5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerJan 20, 2020
So many places to see and do. This property is right downtown on the waterfront. Wonderful area to stay at.
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.
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Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2020
Inhale intoxicating fragrances and marvel at the dazzling colors of these gardens, which host engaging events and family-friendly activities.
Visit the legislative headquarters of British Columbia to admire neo-baroque architecture and murals depicting scenes from the province’s history.
Old meets new as historic architecture, traditional fishing boats and contemporary performers crowd together at one of Victoria’s liveliest spots.
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.
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.
This central street attracts the crowds with its museums and galleries, historical architecture, shopping districts and Canada’s oldest Chinatown.
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.
A short and scenic cruise through the Salish Sea takes you to Victoria, the perfect day trip destination from Seattle. Board a sleek, high-speed catamaran and set out for one of the most walkable cities in North America, where you can find a floral oasis at Butchart Gardens, historic buildings like Craigdarroch Castle, and delectable bites to eat along the beautiful waterfront.
Take a tour of historic Craigdarroch Castle and learn the story of its principal founder, wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. Designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, the castle boasts more than 25,000 square feet (2,300 sq m) of detailed construction and majestic decor.
Indulge in an unforgettable food tour that lets you unlock the history of British Columbia's capital city. Journey past the Harmonious Gates of Interest, sample mouthwatering morsels in Bastion Square, and drink in the sights along the Inner Harbour Causeway, enjoying 6–8 samples along the way.
Explore the local charms, beautiful scenery, and boutique wineries of the Cowichan Valley on this tasting tour. Sip on regional varietals at3 lovely wineries. Learn about the history of winemaking in the area from your guide.
Ghostly Walks begin at the Visitor Information Centre on Victoria's scenic Inner harbour. During the summer, tours are offered every night at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Tours last 90 minutes.
Verified travelerJan 7, 2020
A wonderful modern city with hints of quaint English undertones. Safe, clean, downtown walkable. Great for a getaway or a visit.