Victoria, BC (June 2014) – Westjet Magazine By Kait Kucy
No longer just a hot spot for retirees seeking Canada’s warmer climes, the newer, younger Victoria is full of trendy boutiques, vibrant coffee shops and a cyclist-friendly infrastructure. While the city’s old-world British charm still exists in spades, Victoria’s underground culture is bubbling to the surface in a variety of intriguing ways. And the best way to explore it? On two wheels, of course.
Thanks to Victoria’s many bicycle lanes and pathways and its general awareness around bike safety, tourists can take to the streets with confidence. The Pedaler, a local bicycle tour company located just minutes from the Inner Harbour, offers bike rentals and guided tours at reasonable prices. Try the City Glider bike for an easy ride ($28 for five to eight hours) through many of Victoria’s coolest neighbourhoods.
Whether you choose to explore on your own or join a guided bicycle tour, pedalling along the city’s winding and scenic roadways in the fresh ocean air is bound to put a smile on your face. Here are a few hip and memorable spots to visit along the way.
The Spa Magnolia
After dropping off your bicycle, make your way to The Spa Magnolia, where you can soothe your tired muscles with a variety of massage options. If you’re looking for a snooze as well, the Magnolia Hotel & Spa runs a special Pedal & Pamper package with the Pedaler for a two-night stay, plus city bike tour.