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.
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.
The average high temperature on Race Day is 14°C, or 57°F. Typically it will be between 6°C and 10°C at 8:45 a.m. when the marathon starts. Rain is unlikely, but not out of the question, so be prepared in the event of showers. Connect to The Weather Network.
Need more info? Contact our wonderful partners at Tourism Victoria at 1-800-663-3883 or online at www.tourismvictoria.com
See below for not only hotels to stay at, but also ways to get to Victoria.
The following hotels are part of our Hotel Partner Program. All 2018 Race Weekend rates quoted will be in Canadian dollars per night, single/double occupancy and exclusive of taxes.
To participate as a Hotel Partner in 2018, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accent Inns Victoria
3233 Maple Street, Victoria, BC V8X 3L8
Distance to Start Line: 4.5 km
With our “smack in the heart of it all” location, you’ll need to make a few decisions. For instance, would you prefer to putt along the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, chug down the BC Ale Trail, or stop and smell the roses at Butchart Gardens? Treat yourself to a memorable meal at one of Victoria’s renowned restaurants. Or treat your pup like a prince with a stroll down Dallas Road—the spectacular off-leash walk which also includes the “Mile 0” marker for the 8,000+ kilometre Trans-Canada Highway.
Wherever the road leads you, make the right choice by staying at our Victoria Hotel, where you’ll enjoy the good ol’ fashioned royal treatment…minus the beheadings.
Best Western Plus
Carlton Plaza Hotel – 642 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1M6
Distance to Start Line: 1.3 km
The Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Victoria, and is situated just 1 km from the start line of the marathon.
Featuring complimentary Wi-Fi and fitness centre, the Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel is ideal for the marathon participants. Designated rooms for showering and changing will be provided at no extra charge for marathon participants after the race.
Traditional room with 1 queen bed or 2 double beds
Oct 5th & Oct 7th at $159.00
Oct 6th $219.00
Studio suite with 2 double beds or 1 queen bed (including pull out sofa,
full kitchen, dining & coffee table)
Oct 5th & Oct 7th at $179.00
Oct 6th $249.00
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC V9A 0G1
Distance to Start Line: 1.5 km
The Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa is ideally located directly on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour. Sleep well before the big race in our luxurious Sanctuary Beds complete with triple sheeting. Enjoy our complimentary 24 hour fitness centre and our indoor hot tub and heated saltwater swimming pool. Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch or dinner in LURE Restaurant & Bar where our culinary team will be sure to have you energized. And what better way to reward your hard work than with a massage in our European Style Spa? You deserve it!
Hotel Grand Pacific
463 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1X3
Distance to Start Line: 0.3 km
Just steps from the Start/Finish line, the Hotel Grand Pacific is in the ideal location to participate in the Marathon! Overlooking the Inner Harbour and next door to the Legislative Buildings, the hotel has spacious guestrooms with balconies, a variety of dining options, the extensive onsite Victoria Athletic Club with 25m pool, cardio and weight rooms, steam room, whirlpool and sauna, and the Sora Spa offering full massage services including RMT. Everything you need to prepare for a great run!
Special Rates of $219 per night, plus tax – minimum 2 night stay
Based on availability. 7 day cancellation policy.
To book your room:
3110 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8Z 3K4
Distance to Start Line: 3.2 km
Hotel Zed is a ridiculously fun, unpretentious hotel in Victoria that looks darn good on your Instagram. We’ve got comics books in every room, retro-chic amenities like vinyl listening stations, typewriter stations, board games and rotary dial phones, plus a bunch of other great stuff. You’ll never be bored here.
Inn at Laurel Point
680 Montreal Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1Z8
Distance to Start Line: 1.0 km
Inn at Laurel Point is situated in an incomparable park-like setting with Victoria’s Inner Harbour to the north, and the limitless reaches of the Pacific to the south and west. From your private balcony, you’ll enjoy watching the otters commute, and the yachts as they drift across Victoria’s scenic harbour. All rooms feature triple sheeted duvets, in–room coffee and tea, high-speed Internet access, movie channels, air-conditioning, and free local and toll-free calls.
Paul’s Motor Inn
1900 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4K8
Distance to Start Line: 1.7 km
Affordable accommodation in the heart of downtown Victoria, just steps away from Old Town, Chinatown, and Victoria’s best shopping, dining and entertainment areas. Complimentary on-site parking and local calls. All rooms have in-room coffee and tea and half-size refrigerator.
