Easily explore the beauty & attractions of Victoria from our James Bay Location!
As an avid traveler myself I love hosting other travellers! My life has been an adventure, starting out in the film industry, going on to working at the TV station in Victoria for many years as a sound person with the news and ending with owning and operating Victoria Carriage Tours for 24 years while raising my three daughters. I decided to sell the businesse and start travelling for sports competitions, volunteering at retreat centres and working at festivals including as a black Ranger at Burningman and first responder at a number of other festivals such as the Tribal Gathering in Panama and this year the Oregon Eclipse festival. Last year I decided it was time to settle down (at least part of the year) and open my home to other travellers. This has been one of the most validating and rewarding things I have ever done. My guests have been kind, warm, interesting and wonderful. I look forward to hosting you and thank you for choosing my home to stay in while visiting Victoria. I know you will love it!
Dianne purchased this Apartment in 1980
Why Dianne chose James Bay
Location is everything which is what makes this private space perfect for vacationers as well as business and student travellers who want a cozy and peaceful retreat after busy days! Situated in historic James Bay we are minutes away from shopping, groceries, pharmacy, liquor stores, coffee shops and cafes as well as many great neighbourhood restaurants.
What makes this Apartment unique
Staying in our very safe, peaceful, residential neighbourhood you can leave your car at home and walk most everywhere! There is a bus stop a half block up the street which will connect with a buses downtown to go to the ferries and Butchart Gardens. Walk 3 blocks and hop on the Clipper and Coho ferries, Harbour Air and the new V2V ferry as well as bus, carriage and harbour tours. Host lives on the property and is available in person, by phone or by text. We love animals and indeed have 6 cats and a puppy in our catio. Dogs and cats are welcomed only after a conversation as we feel big dogs could create problems with the other animals. Normally we only allow one dog and again there must be a discussion about their behaviour with other animals. So please do not bring your pet unless we have had a conversation ahead of time. Arriving early? We will happily let you leave your bags with us in the main house so you can get a early start on exploring. Leaving late? Leave your things with us after checkout and pick them up when you are ready.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The unit was comfortable and the location was great. We were able to walk everywhere. We never met Dianne but a young man greeted us and showed us to our space. The gardens were lovely. The cats started yowling early in the morning but we're up early anyway. It would have been nice to have a microwave in the unit but there really wasn't room.
Great spot for getaway
Cozy Home Away suite had everything we needed for our night in the city. The location is perfect for walk8ng to the harbour for dinner and our show that night. The suite itself was clean and comfortable for two: comfy king bed, nice amenities in the bath, a fridge and coffee maker for a quick break yay before leaving in the morning. Oh, and those yummy chocolate brownies that we’re waiting for us on arrival - a lovely touch. Finally, I loved the communal space in the back yard, full of garden boxes and the resident cats. Any place that supplies cats for guests is an A+ to me!
Perfect location to enjoy Victoria
The property is an older home in James Bay, Victoria. It’s an easy walk to the harbor, shopping and tons of great restaurants. We walked along to water on the trail every morning, had coffee in the beautiful gardens on the property, and used the shared kitchen to make breakfasts and one dinner. The small apartment is perfect for two. The king bed is heavenly and the bath and living space is nicely decorated and modern. The property manager was very friendly and we met a couple of other guests while working in the kitchen, which was fun. The apartment has a separate entrance and is very private. It was a great visit and the accommodations were so much more comfortable and cost effective than a motel room. The apartment does have a coffee maker, mini fridge and microwave, so tea and coffee, plus smaller snacks were all doable from our space. Thanks for your hospitality,. It was lovely and we’ll be back.
Comfortable and welcoming
A great spot to stay for quick access downtown Victoria. Thanks Stephanie!
