TRAVEL DEAL: Discover Victoria’s hidden treasures with Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s Bikes & Beacon Package

Fairmont Empress Hotel in the Inner Harbour in Victoria, BC, Canada
Lesley Mirza
Written by Lesley Mirza

Victoria, B.C. is one of my fave destinations for a getaway, and I visit several times a year.

For those of you who don’t know this charming city, Victoria boasts some of Canada’s best museums, historic landmarks, top-notch dining, and stunning gardens – there’s really something to pique the interest of all. Oh, and I mustn’t forget to tell you that Victoria was named the third friendliest city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers in 2014. Pretty impressive, right?

Butchart Gardens If you’re considering planning a vacation or mini-break to this must-visit destination, now is the time to go…

Discover the twists and turns of Victoria’s historic streets, secret foodie finds, city parks and hidden viewpoints with Magnolia Hotel & Spa‘s Bikes & Beacon package, available August 15 to October 15, 2015.

Magnolia Hotel & Spa
With an overnight stay at Victoria’s leading boutique hotel and use of the Magnolia’s Norco city bicycles, guests will be well-equipped to explore Victoria’s charming neighbourhoods with a self-guided trail map, specially curated by the Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s team. Take in the picturesque lakes and wooded glades of Beacon Hill Park; beautiful heritage gardens at St. Ann’s Academy; Cook Street Village for artisan coffee roasters and clothing boutiques; and the striking vistas of the Olympic Mountains from Dallas Road.

Beacon Hill Park bridge, Victoria, BC
While exploring Beacon Hill Park, set up lakeside and indulge in a delicious picnic prepared by Chef Aaron Lawrence from Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar. Chef’s favourite picnic goodies include a grilled chicken sandwich with tomato, double smoked bacon and arugula ($15 per person*) or locally produced salumi, cheese, house-made bread and pickled vegetables ($28 per person*), all packed and ready to go in a backpack-style hamper. Take the hotel’s GoPro camera along for the ride and capture the highlights of your biking adventures.

“Our Bikes & Beacon package introduces our new curated trails program of biking and walking routes, encouraging our valued guests to experience both the Victoria we all know and love, as well as a Victoria they wouldn’t expect,” says Bill Lewis, Manger at Magnolia Hotel & Spa. “By combining some of our favourite secret spots in the city with a few of the more familiar tourist attractions, we were able to create a spectacular, tailored adventure for our guests.”

Bikers on trail The Magnolia Hotel & Spa team plans to launch further curated self-guided trails, helping guests to explore lesser-known neighbourhoods, and the hotel team’s favourite stops and sights along the way. Next stop, cocktails & craft beers, followed by Halloween Haunts (I’ve been on a Halloween Haunt and it was amazing!).

The Bikes and Beacon package includes a one-night stay at Magnolia Hotel & Spa, continental breakfast and complimentary use of the hotel bicycles and GoPro camera. Prices start from $259 per night (August and September stays) and $179 for October 1-15, 2015). For more details or to book your stay, contact Magnolia Hotel & Spa at 1-877-624-6654 or visit

*Please pre-order your picnic a minimum of 24 hours in advance by emailing


Victoria images courtesy of Tourism Victoria / Magnolia Hotel & Spa image courtesy of the Magnolia Hotel & Spa

About the author

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza is the editor-in-chief for and travels the world tasting, sipping, and spa-ing.

In addition to heading up, Lesley has penned pieces for several publications, including Vancouver Magazine, Western Living,, (Tourism Vancouver's blog), and

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