Introducing our Instagrammer of the week, @snarkysteff! Originally born in Vancouver, Steff proudly calls Victoria home now. She adds, “To prove Victoria’s a great city year-round, these photos were all taken between November and February.” Have a peak!
A park since 1850, Beacon Hill gives a different feeling throughout the year. On those rare days fog rolls in, the gnarly old Garry Oaks give an spooky, eerie vibe. A world-class urban park ust 800 metres from Victoria’s Empress Hotel, it’s a spot too many tourists miss out on visiting, and should be on every visitor’s list.
Like all my photos in this series, this too was taken in the dead of winter, proving what we already know — Victoria really is the most romantic city in Canada, and makes the top-10 list for all of the continent. With incredible sunset spots everywhere you look, it’s hard not to stop and be wowed by nature at her best here, especially with your favourite person at your side.
For the locals, these chairs are an iconic symbol of our town. Out on a rocky scrub of coast,Chris Hamilton deposited a chair he’d made an ex-girlfriend. That was 2007. A storm ripped that chair away and locals brought down another, and another, and even a red one too. It’s about stopping, sitting, and just being HERE for a while. And why not?
This is a set of stairs from an outlook just before Oak Bay. But stairs are everywhere in Victoria. Unmarked, subtle, and plentiful. Want a day full of adventure? Go seeking out the hard-to-find stairs that line the entire Greater Victoria coastline. You’ll find amazing little hideaways to enjoy the coast.
Just 2 kilometres south of Downtown Victoria is the 1917 Ogden Breakwater, recently outfitted with rails along its entire 1/4-mile span, making it accessible to families with strollers, dogs, and electric scooters. There’s no better place to see the sunset year-round in Victoria, which is a rarity, thanks to the island’s geography.
Another undervisited spot in Victoria is just over a block behind the Empress Hotel. A National Heritage Site, St. Ann’s dates to 1870, with a gorgeous chapel open for visits and six-acre grounds filled with oaks, apple trees, and cherry trees, where you’ll often see live concerts and other festivals during the summer, or bring a blanket and some takeout for a great picnic spot while staying close to the Harbour. With rumours of haunted buildings everywhere, it’s hard not to get spooked by these grounds on a dark night or a foggy day.
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Steffani Cameron is a writer and photographer who fled the big-city grind, opting for island life and a simpler vibe in Victoria, BC.
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