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4 places to visit during winter recess

4 Places to Visit During Winter Recess

Posted 20 December 2016
butchart gardens

Now that the final exams are over and the holidays are fast approaching, you can finally rest and do something you did not have time for during a busy Fall semester. Here’s a list of four places near Victoria, BC you can visit during your winter recess.

1. Horne Lake Caves

Horne Lake Caves & Outdoor Center offers various outdoor activities, however visiting the caves in the winter time is especially fun as the temperature inside is 8 degrees C year-round (48 F). The drive from Royal Roads University is only about 2.5 hours, so pick a chilly winter day, bring your camera, sturdy boots and go on exploring!

horne lake caves

2. Butchart Gardens

These beautiful floral display gardens are located only 30 minutes away by car from Royal Roads University, and they’re definitely worth a visit. During the Magic of Christmas season at the gardens (December 1 through January 6) you will be able to see the festive light displays, go ice-skating, listen to traditional carollers and so much more!

butchart gardens

3. Craigdarroch Castle

The gorgeous 20,000 square feet castle is located just a short walk from Victoria’s inner harbor and will be a perfect destination during your winter staycation. The castle was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria and it is open daily during the winter break, with the exception of December 25-26 and January 1.

craigdarroch castle

4. Emily Carr House

Located at 207 Government Street, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8V 2K8, this historic site is dedicated to the art, writings and life of Canadian painter Emily Carr. From the end of September through the early May, the House is open for private viewings so call in advance to schedule your group tour. Fun fact: Emily Carr was born in 1871 which was the year British Columbia joined confederation, so she was the first of her family to be born Canadian.

emily carr house 

These are just some of the places you can visit near Victoria during your winter break, but there’s so much more to see. Have a festive holiday season and enjoy your time off school!

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