Dads are hard to shop for, so let us help take the guesswork out of what to get him for Father’s Day this year. Whether your dad is into golf, hiking, museums, or kicking back with a craft beer and an epic view, we all know the one thing he really wants is to spend time with you.
1. PADDLE COWICHAN BAY
If your dad enjoys getting out on the water, gift an experience and take him for a 2-hour tour with Cowichan Bay Kayaking and Adventure Centre. The best part? When you book a tour on June 16, your father paddles for free!
Insider tip: Use the code FD2019 when booking your tour online.
2. GET YOUR HEARTS RACING
Kick Father’s Day up a notch with a lap around the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit. The full-day experience will give hands-on instruction in positioning, control, ideal cornering, dynamic driving and more. Make sure you call ahead to get all the details and arrange your dad’s driving experience.
Image courtesy of Island Motorsport Circuit
3. ENJOY PIZZA, CRAFT CIDER AND LIVE MUSIC
Forget pizza and beer, Merridale takes the concept of pizza and cider to a whole new level. This Father’s Day, treat your dad to an evening on the back deck at Merridale Cidery & Distillery for live music and house-made, brick oven pizzas from the orchard cookhouse.
Insider Tip: Reserve your spot in advance, this is a popular evening!
Image by Deddeda Stemler
4. TAKE HIM TO CAR FREE YYJ
Plan a family bike ride to Car Free YYJ for a full day celebration. Check out the five stages with live entertainment, all-ages licensed areas, a beer garden and more than 400 local artists and makers.
Image via @carfreeyyj
5. PEDAL FOR YOUR PINT
Possibly the most entertaining way to get around the city is The Rolling Barrel, Victoria’s pedal pub tour. Hop on the trolley with your dad and a group of other beer/bike enthusiasts, and pedal to three of Victoria’s iconic pubs. At each stop, you’ll enjoy discounted food and drinks, as well as free appetizers.
If you’d prefer less of a party and more ocean views, opt instead for a Pickle Pub Crawl with Victoria Harbour Ferry. They’ll whisk you across the harbour between several of Victoria’s finest waterfront pubs.
Image via @therollingbarrel
6. ENJOY QUALITY TIME ON THE COURSE
For dads who love to golf, Victoria is the perfect place to enjoy a Father’s Day round. Head to Bear Mountain Golf Club & Academy for a challenging course with stunning views over the Olympic Mountain Range, or treat him to brunch and golf this weekend at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, where you’ll get unbelievable views over the Satellite Channel and Salt Spring Island.
Image courtesy of Westin Bear Mountain
7. CHALLENGE EACH OTHER
With more than 700 board games to play or buy, Victoria’s Interactivity Board Game Cafe is a favourite with locals and a great way to spend quality time with your dad. Challenge one another to a game of wits or battle it out Risk-style; this place has got pretty much any board game you could hope to play.
It’s only $5 to play as many games as you want and stay as long as you like, plus there’s a great menu of snacks, sandwiches, candy and milkshakes to keep you going.
Image by Bob Hewitt Photography
8. GO FISHING
You could also opt for a day of sport fishing with SpringTide. It’s a great option whether your dad is a seasoned fisherman or just a guy who likes to get out on the water. You’ll get a professional guide and a four-rod set-up on a 46′ Sportfish Yacht, plus all the bait, tackle, cleaning, bagging and fishing gear that you’ll need for the trip. For even more guided options, check out these fishing tours around Greater Victoria.
If you and your dad are comfortable taking a boat out without a guide, rent a fishing or sightseeing boat from Pedder Bay RV Resort.
9. VISIT A MUSEUM
What better way to celebrate family than with an exhibition all about families? Head to the Royal BC Museum to enjoy their brand new exhibit, Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises. It’s a super inclusive, interactive exhibit that uncovers the mysteries of the Ancient Maya culture.
This weekend (June 21-23) the Indigenous Cultural Festival will also be taking place just outside the Royal BC Museum. See live performances, shop from Indigenous artisans, and indulge in traditional Indigenous foods.
10. SAY CHEERS! TO DAD
You could also opt for a Victoria Craft Beer & Culinary Tour with Off the Eaten Track, where you’ll enjoy beer samples, food stops and lots of history about Victoria’s craft beer scene. If your dad is interested in the process of making beer as well as drinking it, check out a behind-the-scenes look at Victoria’s breweries with West Coast Brewery Tours.
Image via @canoebrewpub
There you have it! All the inspiration you need to enjoy a great Father’s Day. If you are still looking for more ideas, check out the see & do page or look at the event calendar to see what’s going on around the city.
Encore! We are so thrilled to welcome this incredible property to our portfolio!
Encore is the newest elite addition to the 20 acre master-planned community of Bayview Place, and the newest addition to Premiere Suites rental pool. With impeccable interiors, a stellar location, and amenities galore, there is so much to love about this property.
Perfectly situated in Vic West, you are a 5 minute stroll to downtown, and moments from the Galloping Goose trail and the West Bay Walkway. Miles of coastline start right here at Encore. We invite our guest to explore the gems of this coastal neighbourhood including Spinnakers, the nation’s oldest gasto-brewpub! Amenities of Encore are some of the best in the city. Upon arrival, an on-site concierge is there to greet residents and guests alike. Onsite facilities include a stunning residents lounge, complete fitness facility, and a heated outdoor swimming pool (seasonal). Interiors feature gourmet kitchens with premium appliances, stone countertops, and are equipped with forced-air heating and cooling to provide a comfortable environment year round – A rare find in Victoria!
We furnished this unit from the ground up, and are pretty pleased with the results:
Tell us what you think – we would love to hear from you!
We hope you found joy and peace this holiday season and wish you a bright and prosperous 2019!