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
425 Quebec Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1W7
Distance to Start Line: 0.26 km
Make yourself at home at the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites! Relax in our indoor pool or take a soak in our hot tub after the race. Only half a block from the start line and one block from the finish, the Royal Scot is the perfect location! Bring the family and stay a few extra days – take in the sights and sounds of our festive downtown harbour. Call us now and ask about our spacious Guest Rooms and Suites!
Sandman Hotel Victoria
2852 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4M5
Distance to Start Line: 3.0 km
Sandman Hotel Victoria is only 3km from the Marathon start line. Our amenities include free parking, complimentary internet, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness studio, guest laundry adn great food from our famous Shark Club Bar & Grill. Minutes from the downtown Inner Harbour area and walking distance to shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
Special Room Rates:
$149.00 standard room with one queen bed
$159.00 standard room with two double beds
$179.00 king suite with one kind bed, pull out sofa and kitchenette
$179.00 family suite with two double beds, pull out sofa and kitchenette
The Fairmont Empress
721 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
Distance to Start Line: 0.46 km
A landmark Victoria hotel, Fairmont Empress graces the city’s stunning Inner Harbour with an iconic presence. Offering 464 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, luxurious spa treatments, expansive meeting and wedding venues, world famous afternoon tea, and delicious West Coast dining, the Empress has been the social centrepiece of Vancouver Island since opening in 1908. More than 110 years on, Fairmont Empress is the honoured recipient of Forbes Travel Guide’s Four Star rating, Condé Nast’s Reader’s Choice and Gold List awards,and Travel + Leisure’s distinction as a top Canadian hotel
20% off best available rate to be used between Oct 4-8, 2018.
Reservation Code: PVMA
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa
623 Courtney Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1B8
Distance to Start Line: 750m
Downtown Victoria’s Favourite Boutique Hotel
Rest up for your race in Boutique Style at The Magnolia Hotel & Spa.
Recently Awarded 2017 #1 City Hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards, The Magnolia pampers its guests with traditional luxury, personalized service and boutique style. The kind of undistracted attention you can only receive in a boutique hotel with just 64 rooms.
Beautifully refreshed new guest rooms, lobby and common areas with plush textures, elegant patterns and raw-silk inspired walls. Outstanding location, just 2 blocks from Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour and in the heart of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment. Tranquil Spa Magnolia and the exciting new Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar.
Rest up for your race in Boutique Style
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
1234 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3H9
Distance to Start Line: 1.0 km
You’ve worked hard to prepare for race day and you deserve to treat yourself to the luxury of the Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites. Spacious one and two bedroom suites overlooking Victoria’s scenic Inner Harbour. Easy walking distance to all shops, dining and attractions. Rates include parking, WIFI, buffet breakfast & more.
600 Ebadora Lane, Malahat, BC V0R 2L0
Distance to Start Line: 33.7 km
Located only 30 minutes north of downtown Victoria, you will discover the Villa Eyrie Resort, a relaxing mountainside retreat unlike any other destination found in Canada and quite possibly in the world. Enjoy the crisp mountain air and the beautiful majestic nature that surrounds Vancouver Island. Indulge in some of the most delectable culinary creations while enjoying 270 degrees of expansive views. Pamper yourself in a relaxing oasis that is our Tuscan Spa and recharge poolside with a glass of wine or two.
With 38 unique suites to choose from, a spectacular dining experience created by our award-winning Executive Chef, Terry Pichor and his team, an energizing mountaintop view, you will awaken your senses and be at your best for Race Day.
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:
FLY from Vancouver To Victoria!
Skip the drive and take the passenger-only high-speed Victoria Clipper catamaran direct from downtown Seattle to Victoria’s Inner Harbour in just over two and a half hours! You’ll also save on your Clipper ferry when you book a Clipper Vacations Victoria hotel package.
Call 1-800-888-2535 to book.
Use the code: VICMARATHON when you call our reservations team, or book online to receive a 10% discount.
The code is valid for travel from October 3-10, 2018.
For group inquiries of 20 or more passengers please call 1-800-888-2535 ext. 3333 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
Vehicle and passenger ferry service between Vancouver and Victoria. 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 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.