The Oswego Hotel’s James Bay location puts you steps away from the heart of the action in Victoria. It’s perfect for experiencing the many things that make the city such a fun and exciting destination. We’re not only located minutes from downtown’s hip boutiques, world-class eateries and fascinating museums and galleries, we’re just a few blocks from the Inner Harbour’s many water-based activities — from whale-watching to kayaking. Whether you’re looking for stimulating nightlife, a little retail therapy or a pulse-pounding eco-adventure, you won’t have far to go.
Here are some of the many ways you can fill your days while staying with us.
From the funky local boutiques on Lower Johnson Street, to the old-school antique shops on Fort Street, to Chinatown’s colourful mix of restaurants and quirky Asian mercantiles, the possibilites are endless. Those looking for national brands, can find plenty in the Bay Centre.
Fort Street is home to a plethora of fine-art galleries, many of which specialize in local native art. The downtown core is also filled with lots of eclectic little collections of local art. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is an easy walk east of downtown and boasts a renowned Asian art collection and many examples of noted BC artist Emily Carr’s fine work.
The Royal BC Museum and IMAX Theatre is literally just down the street from Oswego Hotel and covers everything from natural history to the people and cultures of the province in engaging displays. For a glimpse of the area’s nautical past, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Bastion Square has that covered.
Whether you’d just like to paddle a kayak around the Inner Harbour or charter a fishing boat for some angling action, there are numerous options to choose from that are all located within easy walking distance.
There are pods of Orca whales that make the waters surrounding Victoria their home year-round, so viewing these amazing creatures has become a must-do for visitors. Migrating whales may also be seen seasonally, and there’s an abundance of other sea life — seals, sea lions, otters and even porpoises — in the area as well.
Just around the corner for the Oswego Hotel is a unique maring desitnation, offering food kiosks, local shops, and eco-tour adventures. Fisherman's Wharf is a great spot to enjoy an Ice Cream on a hot summer day, or to take stormy photos during the winter.
It doesn’t matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be wowed by this 55-acre horticultural wonder. However, you can enjoy music under the stars and Saturday fireworks in summer and an outdoor skating rink in winter. http://www.butchartgardens.com
Several of Vancouver Island’s more notable wineries are located on the nearby Saanich Penisula, not far from Butchart Gardens. Most tasting rooms have weekend hours and the wines are frequently poured by the winemakers themselves. Click here for more info.
Ready for a high-octane island adventure? Adrena LINE’s Zipline Adventure Tour lets you soar up to 150 feet above ground on eight different zip lines covering 100 acres — at speeds of up to 60 km/hour! www.adrenalinezip.com
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