Escape to Victoria! Enjoy its gardens, museums, and whale watching.

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.

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Where to stay in Victoria

Downtown Victoria
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Downtown Victoria

Ports, Gardens, Walking

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Victoria. Make a stop by Victoria Royal Theatre or Victoria Bug Zoo while you're exploring the area.

Inner Harbour
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Inner Harbour

Ports, Friendly People, Walking

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Inner Harbour. Make a stop by Victoria Harbour or Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal while you're exploring the area.

James Bay
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James Bay

Ports, Museums, Gardens

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of James Bay. Make a stop by Victoria Harbour or British Columbia Parliament Building while you're exploring the area.

Fairfield
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Fairfield

Historical Buildings, Friendly People, Libraries

Unique features of Fairfield include the historic sites and seaside views. Make a stop by Beacon Hill Park or Cook Street Village while you're exploring the area.

Rockland
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Rockland

Castles, Gardens, Historical Buildings

Rockland is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Craigdarroch Castle and Government House while you're in town.

Harris Green
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Harris Green

If you're spending some time in Harris Green, Lower Johnson Street and Antique Row are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in Victoria

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Travelodge by Wyndham Victoria
3 out of 5
123 Gorge Rd E, Victoria, BC
¥6,426/night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
2.8/5 (131 reviews)

Located in Gorge -Tillicum Area, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from MayFair Shopping Centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Victoria Harbour and British Columbia Parliament ...

2.8/5 (131 reviews)

"Liked the location, close to town but away from the crowds. Good value for the price and clean. ."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Travelodge by Wyndham Victoria
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Red Lion Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
¥5,420/night
Oct 8 - Oct 9
4/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

Located in the heart of Victoria, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Uptown Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of British Columbia Parliament Building and Victoria ...

4/5Very Good! (979 reviews)

"Economical alternative with an indoor swimming pool."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Red Lion Inn and Suites
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The Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
¥24,013/night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.3/5Excellent! (1,967 reviews)

This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Victoria Bug Zoo, and British ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,967 reviews)

"We enjoyed high tea at this hotel. Staff is courteous and gracious. Use credit cards to avoid the hassle of currency exchange."…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

The Fairmont Empress

Popular things to do in Victoria

Butchart Gardens
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Photo provided by Tourism Victoria and Sumeet Wadhwa

Butchart Gardens

Inhale intoxicating fragrances and marvel at the dazzling colors of these gardens, which host engaging events and family-friendly activities.

British Columbia Parliament Building
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British Columbia Parliament Building

Visit the legislative headquarters of British Columbia to admire neo-baroque architecture and murals depicting scenes from the province’s history.

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

Old meets new as historic architecture, traditional fishing boats and contemporary performers crowd together at one of Victoria’s liveliest spots.

Royal BC Museum
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Royal BC Museum

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.

Victoria Fisherman's Wharf
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Victoria Fisherman's Wharf

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.

Government Street
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Government Street

This central street attracts the crowds with its museums and galleries, historical architecture, shopping districts and Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

Top activities in Victoria

Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver Small Group
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Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver Small Group

¥17,622

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.

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

¥2,923

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.

Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry
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Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry

¥23,463

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.

Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle
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Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle

¥5,967

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.

Daytrip from Seattle to Victoria on the Victoria Clipper
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Daytrip from Seattle to Victoria on the Victoria Clipper

¥16,002

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.

Whale Watching Catamaran Adventure
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Whale Watching Catamaran Adventure

¥8,410

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.

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