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Frequently Asked Questions

 
HOW DO WE GET TO VANCOUVER ISLAND?
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
IS THE WATER TOO COLD TO SWIM IN THE OCEAN/LAKES?
WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN VICTORIA?
CAN WE BRING PETS?
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO WE NEED TO ENTER CANADA?

HOW DO WE GET TO VANCOUVER ISLAND?


Our island paradise is accessible by plane with West Jet flying into Victoria International Airport with a number of daily scheduled flights from Hamilton, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Regina, Saskatchewan; Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia for those from various Canadian destinations.

Air Canada also has daily connecting flights to Victoria from various national and international destinations.

If you are arriving from U.S. destinations, Southwest Airlines has flights from various destinations to Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, B.C.

There are also numerous regional air carriers who provides flights to Victoria from Seattle.

If you are traveling by car, you have the opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful Ferry rides anywhere in the world when you travel on B.C. Ferries from Tsawwassen (on the lower mainland, 25 miles from the U.S./Canada border) to Swartz Bay (15 miles outside of Victoria, on Vancouver Island) The fleets two Super Ferries seat 2,000 passengers and carry 470 vehicles. You are advised to purchase a Reserved ticket as it's not unusual to otherwise experience a 2 to 3 sailing wait during the very busy tourist season from mid-May to mid- October. You may do so from B.C. Ferries Internet site;

Other ferry services to Victoria are provided from the U.S. by Black Ball Ferries which has 4 daily sailings during the Summer from Port Angeles, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. They transport autos but have limited space compared to B.C. Ferries.

Clipper Navigation Ltd. provides daily service with their fleet of catamarans from Seattle to Victoria which is passenger only; no autos.

Washington State Ferries provide service from Anacortes, Washington (north of Seattle) through the San Juan Islands to Sidney, B.C. which is 5 miles from the B.C. Ferries terminal for Victoria.

Should you wish to rent a car, Sojourn has an arrangement for our clients with Discount Car Rental in both Vancouver and Victoria. They will pick you up and deliver you free of charge to their lots near both International Airports.

Pacific Coach Lines provides bus service from Vancouver International Airport to Victoria via B.C. Ferries and Gray Line of Seattle provides bus service from Seattle and Vancouver to Victoria.

See our travel link on Sojourn's website for more details.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?


Because of Victoria's location on Vancouver Island, we experience the most moderate climate in Canada, all year round, with less rainfall than Toronto on an average annual basis. Flowers start blooming in February as Victoria is known as the city of gardens. During the Summer months, daily temperatures are very comfortable with little humidity and cooling ocean breezes.

VICTORIA WEATHER


Welcome to Victoria. Victoria has mild weather throughout the year. Following is a list of average temperatures throughout the year. If you would like to know the current weather check one of the sites below. Short forecasts are available, but predicting the long range weather in Victoria is not a wise practice. Generally, we feel the weather here is great!

Victoria Weather
MONTH Low Celsius High Celsius Low Fahrenheit High Fahrenheit
January 2 6 36 43
February 3 8 37 46
March 4 10 40 50
April 6 13 43 56
May 8 16 49 61
June 10 18 50 65
July 11 20 52 68
August 11 20 52 68
September 10 18 50 65
October 8 14 46 57
November 5 9 41 44
December 3 7 38 45


For daily updates, we recommend you check out the following Internet site: The Weather Network

IS THE WATER TOO COLD TO SWIM IN THE OCEAN / LAKES?


The Pacific Ocean temperature is consistently 7 Celsius or 45 degrees all year round which hasn't inhibited Vancouver Island as being named the number one diving destination in the world for those with wetsuits and the proper gear.

Kayaking is also a favorite pastime for locals and tourists alike, with sail boarding a passion for the younger generation with a wetsuit who ride the ocean waves.

For swimmers, Victoria offers a number of local lakes with crystal clear water that is far more conducive for those who wish to take a refreshing dip on a warm Summer day. A number of the lakes also have registered life guards on duty such as Beaver Lake, Elk Lake and Thetis Lake to name a few.

For the kids, young and old, there is Waterslide Park just outside of Victoria in Langford.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN VICTORIA?


