TRAVEL & VENUES
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Nestled in the heart of the University of Victoria, the Cluster Housing Complex consists of 4-bedroom apartments, which were originally built to host athletes for the Commonwealth Games.
Guests enjoy the convenience of close proximity to the University, its modern amenities (such as bars, coffee shops, and restaurants) and access to acres of the University’s iconic green spaces.
Cadboro Bay, with its lagrge waterfront, sandy beaches, and views of the Olympic Mountains, is only 11 miutes away on foot.
A short walking-distance to reliable bus routes provides an easy way to commute to all areas throughout Victoria.
Getting to Victoria
Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and is located on Vancouver Island.
Victoria International Airport is the major international airport that serves Greater Victoria and is about a 45 minute drive to Downtown Victoria. It is recommended that you fly directly to YYJ.
BC Ferries operates year-round and is the province’s main provider of ferry service. Ferries from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island are car-accessible and leave from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) or Swartz Bay (Victoria) daily. It is highly recommended that if you are travelling by car from the mainland (Vancouver) during the anticipated extremely high tourist season, that you make a reservation well in advance of your travel dates.
Getting around Victoria
Downtown Victoria is about 45 minutes from the Victoria International Airport. Here are some options to get from the airport to the hotel and around town.
By Public Transport
BC Transit offers the most economical way to get around Victoria. For real-time information, Google Maps will provide you with all options for the time you wish to travel.
Currently, the YYJ Shuttle has suspended its operations, with no restart date in place.
Victoria’s only rideshare company is Lucky to Go. It is a new service to greater Victoria (effective January 2022), and we recommend you download the app to reserve.
For taxi service from the Victoria Airport to downtown Victoria, expect to pay around $60-75 CND for the 45-minute trip (traffic dependent).There are a number of taxi services available at the Victoria Airport. Victoria Taxi, Yellowcab and Bluebird Cabs are the major taxi companies in town. A taxi to the University from the downtown core will take about 15 minutes and cost around $20-$30 CND.
Car Rentals are available at the Victoria airport. Should you wish to rent a car, it is also recommended that you book early due to the busy tourist season expected.
The downtown core is walkable, and there are plenty of taxi and bus options.
The Tourism Victoria website has all the information you will need to plan activities throughout your stay in Victoria.
Lido Waterfront Bar & Bistro is an oceanside restaurant that features food sourced from local
vendors using seasonal ingredients and hand crafted cocktails in a casual atmosphere.
Panoramic views of the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Historic Old Towne.
Discover lively, fresh and local tastes at their waterfront restaurant on Victoria’s Inner Harbour. LURE provides a fresh take on hotel dining with a prime location, casual atmosphere and relaxed indoor and outdoor seating.
There’s so much to see in Victoria — far too much to see on foot alone. Make the most of your day by catching a Water Taxi at any of their stops. Our water taxis will transport you to any of the designated ferry stops within the harbour and surrounding waterways. Requesting a ride is easy! Simply scan the QR code from any stop to book or give them a call at 250-514-9794 from the dock and you’ll be on your way.
Here in Victoria, our summers are spectacular – so why spend time inside? The Rooftop Patio at The Sticky Wicket offers an unforgettable patio experience with an open-air barbeque grill, refreshing summer cocktails, local beer, and more.
Just up the stairs from the main Sticky Wicket bar, you’ll find The Maple Room. It’s perfectly fitted to accommodate office parties, team building, staff training, darts tournaments, and more – with banquets available and seating for 50+.
The Maple Room is equipped with audio-visual equipment including a wireless microphone, projector and screen, WiFi, and wired internet.
We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.