Victoria

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Inner Harbour showing a coastal town, a bay or harbor and skyline

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

Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥10,096 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Downtown Victoria, this hotel is steps from Victoria Bug Zoo, Greater Victoria Public Library, and Bay Centre. Miniature World and Victoria Conference ...
4/5 Very Good! (969 reviews)
"Was close to restaurants malls etc"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Strathcona Hotel
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥29,655 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Bug Zoo. British Columbia ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (965 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel. Staff was amazing."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Fairmont Empress
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥18,646 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps from Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Government Street and British Columbia Parliament ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,010 reviews)
"The location to everything was perfect. Beautiful view of the harbour and very quiet. I do think for the price of the room the parking should be included and not extra."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Hotel Grand Pacific
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.
★Live Like a Local, Sleek Downtown Condo★Walk Everywhere
★Live Like a Local, Sleek Downtown Condo★Walk Everywhere
Victoria, BC
The price is ¥9,178 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 6
This family-friendly Victoria condo building is located by the sea, steps from Government Street, Chinatown, and The McPherson Playhouse. Lower Johnson Street ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Amazing value; great location; responsive host
"Only positives here!"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

★Live Like a Local, Sleek Downtown Condo★Walk Everywhere
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥18,265 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy, Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and Miniature ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,084 reviews)
"Close to everything to walk too. No restaurant or lounge to speak of but close enough to others that even a rainy day it was easier to walk. Rooms are great"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
SoLo Suites
SoLo Suites
4 out of 5
590 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥14,786 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Situated in Victoria, this golf apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of WildPlay West Shore Victoria, Royal Roads University, and Langford Lanes. Hatley ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (233 reviews)
"The king room was large and comfortable. Enjoyed having a kitchen to have breakfast in. Easy access to restaurants and amenities in the community to."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

SoLo Suites
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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