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Victoria is a city where the youthful energy of the West Coast blends with the time-honoured British, European and Asian traditions. Where it is just as natural to picnic on a beach as it is to sip tea in a formal tearoom, where you can explore on a bicycle or from a horse-drawn carriage, and where splendid historic buildings house galleries for contemporary art. Victoria is a city of beautiful contrasts, where the elegance of history mingles with the panache of modern life.

According to the Government of Canada (Statistics Canada 2006), Victoria, BC is rated the fittest city in Canada, the cycling capital of Canada and the most walkable city in the county. Thirty-six per cent of the adult population is active, which is nearly double the national average. With the mildest climate in the country, Victoria is Canada's destination for year-round outdoor adventure. The city's beauty and natural surroundings also inspire people to get active and enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, running, walking, cycling, kayaking, kitesurfing and golf are just a few of the activities regularly enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Victoria provides incredibly easy access to endless scenic trails and sites that incorporate mountains, old-growth rainforests and ocean shores. Victoria is a place to relax and restore your sense of balance and also a place to experience thrilling adventures. For more information about Victoria visit: www.tourismvictoria.com/victoriamarathon


Victoria is on Vancouver Island! Click on the map to the left to see Victoria's location in relation to our Pacific Northwest neighbors Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC, 70 and 50 miles respectively away from Victoria.

Plan your transportation to the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon in advance to avoid delays and sellouts. There are several options to choose from, including the following:


 

Budget Rent-A-Car of Victoria Ltd.

Car Rentals - The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon has secured a preferred rate with Budget Rent-a-Car for all race participants. Save 15% off your rental car for the duration of your stay.
Call 1-800-668-9833 and ask for the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon rate.
On the web at www.budgetvictoria.com or by Email at reserve@budgetvictoria.com.


 

Helijet - FLY from Vancouver To Victoria!

With over 150 flights per week between Victoria and Vancouver, free parking, comfortable terminals and a fast 35 minute flight we give you our best so you can achieve your personal best!

Helijet is pleased to offer a 15% discount off Full Fare to GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon participants travelling on Helijet's scheduled service between Vancouver and Victoria from Friday October 11, 2013 until Tuesday October 15, 2013.

Visit www.helijet.com enter Promo Code GLFVM13 to book your flights now, lower Fares may also be available. Reserve by phone 1.800.665.4354 or helijet.com


 

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Subject to availability, each registered marathon or half marathon runner will receive 20% discount on our regular fare for confirmed travel to and from Victoria.

All rates are subject to GST, fuel surcharge, a carbon offset fee and a port and/or airport fee where applicable.

In order to receive this special discounted rate, attendees must contact our Reservation Department directly by phone at 1.800.665.0212 or by e-mail at reservation@harbourair.com and quote the promotional code RunVic13.

Runners will need to provide a proof of registration to the race upon check-in. All schedule and location information can be accessed through our website at www.harbourair.com.

Harbour Air provides seaplane flights harbour to harbour from Vancouver to Victoria.


 

Victoria Clipper

Walk on, high-speed passenger ferry from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria.
Call 1-800-888-2535. Group packages and discounts are also available for groups of 15 or more. Call Matt at 206.443.2560, x. 3355 for more information.
On the web at www.victoriaclipper.com
PDF version of Victoria Clipper promo here. Valid for travel originating between Oct 7-13, 2013. No deadlines; packages limited to space availability; best rates are based on a 7-day advance purchase.


 

Victoria International Airport - YYJ

Check with your travel agent about flying directly into Victoria, or book your flight online. Many flights daily from throughout Canada and the United States.
On the web at www.victoriaairport.com


 

B.C. Ferries

Vehicle and passenger ferry service between Vancouver and Victoria. One of the highest volume, most efficient ferry systems in the world. Historically, Thanksgiving is one of BC Ferries busiest travel days of the year. With the marathon weekend coinciding with the Canadian Thanksgiving, planning ahead for travel on BC Ferries can avoid considerable time waiting in the ferry line up. BC Ferries suggests considering return travel to the lower mainland on Sunday if possible to avoid congestion that is expected on the Thanksgiving Holiday Monday. BC Ferries strongly recommends making a vehicle reservation to avoid sailing waits that may occur at peak times. Foot passenger traffic will also be busy, so plan accordingly to arrive well in advance. For travel planning assistance, the BC Ferries website provides a calendar of historically busy periods, available reservations, as well as current conditions.
Call 1-888-223-3779.
Online schedules and reservations at www.bcferries.com


 

M.V. Coho

Car and passenger ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria.
Call 360-457-4491 from the U.S. or 250-386-2202 from Canada.
On the web at www.cohoferry.com


 

Victoria Regional Transit System

This public transit service operates seven days a week, 365 days a year. The service area includes Greater Victoria, Sidney and Sooke.
Call 250-382-6161.
On the web at www.bctransit.com/regions/vic/?p=1.txt


 

PCL - Pacific Coach Lines

Bus transportation from Vancouver to Victoria. Let someone else do the driving while you prepare for or recover from your event.
Call 1-800-661-1725.
On the web at www.pacificcoach.com

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