There is something for everyone of every gender, age and taste.

For the sports fisherman, there is some of the best salmon and halibut fishing to be found anywhere. Bookings may be made through Kingfisher Charters

If you are into whale watching, there are resident pods of Orcas around the southern tip of Vancouver Island and our reservation agents can provide details on booking your whale watching expedition.

For golfers, there are a number of championship courses in the Victoria area and also at various locations up island. Soon to be added to an already impressive list is the Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Mountain, a championship 18 hole course scheduled to open in July, 2003

For hikers, there are numerous hiking trails, of all classifications with an added bonus. There are virtually no bugs to be encountered in the woods. For very experienced hikers, The West Coast Trail is always fully booked during the Summer months as reservations are required.

For cyclists, there are cycling trails that lead from downtown Victoria to the marvelous Galloping Goose Regional Trail which will take you all the way to the old gold miners abode of Leechtown, the other side of Sooke which is about 35 miles in all. Along the way, you will see some of the most awe inspiring scenery you have ever laid eyes on, especially the ride around the Sooke Inner Harbor Basin.

The number one tourist attraction is the Royal BC Museum and it is not to be missed by young and old. It houses a pioneer town, sawmill, fish cannery, coal mine, trains station and a walk through tour of forests and ancient animals. You can also board Captain George Vancouver's ship, The Discovery. The feature presentation is the history and culture of the First Nations people.

Next door to the museum is the National Geographic Theatre featuring an Imax projector with some magnificent daily presentations every hour.

If you love gardens, you will love Victoria and not want to miss a visit to the world renowned Butchart Gardens, just outside of the city. Their Summer fireworks on Saturday nights is breathtaking and a real crowd pleaser so be sure to get a good seat several hours before the show or you will miss out.

From a historical perspective, there is Chinatown and Fan Tan Alley which was featured in the movie, Bird On A Wire, with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn.

Craidarroch Castle is also a favorite as it was built by a coal baron at the turn of the 20th century with all the opulence one would anticipate.

Visits to Bastion Square, the heart of Victoria's old town, along with Market Square takes one back in time to a by-gone era.

If you love antiques, then Victoria's Antique Row houses some of the best antique stores to be found in North America. Perhaps you will also spot a celebrity such as Barbara Streisand who has been known to be a frequent annual visitor in her quest for antique treasures.

Of course, we must not forget the various B.C. Provincial Parks in and around Victoria and Vancouver Island. They are a nature lovers paradise with some offering over-night camping and magnificent walks along the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean or through the world renowned forests of B.C.

Last but not least, there is some of best and most versatile dining in the world available in Victoria as there are more restaurants per capita than any city in North America. Whatever your dining preference, Victoria is sure to meet your expectations with seafood at the top of the list.

CAN WE BRING PETS?


Some of our properties are pet friendly and some are not. Whether or not a given property accepts pets is at the sole discretion of the property owner. For specific information as to which properties accept pets please contact one of our reservations agents.

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO WE NEED TO ENTER CANADA?


The following is taken directly from Canada Customs website and as such may be updated from time to time. For complete and up to date information please visit the Canada Customs website.

4. Has Canada changed its identification requirements for entering the country?

Requirements remain unchanged at present.

There is "increased vigilance" by Canada Customs as you will need to provide photo identification and proof of citizenship.

5. Can I expect delays in customs processing as a result of heightened security at Canada's international airports?

You should expect incremental delays in the processing of arriving international travelers at Canada's airports. Customs staff will be examining travellers more closely to ensure that the safety and security interests of Canadians are protected.

6. What can I do to avoid delays at the border?

You must ensure that you are carrying with you the necessary documentation and adequate identification. You can find information on customs requirements and border wait times, 24 hours a day, at www.ccra.gc.ca. If possible, avoid the periods of heaviest traffic and the busiest customs offices.

7. What can I do to minimize delays at airports?

To minimize delays, you must ensure that you have your proof of citizenship, your airline ticket, and your completed declaration card available for the customs inspector.

8. Has additional staff been assigned to process travelers arriving in Canada?

Plans are in place to provide additional staff if necessary.


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