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What you should know about Esquimalt

Home to the Canadian Forces Base and bordered by the Esquimalt Harbour and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the township of Esquimalt is a well-known and small naval community close to Victoria, James Bay, and Saanich. Boasting a multitude of parks and beaches, Esquimalt is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination with a marina, an 18-hole golf course, and numerous places to enjoy the captivating views of Esquimalt Harbour.

Hotels in Esquimalt

Reflecting the area’s history, most hotels in Esquimalt are converted traditional manor houses. English Inn is a popular 3-star Esquimalt hotel which is set in stunning gardens and just a few moments away from Victoria’s buzzing Inner Harbour. This traditional Tudor-style manor house dates back to 1906 and provides well-appointed rooms, free Wi-Fi, and even a free continental breakfast. Hemingway's By the Sea is a Victorian Tudor-Style 4-star Esquimalt Bed and Breakfast, offering charming and elegantly-decorated rooms with many rooms having their own fireplace, and free Wi-Fi. Both of these hotels are also just a few blocks away from Saxe Point Park and Fleming Beach.

Things to do in Esquimalt

Saxe Point Park is a beautiful peninsula oceanfront park with jaw-dropping views of Washington State’s snow-capped Olympic Mountains. The park is divided into two areas; one providing excellent spaces to enjoy a picnic and to explore the attractive gardens; the other offering trails that weave run along the ocean coastline. Esquimalt Gorge Park, formerly known as BC Electric Gorge Park, is a favorite 11.65-hectare recreation spot that locals have been enjoying since the 1860s. The Park also has a number of beautiful wooded areas with heritage trees, native plants, and even a marine life center—the Gorge Waterway Nature House. Stop by one of the district’s most popular parks, Macaulay Point, where hiking, bird watching, and cycling are popular pursuits. Head to Victoria for kayaking and whale watching excursions. Victoria’s well-known bouldering area, Fleming Beach, is simply a must for rock climbing enthusiasts.

Good for lovers of the great outdoors

Esquimalt reviews all talk about how this neighborhood is the perfect destination for lovers of the great outdoors, and a vacation here also means being within minutes of the key landmarks and attractions of James Bay, Saanich, and Victoria. Travelers can also enjoy the popular parks of Saxe Point, Esquimalt Gorge, and Macaulay Point which all offer picturesque walks along breathtaking trails, an immersion into the area’s nature and wildlife, and even ocean tours where orcas, humpback whales, and dolphins can be seen. Don’t forget to enjoy the views of Juan de Fuca Strait and the dramatic Olympic Mountains.

How to get to Esquimalt

Positioned on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Esquimalt is easily accessible from Victoria International Airport and you could be exploring Esquimalt after a short 25-minute cab ride from the airport. Boasting more international flight routes, you can alternatively fly into Vancouver International Airport, and then hop on the ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Swartz Bay. Hiring a car from the airport to travel around Esquimalt is a good idea for travelers wanting easy access to Victoria’s main attractions and to your Esquimalt accommodation, but public transportation is also readily available.

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