria Mansion, which was built in 1889. Today, the gallery features 18,000 works of art spread across seven modern galleries located near the original. It is the largest public collection in British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

Exhibits include collections from contemporary, Canadian, historical, and Asian settings alongside the permanent displays of art from the First Nation peoples. The gallery is open on most days, except for Mondays, and has usual open hours from 10 a.m. or noon to 5 p.m.

BC Parliament Buildings

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See the Victoria Parliament Building

Set in British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings house the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the Inner Harbour.

A major attraction on Vancouver Island in western BC, the BC Parliament Buildings are a great example of Neo-baroque architecture.

The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia offers tours of the BC Parliament Buildings daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer, and Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the rest of the year. Tours are free to the public, and can be up to 45 minutes long. 

Beacon Hill Park

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Visit Beacon Hill Park in Victoria

While in the vibrant city of Victoria, take a break and enjoy time outdoors. Make your way to Beacon Hill Park, an historical two hundred acre park located in downtown Victoria, on Vancouver Island.

This beautiful park was established in 1882 by Sir James Douglas and named for the original navigational beacons overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The park is within walking distance to a variety of shops, restaurants and Inner Harbour.

The park is a haven for numerous species of birds, ducks, blue herons and Canadian geese. Enjoy strolling on the trails along the shore and through the Douglas-fir trees and native flora. 

Kids love the visiting the Beacon Hill Children's Farm and playing on the playgrounds. Additional park features include sports fields, tennis courts, landscaped gardens, a water park, the Cameron Bandshell and a 127-foot totem pole, the world's fourth-tallest. 

Belfry Theatre

Known as a historic theatre and a professional theatre company, the Belfry Theatre is located in the Fernwood neighborhood of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Originally a baptist church that was built between 1887 and 1892, the Belfry Theatre today produces up to 12 plays a year.

See summer productions, four play Mainstage series, and the annual mid-winter SPARK festival at this historic venue. Make the most of your time in BC with a stay in Victoria. One of the very best ways to enjoy Victoria is with a tour of the Belfry Gardens.

British Columbia Aviation Museum

Located on the grounds of Victoria International Airport, the British Columbia Aviation Museum offers Vancouver Island visitors displays of historical aircraft spread across two hangars. Additionally, the museum covers civilian and military artifacts, a gift shop, and a restoration workshop.

Notable plane models include the Noorduyn Norseman, the Skiorsky S-55, the Douglas A-26 Invader, and the Skye Treck Skyseeker.

Bug Zoo

Chock full of creepy crawlers, Bug Zoo offers Victoria visitors a truly unique experience they're surely not soon forget. Habituated at a mini-zoo on Vancouver Island, the zoo gives visitors the opportunity to come face to face with numerous species of insects and spiders.

Visit Bug Zoo for a fun, safe environment fit for the entire family. Let the "bug guides" provide an educational experience while you take in the hands-on experience only Bug Zoo can offer. Don't forget to visit the gift shop, so you can share your Bug Zoo experience with everyone.

Butchart Gardens

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Don't Miss The Butchart Gardens

A tourism staple of Vancouver Island, Buchart Gardens is located in Brentwood Bay just north of Victoria.

Taking in more than one million guests every year, Buchart Gardens is vast gathering of stunning gardens, and a National Historic Site of Canada.

The Buchart Gardens are open daily with free parking, with leashed pets allowed for those traveling with the family dog.

Hungry? Check out the menu at the Blue Poppy Restaurant. The Buchart Gardens is a hot spot for weddings, picnics, and guided tours.

Butterfly Gardens

Located in Brentwood Bay near Victoria on Vancouver Island, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens conserve a variety of species and is one of the most popular tourist sites on the island. Alongside butterflies, the gardens host exhbitis featuring birds, fishes, frogs, geckoes, and tortoises.

