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A Brief History of the Upper Harbour District

The Days Inn Victoria Uptown is surrounded by fantastic Victoria BC attractions and points of interest. It is also located in one of the newest up and coming tourist areas in Victoria known as Uptown. Uptown is quickly becoming one of Vancouver Island’s premier dining, shopping and entertainment hot spots. From historical experiences and the massive sequoia tree that is located across from our hotel to the 1855 Craigflower Schoolhouse and Victoria’s Galloping Goose Trail - there is so much to learn and explore.

Our hotel is also within minutes of unique Victoria activities, exciting experiences and things to do in Victoria BC, including trendy craft breweries and tours, boutique shops, unique restaurants and historic Victoria walking tours. Whether you want to go kayaking or canoeing in Victoria, bike across the historic Selkirk Trestle, smell the roses at historic Esquimalt Gorge Park & Japanese Garden, or challenge yourself to some local hiking – Victoria has it all.

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Our Neighbourhood: Past & Present

The Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood

As the first highway into Victoria, the Burnside-Gorge neighbourhood, also lovingly known by locals as, “The Gorge,” and its community was once a place where Hudson Bay employees worked off their contracts, purchased land and settled. Trails were made, trees were knocked down for bridges, extravagant mansions sprouted up quickly and farms were developed. The Gorge Waterway became the focal point of early Victoria’s recreation and social scene playing host to community picnics, bridge jumping, canoe races, regattas, swimming competitions, and even a 110-foot diving board and public swimming house. Now it’s a great place to meet locals and you’ll find the Point Ellice House Museum, the Galloping Goose Trail, the Gorge Waterway and Selkirk Trestle, as well as the Gorge Rowing and Paddling Club. If you ever wanted to go kayaking in Victoria – this is the place!

Craigflower Manor and School House

The Craigflower Schoolhouse, a national historic site, is located across from us is the oldest public building in British Columbia and the oldest schoolhouse in Western Canada. It was constructed in 1854 by the Colony of Vancouver Island for the children of the nearby Craigflower Farm. Nowadays, people of all ages enjoy the reenactments of the Victorian age educational experience.

Gorge Waterway

The Gorge Waterway, also referred to as the Victoria Gorge, is a narrow tidal inlet that connects the Victoria Harbour to the Portage Inlet. It was once a place for food-gathering and spiritual appreciation for First Nations, as well as famous for national swimming title competitions in the 1890s. Now, it is a place for recreational boating, kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating events, regattas, international boat festivals and the Gorge Annual Walking Tour.

Esquimalt Gorge Park

Located on the historic Gorge Waterway in Esquimalt, British Columbia, Esquimalt Gorge Park was first developed in 1905 as BC Electric Gorge Park and was home to North America’s first Japanese Tea Garden, originally designed by Isaburo Kishida in 1907. Today, you’ll find picnic areas, heritage trees, rolling landscapes, a rose garden, a few hundred-old umbrella pines, lush lawns and benches along the waterway to relax on.

The Upper Harbour District Today

The Upper Harbour is quickly growing into a popular destination for foodies, artisan coffee, and craft beer enthusiasts. It’s a lively area with a variety of outdoor activities and recreation for visitors and locals alike. With a thriving promenade at the Selkirk Waterfront that is just steps from the historic Selkirk Trestle and full of cafes, water taxis, restaurants, and recreational boating – it’s a must do while you are staying with us at the Days Inn Victoria Uptown.

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