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Victoria
Travel Guide

Surrounded by water, British Columbia’s capital is famous for its marine life and harbor, but there are also excellent museums and heritage buildings to explore.

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.

Where to stay in Victoria

Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
4 out of 5
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,920 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in the heart of Victoria, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Rim College, Market Square, and Bastion Square. Chinatown is 0.5 mi (0.9 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"We enjoyed our overnight stay at Delta Ocean Pointe. Our king size bed and pillows were extremely comfortable, and staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. My only feedback was that the information we recieved about the hours of pool operation was wrong. We were under the impression that ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,893 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,099 reviews)

"My Family and I really liked this hotel! Very close to Government st(all the shops and waterfront) The hotel staff were friendly and the hotel was clean. This was the first time we stayed at this particular hotel and Will definitely stay here in the future."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,460 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Downtown Victoria, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government Street and Victoria Conference Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (978 reviews)

"It is right downtown which is great without a car. Close to great restaurants. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥17,216 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy, Victoria Conference Centre, and Royal BC Museum. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,042 reviews)

"We stayed in B tower and it was okay. Wood floor is ugly, paper products were cheap and washer/dryer was sub-standard. Staff were disappointing displaying very little interest or intent to help/service beyond an impersonal presence. And front entry door makes an alarming sound when opening"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
3.5 out of 5
6971 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC

Situated on the waterfront, this condo resort is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Sooke Harbour and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Sooke Region Museum. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (147 reviews)

"Was very nice, needed a few things fixed, loose toliet seat, bedroom curtains to small morning sun would peak in. Would go back for sure.thank you."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2021

Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
4 out of 5
1000 Sooke Point Place, Sooke, BC

Situated on the waterfront, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from East Sooke Park.

4.6/5Wonderful! (59 reviews)

"This place is a piece of Heaven on Earth! We look forward to coming back again...."…"

Reviewed on Dec 25, 2020

SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Victoria

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Mar 19, 2020

Friendly people, beautiful, great shopping and restaurants

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Mar 15, 2020

Well worth the visit, so glad my sister and I came!

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Mar 8, 2020

We get to Victoria a few times a year. It’s a fun city to visit. This was a short trip for work with some pleasure. Can’t wait to go back!

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Feb 29, 2020

Victoria is the nice and beautiful city. And there are a lot of delicious restaurant we can find in Victoria. The weather is really nice and sunny. Especially in the summer time. Easy to walking around without driving cars. Love this city ,

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 20, 2020

Love the city. Friendly people, beautiful and historic. The Royal BC museum is must to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Izachel

Feb 12, 2020

The Blue Fox Cafe is a great place to go for brunch! Amazing service and food :)

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