Visitors can see over 4,000 butterflies from 75 specieis, explore koi ponds and garden streams, and marvel at the tropical birds, which include Caribbean flamingos, Amazon parrots, finches, and parakeets.

Craigdarroch Castle

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Visit the Graigdarroch Castle

Originally constructed in 1890, the Craigdarroch Castle is a historic site located in Victoria open to the public since 1979.

The castle is a National Historic Site of Canada on Vancouver Island, originally built as a resident for coal baron Robert Dusmuir.

The castle delights tourists with partially original décor from the 1890s with very intricate stained glass windows. Since 2000, the castle has been known to put on theatre productions as well.

Eagle Wing Whale Watching

Proudly Victoria's first multi-award winning whale watching tour company, Eagle Wing Whale Watching offers tourists an exciting and environmentally friendly experience year round. Be on the look out for some of the Salish Sea's most impressive creatures – orca and killer whales are two of the more common varieties.

Customers will be treated to more than just whales, however. Given its namesake, eagles and other marine birds are also a large part of the experience as well. Eagle Wing guarantees you will see sight an exotic species from May to October, so book a tour today and experience the wildlife of Vancouver Island.

Fisguard Lighthouse

Famous for being the first lighthouse on the west coast of Canada, the Fisgard Lighthouse is a National Historic Site of Canada built in 1860. Located just outside of Victoria, the site has become a must-see for Vancouver Island visitors looking to take in some history.

Designated a historic landmark in 1958, the lighthouse offers guests a variety of activates a well. Picnic near the base of the lighthouse, play board games at the top of the lighthouse, or do some wildlife watching in the surrounding area.

Fisherman's Wharf

Located in Victoria, Fisherman's Wharf is a unique tourist attraction on Vancouver Island. This marine destination has something for the whole family – experience the food kiosks, unique shopping, and native wildlife just underneath your feet as you traverse the docks.

You'll find plenty to eat at Fisherman's Wharf. Visit Gilligan's BBQ, Barb's Fish and Chips, or Moka House Coffee & Bistro for a variety of native cuisine. To further explore the region, take in a whale watching adventure or try your hand at Kelp Reef Kayaking.

Fort Rodd Hill

Officially named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1958, Fort Rodd Hill is a 19th century artillery fort located near the greater Victoria area. Used as a defence post for Victoria and Vancouver Island, Fort Hill is a proud part of Canadian history and the Royal Navy.

The site has been delighting tourists year round since it became managed by Parks Canada. One of the most enticing activities is GPSpy – visitors use a handheld GPS device provide by the park and search for hidden artifacts and message throughout the tunnels and trenches.

Galloping Goose Trail

Measuring in at 55 kilometres, the Galloping Goose Trail is a rail trail connecting cities like Victoria and Leechtown on Vancouver Island. The trail, built for the Canadian National Railway, is no longer is service, but today is used for hiking, running, cycling, and other recreational activities.

Specific points of interest along the trail include the Selkirk Trestle and the Switch Bridge. The trail makes up a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail and connects with the Lochside Regional Trail.

Goldstream Park

Located just miles from downtown Victoria, Goldstream Park offers guests a unique outdoor experience native to the region. Known for its annual fall of salmon runs in Goldstream River, outdoor enthusiasts are also encouraged to take in the beautiful scenery of douglas-fir and red cedar trees.

The park also features several hiking trails traversing the near four kilometers of Vancouver Island scenery. Be sure to look for bald eagles, as the park boasts a large number during the salmon run. The park also offers picnicking, swimming, and mountain biking to prospective visitors.

Hatley Park & Castle

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Tour the Hatley Castle in Victoria

Constructed in the early 1900s, Hatley Park & Castle is a historic landmark located in Victoria on Vancouver Island.

The 40-room mansion, as well as Hatley Gardens, were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995.

Specific sites and landmarks at Hatley Park include the Millward Building, Belmont Road Main Gatehouse, and the Grant Building.

