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Guidebook for Esquimalt

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Guidebook for Esquimalt

Essentials
Wonderful boutique grocery store, with everyone a person could ask for.
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Thrifty Foods
1495 Admirals Rd
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Wonderful boutique grocery store, with everyone a person could ask for.
Good produce at reasonable prices
Country Grocer
1153 Esquimalt Rd
Good produce at reasonable prices
London Drugs, Save On Foods, Winners, etc. The Silver City Cineplex is behind the mall.
Tillicum Mall / G.R. Pearkes Rec Ctr
London Drugs, Save On Foods, Winners, etc. The Silver City Cineplex is behind the mall.
Open 24x7, Shoppers has all your pharmacy and drugstore needs, along with basic household wares and food.
Shoppers Drug Mart
870 Esquimalt Rd
Open 24x7, Shoppers has all your pharmacy and drugstore needs, along with basic household wares and food.
Entertainment & Activities
The pool facility is fantastic, with lap pool, 'river', hot tub, paddling pool, sauna, and steam room.
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Esquimalt Recreation Centre
527 Fraser Street
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The pool facility is fantastic, with lap pool, 'river', hot tub, paddling pool, sauna, and steam room.
Skating and curling rink
Archie Browning Sports Centre
Skating and curling rink
Wonderful beach, park, and playground, with historic Japanese garden. The perfect picnic spot, or launch for a kayak, canoe, or paddle board.
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Esquimalt Gorge Park
1070 Tillicum Rd
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Wonderful beach, park, and playground, with historic Japanese garden. The perfect picnic spot, or launch for a kayak, canoe, or paddle board.
Awesome locally-owned and operated independent bike store, with all your bike needs taken care of a stone's throw and easy walk from the suite.
Marty's Mountain Cycle: MMC
Awesome locally-owned and operated independent bike store, with all your bike needs taken care of a stone's throw and easy walk from the suite.
Closest movie theatre to the suite, with a full cineplex of movies at any time.
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SilverCity Victoria Cinemas
3130 Tillicum Rd
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Closest movie theatre to the suite, with a full cineplex of movies at any time.
Very new bowling lanes, if you are so inclined
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Langford Lanes
1097 Langford Pkwy
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Very new bowling lanes, if you are so inclined
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Victoria Bug Zoo
631 Courtney St
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Miniature World
649 Humboldt St
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Local Restaurants
Quirky hole in the wall, with top chef creations. This was Ted Harrison's favourite restaurant in Victoria.
Vietnam Garden Restaurant
524 Admirals Rd
Quirky hole in the wall, with top chef creations. This was Ted Harrison's favourite restaurant in Victoria.
Awesome Thai food. We've never been disappointed!
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Thai Green Elephant Restaurant
809 Craigflower Rd
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Awesome Thai food. We've never been disappointed!
Wonderful authentic French bakery
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Fol Epi
398 Harbour Road
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Wonderful authentic French bakery
Hearty and rustic breads and pastries. You haven't lived till you've tried Fry's
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Fry's Red Wheat Bread Bakery
416 Craigflower Road
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Hearty and rustic breads and pastries. You haven't lived till you've tried Fry's
Quirky local cafe, with live music
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Spiral Cafe
418 Craigflower Road
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Quirky local cafe, with live music
Great local chain, amazing coffee
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Fantastico bar-deli
398 Harbour Road
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Great local chain, amazing coffee
Beautiful golf course, but the restaurant/deck is great even if you aren't golfing.
Gorge Vale Golf Club
Beautiful golf course, but the restaurant/deck is great even if you aren't golfing.
The best breakfast place in the 'hood
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Sunnyside Cafe
1234 Esquimalt Road
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The best breakfast place in the 'hood
Great Greek and Italian food, with a great atmosphere
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Il Greco Restaurant
2900 Tillicum Road
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Great Greek and Italian food, with a great atmosphere
Amazing authentic Mexican food, wonderful tacos. Like most taco restaurants, there is limited seating but you won't complain when you are downing their amazing food.
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La Taquisa
176 Wilson Street
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Amazing authentic Mexican food, wonderful tacos. Like most taco restaurants, there is limited seating but you won't complain when you are downing their amazing food.
Walking distance from the suite, with great coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, and treats.
Thrive and Shine Bistro
829 Admirals Road
Walking distance from the suite, with great coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, and treats.
Great family restaurant serving Vietnamese and Chinese food
Pho & Wok
102-1517 Admirals Road
Great family restaurant serving Vietnamese and Chinese food
Family restaurant with an affordable menu.
Apple Tree Restaurant
1501 Admirals Rd
Family restaurant with an affordable menu.
Parks & Nature
Do you like 180 degree ocean views towards the Olympic Mountains? If so, this is a great park to get your ocean on.
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Saxe Point Park
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Do you like 180 degree ocean views towards the Olympic Mountains? If so, this is a great park to get your ocean on.
You can drive to the top, and the views really cannot be beat.
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Mount Douglas
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You can drive to the top, and the views really cannot be beat.
Lovely series of lakes, perfect for canoeing or kayaking, or there is a beach, and trails to walk around the lake.
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Thetis Lake
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Lovely series of lakes, perfect for canoeing or kayaking, or there is a beach, and trails to walk around the lake.
This is the place to see the salmon spawn in the fall (October - November). Besides that, many hiking paths including to the top of Mount Finlayson, picnic spots and the river.
