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BC Travel Tuesday: Week 12 Swans Hotel & Brewpub

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 3:14pm PDT
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This is the final installment of the BC Travel Tuesday series. Over the last few months I’ve worked with Brian from backyardbc to bring my readers options for local getaways and have been able to award prizes to a dozen winners from Vancouver Island and Squamish to the Okanagan.
backyardbc is a new travel website designed specifically for residents of British Columbia. Essentially a “be a tourist in your own backyard” program, participating hotels & resorts offer residents of BC exclusive rates and specials, designed to motivate BCers to travel more within the Province. Each offer has its own unique reservation code, and all bookings are done directly with our hotel and resort partners. Visit backyardbc online, on Twitter, or Facebook and see more of BC!

Last week’s winner of the April Point Resort trip to Quadra Island is Ryan (and he has been notified by email). This week, we take you back to Victoria for a unique experience — particularly if you love local brews.

Swans Suite Hotel 18 Swans Suite Hotel 44
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Photos courtesy of Swans Hotel on Flickr

Swans Hotel & Brewpub
Website, Twitter, Facebook, backyardbc listing
Location: 506 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC
About: “Our 29 suite boutique hotel is a short walking distance to the Inner Harbour, museums, shopping, and entertainment. Spacious and comfortable suites feature fully equipped kitchens, complimentary wi-fi, and a collection of original art. Our Brewpub downstairs serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or you can enjoy a seasonal west coast meal at the Wild Saffron Bistro. We are 100% non smoking, and can accommodate pets.”
Prize: Two nights in a one bedroom suite, a $50 gift certificate to the Wild Saffron Bistro, and two beer tasting flights at Swans Brew Pub.
Value: $600

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post and/or post the following on Twitter:

I entered this week’s @backyardbc @miss604 #bctraveltuesday contest

Gift certificates for hotel and resort stays will be sent directly to each weekly winner so they can arrange their visit personally with the property. Some restrictions apply (prize redeemable September 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 excluding holidays), based on availability. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. This week’s winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Update The winner is Leah P!

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  1. Nat says:

    I love beer – and discovering local beers!

  2. Gladys says:

    Haven’t been to Victoria in years . . . this would be such a great way to get reacquainted with the city.

  3. Christine says:

    This is my last chance to win. Fingers crossed!

  4. Emma says:

    Looks fantastic!

  5. Leah P says:

    My boyfriend and I are craft beer addicts… this would make our summer!

  6. Andrew says:

    Local brews are the best in BC. Can’t wait to taste this jem of Victoria.

  7. Paulina says:

    this would be great!!

  8. Henry Lee says:

    I stayed at Swans last May, and I loved the suite. The food and beer were all so very good, too. Thanks for the article, Rebecca.

  9. Cameron says:

    I’ve just got back from a great weekend in Victoria. It wouldn’t take much to convince me to go back again.

  10. cheryl says:

    Love their beer!!

  11. cheryl M says:

    holy I just had my first Swans Beer last night! Yummy!

  12. Ruth Hartnup says:

    We’ve tried a lot of the Victoria craft beers but haven’t been to Swans yet. I’d love to do it in style!

  13. Diane says:

    Haven’t tried any Victoria brews, but would love to!

  14. Laura says:

    What a great series this has been. Here’s hoping I get to take home the final prize!

  15. sp says:

    Totally up for visiting Victoria and tasting local beer!

  16. I would love to take my handsome, loving, talented boyfriend for our second anniversary later this year… We love craft beers! This would be the perfect get-away!

  17. Lisa says:

    I love Victoria…and beer. Have never stayed at this hotel, looks beautiful.

  18. Alakitten says:

    Victoria Rocks..!!

  19. Rachel says:


  20. Penny R says:

    Love to win looks like a fantastic prize!

  21. sher says:

    Really need a vacation. really really

  22. CATHY says:

    I would love to come and visit and sample all you have to offer!

  23. By far the best brew pub in Victoria. Been dropping by on Victoria trips for the past 10+ years. Can only hope I win!

  24. Wendy says:

    I love Swan’s, it has great food, is central when staying in Victoria and is close to lots of bead stores :)and my husband is partial to their beer


  26. Darcy says:

    Swans Hotel & Brewpub looks nice!

  27. Staying at Swans in Victoria and enjoying some local beer would be a great way to start off…I mean finish off the summer:)

  28. Katie says:

    Would be fantastic to check this out!! Really looking to do an island escape ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Lynn says:


  30. Jenn K says:

    I love Victoria. And I need a getaway!

