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
The following hotels are part of our Hotel Partner Program. All 2019 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 2019, 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
Elevators transformed into hot air balloon rides and a rubber ducky in every room, we like to have fun here. Must haves like free in-room WiFi, free parking, free bike rentals, and yes, free breakfast. Plus, when you stay with us, you don’t return home to a Visa bill that makes you wish you’d never left. So, come see what a difference a night makes at Accent Inns Victoria. We guarantee, you won’t have any regrets in the morning.
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. Variety of rooms including queen, doubles, kings and studio suites.
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 rooms. Enjoy our complimentary 24 hour fitness centre complete with 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, and the extensive onsite Victoria Athletic Club with a 25m pool, cardio and weight room, steam room, whirlpool and sauna. Everything you need to prepare for a great run!
Standard – 229 single/double, plus tax – 2 night minimum. Signature Standard – $249 Single/double, plus tax – 2 night minimum
To book your room:
330 Quebec St, Victoria, BC V8V 1W3
Distance to Start Line: 5 min walk
The Huntingdon Manor is located in the heart of Victoria overlooking the inner harbour and a 5 min walk from the Legislature Buildings and downtown. The Hotel’s 113 rooms and suites are comfortably appointed with complimentary wi-fi, in room coffee and tea, flat screen tv’s and Aroma Botanical bath products.
Magnolia Hotel & Spa
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC V8W 1B8
Distance to Start Line: less than 1.0 km
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa offers 4-Diamond luxury in the heart of downtown. Victoria’s top luxury boutique hotel has been recognized repeatedly by Conde Nast Traveler and Trip Advisor as one of the Top Hotels in Canada, 2012-2018. Convenient location, just 2 blocks to the inner harbour, Parliament Buildings and Royal BC Museum. Beacon Hill Park is a short distance and is beautiful year round. Attractions, great boutiques and fabulous dining all around! Luxurious rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, two poster beds and deep soaker tubs. Plush robes, L’Occitane bath amenities and complimentary internet await you. Diamond Rooms are on the top two floors and feature gas fireplaces. Pamper yourself in Spa Magnolia, a tranquil retreat with 7 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy tub and Registered massage Therapists. Find nourishment in The Courtney Room, featuring local produce, house aged steak and fresh seafood. Boutique Luxury. Personalized Service. Authentic Experience.
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!
2 Night Minimum Stay. $199 Guest Room, $219 Studio Suite, $239 – 1 Bedroom Suite. Reservation Code: Marathon
Sandman Hotel Victoria
2852 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4M5
Distance to Start Line: 3.0 km
At the end of the day, relax in the heated indoor pool and whirlpool at the Sandman Hotel Victoria. Or join us at the Shark Club Bar and Grill. All 100 well-appointed guest rooms feature high speed Internet access, complementary coffee and tea, in room hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Deluxe room, kitchen facilities, executive suites and jacuzzi units are available to accommodate every taste.
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2C2
Distance to Start Line: less than 1.0 km
Discover scenic Victoria while you enjoy the freedom and convenience of being in the heart of downtown. The Strathcona Hotel is a stunning Victorian landmark, beautifully renovated, with eight unique venues in one block.
The Fairmont Empress
721 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5
Distance to Start Line: 0.46 km
With a view of the start & finish lines, The Fairmont Empress is impressive. Recognized as one of the Top 21 Iconic Hotels in the World by National Geographic Traveler magazine, honoured with Travel & Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Award for Top 10 City Hotels in Canada and regarded as a Conde Nast Readers’ Choice and Gold list hotel.
20 % off our best available rate of the day.
Reservation Code: PVMA
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.