In 2020 the Feast site for the Pacific Northwest will return to Victoria, British Columbia. In previous years, it has proved to be a popular site.
We will be holding our services at the Mary Winspear Centre in nearby Sidney, a short 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria, the provincial capital. The center seats up to 700 people comfortably, and there are a number of housing establishments within four blocks of it.
The climate in Victoria is considered cool Mediterranean. That means that during the Feast you can expect daytime highs in the 60s, with lows in the 40s. There is always a chance of showers in the fall, so bring a rain jacket.
A variety of activities are in abundance in the Victoria area. We will once again have whale-watching tours, which were most enjoyable in previous years. Victoria also has a number of historic sites. Visit world-renowned Butchart Gardens, which has existed for over 100 years and is visited by over a million people annually. Travel to downtown Victoria and enjoy high tea at the Empress Hotel. Rich in history, the buildings in the downtown have a distinct English flair.
Victoria is home to a number of unique shops and boutiques, in addition to plenty of big box stores. Americans coming to Canada will also enjoy a favorable exchange rate. The U.S. dollar is currently worth $1.31 in Canadian dollars.
Victoria also has a variety of food options for all budgets—from elegant steakhouses to casual English pubs to ethnic cuisine.
If you have never been to Victoria, we encourage you to spend this Feast with your brethren north of the border. You won’t be disappointed!
Fragrance-controlled room available: No.
Tax rate for accommodations: 13 percent.
Closest airport: Victoria (YYJ), 2 miles.