Visit Victoria

Old-world charm abounds in this Canadian capital

By Amanda Brynn, Director Member Services

This summer, visit our neighbors to the north at the Union Club of British Columbia. Founded in 1879, the Union Club resides in the heart of downtown Victoria. With a mild climate and compact core, Victoria is a walker’s paradise, according to Walk Score.

Use the Union Club’s central location as a jumping-off point to visit the nearby Inner Harbor, museums and theaters, and the iconic Fairmont Empress, where you can indulge in high tea and stroll the grounds. Whatever you do, leave your car at home. The capital city of British Columbia offers plentiful transit—from carriage rides to harbor taxis—and delivers beauty around every corner.

When it’s time to rest, retire to your room at the Inn at the Union Club. The century-old hotel is an oasis of privacy and privilege, combining Old World flair with modern amenities. Once refreshed, grab a meal at the McGregor Lounge or check out the club’s rooftop terrace. Want to see more of the city? You’ll find Chinatown, the Royal BC Museum, and the Emily Carr House all less than a mile away. Happy walking!

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As published in the September/October 2019 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted September 13, 2019


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