VICTORIA AND THE REGION
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia. We are located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island with a population of about 80,000, and the greater Victoria area population is close to 390,000. We are about 100km (60 miles) southwest of Vancouver, the largest nearby Canadian city, on the mainland of Canada’s west coast.
We are also about 100km northwest of Seattle. Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. A well-kept secret is that Victoria is the driest location on the British Columbia coast thanks to the rain shadow effect of the nearby Olympic Mountains, and gets significantly less precipitation than Vancouver and Seattle. It’s a perfect climate for biking!
CANADA’S CYCLING CAPITAL
Victoria has a year round temperate climate making it popular for boaters, gardeners, golfers, cyclists, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts. The temperate climate and geography make Victoria a natural choice for both serious and casual cyclists. Our neighbourhoods, each with their own distinctive personality, make for interesting excursions around town by bicycle. The parks, paths, and low traffic corridors take you easily from one area of the city to another when travelling by bicycle. The city is small enough that you can cover most of it by bicycle, and large enough to keep things interesting. Whether you want to cruise around town, get out on the Galloping Goose or Lochside Trails, hit the back roads with the roadies, or tackle some serious west coast mountain biking, Victoria has it all.
WHERE TO STAY
Huntingdon Manor – The Pedaler is located on the peaceful and charming grounds of this bike friendly hotel
Magnolia Hotel – There’s no shortage of first-rate amenities at this boutique downtown Victoria hotel. This downtown gem is four beautiful blocks away along the Inner Harbour from our shop.
Ocean Island Inn Backpackers Suites – They have it all! Everything from dorm rooms and private mini singles to hotel style rooms and suites. A fun cafe and lounge with live music several times a week!
Fairmont Empress – This iconic luxury hotel is two blocks away from our shop and they like people who like bikes.
Zambri’s – cycling and Italian food are a perfect pairing and this local family run business loves cyclists who love to eat. They have a great wine selection to satisfy all interests and budgets.
Spinnaker’s Gastro Brew Pub – this is the oldest brewpub in Canada. We love the food. We love the beer. We love the chocolate truffles. Kid friendly dining room too.
Red Fish Blue Fish – A unique, fresh, and sustainable approach to the old fish ‘n’ chip shop. On the pier in the Inner Harbour. Fun. Delicious.
Fish Hook – Ideal for those wanting a quick, healthy and delicious meal. There is a secret outdoor eating space in the back.