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How to spend a perfect day in Victoria

Winter in Victoria, Dallas Road

How to spend a perfect day in Victoria with
BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard

We’ve been waiting a very long time to start traveling again, and now that it’s almost time, we are SO READY to get planning! In the meantime, we’ve been having a lot of fun exploring locally, including in our own city of Victoria, BC. Victoria is a seaside town on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s surrounded by ocean on three sides, (so beaches and views galore!), and it’s known for its beautiful parks, foodie hotspots, vibrant downtown core and relaxed island lifestyle. We are excited to partner with BMO and AIR MILES to share how to spend a PERFECT day in Victoria!

We’ve been using our BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard to explore locally, and we’re getting Miles along the way to use towards our future travel. We want to share a tip to help YOU get closer to your next trip with your BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard. When you use your BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard at participating AIR MILES Partners on purchases like groceries or gas, you can get 3x the Miles! Get the BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard, get 3,000 AIR MILES Bonus Miles, and pay no annual fee in your first year.* *Terms and conditions apply.

We like to think we’re pretty clever for getting Miles to use towards future travel just by buying our daily necessities and exploring locally. So whether you’re from Victoria or thinking of visiting, here’s our guide on how to spend the perfect day here – all while getting extra Miles from participating AIR MILES Partners along the way!

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Coffee and Breakfast at Bear & Joey

First, coffee and breakfast. Start your morning in Victoria off right by heading to the beautiful, Aussie-inspired cafe and coffee shop: Bear and Joey. Grab a proper flat-white and a breakfast sandwich, or order their incredible avo toast and their granola bowl (equally as aesthetically beautiful as it is delicious). The space itself is stunning with its botanical themed wallpaper and pink and gold accents. You’ll want to stay in here forever!

Experience the Royal BC Museum

After brunch, experience Victoria’s Royal BC Museum for a few hours. With interactive exhibitions and incredible displays in the Becoming BC Gallery, you’ll learn so much about this province. Wander through Old Town, take a step into BC’s forests and along rocky shores – even take a journey back in time to meet the infamous (and impressive!) wooly mammoth. Learn all about the rich and diverse cultures of First Nations peoples in BC, from their languages to their incredible artwork and expansive history. It truly is an immersive experience. *The feature exhibition Orcas: Our Shared Future, is on until Jan 9, 2022.

Pick up baked goods from Crust Bakery

Next up, grab some treats from Crust Bakery to save for later! (If you can wait!) When we travel, we LOVE to try new bakeries, it’s one of our favourite things. Cookies, danishes, tarts, baguettes, we dare you not to choose one of everything from Crust. We especially love their lemon and passion fruit meringue slices and honey and cinnamon jam cookies.

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Pick up lunch (AND MILES) at Thrifty Foods

Pick up some lunch essentials and snacks from Thrifty Foods for an afternoon picnic. We love to head to our local Thrifty’s because it’s an AIR MILES Partner, meaning you can earn 3x the Miles (and get 3x closer to your next Reward) when you use your BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard! You can even use Cash Miles to pay for your groceries – just swipe your AIR MILES Card or scan the App in-store and ask to use Cash Miles at checkout. It’s really that easy! (Check out participating AIR MILES Partners near you, found here!)

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Picnic at Willows Beach

Time to picnic! Armed with your lunch groceries and delicious treats, head to one of Victoria’s local beaches to enjoy a picnic with a view. One of our absolute favourite spots is Willows Beach. Willows is located in the Oak Bay neighbourhood and is one of Victoria’s most-loved summer swimming destinations. Beautiful driftwood is strewn across the sandy beach, and you can enjoy views of Discovery Island and Mount Baker in the distance.

Go shopping on Lower Johnson St

Next, head downtown for some retail therapy! Johnson Street is one of the best places to wander and shop, with its colourful and quirky shopfronts, unique boutiques and delicious coffee shops. Make sure to pop in to Market Square, a bustling town square filled with interesting shops, breweries and restaurants. Don’t forget to check out Canada’s oldest Chinatown, while you’re nearby, and Victoria’s beautiful waterfront.

Grab pizza for dinner from Agrius

End your perfect day in Victoria with a slice or two (or three) for dinner! One of our favourite places in the city for pizza is Agrius. Their mouth-watering pizzas have unbelievably delicious crust made with high-quality, fresh flour and unique toppings often inspired by local ingredients. Their pies are definitely worth it.

Well there you have it, a perfect day in Victoria!

While we obviously love it here, we can’t wait to see where else our Miles take us. What a treat to be able to get Miles simply by doing what we love! Visit HERE to apply or learn more about the BMO AIR MILES World Elite Mastercard and start earning and planning for your next trip!

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