Our Beautiful Quiet Seaside Location
We are in the quiet residential area of downtown Victoria known as James Bay. James Bay is the perfect haven with heritage homes, whimsical gardens, and friendly neighbours that make you feel as at home here as we do! Ashcroft House heritage registered B&B & Inn in beautiful downtown Victoria BC is one short block to the ocean and just a half block to spectacular Beacon Hill Park. I love the fresh clean salt air of the pacific ocean; add in the stunning view of the Olympic Peninsula Mountain Range and we are just one block from some of nature’s best gifts! The Dallas road waterfront provides not only stunning views across the Straight of Juan de Fuca but almost 5km of paved seaside paths for you to enjoy. The perfect backdrop for an afternoon stroll, photographing our captivating sunsets, or even that early morning run before breakfast. This may be a perfect way to work up an appetite for my famous scones! I have honestly never really counted all the beach access points but there are several along the waterfront path. There are staircases or pathways down to the beautiful stretches of rustic beaches where you will be soothed with the sounds of the waves. Some of these beaches are quaint and private, some filled with windsurfers and kite boarders getting ready to experience their second to second adventures; others are simply a fun adventure. Pick up treasures along the paths that connect them. Traversing some of the beaches may be a lot dryer with a low tide! Bring your camera or a picnic and let the pacific ocean entertain you!
Officially placed in the City of Victoria’s trust in 1882 Beacon Hill Park is one of our city’s true gems! The park is roughly 200 acres of beautifully landscaped and manicured grounds. It is a peaceful stroll through the twisty old Garry Oak trees, deep red Arbutus trees, and all the other colourful blooms found in the many diverse gardens. You will not want to miss picturesque Goodacre Pond. It’s always fun to watch the multiple species of ducks and herons calling the pond home especially if someone is feeding them. You can also practice your photography if one of our many residents choses to fan it’s colourful tail. There are about 30 peacocks roaming around the park, their home is the children’s petting zoo and they love flying over the fencing and wandering around the park to entertain us. Beacon Hill Park also has a putting green, cricket field, tennis court, children’s play areas, a bandstand with music every weekend all summer long, and even a 128 foot tall totem pole that was once boasted as the tallest totem pole in the world. Just before I go and leave the rest of the park for you to discover on your own I have to mention the majestic great blue herons. Once a thriving Blue Heron Rookery there were no less than 30 nesting pairs arriving every spring making our park their home. These majestic birds are slowly retuning to the park after an eagle attack a couple of years ago and we look forward to increasing numbers in the years to follow. The heron featured in our photos here is rumored to have fallen out of one of the nests and a local resident began feeding him. He arrives mid afternoon and really enjoys his photograph taken, a superb model! After years of modeling for your photos, he is quite tame. You can get within 5 feet or closer for that perfect photograph, that is until he feels like stretching his wings and flying up to the tree across the pond. We hope you’ll get the chance to have him pose for you!
Ashcroft House & Downtown Victoria
We would like to offer you a little peek into our wonderful neighbourhood and all of it’s beauty, recreational fun, and of course our easy accessibility to Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour. Our downtown harbour boasts the Royal British Columbia Museum, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, and of course the world famous Empress Hotel. Victoria’s beautiful downtown with all it’s famous heritage is just 10 blocks from our house. Ashcroft House B&B is close enough to walk into the heart of our wonderful city in just 15 minutes (depending on your strolling pace) or a quick 4 minute drive.We are so close to the heart of our beautiful city yet you’ll feel like you are a world away from the bustling downtown core.If you are bringing your car to Victoria Ashcroft House does have unrestricted parking on our street as well as a private drive, there are also several city parkades in the downtown core. Remember to ask us for our parkade tickets and you’ll get your first hour of parking free, a great way to avoid unwanted souvenirs as our street meters are only good for 90 minute time frames.Ashcroft House Bed & Breakfast Inn is an easy walk into the heart of downtown Victoria as well. In a quick 15 minutes you can head straight into town along Government Street past lovely heritage homes, one of which is the birthplace of Emily Carr a famous Victoria artist. If you are as in love with the fresh sea air as we are a beautiful oceanside stroll into downtown is the ticket. You can follow the oceanside path to Ogden Point (Victoria’s cruise ship terminal) and continuing a short stretch past the heliport & Coast Guard Station. The path then stretches right past Victoria’s colourful Fisherman’s Warf continuing along the water right into town.
Are you ready to let go of that herring yet?
This is our favorite walk into town and takes about 50 minutes, depending of course on how long you photograph the harbour seals at Fisherman’s Warf! One more quick suggestion; many of our guests also use the BigBusVictoria as one of the bus stops on this hop-on hop-off tour is less than a block from the house. The bus stop at the Mile Zero marker on scenic Dallas Road makes this transportation option incredibly convenient and the Big Bus runs all high season from April through September. The bus tours take you to the downtown highlights; the harbour, Canada’s oldest Chinatown, and even a city tour past Craigdarough Castle and through the community of Oak Bay. Don’t put the camera away yet as you will love the oceanside views as it curls along Dallas Road and drops you off at the mile zero marker just a block from our house! The “Mile Zero Marker” is the start of our West to East Trans Canada Highway which runs across 3000 plus miles of our beautiful country to Newfoundland, what a drive that would be! Please inquire if the BigBusVictoria is of interest. We can offer you a 3 day pass instead of the regular 2 day pass at no extra charge online and, we have access to special discounts when offered. They also partner with a shuttle that will take you from downtown to the beautiful Butchart Gardens located in Saannich, approximately 30 to 40 minutes from downtown.