Downtown Victoria
Downtown Victoria, British Columbia Attractions Near

Andersen House Bed and Breakfast - Victoria

Bounded on three sides by water and by the Victoria's favourite park to the east, our neighbourhood of James Bay would take less than twenty minutes to traverse on foot but within it and close by is a great deal of what attracts people to Victoria. Getting to Vancouver Island (where Victoria is located) is easy: bus, ferry, float plane and helijet terminals are all walking distance away. Links to Victoria Ferries, Buses, Airlines and Maps

British Columbia Parliament Buildings - two blocks away

BC Parliament Buildings were designed by a rather ambitious 25 year-old Scotsman named Rattenbury who somewhat stretched the truth in his resume, went fantastically over budget on the job and carried on to build many other important public buildings in Victoria including the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Crystal Garden. Later in life he dumped his homely wife and ran off with a beautiful young flapper named Alma. They retired to England where her new lover (the chauffeur) finally finished off Ratz (as he was known) with a wooden mallet. Two blocks from Andersen House. More Photos of the inside of Victoria's Legislative Buildings

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Hatley Park

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Native Masks at the Royal BC Museum - three blocks away The Royal British Columbia Museum People from all over the world are impressed with this human and natural history museum. The wonderful displays make use of skillfully painted dioramas, sounds and even smells. Especially impressive are the collections of Northwest Native art and the depictions of Victoria's Chinatown (Canada's oldest) at the turn of the century. Less than three blocks from Andersen House Bed and Breakfast. Link to Royal BC Museum
Victoria's favorite park - 5 blocks away Beacon Hill Park  A few blocks away is the Victoria's largest and best loved park. This oasis consists of 180 acres of rare Garry Oak meadow, perennial beds, ocean vistas, wild roses, tame roses, hundred year old rhododendrons and much more. Watch a game of cricket, listen to free summer concerts, or jog along the Dallas Road cliffs past hang gliders, duckpond yachtsmen, and wind surfers. Eagles and great blue herons nest here and peacocks roam freely. There's even a petting zoo! More Beacon Hill Park Photos
Victoria's jugglers, painters, musicians and thespians - 3 blocks away Victoria Inner Harbour Jugglers, puppeteers, painters, musicians and thespians entertain all day and into the night on the Inner Harbour Causeway during the summer and in fine weather during winter. A three block stroll from Andersen House puts you in the thick of it. On Labour Day Weekend the Classic Boat Festival welcomes hundreds of lovely wooden vessels from all over the Pacific Northwest. In May the world famous Swiftsure Race welcomes hundreds of yachts. Many fine restaurants are nearby as well. 
Classic boats in Victoria Harbor - 3 blocks away Adventures We are walking distance to: bicycle, scooter, car, motorcycle and kayak rentals. Double decker bus tours, carriage tours, harbour tours, whale watching excursions, fishing trips and historic walks of Old Victoria depart from within a few blocks of Andersen House. Just ask and we will make the arrangements.  Free public tennis courts and a drop in fitness club with pool and sauna are right around the corner. Bus, ferry, helicopter and floatplane terminals are all less than a mile away. Photos of boats.
Houseboat at Fisherman's Wharf Victoria
Fisherman's Wharf Just two blocks away is this ever popular house-boat community and commercial fishing wharf. Buy fresh dungeness crab or halibut right off the boats, take a harbor ferry to a half dozen different destinations including West Bay, historic Point Ellice House (for tea), Ocean Pointe or the Canoe Club and Spinnaker's pubs. Barb's Fish 'n Ships is the most popular spot for fish and chips or oyster burgers in town - probably enhanced by the messing around in boats that's going on.
Victoria Breakwater Cafe and Dive Shop
Victoria's Breakwater at Ogden Point This is where the cruise ships come in - sometimes three of the behemoths at the same time. It's also a great spot to watch the Classic Boat Festival Sailpast on Labour Day Weekend, the beginning of the Swiftsure Yacht Races in May or just the general nautical comings and goings. The Ogden Point Cafe serves up great food at very reasonable prices - especially when you consider the million dollar view you get for free. Just five blocks from Andersen House
Ship's Wharf The site of Folkfest, the Dragonboat Festival, Classic Boat Festival and many other events such as the visit of the Tall ships in 2008. Just a twenty minute stroll from Andersen House past artists and entertainers, visiting yachts, lamp posts with hanging baskets, floatplanes taking off and landing and perhaps the odd demonstration on the legislative grounds. Near the terminus of several floatplane companies that serve Vancouver and Seattle as well as sightseeing tours over Victoria.

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