The greeting “Happy New Year” is still being uttered and our Christmas tree still stands, though for only another 24 hours, but we really must look ahead at what 2012 has to offer to our visitors this year.
There is so much to see and do here, all in a beautiful setting with a pleasant climate. We can select from both long-term attractions like the Butchart Gardens, whale-watching and the Royal BC Museum and from short-term / temporary events and festivals.
I was reminded of our wealth of choice a few days ago. A nephew emailed that he would be returning from South America with an 18 hour stopover in a North American city much larger than Victoria. I suggested he take a bus to some local attractions so went online to locate some good choices for him. They were sadly short in quantity and quality. We are fortunate indeed here and so are our visitors to Victoria and southern Vancouver Island.
For many years our website has contained comprehensive local tourist information to help our guests make the most of their time here. Two pages are particularly useful. Firstly, the Itineraries page describes and illustrates suggested tours and attractions to fill a week or so. It responds to what we hear so often: “We never realised that there was so much to do in Victoria. We should have stayed longer“. Secondly, our Victoria events calendar for 2012 lists events and festivals of a temporary or short-term nature. Catch them if you can!