Monday, July 22, 2024

7 reasons to explore Be a Local Tourist in Your Own Hometown this year


It’s back and it promises to be better than ever!

In the wake of Victoria’s recent Snowmaggaden, we’re looking forward to Spring flowers and (hopefully) brighter days ahead. This time of year also means one of the city’s most well-known and loved events is on the horizon – and it’s looking like the best one yet!

Be a Local Tourist is kicking off this month, with the event running from February 27th to March 2nd – sure to start your Spring off with a bang!

This popular event has been around for a long time, and for good reason. From discounts for locals at Victoria’s finest attractions, to an extensive list of free offers, now is a better time than ever to take advantage of all of the perks of being a tourist – without breaking the bank!

Even better, with wristbands only costing $16 for 5 days jam-packed full of discounted fun, you can try all of the things you’ve always wanted to – at a price you can’t say no to.

Also, if you register your wristband online, you could be entered to win their awesome contest with prizes like hotel stays, whale watching and more!

Without further ado, here are 7 reasons why Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown should be on your to-do list this year:

1. Free! How can you beat free?

The list of free attractions this event is offering is impressive, and if you’ve been on the fence, now is a better time than ever to dive right in! If you purchase a Be a Tourist wristband, you won’t have to spend any more than that with all of the free offers it includes!

Free cider-tasting at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse, free admission to popular attractions like The Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens, as well free tours of the Legislative Assembly of BC are just to name a few.

2Speaking of wristbands..

The Be a Tourist wristband is your all-access pass that provides you with many free or discounted offers around the city for a great deal of attractions.

Wristbands are only $16 and available for purchase at all 7 Save On Foods locations as well as online. Also, with every wristband purchased, you’re contributing a $1 to the Victoria Hospital Foundation – as if you need another reason to grab yours today.

3. You can rediscover the city you know and love

Have you lived in Victoria for quite some time, yet have never had the chance to experience all of the things our city is infamous for?

Now’s your chance! With heavily discounted and even some free experiences, you can live it up like a tourist without having to spend money like one.

4. Plan the ultimate ‘stay-cation’ without leaving the city

All things considered, planning a vacation away from home is a lot of work – not to mention expensive!

With Be a Tourist, you can stay close to home and indulge in a luxurious hotel stay as well get outside for some serious adventure. All five of Victoria’s whale watching companies and offering killer deals!

Also, after a day full of exhilarating fun, what better way to reward yourself than with a night at one of the city’s best hotels?

Hotel Grand Pacific is offering 25% rooms specifically for the Be a Tourist event!

5. Did someone say brewery/distillery tours?

All the rage these days, you could create your own tour customized to your liking!

With an impressive list including places like Macaloney Caledonian Distillery, Deep Cove Winery, Sea Cider, and Twa Dogs Brewery, there’s something for everyone.

6. It could be the perfect date night (or day!)

You could start off with breakfast at the famed Jam Cafe, grab a free cup of tea at Urban Bee Honey Farm, or even pop in for afternoon tea at Pendray Inn and Tea House!

There are tastings at Off The Eaten Track to try, you could soak in some culture with a guided tour of Market Square, and finish the evening off with a romantic carriage ride care of Tally Ho.

The possibilities are endless, and you’ll be sure to wow your other half!

7. Treats galore!

From the renowned Beaver Tails, to the best chocolate-themed confections at Chocolat Favoris, to Victoria’s newest and hottest cold treats around at Perverted Ice Cream, the list of sweet indulgences in our fair city during Be a Tourist are endless – the hardest part is to pick which ones you want to try!


Be a Local Tourist In Your Town 2020

  • When: February 27th – March 2nd
  • Where: All around Victoria!
  • Tickets: Wristbands are only $16 and available for purchase online and at all 8 Victoria Save On Foods locations
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