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Mid-Week Getaway

Publish Date: 30-May-2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Mid-Week Package With Savings on Whale Watching, Museum and Spa

Vancouver, BC, May 30, 2011 – The Fairmont Empress is offering summer visitors to Victoria great value if they visit mid-week. Until September 30, visits from Sunday to Wednesday will be rewarded with a special hotel rate plus a savings of up to 20% on several top Victoria experiences: whale watching, a visit to the Royal BC Museum and spa treatments at the hotel’s signature Willow Stream Spa. With hotel rates starting from $199, mid-week getaways are really something to look forward to this summer.

Guests on the mid-week getaway package will receive special vouchers for up to 20% off the following activities in Victoria:

  • Whale Watching: The West Coast of Canada is home to the largest population of Orca whales in the world with the area around Victoria home to approximately 90 resident and 200 transient whales. Five Star Whale Watching departs right outside The Fairmont Empress and takes guests on an unforgettable whale watching expedition and marine life tour aboard Five Star Whale Watching, likely including harbour seals, porpoise and sea lions. Tour rates are regularly $99 per adult, so the special weekday package rate is $79 for adults. Child tickets are priced at $65 per child (four to 14 years).
  • Royal BC Museum: One of North America’s best regional museums, the Royal BC Museum tells the story of British Columbia’s human and natural histories. Permanent exhibits include a Natural History Gallery that showcases flora and fauna from the Ice Age to the present (including a life-size woolly mammoth), a Modern History Gallery that presents British Columbia’s recent past, and a First Peoples Gallery that tells the story of BC’s First Nations people. The Other Emily: Redefining Emily Carr is an exhibit on display at the museum until October and explores the artist’s life before she became famous. Discounted adult tickets with this package are only $11.50. Child tickets cost $9.00.
  • Willow Stream Spa Treatments: Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers as one of the Top 10 Resort Spas: Canada, the Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress is an urban oasis in the heart of Victoria. Willow Stream Spa features over 85 aesthetic and spa treatments plus complimentary access to the spa’s Hungarian mineral pool, eucalyptus steam room and sauna with all services. The mid-week getaway package offers 20% off spa services of 60 minutes or more. An example of mid-week savings shows the “Evergreen Coast Infusion” (a full body masque and exfoliation followed by a massage with an evergreen-inspired essential oil blend) at a special value for $204 (normally priced at $255 for the 90 minute treatment).

For more information on this weekday package, visit:

The Fairmont Empress majestically rises over Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour. Turn of the century architecture and timeless beauty complement the quintessential Victoria experience at Vancouver Island's premier luxury resort destination. Award-winning Willow Stream Spa, world-renowned Afternoon Tea, unparalleled meeting facilities and a bounty of farm to fork dining experiences are just a few of the unrivalled experiences at Canada’s “Castle on the Coast”. For more information or for reservations, please call 1-250-384-8111 or visit

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With over 60 distinctive hotels, including the iconic Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, and more in development, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality brand known for its warm and engaging service and culturally rich experiences.  Located in coveted worldwide destinations, its unrivalled collection of classic hotels imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication, and social importance, and are often considered destinations in and of themselves.  Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 95 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 800 441 1414 or visit

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