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Greater Victoria View Royal Casino

casinoOne of the main reasons why visitors come to Vancouver Island is the nature. Here you get the best of what Canada has to offer, from whale and bear watching, trekking, kayaking, camping, boating or hot springs to name a few. But Victoria is also a large city and after all the exhaustion from such physical activity, there is no better place to relax. Night life choices are plentiful with restaurants and discos, and you can even play casino games if you are in a gambling mood.

The Greater Victoria View Royal Casino is the reference in town when it comes to these games. With over 300 slots machines, 30 tables games, a restaurant, a snack bar and lounge, you are guaranteed to find something fun to do. Their choice of slot machines includes Magic Lamp, Triple Blazing Sevens and Wild Cherry with jackpots up to $25,000. For table games you will find a dealer for blackjack, Seven Card Stud, Red Dog or Sic Bo. And of course you can practice your Texas Holdem strategy as holdem is always the favorite of poker variations at the View Royal. They often offer poker tournaments during the weekend. Finally you can also hit the roulette wheel if you are looking for a big instantaneous payout.

This venue is conveniently located at the center of Victoria on Old Island Highway with 36,000 square foot of modern gaming facilities to please the most demanding players. You can get accommodation next door at the Birds of a Feather bed and breakfast located along Esquimalt Lagoon. From there you can head to the casino, or visit the BC Aviation Museum, take a double deck horse drawn carriage, discover FisGard Light House and the gun batteries at Fort Rodd Hill, and much more.

Regarding dining out and the local food you will not be disappointed with the culinary delights that you will enjoy in the neighbourhood either. As nature provides so much sea food, fish and games, it is just a perfect combination with the Canadian cooking skills. Interesting dishes to try are Terra Nossa Farm pork prepared with Umi Nami Farm salsa presented on rice and nori, artisan cheese, Wagyu Tasting Menu or even Neapolitan pizzas. A lot of gaming meat is available such as free range turkeys, Vancouver Island wild bear meat, muscovy duck or pheasant.

As you can see there is a great combination of activities to enjoy on Vancouver Island so why not visiting this unsploiled Canadian paradise?

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Vancouver Island

Four times as large as Corsica, Vancouver Island is inhabited mainly in the south, around Victoria. Otherwise, the island is almost entirely wild. The density of its forests, the huge size of its ancient trees, the scarcity of infrastructure and the wildlife that abounds make Vancouver Island almost one of the last wild places on the planet. Nearly 30,000 black bears still live there, that is an amazingly large population and they can often be spotted, even close to houses, sometimes looking for food. One can also see whales and orcas. And make a detour to Cathedral Grove, where the oldest trees in Canada can be seen, in a forest where we can no longer see the sky!

We were on Vancouver Island this summer and went to Telegraph Cove where we took the trip to see the orcas. It was very good, we saw a few long killer whales at a distance so as not to disturb them (people in a canoe that lined the shore were really close because orcas were fishing and came close to them). We also saw a humpback whale and dolphin watching. A very nice trip! We have not made any trek to see grizzlies but we have seen black bears in the village, where fishermen left some salmon remains for them.

To be sure to see the bears make sure to stay in Tofino. Tofino is a small village and a must see. One feels at the end of the world in a village with people who live very simply and are very close to nature. Some are descended from a line of Indians. Worth also to go around in zodiac to see bears and whales and then with a little luck some orcas. We did a zodiac tour and we made a journey to several small islands and we saw some bears from very near, who were engaged in fishing.

On the road to Tofino it is not bad to take a detour through Ucluelet and take the footpath that runs along the ocean. There are also on the road some parks with beautiful lakes and sequoia. Then also stop on Long Beach to watch the surfers. Then head off to see the humpback whales, but not many killer whales at this time of year unfortunately. The Vancouver Island has stunning scenery! For the best whale watching season come in March but there are always loners that remain around the island! Victoria is a place where you can go whale watching but it’s definitely worth a visit to the Butchart Gardens with its collection of roses, the Japanese garden, the small gardens of flowers and plants extraordinary staged by artificial waterfalls and fountains.

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Going Whale Watching in British Columbia

whale watchingCanada is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This is partly due to its wild and rugged landscape. People flock to Canada in search of good hiking, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities.

However, many people are unaware that the country has excellent wildlife related attractions and activities. Those who love nature should consider whale watching in British Columbia. British Coloumbia is Canada’s westernmost province. Countless whale watching cruise ships set sail from this area every week.

Unlike in other countries, tourists have a six month window to go on whale watching tours. Thankfully, this timeframe occurs during the months of April through November when the weather is warm. Many of these cruises ships set sail from Vancouver Island.

The island itself is accessible via ferry or plane. Planes to Vancouver island leave from Vancouver or Seattle. Tourists to the area will need to select the tour best suited to their needs.

Whale watching tours can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Naturally, longer tours will be more expensive. Those who want to book overnight tours should ensure that they choose a comfortable boat. It is also worth noting that many tour packages include food and drinks. Whale watching tours can be a lot of fun. In fact, they can be enjoyed by singles, couples and families.

Going on a boat ride is always exciting. This coupled with the opportunity to see whales in the wild makes whale watching an unforgettable experience. Short trips are best suited for people who are simply looking to sport a whale. Longer cruises are often taken by people who have a genuine interest in learing more about whales.

While British Columbia is the best location to spot whales in Canada, it is possible to go whale watching in other areas. At present, Quebec is the second most popular location for whale watching. Other areas tourists can participate in this activity are Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Some examples of whales that have been sighted in these areas are the beluga, humpback, blue whale, minke, sei, finback and sperm whale.

People who want to go whale watching in British Columbia can book their tours online. There are numerous tour operators in British Columbia. This can make it difficult to select one cruise from another. The best way to deal with this problem is to choose a well-known and reputable cruise provider. It is also worth check websites such as Tripadvisor for reviews on cruise operators.

These reviews will give travelers an idea of whether other people enjoyed that particular tour or not. When it comes to booking the tour, consumers may want to go to last minute travel websites. Many of these websites offer heavily discounted tours and attractions. Every now and then they will have a good deal on whale watching in Canada. Holidaymakers can also book their tour through a travel agent. However, this is not advisable as travel agencies ten to inflate tour prices.