Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on Vancouver Island, 44km (27 miles) off the coast of mainland British Columbia.
Getting Here: By Ground
From Vancouver: Pacific Coach Lines offers daily service between downtown Vancouver, Vancouver Airport and downtown Victoria. This trip involves taking the ferry from Tsawwassen on the mainland to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. Once your bus has driven on to the ferry, you are free to wander the ship, get a snack and relax. You might even see a pod of orcas during your crossing! After your bus drops you off in downtown Victoria, you can take a #11, #14 or #4 bus to campus.
BC Transit provides affordable and convenient bus transportation throughout Victoria.
Getting Here: By Air
Victoria International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the University. Flights arrive daily from across Canada, the US, and Europe.
Float plane service is available from Vancouver (Harbour Air) and Seattle (Kenmore Air) to Victoria's Inner Harbour. Helicopter service between Vancouver and Victoria's downtown Inner Harbour is also available.
For getting to and from the airport, we recommend the AKAL Airport Shuttle. The cost is approximately $20 CAD for one adult; less if you are traveling in a group of two or more. Specific fares and schedules can be found on their website. A taxi to the university from the airport will cost approximately $50 CAD. A taxi from downtown to the university will cost approximately $20-25 CAD.
Getting Here: By Sea
The ferry from Vancouver docks in Swartz Bay, approximately 45 minutes by ground travel from the University. The Victoria Clipper from Seattle arrives at the Inner Harbour downtown, about 20 minutes by ground from the University.
Local Accommodation On Campus
The University of Victoria holds space for Summer Institute participants in dormitory and cluster housing. Internet access is available in each bedroom and payphones are located in or near all buildings.
Bedrooms in Residence (dormitory) buildings come with either 1 or 2 single beds. Shared washroom facilities are located on each floor along with a central lounge to relax and watch TV with other guests.
Similar to an apartment or townhouse, Cluster Housing units come with 4 bedrooms, 2 washrooms and a shower. Each bedroom in the unit contains 1 single bed. The living room is furnished with a loveseat and coffee table. The kitchen has a fridge, stove, dishwasher and dining room table with chairs and is equipped with dishes, cutlery and utensils. Please note cable and phone lines are available however televisions and telephones are not provided in the units.
For additional information and floor plans visit http://housing.uvic.ca/visitor/index.php.
Booking On-campus Accommodation
To book on-campus accommodation for the 2011 DHSI, download the U Victoria Housing reservation form. Submit your completed reservation form to Housing by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (250) 721-8930.
Local Accommodation Off Campus
We recommend Chateau Victoria hotel for conference delegates. The hotel is located in downtown Victoria and will require taxi, car or bus transport to the university. Buses run frequently and directly. Taxi fares run $12 - $15 CDN each way. Visit the web site in the contact information below to view rates, room descriptions, and to make reservations. High speed internet connectivity is complimentary in all rooms.
Chateau Victoria Hotel
740 Burdett Avenue
Victoria, BC V8W 1B2
The Victoria tourism web site can be found at the following URL: http://www.tourismvictoria.com/ This site has numerous links to other hotels, Bed and Breakfast accommodations, etc. Please book early, though--Victoria is a very sought after destination during the summer months!
When You Get Here . . .
About U Victoria
The University of Victoria is a mid-sized university with a student population of approximately 20,000. During the summer, the population decreases considerably so you won't have to worry about standing in long lines for coffee! The University grounds cover some 400 acres and include expansive gardens and protected green space.
Victoria enjoys some of the most pleasant weather in Canada. June usually sees a high of 19° C (66° F) and a low of 9° C (48° F). Days tend to be sunny and warm, cooling off considerably in evening. It will also be cooler by the water.
We recommend packing light layers and don't forget sunscreen and a hat. Breezes off the ocean can make you forget how strong the sun is and before you know it, sunburn!
Getting Around Victoria
Victoria's bus system makes it easy to get around town. From campus, routes 4, 11, and 14 will take you downtown. There is no central bus terminal; the main downtown stop is at the corner of Yates and Douglas in front of Hope Key Restaurant (11, 14) or Douglas and View (4) in front of Chapters.
The current adult fare is currently $2.50 (exact change only). A transfer allows you to ride another bus, including return trips, for a period of 60 minutes from time of issue. Ask your driver for a transfer when you get on the bus. Please note that the buses stop running around midnight.
