Espresso Road Trip to Victoria, Canada

  • June 15, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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We now have dates for our road trip to Victoria, BC. We will be meeting in Victoria at 1pm on June 15. We will have an itinerary for Saturday and Sunday. So, you are not required to stay overnight and you can split off at any time to catch the ferry back to the mainland. Here are the coffee houses we plan to hit:


Fernwood Coffee Company1-1115 North Park St.

Cafe Fantastico - 810 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8V 5B1, Canada

Jazz Espresso Bar 2 percent - 1701 Douglas
Serious Coffee - 1609 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C8, Ca
Mirage Coffee - 817 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W
Discovery Coffee - 664 Discovery St, Victoria, BC V8T 1G9, Canada
Solstice Cafe - 529 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N5, Canada
Habit Coffee - 552 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1N7, Canada

You will be responsible for travel and accommodations. However, there may be opportunities for carpooling and traveling on the ferry together.

On Saturday will visit 5 coffeehouses. On Sunday we will visit 2-3 coffeehouses and do a walking tour of the city. If there is enough interest we will go to Butchart Gardens.

Check back to this invite. Maps will be added later.

Recommended Transportation: Clipper Ferry - you can also get a package that includes a hotel at a reduced rate on their website.

Depart Seattle 7:30 AM Arrive in BC at 10:30 AM

** When you respond, please let me know which days you plan to attend.**

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  • Pat F.

    Thank You very much David. I had a terrific time the whole weekend! Excellent coffee at everyplace, beautiful island, yummy food and of course the best company :)

    June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      dont forget the jewellery.

      1 · June 17, 2013

  • Michael *

    Looks like we picked the right Clipper to ride on this weekend. http://www.myballard.com/2013/06/14/victoria-clipper-heads-to-shilshole-after-engine-fire/

    June 17, 2013

  • David A.

    Sleepy eyed on the ferry ride back to Seattle. We had a great time in Victoria.

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are still looking for Chester. We are working with a sketch artist at the Victoria RCMP detachment.

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    bring bumbershoots and dogs that will keep you warm.

    June 14, 2013

  • David A.

    The Weather Network says it will be mid to upper 60's tomorrow and Sunday. The Weather Underground says low 70's. Both say partly cloudy. Remember to bring your travel documents - passports and such. Let's have fun guys and drink lots of good coffee.

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Pat F.

    Car-less :( Could anyone give a ride to downtown please? I believe that is where we board Clipper?

    June 12, 2013

    • Pat F.

      Thank you so much David! Yes, please. I will send you my address by email. What time shall I be ready?

      June 13, 2013

    • Pat F.

      David: Michael is going to pick me up on Saturday. Maybe you can give me a ride back on Sunday. Are you also taking the last Clipper back? I think is at 6:45 PM from Belleville terminal.

      June 13, 2013

  • Rebekah

    This looks like a fun group! I just got connected with Meetup groups tonight. I'll look forward to joining you all for future events.

    June 11, 2013

  • Victoria

    Family decided to visit that weekend. Hope to see you soon.

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    While in Victoria dress Victorian.

    1 · June 11, 2013

  • Debbie M.

    Have fun everyone!!

    June 10, 2013

  • Pat F.

    Ok! Veronica and I are sharing a room. Bought my Clipper and all set to go! Can't wait!! :D

    June 7, 2013

    • Pat F.

      David: No, it's a place Veronica have; I do not know where or the name.

      June 7, 2013

    • Veronica G.

      We're staying at the Royal Victoria Suites; it's on Government St. and less than a mile from the ferry terminal

      1 · June 8, 2013

  • Sean

    I'm thinking about it for Saturday only. If I go I want to go to Butchart Gardens. I'll let you know soon.

    June 4, 2013

    • David A.

      Sean, do you still think you will come?

      June 8, 2013

  • Terri C.

    You guys picked the weekend that I will be performing Britten's War Requiem. :( Have fun and drink lots without me.

