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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.

Top Hotels in Victoria

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $165 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

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

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 CA $196 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

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)

"Proximity to downtown Victoria was wonderful, and the setting on the harbour"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 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 CA $89 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 14

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

4.1/5Very Good! (1,486 reviews)

"Kind, professional service. Clean rooms. Everything I needed. And a great price!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 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 CA $139 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

Situated on the waterfront, this condominium 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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (132 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 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 CA $147 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9

Situated in Victoria, this golf apartment building is within 2 miles (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

4.5/5(667 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(1,862 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(751 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.

Top things to do in Victoria

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

CA $63
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle
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Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle

CA $74
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Whale Watching Tour by Ocean Cruiser from Victoria
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Whale Watching Tour by Ocean Cruiser from Victoria

CA $130
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Craigdarroch Castle
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Craigdarroch Castle

CA $15
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Victoria Panorama Seaplane Tour
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Victoria Panorama Seaplane Tour

CA $125
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Whale Watching (Victoria, BC)
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Half-Day Whale Watching (Victoria, BC)

CA $142
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Victoria

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 62.09322779243624%
4 - Good
1146
4 - Good 33.59718557607739%
3 - Okay
134
3 - Okay 3.9284667253004986%
2 - Disappointing
11
2 - Disappointing 0.3224860744649663%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.05863383172090296%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 6, 2020

This was a visit during the beginning of phase 3 of the COVID pandemic so there were some limitations in shopping, public washrooms, dining options and entertainment.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 31, 2020

I really like Victoria

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 7, 2020

I want to move there is how much i love it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 6, 2020

Victoria is a toy city. A treasure.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 3, 2020

Victoria is the most beautiful small city in the world.

5/5 - Excellent

ElviiKareski

Apr 28, 2020

Great place to visit whenever you feel like leaving the city

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