Hatley Park has been shown in a collection of television shows and movies, including the "X-Men" films, "Smallville," and "The Duke."

Inner Harbour

Myrtle Beach Pier

Explore Inner Harbour on Your Next Visit to BC

Victoria’s hot spot for festivals, outdoor recreation, and tourism, the capital city’s Inner Harbour is a must-see during any visit to Vancouver Island.

Home to the BC Parliament Buildings, Inner Habour features the Provincial Shields and Coats of Arms, not to mention kayaking and boat tours.

Don’t miss the Annual Classic Boat Festival at Inner Harbour, plus other yearly festivities including the Swiftsure Yacht Race, the Vic-Maui Yacht Race, and the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.

Spend your days exploring the activity in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, and your nights at a Best Western hotel in Victoria.

Maritime Museum of BC

Established in 1953, the Maritime Museum of BC was registered as a non-profit society in 1957. Founded by naval officers, the museum features exhibits dedicated to showcasing the history and culture of Canada's west coast.

The museum houses three floors of exhibits – Pacific exploration, the shipbuilding industry, and coastal commerce – off of which delve further upon viewing. The museum is impressively housed in Victorian, provincial law buildings built in 1889 on Vancouver Island.

Mattick's Farm

Featuring over 15 shops and boutiques, Mattick's Farm is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in Victoria that is perfect for the entire family. Explore the beautiful, unique shopping concourse take in the entertainment – try your hand at Mattick's Farm Mini-Golf, or relax at the Pure Day Spa – you're sure to find something for everyone.

The farm also frequently hosts events as well. Some of which include mother's day giveaways and particular stores having large savings events. Other specialty stores include Toying Around, Adrienne's Ice Cream, Paper Chain, and much more.

Miniature World

Paying homage to stories like “Gulliver’s Travels,” Miniature World is exactly what it sounds like, and it’s located in downtown Victoria. This TripAdvisor approved attraction features over 85 miniature displays and dioramas – each telling a unique story to Vancouver Island newcomers.

The colorful walkthrough houses specific historic and fantastical exhibits like Space 2201; a futuristic display, World of Dickens; representing the works of Charles Dickens, Circus World, and many more. Hours and openings vary by season, so be sure to research visiting times before visiting.

Prince of Whales Whale Watching

Casting off from downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island, Prince of Whales Whale Watching is known as the “largest whale watching and eco-adventure company in British Columbia.” Guests are invited to embark on either the Zodiac Adventures tour or the Ocean Magic Adventures – both feature excellent adventure and sightseeing.

Visitors will explore the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Haro Strait while getting glimpses of majestic whales in the their natural habitat. Prince of Whales also has tours arrive and embark from Vancouver after visiting landmarks like the Butchart Gardens.

Prospect Lake Golf Course

Schedule time for a round of golf, while visiting British Columbia's beautiful Vancouver Island. Make your way to Prospect Lake Golf Course, located northwest of the Capital City of Victoria.

This 9-hole, par-32 course features rolling fairways, with superb views of Prospect Lake. For those that need extra tutoring, partake in a lesson from the Golf Course's Canadian Professional Golfers' Association Professional instructor.

Take a break from the action to enjoy a delicious meal and your favorite beverage at the Lakeshore Patio Grill, while admiring views of the lake. Plan ahead to join in the fun during one of the weekly events, including Prime Rib Night. 

Robert Bateman Center

Located in the Steamship Terminal in Victoria, the Robert Bateman Center is a premier art gallery and event centre located on Vancouver Island. The centre gets its namesake from famed artist and Canada native Robert Bateman, whose work is featured on exhibit year round.

The centre features plenty of rotating and permanent collections on display, including the Kathryn Iredale Gallery “Birdsong,” the Human Collection, and rotating exhibits like Rover Boys and oneTree. The centre is also known for hosting a variety of events aimed at discovery and the arts.