  31. Kristina says:

    fantastic prize. Swans is iconic!

  32. Jennifer says:

    I want to win this SO bad!

  33. Gary Mitford says:

    Love their Raspberry Ale!!

  34. Alison says:

    My boyfriend and I used to live in Victoria, before we moved to the mainland. Swans is our favourite Victoria pub!

  35. Lesley says:

    This would be great for my anniversary!!!!

  36. liz says:

    Keeping it short and sweet:I love beer and I love Victoria!!!I twittered this.

  37. Leah says:

    would love a trip to victoria…

  38. Amy says:

    Victoria is beautiful in the fall

  39. Lucie says:

    I’m daydreaming about this already- wow!

  40. Jenny says:

    Swans looks fantastic!

  41. Heather says:

    Lived in Victoria in a few years but never got to stay at the Swans! Hope I can soon!

  42. Iain says:

    Not sure which one I like better: beer or Victoria. But both — a beautiful match.

  43. GINGE says:

    Was born and raised in Victoria…………….now live up Island . My partner and I love trying out all the local ( Island) Brewpubs. Sounds like a trip to Die for or Drink for…would love it.

  44. Dorothy says:

    I’ll take the room. My husband can sleep in the pub.

  45. Aimee says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this place. Looks fun!

  46. John says:

    Beer? Beer? Never heard of it.

  47. Eileen says:

    Beer and a break in Victoria? This sounds amazing!!

  48. Jeremy says:

    I love beer, I love Victoria and this sounds like an amazing trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Jen says:

    Sounds like a great getaway!!! I’d love to go!

  50. Rania says:

    I haven’t been to Swan’s in over a decade, but back in the 90s when I lived in Victoria, it was my watering hole. I can’t recall if I just turned over every paycheque to them or if I just outright paid for the standup bar. It would be nice to revisit Victoria and see the ol’ gathering place.

  51. Kevin says:

    Beer. ’nuff said

  52. Michelle says:

    My husband and I just moved to Vancouver and visiting Victoria is definitely on our must-visit spots while we’re here. We have heard so much about its locally brewed beer (among other wonderful things), so winning this contest would be super awesome!

  53. Jane says:

    m gonna go to vict in oct. winning this wud be perfect.

  54. linda says:

    Sweet! A good excuse for another weekend getaway to Victoria.

  55. Linda says:

    Would love to win this! Hope to see BC Travel Tuesdays back in the near future.

  56. Brenda says:

    Haven’t been to Victoria in years, would love to go back!

  57. Leanna says:

    I have had Swan’s before, but it would be great fun to see the place where the magic happens.

  58. Sara says:

    Looks great! My fella would love this!

  59. Hayley says:

    i love local micro-breweries and I LOVE Victoria! It’s my summer of visiting college roommates on Van Island and this would top of my summer bigtime!

  60. Christine says:

    Would love the chance to stay at Swans and try their beer!

  61. Erin says:

    Since moving to the Island 2 year ago I love making the trip to Victoria. It is such a beautiful city with so much to do! Would love a vacation close to home!

  62. Becky says:

    Oh how fun! This would be a fantastic trip!

  63. Mark says:

    I’ve heard great things about the Swans, it would be sweet to head over there!

  64. sandy says:

    Love this hotel and the brew pub – ready to go back to Victoria for more Thrift store days!

  65. lori says:

    Swans is a great place!

  66. jaynie says:

    this month is my sweethearts birthday and it would be wonderful to win and take him to one of our favorite spots downtown….andrew at swans makes the best beer!

  67. Michelle says:

    That’d be awesome for the vacation time I’d like to take in October!

  68. Gazza says:

    Sounds yummy to me!!

  69. Marlis says:

    Would love to revist Swans I used to frequent the pub in my university days!

  70. Caitlin says:

    Sounds great.

  71. Christine says:

    I love beer and Victoria. Fingers crossed!

  72. Chantel I. says:

    This is my favourite hotel in Victoria. I’ve been to an amazing wedding in the penthouse, sampled all the beers at the pub and just had some really great experiences here.

  73. Jennifer Munoz says:

    I love the concept of a hotel and brewpab in one. It would be fun to try the beer flights!

  74. lindawwww says:

    I would love to win this getaway.

  75. Robyn Q. says:

    I spent a lovely getaway at Swans when I first moved to Victoria in the early 90’s. I love the beautiful art…..and beer!

  76. David says:

    this would be a fantastic trip.. thankyou!!

  77. Summer says:

    I’d love to see the upstairs at Swans!

  78. Kat says:

    Never been to victoria!

