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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

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Downtown Victoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(783 area reviews)

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.

Downtown Victoria
Victoria showing a coastal town and a marina

James Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(506 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
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Inner Harbour

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.

Inner Harbour
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 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

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
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Saanich East

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Saanich East, you might make a stop by sights like Cadboro Bay and Henderson Park Golf Club.

Saanich East

Top Hotels in Victoria

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
¥13,489
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,059 reviews)

"We stayed for two nights in the top floor suite with amazing views and plush furnishings. The staff was courteous and helpful with all of our needs. The property is elegant and well appointed. We will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Hotel Grand Pacific
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
¥17,013
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour, and Royal BC Museum. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,982 reviews)

"Our experience at the Victoria Regent Hotel was overall amazing. Our room, the staff and breakfast was amazing. It was unfortunate that our suite bedrooms were right beside/facing the public park. The beds were very comfortable but sleeping was difficult because of all the loud noise coming from ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
¥11,647
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Royal BC Museum. Victoria Harbour ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,995 reviews)

"Excellent location. Downtown convenience without the noise. Lots to see and do within walking distance."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

Popular things to do in Victoria

Butchart Gardens
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Butchart Gardens

5/5(576 reviews)

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

4.5/5(869 reviews)

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

4.5/5(367 reviews)

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

4.5/5(393 reviews)

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.

Sooke Harbour
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Sooke Harbour

4.5/5(106 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Sooke Harbour during your travels in Sooke. While in this romantic area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Government Street
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Government Street

4.5/5(504 reviews)

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 via Express Shuttle
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Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle

94% of travellers recommend
¥6,130
Per adult
Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry
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Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry

94% of travellers recommend
¥23,942
Per adult
Daytrip from Seattle to Victoria on the Victoria Clipper
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Daytrip from Seattle to Victoria on the Victoria Clipper

90% of travellers recommend
¥13,787
Per adult
Craigdarroch Castle
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Craigdarroch Castle

96% of travellers recommend
¥1,243
Per adult
Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings
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Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings

98% of travellers recommend
¥5,215
Per adult
Wine Tour with picnic lunch & side tour to Cowichan Bay
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Wine Tour with picnic lunch & side tour to Cowichan Bay

90% of travellers recommend
¥12,038
Per adult

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