Internationally known as the City of Gardens, Victoria enjoys the mildest climate in all of Canada, a climate very similar to the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State where George Washington Inn is located. Averaging just over 20 inches of rainfall per year and seldom any snow, the winters are mild and the summers are pleasant.
Hundreds of beautiful hanging baskets of flowers adorn the lampposts throughout the city every summer, the grounds of the Parliament Building and the famous Empress Hotel in the Inner Harbour are vibrant with color, and the world-famous Butchart Gardens are just a short drive outside the city.
Victoria is a pleasant 90-minute ferry ride from Port Angeles aboard the M.V. Coho. Park your car across from the terminal and travel as walk-on passengers (our recommendation), or take your car with you to Victoria (ferry reservations recommended). During the summer months, the ferry departs at 8:15 a.m. with an evening return at 7:30 allowing for a full day to explore all that Victoria has to offer. Let us know your plans and we will be happy to provide you with a breakfast-to-go for you to enjoy onboard the ferry.
Once in Victoria, the Inner Harbour and downtown shops are easily walkable. Public transportation is readily available to Chinatown and other areas within the city, or consider the Hop On Hop Off tour aboard the vintage double decker buses. For tours to Butchart Gardens, the Gray Line is a delightfully informative and comfortable ride at a reasonable price.
As a guest at George Washington Inn, we are happy to assist with reservations and other information to customize your Victoria experience. We lived and worked in greater Victoria as newlyweds in the late ‘70s, and we’ve returned many times since to this beautiful city. It’s one of our favorite destinations, and we would be delighted to help you experience it. Make sure you bring your passport and some good walking shoes, then leave the rest to us.