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Goldstream Provincial Park
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This is the place to see the salmon spawn in the fall (October - November). Besides that, many hiking paths including to the top of Mount Finlayson, picnic spots and the river.
Sightseeing
Sweeping 360 degree views of the area, with a very modest climb to the top, suitable for everyone except those who are truly mobility challenged.
Highrock Park
Sweeping 360 degree views of the area, with a very modest climb to the top, suitable for everyone except those who are truly mobility challenged.
Wonderful seaside trails intermixed with military fortifications.
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MacAulay Point Park
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Wonderful seaside trails intermixed with military fortifications.
Great place to walk, enjoy the ocean breeze, and see birds.
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Esquimalt Lagoon
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Great place to walk, enjoy the ocean breeze, and see birds.
The most impressive castle in the area (even including Craigdarroch). Perfectly situated, the grounds sweep down from the castle to the ocean. Don't miss out on seeing the peacocks!
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Hatley Park National Historic Site
2005 SOOKE RD
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The most impressive castle in the area (even including Craigdarroch). Perfectly situated, the grounds sweep down from the castle to the ocean. Don't miss out on seeing the peacocks!
Amazing castle of the Dunsmuir family, completely restored, with amazing views over the city.
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Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent
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Amazing castle of the Dunsmuir family, completely restored, with amazing views over the city.
One of the oldest gardens on the west coast, and the best known, Butchart Gardens is an icon and not to be missed.
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Butchart Gardens
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One of the oldest gardens on the west coast, and the best known, Butchart Gardens is an icon and not to be missed.
Incredible park in downtown Victoria on the ocean. This park has a bit of everything, from a totem pole, petting zoo, formal gardens, playground (including zip line) and much more.
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Beacon Hill Park
100 Cook St
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Incredible park in downtown Victoria on the ocean. This park has a bit of everything, from a totem pole, petting zoo, formal gardens, playground (including zip line) and much more.
Not quite a street market, but not quite a restaurant, Fisherman's Wharf is an eclectic collection of excellent food stalls specializing in seafood of all sorts, along with a small community of house boats. Don't forget to ask where you can get little fish to feed to the seals!
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Fisherman's Wharf Park
12 Erie St
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Not quite a street market, but not quite a restaurant, Fisherman's Wharf is an eclectic collection of excellent food stalls specializing in seafood of all sorts, along with a small community of house boats. Don't forget to ask where you can get little fish to feed to the seals!
Drinks & Nightlife
Historic building with great atmosphere and pretty garden, and it's a brewpub! Kid friendly. http://fourmilehouse.com/
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4Mile Brewing Company
199 Island Highway
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Historic building with great atmosphere and pretty garden, and it's a brewpub! Kid friendly. http://fourmilehouse.com/
Our favourite restaurant in the city. Great location, great food, great beer. What more is there to say? Kid friendly. http://www.spinnakers.com/
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Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & GuestHouses
308 Catherine St
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Our favourite restaurant in the city. Great location, great food, great beer. What more is there to say? Kid friendly. http://www.spinnakers.com/
Neighborhood pub, with liquor store
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Gorge Pointe Pub
1075 Tillicum Road
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Neighborhood pub, with liquor store
This might be the oldest pub in the Victoria area. Beautiful old building, and amazing patio overlooking a waterway. http://www.sixmilepub.com/
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Six Mile Pub
494 Old Island Highway
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This might be the oldest pub in the Victoria area. Beautiful old building, and amazing patio overlooking a waterway. http://www.sixmilepub.com/
Maybe the best patio in downtown Victoria, this is the quintessential spot for enjoying a pint, and the food is divine. http://canoebrewpub.com/
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CANOE Brewpub
450 Swift St
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Maybe the best patio in downtown Victoria, this is the quintessential spot for enjoying a pint, and the food is divine. http://canoebrewpub.com/
A cute smaller brewpub, with good local atmosphere and, of course, fine micro-brews. http://www.moonunderwater.ca/home
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Moon Under Water Brewpub
350 Bay Street
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A cute smaller brewpub, with good local atmosphere and, of course, fine micro-brews. http://www.moonunderwater.ca/home
Arts & Culture
Great location to take kids. Many interactive displays, lots of space to wander and explore. There's also a beach and lighthouse!
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Fisgard Lighthouse
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road
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Great location to take kids. Many interactive displays, lots of space to wander and explore. There's also a beach and lighthouse!
Beautiful Campus
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Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Rd
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Beautiful Campus
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University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
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A little expensive to get in, but well worth the price. The Royal BC Museum hosts the most impressive collection of west coast art and history, along with a natural history museum (including a life-sized mammoth), and many wonderful exhibits of pioneer life on the west coast. Don't forget to check out what is on the IMAX listings in case you want to take in a movie.
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Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St
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A little expensive to get in, but well worth the price. The Royal BC Museum hosts the most impressive collection of west coast art and history, along with a natural history museum (including a life-sized mammoth), and many wonderful exhibits of pioneer life on the west coast. Don't forget to check out what is on the IMAX listings in case you want to take in a movie.
Beautiful ornate historic symphony hall. Check out what is on for the premiere arts performances in the city.
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Royal Theatre
805 Broughton St
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Beautiful ornate historic symphony hall. Check out what is on for the premiere arts performances in the city.