James Bay Simplicity
Visiting Victoria can be a challenge. The James Bay neighborhood is just about as convenient as could be for it. This is a lovely, easy, quite place to stay. Romantic, yet practical; homey, but not intrusive. And walking distance to the major sites in downtown Victoria (as well as to the Port Angeles ferry). Highly recommended and we will stay there, again!
Beautiful location in Victoria!
Just a couple of blocks from the harbour and Beacon Hill Park and even Fisherman’s Wharf this spot is quiet and tucked away. A former home converted to several rooms/ small suites. Our was a tiny living space with small fridge , bedroom again small but an excellent bed and small bath. Bathtub could use refurbishment. Back years was cozy and quiet and we had use of a communal kitchen and even laundry. We have stayed in much more luxurious units in Victoria but traded the luxury this time for the beautiful and quiet location and would certainly be happy to stay there again. Lots of excellent restaurants nearby. Try Il Covo for excellent Italian food. And don’t miss the fun houseboats at Fisherman’s Wharf and the fun goat stampede at 5pm at Beacon Hill children’s farm.
There is something for everyone visiting Victoria from Whale watching with Orca Spirit, bike tours with the Pedaler, to live theatre and many great home breweries and restaurants.We are within walking distance of the McPherson theatre, the Royal theatre, Cineplex, Capital Six and the Vic theatre.
Many hotels are close by such as the Oswego, Days Inn, Harbour Towers, Embassy, Laurel Point, Admirals, Huntington Manor, Coast Hotel and the Hotel Grand Pacific. If you have a convention at any of these hotels we are with a 10 minute walk of all of them.
If you are doing government business the Legislature is also a 10 minute walk away.
For people that want to whale watch the Orca Spirit is right below the Coast Hotel and Beasley's fishing charters are right there as well.
For bike rentals and tours 5 minutes from the house is the Pedaler bike tours.
Three blocks away is the Victoria Athletic Club which has an olympic sized pool and fully equipped gym and they do drop ins any day of the week.
If you are looking to get to Butchart Gardens the bus is a half block away or you can walk to the Empress and take a double decker bus tour with CVS.
The hop on hop off bus is a great way to spend time getting to see everything from Chinatown to Craigdarroch Castle.
For the adventurous there are the Ghostly Tours and many of our guests have really enjoyed them.
If you are looking for high tea the Empress is truly amazing and very pricey. There is the James Bay Tearoom up the street which has a wonderful high tea at 1/4 of the cost.
There are kayak rentals at the Ocean River sports and SUP rentals as well.
If you enjoy walking there is a wonderful walk down the street to Fisherman's Wharf along the Dallas road waterfront and the Breakwater to Beacon Hill Park and back through town to the house.
If you have a dog with you along Dallas road is an off leash area.
For meals there is an incredible variety so I will list a few of my favourites. For breakfast the James Bay tearoom, Nourish, Mole', Jam, Blue Fox and Shine. For a delightful lunch, Heron Rock, Bent Mast, Bellevilles, Milestones, and Pagliacci's.
For dinner so many options. Rebar for vegetarian and Green Cuisine, 10 Acres for local, El Terrazzo for Italian, and Pagliacci's for a great vibe and good food.
There are so many more with Japanese, tapa bars, sushi etc. Just too many to name.
There are great home brew pubs and it is easy to google them and find one that fits for you. Victoria has some of the best home breweries in Canada.
If you want to do a hike I will be happy to either take you or get you there for a minimal cost.
The Royal BC Museum always has amazing exhibits and the Imax theatre is worth going to as well.
We have at least 8 spas within walking distance, at the Parkside, Magnolia, Empress Hotel etc.
In the winter walking through the inner harbour especially in the month of December is a real treat with all the decorations and lights up.
In the other months there are carriage rides with Victoria Carriage tours and pedicab tours with Kabuki Cabs.
Be sure to stop in at the Bug Zoo and the Bay Center for some mall shopping. Rogers and Purdy's chocolates for your sweet tooth.
If you have any questions or need information feel free to ask Muriel or myself and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.