    May 31, 2013

    • David A.

      Terri, you are aware of the War Requiem curse, aren't you? You should never perform it in mid-June. It is only safe to perform in the fall or winter.

      June 2, 2013

  • Pat F.

    David: I am seriously considering staying until Sunday. It's only $5 more dollars on the Clipper and I am researching hotels close to downtown. Are we meeting close to downtown?

    June 1, 2013

    • David A.

      Pat, for Sunday, yes-we will meet near the Clipper Ferry terminal. I will find a coffee house within walking distance.

      June 2, 2013

  • David A.

    I got our tickets. We'll be taking the Victoria Clipper from Seattle leaving at 7:30am Saturday. Then staying at the Oswego Hotel. Returning Sunday evening at 6:45.

    May 16, 2013

  • Reginald M.

    I'll be driving; don't have a current passport, but do have an enhanced DL.

    May 16, 2013

    • David A.

      I assume you are catching the ferry at Anacortes. Do you have space for other passengers?

      May 16, 2013

  • Victoria

    I've been missing you all. Looking forward to smiles & caffine:)

    1 · May 15, 2013

    • David A.

      Glad to see you are coming Victoria. Which day or days are you plannning to attend? Thanks.

      May 15, 2013

    • Victoria

      Saturday. :)

      May 15, 2013

  • David A.

    Looks like most people are on for just Saturday. Pamela and I will be staying through Sunday and will probably visit the sites and do some shopping, if you want to join us. But first we will have coffee.

    If you buy your ferry pass right now from Victoria Clipper http://www.clippervacations.com/schedules-fares/ , it is $109 round-trip. But the price goes up if you wait too long. That is easily the same as gas for a car, if your car is seaworthy. We should all be on the same ferry boat, for those taking the Clipper. Maybe we can do some carpooling.

    Let me know if you have questions or suggestions. This is going to be some big fun and a busy day of downing caffeinated drinks.

    May 15, 2013

  • David A.

    Alrighty! I have posted a map and an itinerary under the More menu up above. Go to Files. The two files should appear at the top. We will start at Fernwood at 11am. I recommend taking a taxi to get there--I believe it is about two miles from the ferry terminal. Pamela and I will be checking in at the hotel, so we may end up running just a little late. Paul, the two longest walks are the first from Fernwood to Serious and the last from Solstice to Clive's Cocktail Lounge. Those look to be a .5 mile to 1.0 mile trip. The other walks are just a few blocks. If you drive, it will be a piece of cake (or scone, if you prefer).

    May 15, 2013

  • Veronica G.

    Question: is Canadian dollars a must? Or do they take USD as well? This is my first visit to Canada...

    May 10, 2013

    • David A.

      Veronica, as someone who has visited Canada more than 200 times and lived there for a short while, I suggest bringing a small amount of Canadian cash. Your bank should have a branch that carries some. You can use your credit card for just about everything (remember to tell them to "swipe" it. I'll explain later). But for small transactions you may want to have some Canadian cash with you. Besides, it is pretty and almost indistructable.

      2 · May 11, 2013

    • Veronica G.

      Thanks for the advice, everyone!

      May 14, 2013

  • Robert

    Saturday only for me

    May 11, 2013

  • David A.

    Passports! Remember to bring your passport. Difficult to get in without one.

    May 11, 2013

  • Debbie M.

    Not sure if I'll spend the night. I'll let you know ASAP!!

    May 10, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Sorry Dave...tentatively sat and Sunday

    May 10, 2013

  • Michael *

    Saturday only

    May 10, 2013

  • David A.

    Remember, you can do one or two days; just let me know. This is the time to make recommendations. The itinerary hasn't been finalized yet. Also, you will need a passport--just thought I would mention that.

    May 10, 2013

  • Veronica G.

    Saturday only

    May 9, 2013

  • Pat F.

    For sure Saturday. If I get a room buddy, I will stay for Sunday too :)

    May 9, 2013

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