About Victoria

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

about Victoria


The following hotels are part of our Hotel Partner Program. All 2017 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 2017, please contact us at

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, fitness centre, and bicycle rentals, 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.

  • Special Rates (based on double occupancy):
    • $199.00/night:
      Traditional room with 2 double beds or 1 queen bed including a bar fridge, individual drip coffee maker, kettle, personal safe and large desk .
    • $229.00/night:
      Studio Suite with 2 double beds or 1 queen bed. Bachelor style with a full kitchen, sitting area with a pull out sofa (making a third double bed), chair, coffee table, individual drip coffee maker, kettle and personal safe
  • Call us to book now!
    • Reservations: 1-800-663-7241
    • Local Calls: 250-388-5513
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  • Reservation Code: MARATHON

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!

  • Special Rates:
    • 2 Night Minimum – $279.00 + 17.16% tax and fees per night.
    • Add 3rd night for $229.00 + 17.16%
  • Reservations – – please click on special rates, select Corporate/Promotional Code and Enter Reservation Code ER7
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  • Reservation Code: 2 and 3 night – ER7
  • **the 3rd night rate will be adjusted upon check-out

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:
    • $239 per night, plus tax – minimum 2 night stay.
  • Based on availability. 7 day cancellation policy.
  • Quote Reservation Code: MARATHON2
  • Toll Free Reservations: 1-800-663-7550
  • Local Calls: 250-386-0450
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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.

  • Special Rates: Enjoy views of the scenic harbour with rates starting from:
    • $229 Laurel Wing Guestroom plus taxes per night based on DBL occupancy.
    • $329 Erickson Wing Studio plus taxes per night based on DBL occupancy.
  • Two night minimum stay. 72 hour cancellation policy.
  • Reservations: 1-800-663-7667
  • Local Calls: 250-386-8721
  • Email:
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  • Reservation Code: MARA2
  • Reserve Online

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.

  • Special Rates:
    • City Rooms- $129 plus taxes per night based on DBL occupancy*. Courtyard Rooms- $144 plus taxes per night based on DBL occupancy*. 24 hour cancellation policy.
  • *Based on availability at time of booking.

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!

  • Special Rates:
    • $189 for a Guest Room.
    • $209 for a Studio Suite.
    • $229 for a One Bedroom Suite.
    • Rates are per night, subject to applicable taxes and based on a 2 Night Minimum Stay .
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Full kitchens available
  • Flat screen TVs and DVD Players
  • Billiards and Games Room
  • Restaurant
  • Reservations: 1-800-663-7515
  • Local Calls: 250-388-5463
  • Email:
  • Reservation Code: RUN

The Fairmont Empress

721 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

Distance to Start Line: 0.46 km

Regarded on the Condé Nast Gold List and Travel + Leisure 500 Best Hotels of the World and a legendary Canadian landmark, Fairmont Empress Hotel graces Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbour and beloved cultural city centre. Vancouver Island’s most celebrated resort since 1908, explore exclusive special offers and create memories at Fairmont Empress. A local favourite for dining experiences with versatile restaurants, a visit to Victoria is only complete with world renowned Afternoon Tea.

Enjoyed by royalty, celebrities and dignitaries, unwind, relax and enjoy the celebrated teatime experience. The hotel features full-service spa experiences at Willow Stream Spa, regarded as one of the best spas in Canada.

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

Magnolia Hotel

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.

  • Special Rates:
    • From $207 to $263 ($98 to $132 per person/night).
  • Reservations: 1-800-663-7472
  • Local Calls: 250-386-2211
  • Email:
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  • Reservation Code:
  • 1 night (regular rate) – MAR1
  • 2 nights (10% discount) – MAR2
  • 3 nights (20% discount) – MAR3

Villa Eyrie

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.

  • Special Rates:
    • Deluxe Rooms: $169 plus tax
    • Deluxe View Rooms: $209.00 plus tax
    • Superior Suites: $249 plus tax
    • Master Suites: $289 plus tax
  • 7 Day Cancellation Policy
  • Reservations: 1-877-787-0188
  • Local calls: 1-250-856-0188
  • Email:
  • Web:
  • Reservation Code: MARA17


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!

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!

Visit to book your flights now. Reserve by phone 1.800.665.4354 or

Victoria Clipper

High-speed ferry service, accommodation and touring available from Seattle or Victoria.

Call 1-800-888-2535 to book.

Use the code: VICMARATHON when you call our reservations team, or book online.

The code is valid until October 9, 2017.

For group enquiries of 20 or more passengers please call 1-800-888-2535 ext. 3333 or e-mail

Harbour Air Seaplanes

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

Call us at 1.800.665.0212 or by e-mail at

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.

BC Ferries

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

Wilson’s Transportation

The BC Ferries Connector operated by The Wilson’s Group will be operating the bus service on BC Ferries between Downtown Vancouver and Downtown Victoria.

For travel information, schedules, fares and reservations, please visit or call 1-888-788-8840.

M.V. Coho

Car and passenger ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria.

Call 1-360-457-4491 from the U.S. or 1-250-386-2202 from Canada.

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.