New Victoria For New Media – Weekend Adventure

Last modified on June 17th, 2009

About a month ago I got an email from Coast Hotels asking if I’d like to partake in an all-inclusive weekend in Victoria with a few other bloggers and social media people from Vancouver. Given how much fun I had in Victoria last summer with Arieanna and Ianiv for the BC Festival 150 concert, I jumped at the opportunity, especially since Coast Hotels was supplying the accommodation and transportation.

BC Festival 150

The trip will start off on Friday morning at the Coast Hotel in Vancouver — everyone is meeting and boarding a bus for the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal. From there, we’ll all travel to the Tsawwassen Quay for a coffee and to browse through the market, eventually boarding the 11am Coastal Celebration ferry to Victoria.

The itinerary for the rest of the weekend is as follows:


  • 11:00am: Board Coastal Celebration ferry. Buffet lunch will be included.
  • 12:45pm arrival time: Ferry docks at Swartz Bay (Victoria). Welcome to Victoria!
  • 1:30pm: Sea Cider Farm & Cider House for cider tasting and tour compliments of Sea Cider Farm & Cider House
  • 4:00pm: Check-in at Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina
  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm: The 15th annual BC Wine and Oyster Fest


  • 8:30am: Meet for group breakfast at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in hotel
  • 9:30am: Royal BC Museum
  • 11:30 am: Victoria Harbour Ferry tour and trip to Brew Pub
  • 12:00pm: Lunch at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub compliments of Spinnakers and Tourism
  • 1:30pm – Evening, exploring Victoria


  • 9:15am: Meet in hotel lobby. Departure at 9:30 to Swartz Bay ferry terminal for 11:00am
  • 1:30pm: Drop off at Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites to end the tour!

So, I’ll probably be back home in Chilliwack around 3pm or so on Sunday.

Without a doubt, I’m totally excited about this trip, and am very thankful Coast Hotels and Tourism Victoria extended the offer to me. I’ll be bringing my camera gear and will do my best to return the favour by taking some photos of the hotel and as much of Victoria as I can fit on an 8GB compact flash card.

I’ll be heading into the city tomorrow night and will probably be spending the night at Arieanna and Ianiv’s house (since I haven’t seen them in a while, and they’re also coming on the trip). Friday morning we’ll head down to the hotel, and start our weekend adventure — a big thanks to Danny Dang, Coast Hotels, BC Ferries and Tourism Victoria for making this happen!

10 responses to “New Victoria For New Media – Weekend Adventure”

  1. Ianiv says:

    Looking forward to this, will be so much fun!

  2. Duane Storey says:

    Me too. I gotta say, that Brew Pub is sounding pretty awesome right about now.

  3. Elisa says:

    Can’t wait, can’t wait! Gonna have some good old fun in new Victoria. I gotta start packing! See ya there 🙂

  4. Lloyd Budd says:

    Sounds like a superb weekend! Spinnakers us one of my fav brewpubs. I might have to crash that party 😉

  5. Rebecca says:

    I have already put the word out re: a tweetup or something on Saturday as well – should be fuuuuun!!

  6. Duane Storey says:

    Solid, you go girl. I may have to bring another liver.

  7. Danny Dang says:

    Cider, Wine, and Beer… Almost hitting all the drink groups!

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  9. jdm says:

    Glad we could meet up, if only for a short few. Hope the trip home goes well — it sounded complicated 🙂 ttyl, and good luck with rogers chwk!

  10. Mike Vardy says:

    Great to meet you! So much so, my alter-ego dedicated the latest Effing Limerick to the whole #newvictoria deal.

    Tongue firmly planted in cheek, of course.

    Take care!

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