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Ocean Island Blog

Our front desk staff know this city inside and out and love giving insider tips on everything it has to offer! We love this city so much, in fact, we even wrote Victoria’s most complete online guide; covering everything from hidden beaches, hole in the wall coffee shops, to tour companies you’ll want to know about if you’re interested in activities like sailing, whale watching, or even skydiving.

As an Ocean Island guest, you’ll get rad VIP discounts from all sorts of Victoria businesses when you book through our front desk! Check ’em out: www.oceanisland.com/guest-discounts

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Three Days In Victoria

October 10, 2019

Well there you are! You’ve finally made it to the capital of British Columbia, also known as Victoria. But now you’re here.. What will you do? Let us help you explore the city we love so much in three days. Day 1: Downtown Attractions If this is your first time […]

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Nightlife in Victoria, BC

October 10, 2019

Although we have our own in-house bar, we understand that you must spread your wings and fly out into the world of night clubs, bars & pubs. That’s why we compiled this handy list, filled with our favourite nightlife spots. Our Faves We love to go out and have a […]

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Explore Victoria’s Most Unique Neighborhoods

October 3, 2019

Downtown Victoria is easy enough to explore, especially if you’re staying at Ocean Island. But did you know that Victoria has many other neighbourhoods worth exploring? To make things easy, we summed up our favourite things to do in each neighbourhood. Most of these are within walking distance to downtown […]

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Best Breakfast & Brunch in Victoria

September 19, 2019

Victoria is best known for its relaxed pace, beautiful nature and mild climate. But did you know that it’s also known for all the great places you can have breakfast and brunch? You might see some random lines outside at different cafés, which means that the food is worth waiting […]

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Crash Sites & Abandoned Places on Vancouver Island

September 5, 2019

Vancouver Island has everything that’s needed for great road trips, hikes and much more. But have you ever discovered Vancouver Island off the beaten track? Adventure is out there, so read on to know more about ghost towns, abandoned places and abandoned plane crash sites on the island. Leechtown Close […]

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Thrift & Vintage Stores in Victoria

September 3, 2019

Traveling is expensive enough – which is why we have dedicated this blog post to all things thrifty. Victoria is a great spot for the frugal, especially around the downtown core with its many thrift stores and second-hand shops. Win (Women In Need) Next door to Ocean Island Inn, you’ll […]

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Staff Favourites 2019: Things To Do in Victoria, BC

August 21, 2019

Ever wondered what to do in Victoria? Fear not, as we have compiled a list of our favourite things to do in Victoria, BC. Our friendly front desk team can give you all the information you need to enjoy Victoria to the fullest. Our staff is from all over the […]

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Beaches In Victoria, BC

August 13, 2019

Grab the sunscreen, water and your favourite snacks and hit the beach! Here’s a list of our favourite beaches in and outta town.

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Weekly Summer Events in Victoria, BC

July 12, 2019

Summer is the best time to go outside and explore. As it almost never rains in July & August, there’s many outdoor events going on in Victoria. To help separate the wheat from the chaff – here are our top favourite events to brighten up your summer. Free B-Film Festival […]

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LGBTQ+ in Victoria, BC

July 2, 2019

Known as a friendly and laidback city, it may come as no surprise that Victoria is very LGBTQ+ friendly. Moreover, Victoria has a surprisingly big LGBTQ+ community which “outs” itself in many queer events across town. Best LGBTQ+ Clubs & Dance Parties in Victoria Paparazzi Nightclub Victoria’s largest gay club […]

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Victoria On A Budget

June 26, 2019

Victoria is known as a touristy town, with lots of fun things to do. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to spend every last penny to have a fun time. In fact, there are many free things you can do in and around downtown Victoria, when you want to get […]

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Dining

June 25, 2019

We’ve compiled a list of the most notable dining spots in town. Our Favourites: Foo Asian Street Food 769 Yates St. Foo offers its customers the best Asian street food in town. Although their main dishes will certainly satisfy your cravings, you can always order some fry bread with chutney […]

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Our Neighbourhood

April 1, 2019

Check out Habit Coffee on Blanshard and Johnson or Serious Coffee on Blanshard and Fisgard.

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Finding Employment

April 1, 2019

Is it hard to get a job in Victoria? No, not particularly.

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Rainy Days in Victoria, BC

April 1, 2019

Put on your rain boots and go out to explore beautiful Vancouver Island.

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Popular Daytrips

April 1, 2019

Park your car at the entrance and take one of the many beautiful trails to the top.

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Events

April 1, 2019

Looking for upcoming events and other things to do in Victoria BC? Here’s a list of our favourite online calendars.

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Food & Drink

April 1, 2019

We’ve compiled a list of the most noteable dining spots

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Guest Discounts

April 1, 2019

As an Ocean Island guest, you’ll get rad VIP discounts from all sorts of Victoria businesses when you book through our front desk!

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Parking

April 1, 2019

Not having to worry about parking in the city is a major bonus.

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