  79. Alex says:

    Beer trip! sounds great

  80. wono99 says:

    Swans looks great!

  81. Julia says:

    A great BC getaway staying at Swans Hotel in Victoria – so here’s hoping I can win this for my hubby who had a bad accident in July!

  82. Lindsay says:

    I really would love to win this so i can take my sweetie out to the island!

  83. gail whitworth says:


  84. Samantha says:

    …This would solve the question of what to do for my bf’s birthday next month. I can drink the beer- he can hang out in the suite.

  85. Jessica R.F says:

    I so desperately need a break from the drama that has been August. My boyfriend and I would love this!

  86. LB says:

    this place looks adorable!

  87. Shawnay says:

    I’ve always wanted to stay at Swans and try Wild Saffron! I would love too!

  88. Steven Barringham says:

    I love good beer!

  89. Sarah Bermel says:

    I love Victoria and we have not been there for yrs..My husband and i would love this get away ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Belinda says:

    My boyfriend would love this and it would be nice romantic getaway for us…

  91. Dennis Sato says:

    Yeah! Just in time for my vacation

  92. Jenn says:

    Send me to the beer!

  93. Laura says:

    yes please!

  94. Ally says:

    This would be a great getaway for hubby and I!

  95. Carmen says:

    My boyfriend and I would love to get away, he and I have a passion for trying new foods, beer, and wine so a getaway to do that would be perfect!!

  96. Angie says:

    Still have never been to Victoria! Would love to go ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. kels says:

    i need a getaway! would love this!

  98. Heather Monteith says:

    I love Swan’s!! Beautiful hotel, beautiful rooms and the pub is awesome. The beer is amazing too.

  99. I love visiting Victoria. This hotel and their food and drink offerings sound great!

  100. Priscilla says:

    I would love to win this!!

  101. D Cedric says:

    This would be very cool- who doesnt love to visit victoria

  102. J says:

    looks like a good weekend away

  103. Deidre says:

    looks like an intersting place – and a chance to visit Victoria!

  104. Amy says:

    I would love to visit Victoria. What a gorgeous hotel!

  105. Sanaz says:

    I love sampling local beers:)

  106. Mishar says:

    Haven’t stayed in Victoria in too long.. would love to do this!

  107. Sara says:

    Count me in! Visit to Vic in style!

  108. Ginger Gervais says:

    This prize sounds great! It would be our 1st time to the Island ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. Scott says:

    We have some awesome local beers.

  110. Jee says:

    Please pick me!!! I love Victoria soooo much!!!

  111. Maria says:

    Have heard great things about this brew pub – sounds like a great place to spend a warm summer evening….

  112. Maryanne says:


  113. Sharon says:

    I’ve never been to Victoria and I love microbrews!

  114. Brenda says:

    Would love to visit Victoria!

  115. KKung says:

    This is a great giveaway!

  116. JBustillo says:

    I would love to taste beer in Victoria

  117. Sherry says:

    I love Victoria and brew pubs. This would be a fantastic trip.

  118. Teresa says:

    This would be a worthwhile place to visit!

  119. Garrett says:

    Haven’t been to Victoria in ages and would love to go back. And tastings at a brew pub? Icing on the cake!

  120. ho says:

    Oooh, very nice

  121. Daniel R says:

    I’ve never been to Victoria, this sounds like a great way to visit!

  122. Julia says:

    boyfriend is over worked! would love to take him for a mini vay-cay!

  123. Paul says:

    What a brilliant prize – fantastic work with these. While here in YVR we’ve been dying to get to Victoria – this would be a gift from heaven. Nice work

  124. Angela says:

    Would love a mini getaway to explore Victoria, sample the food and support the local breweries!

  125. Jason says:

    I love Swans Hotel!

  126. LarissaR says:

    Man, I’d love to win this. We’re expecting our first baby in the middle of September and it’d be great to have one last getaway before the arrival …

  127. Colleen says:

    So much fun, thanks for the great contest!

  128. Mark says:

    I would love to take my wife over to victoria and stay at this hotel…. pictures look beautiful….

  129. Shantel says:

    I love the rootbeer!

  130. Thyra says:

    What a wonderful treat for new parents ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe we’d get some sleep??

  131. Dilara says:

    Looks like a great place.

  132. Leah says:

    Would be a great trip…and a great excuse to stock up on their coconut porter – Delicious!

  133. MIke C. says:

    This. Would. Be.


  134. Darcy says:

    I Love Victoria!!!! …and food…and beer ๐Ÿ™‚

  135. Nikki Shaver says:

    I am an over worked, stressed out preschool teacher who really needs a vacation please!

