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The Fairmont Empress Hotel sits at the cultural centre of Victoria – the capital of British Columbia – on Vancouver Island. Nicknamed Canada’s “Castle on the Coast”, the hotel blends opulence with history. An award-winning hotel and National Historic Site, Fairmont Empress seamlessly blends classic and vintage touches with contemporary style. Plus, it has fabulous views. The Inner Harbour is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and hosts many recreational vessels and small cruise ships. During summer, the harbour’s also a hive of activities with festivals and shows.
Victoria is one of Canada’s most cycle-friendly cities. With beautiful scenery, a picturesque harbour and a temperate climate, it’s a great year-round cycling destination. So, to help you make the most of it, the Fairmont Empress provides BMW bikes. There are a number of trails close to the hotel, including the Galloping Goose Trail and Beacon Hill Park. You can cycle through urban, rural and wilderness areas and discover the natural beauty of Victoria. Whether you’re a keen biker or simply a recreational cyclist, there’s bound to be a trail for you, as they cover a range of distances and terrains.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts are committed to creating a sustainable and luxurious experience for their guests, where the effect on the environment is minimal. At Fairmont Empress, the chefs use sustainable ingredients from local farmers, while the on-site bee hives produce the hotel’s honey. You’ll also find charging points for electric and hybrid vehicles – ideal if you’re hiring a car for your Canada holiday.
Enjoy the very best of the Pacific Northwest cuisine, made with fresh ingredients from local farms and sustainability sourced seafood.
Want to take some time out from exploring Vancouver Island? Savour freshly-baked scones with house-made jam, fluffy pastries and finger sandwiches – all washed down with premium loose-leaf tea.
Open on Fridays and Saturdays seasonally, the Winter Veranda is the perfect spot for a hot drink and s’mores. Snuggle up by one of the heaters and admire the harbour views.
Q Bar has been named as one of Canada’s Best Bars, so you’ve got to give it a try. You can sip cocktails, artisan beers and try locally crafted Empress 1908 Gin.
If you wish, you can dine in the comfort of your own room. Choose from a range of hearty comfort food, tasty light bites and signature dishes.
At Fairmont Empress, you can choose from 464 beautifully finished rooms and suites, many of which have magnificent views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Each one has the classic Fairmont style with elegant décor and furnishings. Treat yourself to a stay in a Suite, or opt for a Fairmont Gold Room to enjoy additional benefits.
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