Royal and McPherson Theatres

The Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse is located in downtown Victoria. It offers plays, concerts, and musicals to all Vancouver Island visitors.

Royal BC Museum

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Thunderbird Park at the Royal BC Musuem

Founded in 1886, the Royal British Columbia Museum details the province's natural and human history. With over 350,000 yearly visitors, the Royal BC Museum is one of Victoria's most popular attractions.

With its merging with the British Columbia Provincial Archives, the museum offers three permanent galleries. Visitors can explore modern history, natural history, and local First Nation Indian history.

See over 7 million objects, artifacts, and natural history remains alongside 750,000 archival records.

Sooke Slow Food Cycle

Held annually in fall, the Sooke Slow Food Cycle is a 33 kilometre bike tour that features workshops designed to increase awareness of sustainable food options. This tour of Sooke offers bicyclists two routes - the aforementioned 33 kilometre Red Route for mid-level and advanced cyclist and the 18 kilometre Green Route for casual cyclists, hikers, and families. Along both routes, riders dismount for mini-workshops and demonstrations on everything from urban gardens to worm composting.

Both routes wind through off-road trails, ocean fronts, and country roads on the spectacular coastline of Vancouver Island. Cyclists are encouraged to pack a lunch and carry water, though some businesses like the Sooke Harbour House extended specials to all tickets holders.

Spring Tide Whale Watching

Casting off from Victoria, Spring Tide Whale Watching & Eco Tours takes visitors on two to three hour tours of the nearby Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Haro Strait, the San Juan Islands, and Vacouver Island. Whale watching tours operate from April to October with Marine Wildlife Tours taking their place from October to April.

Visitors have a choice between the comfortable Ocean Cruiser and the adventurous Zodiac for their tour. Take the chance to see orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, dolphins, and river otters.

St. Ann’s Academy

Constructed in the mid 1800s, St. Ann’s Academy in Victoria was originally all-girls Roman Catholic Chapel and school. Today, the chapel is a designated National Historic Site of Canada and a historic staple of the southern Vancouver Island communities.

Visitors are encouraged catch a glimpse of the building, known to a great example of Quebec Colonial style architecture. Once inside, historic structures abound, like the Casavant Freres organ, Anne & Joachim sculpture, and many paintings.

T'Sou-ke First Nation

Located on the southern end of Vancouver Island, near Sooke, the T'Sou-ke First Nation is a community committed to developing resources for a sustainable future. It operates a visitors centre at its Centre for Sustainable Living, which covers four programs: energy autonomy, food self sufficiency, cultural renaissance, and economic development.

Be sure to marvel at the impressive Solar Energy Demonstration Project, the main centerpiece of the T'Sou-ke Nation Solar Community. You can view a visual history of the project and its goal at the Centre and there are activities to welcome you in joining their progress.

University of Victoria

Established in 1963, the University of Victoria is a public research university found in the metro Victoria’s Gordon Head area. Hosting over 20,000 students, UVic offers undergraduate studies at colleges like the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the School of Earth & Ocean Sciences – plus 160 graduate programs.

The UVic campus covers 163 hectares, and features the Victoria Vikes of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. Visitor-friendly spots on campus include the Education Heritage Museum and the University Centre Exhibition Gallery – plus Finnerty Gardens and Mystic Vale for nature lovers on Vancouver Island

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, just minutes from downtown Victoria and available via shuttle service, and take experience a true, tropical habitat without leaving Vancouver Island. The gardens feature 75 different species of butterfly spread across the 12,000 square foot indoor habitat.

Although mostly known for butterflies, there are many more species to be seen while on a tour of the gardens. Explore the lush tropics and vast greenery in the climate controlled facility, heralded as one of "Canada's Most Improved Attractions."

Victoria Harbour Ferry

Founded in 1990, Victoria Harbour Ferry today operates a range of services and transportation across Victoria Harbour and Vancouver Island. Visitors can embark on harbour tours, take a water taxi, experience the Pickle Pub Crawl, or watch the harbour ferries dance in the Water Ballet each Sunday.

