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A travel primer for Victoria Pride, June 27 to July 5.
Thinking about a getaway to Victoria for the capital region’s Pride Parade and Festival (pictured) June 27-July 5? We got it on lock!
FLY: Hello copter!
A Helijet ticket to Victoria – $157. Not spending hours schlepping yourself to Tsawassen and waiting for a ferry – priceless. With at least five flights per day and a travel time about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver to the Victoria harbour, as far as we are concerned Helijet is the only civilized way to travel. And seriously, how often do you get to text your friends from a helicopter?
STAY: The suite life
The Oswego Hotel is certainly not your grandparents’ hotel. It’s a chic boutique hotel just steps from the harbour and downtown. Each room at the Oswego is a sweet suite, equipped with amenities like deep soaker tubs and full kitchens. Go for the one or two bedroom top-floor suites and score your own private rooftop patio with breathtaking views. Added bonus: the hotel is uber LGBTQ friendly and is the official presenting sponsor for the Victoria Pride Society.
EAT: Farm to face
Two new restaurants have opened recently in Victoria that will wow even Vancouver’s most finicky foodies. Olo is brought to you by the team behind the award-winning Ulla (the restaurant rebranded to a more casual concept earlier this year). The chef works exclusively with local producers to create a collection of shareable small plates that you won’t want to share. A little outside of downtown but well worth the trip, Part and Parcel was opened by Grant Gard (formerly at Brasserie L’Ecole) and his wife, Anna, in late 2014. The limited menu changes daily and is posted on social media. If you see the fried chicken sandwich with bacon and pickles on the menu, girl you better run for the next Helijet!