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Sooke and the West Coast Beaches
This area west of Victoria has many attractions: Fort Rodd Hill, Fisgard Lighthouse, Hatley Park, and the Sooke Region Museum. There's beautiful beaches, cliffs, forest hiking trails, and of course beautiful views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. To get to Sooke town centre by transit, take a number 61 Sooke bus.
Sooke Travel Guide

Sidney and the Saanich Peninsula
South of the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay, and east of Victoria International Airport, is the pretty town of Sidney with marinas, walking paths along the ocean, the Sidney Marine Mammal Museum, and Mineral World. From Sidney you can take ferries to the Sidney Spit Marine Park or even to the San Juan Islands and Anacortes in the United States. Other attractions in the Saanich Peninsula are the B.C. Aviation Museum, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and of course the beautiful Butchart Gardens. To get to Sidney take the 75 Sidney via Central Sannich bus.
Town of Sidney

The Gulf Islands
The Gulf Islands are beautiful, protected islands just north of the Saanich Peninsula. There are many companies that offer daytrips or overnight tours, or you can go exploring on your own with a guide book and a B.C. Ferries schedule. The main islands close to Victoria are Salt Spring Island (the largest of all the Gulf Islands), Galiano Island, Mayne Island, Saturna Island and Pender Island. Take the number 70 Swartz Bay bus to Swartz Bay and hop on a ferry.
Gulf Islands Guide

The Malahat, Chemainus, Duncan, and Places Further "Up Island"
North of Victoria, go up the rugged Malahat Drive. Here you'll find hiking trails through the ancient forests and wonderful views of the waters around the Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands. Further north there are many beautiful and interesting places to visit for the day or on an overnight trip. Duncan has the Cowichan Native Village, and Chemainus is famous for its huge outdoor wall-paintings, or murals. Further "up island" there are many other great places to visit. You can find out more at the Tourist Information Centre in downtown Victoria.
Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

There are many companies offering whalewatching boat trips right out of the Inner Harbour in Victoria. You can also venture further away to Tofino near Long Beach on Vancouver Island's beautiful west coast. From Tofino the whalewatching boats go right out on the open Pacific Ocean.
Vancouver Island Whale Watching

Seattle, Washington
You can fly to Seattle on regular flights from the airport or by seaplanes or helicopters from downtown Victoria. By sea from the Inner Harbour, the Victoria Clipper gets you there in just two and a half hours. There are many attractions in Seattle, of course, but the best thing is just getting there! Remember, however, that Seattle is in the U.S.A. and you may need a visa.
Seattle WA

And Don't Forget Vancouver!!!
Come and visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world! There're lots of places to visit, and lots of things to do. See Chapter 9: In and Around Vancouver for details.
Vancouver Tourism

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