  136. Kate says:

    Love Swans! Love Victoria…

  137. Andrew says:

    No job, but I bad need break now.

  138. Suzanne says:

    Love Victoria, and what a fantastic location.

  139. Ian says:

    My group of friends have a Boys Weekend in Victoria every year and always hit Swans during our pub crawl. Staying there would be amazing!

  140. Rheanna says:

    This sounds fantastic!

  141. Justine says:

    Swans is a beautiful place..would be an absolute delightful package to win!

  142. Jessica T says:

    I could really use a weekend away with my hubby!

  143. Samantha C says:

    Mmm I absolutely ADORE the swans beer – the coconut porter is my favourite beer ever.

  144. Heather says:

    I would love this! be nice to have a september getaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  145. Wes says:

    Oooo….oooo pick me, pick me!

  146. Nancy says:

    This has my husband’s name written all over it! Last chance to win… fingers crossed… and we would be SO appreciative if chosen!! Thank you so much.

  147. rick g says:

    awesome!would love to win!!

  148. Terry says:

    Would love to travel to Victoria and explore some new beers.

  149. Carla Mc says:

    Would love the opportunity for this great prize! Add my name to the draw please.

  150. Aviva says:

    Would love to stay somewhere new in Victoria!

  151. Andy says:

    Rogers Chocolate – uh huh, yeah, gonna put my oh face on!

  152. Dave K. says:

    Most assuredly this sounds like my kind of getaway!!

  153. Marline says:

    This would be such a lovely getaway!

  154. Helen says:

    Victoria is always a little lovelier with beer ๐Ÿ™‚

  155. Iris says:

    Beer tasting sound fun!

  156. Justine says:

    Would be a perfect getaway with the bf!

  157. Richard says:

    Would love to get away to Victoria with my girlfriend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  158. Doris says:

    I would love to win

  159. Reen says:

    I haven’t had a chance to visit Swan’s brewpub yet, but I love their Scotch Ale!

  160. Samantha says:

    I am in Victoria right now for school, I’ve heard great things about this pub!

  161. Sita says:

    This would be a great mini getaway!

  162. Dora says:

    Beer, Victoria & a beautiful boutique hotel… life could be good if I win ๐Ÿ˜‰

  163. Richie says:

    Can’t go wrong with tasting beer

  164. Mike says:

    For real! This one is the one! heh

  165. Andrea says:

    I would love to spend some more time in Victoria!

  166. Alan says:

    Another reason to visit Victoria!

  167. Rob says:

    Wow this would be a fun trip!

  168. Janet says:

    Raspberry ale!

  169. Wendy T says:

    I haven’t been to Victoria in years. This would be a lovely weekend getaway.

  170. Laura says:

    This would be great!

  171. Karoline says:

    I’d love to win !

  172. Serena Debolt says:

    Yay to Backyard BC and would love to win this – Victoria is our favorite getaway!

  173. Mic says:

    love Victoria and would like to visit 12 Swans!

  174. Deb says:

    Haven’t been to Victoria in years. Would love to go visit the sights again.

  175. Bernadette says:

    I’d love to win this package. Never been to Victoria and was just married last week, would love to make this our honeymoon trip. I hear Victoria is a place for the “newlyweds” plus the fact we love beer!

  176. Sharon says:

    Oh, I love Victoria!

  177. Lyndsey says:

    Would love to win this for a little getaway to share with one of my besties!!

  178. Alicia says:

    Sounds fantastic! I’d love to win.

  179. Ceci says:

    Awesome, hope to win!

  180. Eric says:

    My buddy, who loves trying local brews, just had his birthday. This would be a fantastic opportunity for both of us to visit the island for the first time ever and to try the local “wares”! Pick me!!

  181. Mary says:

    whoot whoot great contest

  182. AC says:

    Last time I was in Victoria I checked out 12 Swans and decided that the next time I visit, I would definitely stay there. The suites are roomy and comfortable.

  183. Rebecca says:

    Would love to take my husband there for his birthday!

  184. Anna says:

    I would love to go to Victoria since I have never been there before and it would a very nice anniversary present for my hubby and I ๐Ÿ™‚

  185. Mae says:

    You keep presenting us with such gems. They are all fantastic choices.

  186. Scott says:

    This hotel is in a great spot!

  187. Alejandro says:

    I would love to surprise my wife with this getaway!

  188. Mav says:

    Last chance.