For more information, including transit maps and directions to popular destinations, please visit BC Transit. We will have transit schedules available at registration on Monday morning and at the information desk all week.
Remember to do as the locals do and thank your driver when you get off the bus!
Eat & Drink
- On-Campus Restaurants & Cafés
Note: most on-campus cafés offer a discount on coffee if you bring your own mug.
- BiblioCafé: McPherson Library, Main Floor (Mon-Fri 8am to 6pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 4pm): The BiblioCafé offers a variety of coffee and specialty drinks, pastries, and light lunch options.
- Bean There: Student Union Building (Mon–Fri 7am to 9pm, Sat 8am to 7pm (Summer hours TBC)): Bean There sells coffee, sandwiches, light lunches, pizza, and baked goods.
- Munchie Bar: Student Union Building (Summer Hours TBA): The Munchie Bar is the concession for Cinecenta, the campus movie house. They are open during the day and during show times. The Munchie Bar offers Kicking Horse coffee (organic and fair trade) and local baked goods.
- Finnerty Express: Bookstore, lower level (Summer Hours TBA): Finnerty Express offers Salt Spring coffee (organic and fair trade) plus a variety of teas and specialty drinks. They have a good selection of local baked goods as well as newspapers, cold drinks, essential toiletries, and candy.
- Felicita’s: Student Union Building (Summer Hours TBA): Felicita’s is UVic’s campus pub. They offer a full menu, from traditional pub-style food to healthy salads.
- Off-Campus Restaurants & Cafés
- Pubs & Casual Dining
- The Pink Bicycle: Gourmet burgers at their finest. 1008 Blanshard Street; (250) 384-1008; Tues-Sat 11:30am to 8:30pm
- Smuggler’s Cove: Cadboro Bay’s neighbourhood pub. Full lunch and dinner menu.
- Vegetarian & Vegan
- Rebar: Vegetarian food, local baked goods, and fresh juices. 50 Bastion Square; (250) 361-9223; Mon-Wed 8:30am to 9pm, Thurs-Sat 8:30am to 10pm, Sunday Brunch 8:30am to 3:30pm
- Lotus Pond: Buddhist restaurant offering a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. 617 Johnson St; Tues-Sat 5pm to 9pm
- Café Bliss: “100% organic, 100% raw, 100% vegetarian and vegan, 100% wheat and gluten free, 100% fresh and local ingredients, 100% made with love.” 556 Pandora Ave.; (250) 590-5733; Daily 10:30am to 6:30pm.
- The Tapa Bar: Wide selection of tapas-style Latin cuisine with Spanish and Portuguese influences. 620 Trounce Alley; (250) 383-0013; Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 11pm, Fri & Sat 11:30 to midnight; Sun 12pm to 10pm
- Late Night
- The Office Lounge: International cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. 759 Yates Street; (250) 590-5253; Mon-Wed 11:30am to 11pm, Thurs-Fri 11:30am to 1am, Sat 4pm to 1am
- Veneto: Tapas-style dining in the lounge of the Hotel Rialto. 1450 Douglas Street; (250) 383-7310; Tues-Sat 4pm to 1am, closed Sunday and Monday.
- Posh: Sukiyaki (Japanese hot pot) restaurant featuring Angus beef and organic vegetables. Great gluten-free option! 102-1063 Fort Street; (250) 382-7674; Sun-Thurs 5:30pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm to midnight. Note: Last call for all you can eat is 45 minutes before closing.
- Finer Dining
- Brasserie “L’école”: Award-wining French dining. 1715 Government St; 250.475.6260; Daily 5:30pm to 11:30pm.
People in Victoria love to go out for breakfast or brunch on the weekend. If you are arriving early, or staying a couple of extra days after the institute, check out some of our favourite breakfast spots.
- Cabin 12: Great breakfasts and even better atmosphere. 607 Pandora St; (250) 590-1500; Mon-Fri 10am to 3pm, Sat & Sun 9am to 4pm
- Floyds Diner: Great breakfasts and even better greasy-spoon atmosphere. 866 Yates Street; (250) 381-5114; Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 4 pm, Sat-Sun 8 am - 4 pm
- Lady Marmalade: Friendly atmosphere, creative decor and excellent food. 608 Johnson Street; (250) 381-2872; Daily 8am to 4pm
- Mo:Le: Great dishes made with local ingredients; Very busy on weekends. 554 Pandora Avenue; (250) 385-6653; Daily 8am to 3pm (4pm on weekends)
See & Do
- On-campus (and nearby) Events & Attractions
- UVic Observatory offers Wednesday evening viewing sessions.
