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VictoriaCanada

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

Victoria which includes a city, street scenes and a house

Downtown Victoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(796 area reviews)

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

Downtown Victoria
Victoria showing a coastal town and a marina

James Bay

5/5Exceptional!(513 area reviews)

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

James Bay
Victoria Harbour featuring heritage elements and a bay or harbor

Inner Harbour

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

Inner Harbour
Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Esquimalt

Esquimalt is popular for its colorful gardens, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Highrock Park or Saxe Point Park.

Esquimalt
Rockland

Rockland

4.5/5Wonderful!(92 area reviews)

Rockland is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Craigdarroch Castle or Government House.

Rockland
Victoria showing a coastal town and a marina

Fairfield

5/5Exceptional!(31 area reviews)

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.

Fairfield

Top Hotels in Victoria

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 ¥13,005 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 13

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! (1,133 reviews)

"We loved the location of this hotel and the space of the rooms. The front desk personnel were very helpful, especially Roy. Would highly recommend this hotel. Don’t hesitate!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥15,956 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17

This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,142 reviews)

"Big suite beautiful view of the harbourand if the parliament building. Very peaceful clean building"…"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2020

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Red Lion Inn and Suites
Red Lion Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥6,454 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Uptown Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,485 reviews)

"Other reviews mentioned the helpfulness of the staff and they were correct. Nothing was too much trouble. We loved that you could join the trail right outside the property. Great location. We had a kitchenette in the room which was fully equipped and very useful. We also appreciated the large TV ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Red Lion Inn and 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.

Vacation Rentals in Victoria

Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
3.5 out of 5
6971 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC
The price is ¥10,975 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

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! (131 reviews)

"This a great place to stay in Sooke. The townhomes are very spacious, and there are 2 balconies in each unit overlooking the harbour. Very well appointed kitchen at a COVID-19 times when restaurants are less of an experience. Good shopping and walks close by. Excellent trails in the area. We'll be ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

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! (50 reviews)
Great getaway

"Very nice condo directly overlooking the ocean. New property with high quality kitchen, bathroom, etc. Heated floor and kitchen faucet need fixing but that was a minor issue. Great place for some peace and quiet or a romantic getaway. Great walking / easy hiking at nearby regional park."…"

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2020

SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
SoLo Suites
SoLo Suites
4 out of 5
590 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is ¥11,594 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Victoria, this golf apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of WildPlay West Shore Victoria, Juan de Fuca Golf Course, and Hatley Castle. Hatley ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (196 reviews)

"Hotel is very clean, safe. Have stayed here before but last time was better equipped. 1 dish 1 wine glass 2 coffee cups, silver-wear was good. Oven did not work and the washer/dryer unit did not work. Towels were plentiful and supplied as requested. Staff was very nice and accommodating. would recommend. ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2020

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.

Popular places to visit in Victoria

Butchart Gardens
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Butchart Gardens

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

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.

Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal
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Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal

Explore the waterfront in Victoria with a trip to Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Wander the area's picturesque gardens or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

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.

Sooke Harbour
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Sooke Harbour

Explore the great outdoors at Sooke Harbour, a popular spot to commune with nature in Victoria. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Victoria Conference Centre
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Victoria Conference Centre

After visiting Victoria Conference Centre, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Victoria. Wander the waterfront and picturesque gardens in the area.

Top things to do in Victoria

Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings
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Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings

¥4,999
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Whale Watching Tour by Ocean Cruiser from Victoria
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Whale Watching Tour by Ocean Cruiser from Victoria

¥10,339
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Whale Watching (Victoria, BC)
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Half-Day Whale Watching (Victoria, BC)

¥11,256
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle
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Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle

¥5,861
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Craigdarroch Castle
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Craigdarroch Castle

¥1,172
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
3-Hour Private Tour: Victoria Pub Tour
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3-Hour Private Tour: Victoria Pub Tour

¥26,331
Per adult

Reviews of Victoria

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
901
5 - Excellent 74.64788732394366%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 22.949461474730736%
3 - Okay
24
3 - Okay 1.9884009942004972%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.24855012427506215%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.16570008285004142%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Friendly people, beautiful, great shopping and restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

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

Verified traveler

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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