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Making the Most of Victoria, Canada
Making the Most of Victoria, Canada
The Wonder visits Victoria just once in 2017. Cruise ships berth at the Ogden Point Cruise Terminal on the Outer Harbour, about one mile from the heart of the Inner Harbour. Be prepared with passports for customs inspection at the pier. The terminal offers shops, restaurants, and banking services. Shuttles may be offered by the cruise line, and taxis are readily available. City buses to the Inner Harbour run on Dallas Rd., just beyond the terminal parking area. The Tourism Victoria information center is located at 812 Wharf St., on the Inner Harbour. All ashore time in 2017 is 7:00 am, all aboard is at 3:00 pm.
While you can easily spend the day on foot, exploring the Inner Harbour, several attractions are out of town, requiring an excursion, taxi, or car rental. Taxi fares are $3.30 minimum and $1.92/km ($3.10 per mile). Empress Taxi/Yellow Cab 250-381-2222) and Victoria Taxi (250-383-7111) have the largest fleets. A cab to Butchart Gardens will run about $48 each way, so car rentals can be useful for out of-town jaunts. Avis, Budget, National, and several other agencies have offices within a few blocks of the waterfront. Ask if they’ll pick you up at the pier. BC Transit buses are plentiful http://www.transitbc.com/regions/vic. Pay $2.50 per trip within greater Victoria, and free transfers are available. An all-day DayPASS is $5 for all ages, available on the bus. You’ll need exact fare in Canadian bills and/or coins. Buses stop on Dallas St., just beyond the pier area. To walk to downtown from the pier, start by heading north (left) on Dallas St. Streets will change several times as you walk around the perimeter of the harbor, but you’ll have paved sidewalks along shady streets for a good part of the way. Fisherman’s Wharf is about the mid-point of the walk, a worthwhile place to pause. To reach Beacon Park, with its excellent views of the Olympic Mountains and the Juan de Fuca Strait, follow Dallas St. southeast (right) from the pier (approx. 1 mile).
Downtown Victoria is a fairly busy place, with cruise passengers only a fraction of the tourists on hand. While streets are mostly narrow and easily crossed, be very alert to traffic. Victoria has a relatively low crime rate, but normal urban precautions are always a good idea. And if you do choose to rent a car to visit some wineries, be sure to have a designated driver! At this writing, the Canadian and U.S. dollars are of roughly equal value, but you will need Canadian currency for buses and similar cash transactions.
Top Photo Slice: Butchers Gardens in Victoria (℗ 52091) Photo contributed by © chezp
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