Experience a tour of Victoria from the water with knowledgeable captains as your guide. Operating hours are generally from 10 or 11 a.m. to 5 and 9 p.m.. Operating season lasts from March to October.

Victoria International Airport

Handling nearly 1.5 million travelers each year, Victoria International Airport (YYJ) serves Victoria, British Columbia in the Vancouver Island region. Owned by Transport Cananda and operated by Victoria Airport Authority, YYJ has one terminal building and three runways.

Known as one of Canada's busiest airports, YYJ is serviced by major airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines (operated by Horizon Air) and WestJet.

Victoria Public Market

Originally established in the late 1800s, the Victoria Public Market is a renowned marketplace and event centre in Victoria. The market hosts a number of Vancouver Island regular and annual events specializing in local commerce – like the Victoria Farmer’s Market every Wednesday.

The market is known for hosting a number of educational workshops and classes as well – including a variety of Olive the Senses cooking classes. Certain regional events, like the Stein and Dine: Oktoberfest at the Market, have made the Market their home as well.

Victoria's Chinatown

Flanked by the distinctive Gates of Harmonious Interest, Victoria's Chinatown boasts an influx of history, shopping, and cultural entertainment. Centered around the 500 to 600 block of Fisgard St, the historic area preserves narrow Fan Tan Alley, the old Chinese school, and several buildings and businesses that once formed Canada and Vancouver Island's oldest Chinatown.

Visitors also drop by the more modern and larger area along Government Street, Herald Street, Store Street, and Pandora Avenue, which has now been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. The district contains many restaurants, souvenir shops, produce markets and night time entertainment; tours and interpretative guides are available.

Western Speedway

Feel the speed and energy of local racing in British Columbia. Located in Victoria on Vancouver Island, Western Speedway is a popular motor speedway and go kart venue. It is also the site of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Famous races held at the venue include the Super Moto, Victoria Karting, Porsche Club races, and the LORDCO Total Destruction Rally. There are many distinct and exciting ways to enjoy a stay in Victoria, and a day at the races at Western Speedway is one of the best.

Whiffen Spit Park

Extending into the mouth of the Sooke Harbor, the Whiffin Spit Park traverses the length of the Whiffin Spit. Visitors can walk the entire length of the spit, observing how it protects Sooke and Sooke Harbor from the Pacific Ocean's wind blasts. The Spit also affords great views of the southern Vancouver Island coast line.

