Victoria & Vancouver Island: A Personal Tour of an Almost Perfect Eden


This guide features the very best of Victoria and Vancouver Island—the region's excellent restaurants, interesting wineries, and unique shops.

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This guide features the very best of Victoria and Vancouver Island—the region's excellent restaurants, interesting wineries, and unique shops.

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"The hills jam-pack their guide with 'you are there' details, photos, pen-and-ink sketches, and even . . . recipes from their favorite island friends and chefs."—Northwest Palate (Portland, Ore.)
Part-time British Columbians update the 1999 edition with basic BC facts, favorites spots, history, annual events, and a "terms of endearment" Canadian glossary. Prices are in Canadian dollars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762745647
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Series: Hill Guides Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen and Gerald Hill are native Californians who have spent a significant amount of time living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Kathleen has written widely on the culinary arts and was a collaborator and friend of the late M.F.K. Fisher. Gerald is a historian and a lawyer who writes about travel and history. They live in Sonoma, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter 1 How to Use Your Hill Guide 1
Basic Facts 3
How to Be a Visitor and Not a Tourist in Victoria 6
Terms of Endearment-A Glossary 8
Chapter 2 Getting Here and Getting Around 11
Getting Here 11
Getting Around Once You're Here 17
Chapter 3 Neighborhoods of Greater Victoria 25
Downtown Victoria 28
Residential Neighborhoods 128
Significant Others 136
Things You Really Should See 149
Where to Stay 159
Chapter 4 Exploring Outside Victoria 163
Victoria to Sidney 163
Victoria to Port Renfrew 171
Port Renfrew 184
Chapter 5 Up Island 187
Victoria to Nanaimo 187
Nanaimo to Port Hardy 215
Nanaimo to Tofino 225
Chapter 6 The Other Islands 241
Gulf Islands 241
Discovery Islands 254
Chapter 7 Outdoor Things to Do 257
Biking 257
Diving 257
Fishing 260
Golf 262
Hiking 265
Kayaking and Canoeing 265
Kid Stuff 266
Skiing 267
Swimming 268
Walking (and Other) Tours 268
Whale Watching 269
Chapter 8 History of Victoria and Vancouver Island 271
Chapter 9 List of Lists 319
Antiques Shops 319
Bookstores 321
Galleries 323
Laundromats 323
Nightlife/Music 324
Pharmacies 326
Popular Bus Destinations 326
Restrooms 328
Theaters 329
Chapter 10 Annual Events and Festivals 331
Greater Victoria, Sooke, Duncan, Cowichan Valley 331
Nanaimo to Port Hardy, Port Alberni, West Coast 336
Index 339
About the Authors 351
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