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5 Special Places to See Fall Foliage in Victoria

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Autumn is a splendid time to unwind on Vancouver Island. A leisurely ride on a Vancouver to Victoria ferry brings travellers to an island full of history and spectacular fall scenery. After taking a ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria, visitors can view fall foliage at any of these five outstanding locations.

1. Beacon Hill Park

Just a 10-minute stroll from the Inner Harbour, this park maintains a piece of nature right in Victoria’s downtown. Many paths invite visitors to wander among mature trees and admire the colours. Lush gardens ponds, and the resident peacocks add to the experience.

2. Hatley Castle & Gardens

As a National Historic Site of Canada, the castle that was completed in 1908 includes grounds with a rose garden and an Italian garden. The bright displays of foliage and flowers in the Japanese garden attract the most attention in the fall.

3. Goldstream Park

Adventurers seeking a stronger connection with the wondrous ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest can explore this old growth forest 17 kilometres from Victoria. The forest presents a lush example of a temperate rainforest near the Goldstream estuary. Starting in October, the salmon run in the waters of this unspoiled location.

4. The Butchart Gardens

Our versatile cruise schedule for Vancouver to Victoria enables fall colour tourists to plan an island tour that includes a stop at Butchart Gardens. Since 2004, the 22-hectare location has been a National Historic Site of Canada and popular attraction in Victoria. Dating back to 1904, the garden features about 900 plant varieties, including a selection of Japanese maples renowned for their fall foliage.

5. Ross Bay Cemetery

Visitors who crave an aesthetic reminiscent of a Gothic novel can wander this Victorian cemetery. Mature trees like Spanish Fir and Japanese flowering cherries grow among weathered old tombstones. Look for guided tours provided by the Old Cemeteries Society to learn about the historic figures resting in this beautiful yet vaguely haunting location.

People interested in booking a cruise with V2V Vacations can browse ferry to Victoria prices and select a cruise from Vancouver to Victoria. A trip on our 242-seat passenger ship will be both luxurious and memorable.