Discover the proud heritage of Vancouver Island and Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, by visiting one of the following landmark locations. All within an hour’s drive from the resort, contact our team to help you decide which is best for you and to plan your day trip.
A short drive up the coast, Chemainus is a lovely community now famous for its outdoor mural art. Housed in a wonderful domed building, the Chemainus Theatre offers a year-round calendar of productions from a repertoire of classic and award-winning plays. Our guest services team members are up-to-date on showtimes, rates and special events, and they will help you plan your trip around a matinee or an evening performance, both of which can be preceded by a themed meal in the Playbill Dining Room.
Chemainus Walking Tour
At one time a thriving village for fishing, mining and forestry, Chemainus’s history is now captured in a series of over 50 striking murals and sculptures that can be viewed by following the marked footprints through town. Our guest services team can help arrange for guides or shuttle service at an additional cost.
Across the water near Langford, this national historic site began as a mansion built at the turn of the century for a prominent BC industrialist and politician in the Tudor Revival style of architecture with a quintessential example of an Edwardian garden. The grand estate also features former farmland as well as trails through mature stands of first and second-growth forest, including large Douglas fir and western red cedar.
Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse
Less than a 30-minute drive down the Malahat, explore the historic battlements of this national historic site built along the coastline just outside of Langford that offers a great vantage point of the Salish Sea and Washington State beyond. Along with the weapons and displays housed within, enjoy a tranquil stroll through a restored Garry Oak meadow.
BC Forest Discovery Centre
Just north of Duncan, this 100-acre museum features a number of indoor and outdoor exhibits that chronicle the history of logging in British Columbia along with several nature trails, a picnic area and an impressive collection of heritage steam locomotives.
Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre
A community-based maritime museum founded to exhibit and preserve maritime heritage, especially that of wooden boats with a small fleet of traditional craft onsite. Situated right along the water, the quaint fishing village of Cowichan Bay is perfect for a seaside stroll.
Royal BC Museum
Victoria’s premier museum includes three permanent galleries on natural history, modern history and local First Nations’ history, with a collection comprising approximately seven million objects. Steps from downtown and across the street from the architecturally stunning Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, this is the perfect spot to start a day trip into the big city.
Just outside of downtown Victoria and blocks away from the Government House with its verdure gardens is one of the city’s main landmarks – an 1880s Scottish Baronial mansion. In touring the grounds of this national historic site, you’ll discover numerical artifacts as well as learn about the many intricacies of high Victorian architecture and design.
Hand of Man Museum
A relatively new museum in Maple Bay, this wonderful place focuses on natural history, cultural arts and conservation where you can learn about the ancient civilizations that have called Vancouver Island home as well as some of their traditions and how they interacted with the ecosystems.