- Cinecenta is our campus movie house.
- UVic Bookstore: books, gifts, UVic merchandise and more.
- Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery
- Finnerty Gardens is a nice spot for a lunchtime stroll.
- Mystic Vale (Map)
- Cadboro Bay Village is a short walk down the hill from campus. At the foot of Sinclair Road you will find Peppers Grocery, a pharmacy, Cadboro Bay Bookstore, Olive Olio’s Pasta & Espresso Bar, Starbucks, and Smuggler’s Cove Pub & Liquor Store. Further along Sinclair Road is Cadboro-Gyro Park, a nice spot to sit by the water and see the boats at the nearby Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Sinclair Road is on a very steep hill; if you prefer not to walk back up, you can hop on the number 11 bus (fare is $2.50, exact change only) in front of Peppers and take a 5 minute ride back to campus.
- Off-campus Events & Attractions
- Museums, Galleries & Heritage Sites
- Royal BC Museum: 675 Belleville Street; Summer Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am to 5pm, Fri-Sat 10am to 10pm
- Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: 1040 Moss Street; Summer Hours: Mon-Wed 10am to 5pm, Thurs 10am to 9pm, Fri-Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 12pm to 5pm
- Maritime Museum of British Columbia: 28 Bastion Square; Daily 10am to 5pm
- Miniature World: 649 Humboldt Street; Daily 9am to 9pm
- BC Parliament Buildings: 501 Belleville Street; Mon-Thurs 9am to 5pm, Fri-Sun 9am to 7pm
- Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and is home to Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada.
- Gardens, Parks & Natural Sites
- Butchart Gardens: 800 Benvenuto Avenue (23 km north of Victoria); Daily 9am to 6pm
- Beacon Hill Park: Downtown Victoria; Bounded by Douglas Street, Dallas Road, and Cook Street. (Children’s Farm open daily 10am to 5pm)
- Government House: 1401 Rockland Avenue; Grounds open daily, dawn to dusk.
- Books & Music
- The Grafton Bookshop: 2238 Oak Bay Avenue; Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 12pm to 4pm
- Munro’s Books: 1108 Government Street; Mon-Wed 9am to 6pm, Thurs & Fri 9am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 6pm, Sun 9:30am to 6pm
- Russell Books: 734 Fort Street; Mon-Sat 9am to 5:30pm, Sun 11am to 5pm
- Ditch: 635 Johnson Street; Mon-Sat 10:30am to 6pm; Sun 12pm to 5pm
- Lyle’s Place: 770 Yates Street; Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm; Sun 12pm to 5pm
- Clothing & Accessories
- Plum: 1298 Broad Street; Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm; Sun 12pm to 5pm
- She She Shoes: 616 Trounce Alley
- Smoking Lily: 569a Johnson Street
- Violette Veldor (one-of-a-kind jewelry from local and international designers): 1223 Government Street; Mon-Fri: 10:30am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 12pm to 5pm
- Theatre, Live Music & Sports
- Atomic Vaudeville
- Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre
- Atomique Productions: Concert Listings
- The Victoria Seals baseball team has home games during the Institute.
- Other Interesting Things to See & Do
- There are a number of heritage and art features “hidden in plain sight” in downtown Victoria. Read about our sidewalk prisms, mechanical clocks, and mosaics then see how many you can spot when you visit downtown.
- If you are still in town on Saturday, the Moss St Community Market is definitely worth a visit for live music, local and organic produce and food, and handmade crafts. The Market runs from 10am to 2pm and is located at the corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road on the grounds of Sir James Douglas school.
Fitness On and Off Campus
- Fitness on Campus
- Vikes Recreation
- McKinnon gym (indoor 25m pool and small weight room, drop-in badminton, basketball)
- Ian Stewart Complex (outdoor 25m pool, large gym/weight room, offers spin classes and aerobics)
- Bikram Hot Yoga Saanich (Bus Route 26 or 39), alight at Shelbourne and McKenzie.
- Moksana Yoga (offers Hatha, Flow, Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Yin; take the number 4 bus to get downtown).
- Galloping Goose Trail (~60k rails to trails conversion, passes through urban, rural, and semi-wilderness landscapes). Closest access to campus off McKenzie Street and Borden.
- Mt. Doug park (about 4k north of campus)
- Crossfit (for something a little different)
- Crossfit Zone (drop in fee $15).