  189. Tom says:

    I would love to take my girlfriend

  190. Parker says:


  191. belinda says:

    I only been to the pub downstairs. I actually didn’t know there was a hotel above it.

  192. Kimberly says:

    Would be amazing!! Would love to surprise my husband. Thank you.

  193. Kimberly says:

    Misspelled email addy. All fixed.

  194. Cheryl M. says:

    Would love to tap into my roots and get back to Victoria and visit the revised hotel and pubs.

  195. Stephanie says:

    Sounds great.

  196. Heidi says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to spend a couple of nights!

  197. C Wilson says:

    I love the atmosphere at Swans….and the food….so yummy!!

  198. Laurel Thomas says:

    Victoria is truly THE most beautiful city! I love walking around the harbor and seeing all the interesting craft vendors in the summer!

  199. Kelly says:

    i would love a mini vacation

  200. Lauren says:

    Oh, how did I just find your blog? I want to win this getaway!

  201. KP says:

    This would be awesome!

  202. gail whitworth says:

    This is such a beautiful area of Victoria

  203. Yvonne says:

    I would love a get away … we haven’t been to Victoria in a long .. long time.

  204. Erica says:

    <3 I could definitely use a vaycay to Victoria!

  205. Carol says:

    A boutique hotel in a great city. What a wonderful prize.

  206. Lindsay says:

    My hubby would love this :p

  207. Ariane says:

    can’t believe I missed all the contests leading up to this! what a cool prize.

  208. Stephanie says:

    Victoria is a beautiful city.

  209. Grace Mok says:


  210. jean says:

    this sounds awesome!

  211. tania says:

    that would be great.

  212. rino says:

    sounds amazing!

  213. Ryan says:

    Looks like a nice spot…sign me up please!

  214. Joanna says:

    Love Victoria. Need a vacation. This sounds great!

  215. Marina says:

    Looks gorgeous!!! Would love to stay here.

  216. Erin says:

    looks beautiful!

  217. Stephen says:

    I stayed at Swan’s many years ago and it still looks as fantastic as ever.

  218. Jenifer says:

    Love breweries and love Victoria!
    Would be a nice much needed get away.

  219. minna says:

    this would be quite the experience !

  220. I love Victoria. But not as much as I love beer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  221. Barbara says:

    I love Swans! Nice prize.

  222. Kyle says:

    Swan’s Chocolate Coconut Porter – YES PLEASE!

  223. Christina says:

    Getaway to the Swans Hotel & Brewpub? Yes please!
    I heart beer. Seriously. Love the stuff.
    good luck y’all!

  224. Stella Peterson says:

    Last chance, hope I win!!

  225. Stephanie says:

    this sounds like a great way to wrap up summer!

  226. Janice says:

    This would be perfect, Perfect, PERFECT to win! I’m running the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon and need a fantastic place to stay (the food and beer after would be more than welcome!!)

  227. au says:

    i’m dreaming and love to go to Victoria one day!โ™ฅ

  228. Donna says:

    What a great way to spend time in beautiful Victoria!

  229. Dana says:

    Sounds like a fabulous getaway… Fingers crossed!

  230. jane says:

    I would love to visit Victoria. It sounds just perfect.

  231. leah says:

    This would be a great way to end an uneventful summer.

  232. sue says:

    Way back in the day , I was the Chef @Rebecca’s (under Harpo’s)1127 Wharf, used to hold as many staff meetings as I could @Swans . So much fun, would love to re-visit .

  233. Roberta says:

    This sounds very nice. Victoria is a great place to get away.

  234. Donna L says:

    I’ve never tried the Wild Saffron. YUM.

  235. Brenda says:

    This would be so much fun!

  236. Cliff says:

    Sounds great, I haven’t been to Swan’s in a long time.

  237. Andrew says:

    Craft beers would be perfect

  238. gail whitworth says:


  239. Lawrence says:

    Love visiting Victoria

  240. Barb says:

    I’ve enver actually stayed in Victoria before! I remember going to the amazing huge museum they have there when I was little, and the great wax museum too. Would love to go back and see the whole city.

  241. Tiffany says:

    My friend in Victoria just had a baby so I would love to go visit.

  242. Corey says:

    Could really use a little getaway, and love Victoria!!!!

  243. Alana says:

    I love Victoria!

  244. lorelei says:

    Would love to go! I grew up close to Victoria so would love to go back for a stay

  245. Jenn says:

    When I was twelve, my parents pointed out the pink Victoria hotel in which my twin sister and I were conceived. I wish I was making this up, folks. I’d love to block out this memory of this beautiful city with new raspberry beer infused ones.

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