The hike is flat the entire way, with visitors passing by lookouts with bench seating, small beaches to walk across, and the lighthouse at the end. The hike is longer than it looks and it's recommended to pack in a wind breaker.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 7 block(s) from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Royal British Columbia Museum, IMAX® Theater, BC Legislature, Miniature World®, Victoria Bug Zoo®, Robert Bateman Centre
  • 2 block(s) from Chinatown, National Historic Site of Canada. Oldest Chinatown in Canada, and second-oldest in North America after San Francisco. Home to Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada - measuring less than 3 feet across at its smallest point.
  • 16.80 kilometer(s) from Butchart Gardens, In 1904, Robert Pim Butchart, a pioneer in the thriving North American cement industry, developed a quarry and built a cement plant at Tod Inlet (on Vancouver Island) to satisfy Portland cement demand from San Francisco to Victoria. Jennie Butchart became the company’s chemist. As Mr. Butchart exhausted limestone deposits, his enterprising wife Jennie made plans to create something of beauty in the exhausted pit. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden. The renown of Mrs. Butchart’s gardening quickly spread. By the 1920s more than fifty thousand people visited her garden each year. Their house grew into a comfortable, luxurious showplace, with a bowling alley, paneled billiard room and a wonder of its age, a self-playing Aeolian pipe organ. Today, it houses the Dining Room Restaurant, offices, and rooms still used for family entertaining. In 2004, The Gardens was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
  • 1.70 kilometer(s) from Craigdarroch Castle, Built 1890, constructed as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his family. The four-story Craigdarroch Castle still has lavish furnishings from the 1890s and is known for its stained-glass and intricate woodwork. The Castle is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society. Craigdarroch is an example of the bonanza castle, a phrase used to refer to oversized mansions built as symbols of success for wealthy North American industrialists during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • 12.50 kilometer(s) from Hatley Castle & Gardens, When James Dunsmuir purchased Hatley Park from Roland Stuart in 1907, he was British Columbia’s Lieutenant-Governor, and had also been Premier of the province. Son of the wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, James is said to have demanded of the architect Samuel Maclure: It doesn’t matter what it costs, just build me what I want. What Dunsmuir envisioned was a working farm with a dairy, piggery, stables, grazing and hunting lands, and at the centre of it all, a grand home for his wife to entertain Victoria’s high society and for James to enjoy the life of a country gentleman. On May 1st, 1910 the Dunsmuirs officially moved in to Hatley Castle, then the largest private residence on the West Coast.
  • 6 block(s) from Save on Foods Memorial Centre, The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre is the largest arena in British Columbia outside of Vancouver. It is primarily used for ice hockey, and currently the home of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League. It is also used for concerts and other special events such as figure skating, curling, plays, trade shows and conferences. The arena has hosted many musical and performance acts, as well as guest speakers, sporting tournaments, and other events.

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 0.8 kilometer(s) from YMCA, Recreation & Fitness Centre
  • 1 kilometer(s) from Thunderbird Park, Thunderbird Park is one of downtown Victoria’s most extraordinary features, the park’s impressive display of poles and big houses has made it a tourist landmark for nearly 60 years.
  • 1.5 kilometer(s) from Galloping Goose Trail, This picturesque multi-use trail, formerly a railway line, moves through urban, rural and wilderness scenery on its 55 kilometre journey from Victoria to Sooke. You can cycle, stroll, run, or even ride a horse through the rural sections. - See more at:
  • 2.5 kilometer(s) from Dallas Road, Victoria's scenic oceanfront walkway follows Dallas Road and stretches from the Ogden Point Breakwater to Ross Bay and includes Mile 0, Holland Point Park, Beacon Hill Park, and Clover Point Park.
  • 2.5 kilometer(s) from Ogden Point Breakwater, Located at the start of the scenic Dallas Road waterfront walkway Ogden Point is a deep water port currently operated by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. Able to handle large vessels Ogden Point has become a major destination for cruise ships and visiting naval vessels. Enjoy a stroll on the breakwater walkway and a coffee at the Odgen Point Dive Centre and Cafe located next to the breakwater entrance.
  • 5.7 kilometer(s) from Mt. Tolmie Park, Close to the City of Victoria, Mount Tolmie Park offers views of Victoria and the surrounding areas. Stroll through Garry Oaks on one of the many gravel trails throughout the park or just enjoy a drive up the windy road to the summit.
  • 11 kilometer(s) from View Royal Casino, With over 500 slot machines, and table games such as, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Blackjack, Roulette, Four Card Poker, EZ Baccarat, and Fortune Pai Gow, View Royal is one casino experience you won’t want to miss out on.
  • 17.80 kilometer(s) from Bear Mountain Golf Course
  • 19.50 kilometer(s) from Olympic View Golf Course

Nearby Restaurants

  • The Ruby on Johnson, on premises, Full Service, International, Open for: breakfast, lunch, The Ruby serves up tasty signature brunch and dinner, backed by rhythms from their extensive vinyl collection. Based in Victoria, BC, The Ruby brings homestyle cuisine to the plate with fine dining technique and a homestyle vibe. For brunch they serve up Breakfast Tacos, Duck Confit, Smoked Brisket, savoury and sweet waffles, and all the in-betweens for Victoria’s brunch crowds.

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