Join Us in Beautiful British Columbia
Sophisticated, a little wild, fascinating and friendly – welcome to Victoria and to Canada!
Join us for an exceptional WRCC 2018 in a spectacular setting. Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC and Canada are iconic tourism destinations. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, abundant wildlife such as orca whales, tall trees and rocky islands, Sidney and Victoria are adventure playgrounds by the ocean. Come to row in a gorgeous setting, and be welcomed by warm Canadian hospitality. Extend your stay to enjoy more of our beautiful province.
The WRCC 2018 will take place in Sidney, about 25 km north of Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula. Victoria is a vibrant city on the edge of nature. Urban, rural and nature blend seamlessly. The Saanich Peninsula, and especially the city of Victoria, boasts fabulous coffee and superb West Coast cuisine – think salmon, locally grown fruit and vegetables, cheeses from Saltspring Island and award-winning BC wines. Victoria is acclaimed as BC’s craft beer capital. Dozens of regional and provincial parks in the area offer quiet and a touch of wilderness. Spend time exploring the nearby Butchart Gardens or learn about totem poles and indigenous history and culture at the Royal BC Museum. This wonderful corner of Canada has it all!
Come back often to this page for more insights, information and inspiration. And here are some other resources to help you plan you visit:
Town of Sidney: http://www.sidney.ca/
Tourism Victoria: https://www.tourismvictoria.com
Destination BC: https://www.hellobc.com
Destination Canada: http://www.canada.travel
Super, Natural British Columbia
BC is a wonderful destination whether you’re here for competition or just want to relax – and who says you can’t do both?
Plan to spend a few days for yourself, either before the racing begins or after. Rest. Recuperate. See the sights in Victoria – there is so much you can see and do with plenty of options for every budget.
Want suggestions for exploring the best of BC? Here are a few of local favourites in Victoria and Sidney. Bonus! Most are free or cost very little. Please look at our suggestions to Extend Your Stay for more sporting activities to enjoy plus itineraries for three, five or more days exploring British Columbia.
Victoria and Sidney:
Grab a picnic lunch, and take a walking tour of Victoria. Start downtown with Victoria’s Chinatown – the oldest in Canada. Meander past Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour, and maybe drop into BC’s Legislative Assembly for a tour and take a photo on the front lawn. Walk through the historic Empress Hotel. Just across the street is the Royal BC Museum. It is widely considered one of the best museums in Canada, with fascinating and varied collections. Between May and December 2018, the museum will be exhibiting Egypt – The Time of Pharaohs
More historic sites to visit: Emily Carr House, Helmcken House (on the grounds of the Royal BC Museum), St. Ann’s Academy and Government House (Victoria home of BC’s Lieutenant Governor). Just outside of downtown, visit Point Ellice House, next to the Bay Street (also known as Pt. Ellice) Bridge.
A quick trip up Fort Street will bring you to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, located on Moss Street. The gallery exhibits a varied collection of works by well-known artists, including Emily Carr.
Victoria even has a couple of castles. Visit Craigdarroch Castle, built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir for his family. It is close to downtown, on Joan Crescent (off Fort Street). Victoria’s other castle, Hatley Castle, is located on Victoria Westshore, facing Esquimalt Lagoon. Now the site of Royal Roads University, Hatley Castle was built by Robert Dunsmuir’s son James. Both castles have long and storied backgrounds that include public service in addition to their use as private homes.
Chances are you’ve heard of world-famous Butchart Gardens. It’s close to Sidney – just a short hop by bus or car and well worth the visit. The gardens are spectacular in all seasons. On your way to the gardens, a visit to Victoria Butterfly Gardens will give you a chance to revel in the exotic and beautiful insect life of the world, with giant moths and fantastically-coloured butterflies of all description.
In Sidney, stroll the streets and drop in to a coffee shop or restaurant to refresh your energy. Walk along the waterfront to the pier, where you can watch crab fishers dropping their nets while you fill your lungs with fresh, briny air. Drop in to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and feel like a kid again with a “submarine” trip to the ocean floor. Check out the wily octopus and beautiful jellyfish, then play in the tidal pools.