From your friends at Premiere Suites Victoria:
Rachelle, Courtney, Ann, Beverly, Dennis, Romeo, Tracy (& Carlos), and Jonathan
We are very excited to share our new CHEK News commercials with you all!
Watch for us airing on on channel 6, and in the meantime check out our awesome new ads!
Cam highlights how our services extend to locals of Victoria who are displaced from their homes. Did you know we work with many insurance companies around Victoria and do direct billing with them? It’s just one of our services, and one less thing to worry about while your home is under repair.
What do you think of our brand new suite at the Emerson? We are so in love with this luxury 2 bedroom suite, sitting right between Fairfield’s tranquil neighbourhood and downtown Victoria!
No more costly hotels! Our fabulous star, Vanessa, explains how Premiere Suites is the perfect housing solution for corporate travellers. She’s shooting in our Penthouse suite at the Inner Harbour (the Reef), located in James Bay at 21 Erie Street.
Today we wish our very own Courtney Hilverda a very Happy Birthday!
Courtney has been Premiere Suites Victoria’s reservations manager for the past three years and we honestly don’t know what we would do without her!
Courtney, thank you for taking great care of our guests and keeping the office running like clockwork. We are so lucky to have you!
We are thrilled to introduce you to Sue Maitland, Victoria’s own ICF Certified Life & Career Coach. We have recently teamed up with Sue in an effort to add a valuable service to our guests who are relocating and transitioning to a new life in Victoria.
Being locals of Victoria, working in a local company, we often take for granted the network of support that surrounds us on a daily basis. We forget things like how many years it took to build the friendships around us, and the plenitude of resources that helped us to get to where we are now. Our lives are full professionally and socially, but it took a long time to get there – often a whole lifetime.
Imagine uprooting everything you know, everything you have built up – your house, your family, your friends, your job. When relocating, some of these elements may follow you, many may not. As exciting as a new opportunity or a fresh start can be, it can also be a very stressful time in one’s life. This is why we have partnered up with Sue Maitland and recommend her coaching services to our guests who are new to Victoria. She has a special area of her practice focused on helping people have a smooth and successful transition when moving to Victoria. Some of Sue’s services include free, live information sessions and videos, co-sponsored events in Victoria, and workshops on topics such as Networking for Success in Victoria.
We are happy to introduce our guests to Sue Maitland. Our guests can find her letter of introduction & available services within their furnished, executive suite.
We can’t help but to feel a tad proud of this wonderful review our guest wrote!
“I first discovered Premiere Suites advertised on the City of Victoria’s website, and figured if the City is recommending this organization then it must be good!
I am extremely happy to say that the up front service and administration, and the excellent affordable long-term accommodation provided by Premiere Suites, Victoria deserves the 5-star rating in the true sense of the word!
From the initial point of contact via emails and telephone conversations; the coordination of booking our stay; the signing of the rental agreement; payment of deposit, the presentment of keys, the instructions with regard to the rental accommodation and the final key hand-off- Courtney Hilverda, Reservations Manager, Premiere Suites, Victoria ensured that our stay was exquisite in the true sense of the word! We really appreciated the personal touch (no Call Centres), and the western hospitality that was represented here and how we all felt truly welcomed to such a beautiful City as Victoria! Our thanks and appreciation is also extended to Dennis, who also went the extra mile in order to ensure that we were all settled into our accommodations as comfortably as possible for the month-long stay.
Thanks to all of you for such a marvellous stay! We look forward to our return – same place, same time next year!
All the best!
Bev Streicher and family”
-Dockside Green Synergy, April 2018
Thank you for your kind words and we are thrilled you are coming back again in 2019!
Happy Pride 2018!
July 8th marked an important day for members of the LGBTQ2+ community and their supports. As many as 10,000 celebrated love and diversity in the 25th annual Pride Parade, which kicked off at 11am at Pandora Street & Government. Over 100 colourful floats and groups marched, sang, and danced their way through downtown Victoria and into James bay. MacDonald Park was the gathering place for the Pride Festival, which attracted more than 25,000 supporters. Since the first parade in 1994, the event has not only grown in numbers, but has grown to be more inclusive and offers something for everyone and all ages, from the very young to the very old. Enjoyed by all were the colourful costumes, music and dancing, and a beautiful display of inclusion and community. Premiere was honoured to experience the milestone event in Victoria!
When it comes to accommodating our guests, we know no limits! That is why you won’t be surprised to hear that we have partnered with the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites to house our short-term guests. The Chateau Victoria is a great option for our clientele whose stays are less than one week (our minimum stay), or for those requiring just a couple nights accommodation until our extended-stay suites become available.
The Chateau Victoria Hotel has been a local favourite since its construction in 1966. The property is steeped in rich history that dates back to the time the Wilson family owned the land. Long after the last Wilson died, the land sat vacant except for a parrot named Louis, who was named in the will and whose presence kept the property from being sold. Louis’s long life delayed the construction of the hotel for a further 17 years. Eventually the time came when, in 1966, the deteriorating Wilson mansion was demolished and the Chateau Victoria hotel was erected. Before “Vista 18,” the hotel’s restaurant was called the “Parrot House Restaurant” in honour of the parrot Louis.
We just love this story, but what we love even more are the modern suites this hotel provides, with walk-out balconies, kitchenettes, and separate bedrooms. We recommend these suites and will even take care of our guest’s hotel reservations, from start to finish. It’s one of the many services we offer.
A Warm Welcome to the newest member of the Premiere family!
All the staff at Premeire Suites Victoria would like to congratulate Dennis on the new arrival of his baby boy!
This perfect little package was delivered on April 23rd at the Victoria General Hospital, weighing a healthy 7.08 pounds.
With love in our hearts, we welcome you to the world Logan!