Situated on Vancouver Island in Western Canada, Victoria boasts the country’s mildest climate and has more sunny days than Vancouver on the mainland. Make the most of the climate by taking part in some of Victoria’s wide range of outdoor activities, such as a harbor walk or whale-watching excursion. On your trips around the city, notice the historic architecture, double-decker buses, teahouses and formal gardens, all testament to this region’s British roots.
Getting around is easy on foot as most major attractions are in or near the compact downtown area. With miles of bikeways, and bike racks on most city buses, Victoria is also extremely cyclist-friendly.
Walk along the city’s most popular shopping and entertainment thoroughfare, Government Street. It is full of historic buildings and you can learn about what took place behind some of their facades during a ghost walk. In Chinatown Victoria, visit the old teahouses around Canada’s narrowest street. Enjoy a classic afternoon tea at the grand Fairmont Empress hotel.
Go to the Inner Harbour to join a whale-watching tour to spot orcas and seals in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the warmer months you can also expect to see humpback, minke and gray whales. Around the corner from the harbor, sample fresh seafood at the colorful floating village of Victoria Fisherman’s Wharf.
Come back to the harbor at night when the thousands of lights on the 19th-century British Columbia Parliament Buildings give it a fairy tale-like appearance.
Don’t miss out on Victoria’s excellent museums. Learn about the human and natural history of the province at the Royal BC Museum and find a collection of intricately carved totem poles at the museum’s Thunderbird Park. See work by the celebrated Canadian artist Emily Carr at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and get insight into the area’s seafaring history at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, housed in Victoria’s Old Courthouse.
Rent a car to venture farther out and hike to the isolated beaches and forests full of wildlife in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.
Museums, Gardens and Tours
Inhale intoxicating fragrances and marvel at the dazzling colors of these gardens, which host engaging events and family-friendly activities.
Visit the legislative headquarters of British Columbia to admire neo-baroque architecture and murals depicting scenes from the province’s history.
Old meets new as historic architecture, traditional fishing boats and contemporary performers crowd together at one of Victoria’s liveliest spots.
Learn about the region’s human and natural history, visit some of the oldest buildings in the province and see a special collection of totem poles.
Come to this working harbor to see its colorful floating houses, go on a kayaking trip or a wildlife-spotting cruise and enjoy a meal of fresh seafood on the docks.
This central street attracts the crowds with its museums and galleries, historical architecture, shopping districts and Canada’s oldest Chinatown.
Cruise between islands crowned with thick forests, snap photos of gorgeous Chateau-style architecture, and explore one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Your tour of Victoria and Butchart Gardens showcases Vancouver Island’s elegant cities and rich natural beauty.
Discover Victoria with the flexibility of a hop-on hop-off tour. With 20 stops at the most important sights, you're free to experience Victoria at your own pace. In addition, enjoy admission to the Robert Bateman Centre, honoring the visionary work of the Canadian painter and sculptor.
Take a scenic seaplane flight of the Gulf Islands. Land in Victoria for a chance to spend the day sightseeing in this picturesque city, and return by coach bus onto the BC Ferries. Start your exciting day with a spectacular 35-minute seaplane flight over the Gulf Islands.
Take in the stunning natural beauty of Butchart Gardens, a famous and admired attraction full of floral displays and stone paths. Embark on a narrated trip from Victoria in a luxury bus, and choose how long you want your trip to be with the freedom to pick from several departure and return times.
A short and scenic ride away through the Salish Sea, Victoria is the perfect day trip destination from Seattle. A less than three-hour cruise on our sleek, high-speed Victoria Clipper catamaran lands you in the heart of Victoria, one of the most walkable cities in North America.
Find out why “We Like Our Whales Wild!” Explore the coast of Canada and Vancouver Island— Where several species of whales come to feed on the abundance of plankton and fish that the nutrient-and-oxygen-rich Salish Sea sustains.
Finding Southern Vancouver Island’s fresh-factor
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