Victoria

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Inner Harbour showing skyline, a bay or harbour and a coastal town

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

Red Lion Inn and Suites
Red Lion Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC, V8Z 3L3
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $146 per night from Jun 8 to Jun 9
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,489 reviews)
"Clean and accomodating"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Red Lion Inn and Suites
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC, V8W1W5
The price is CA $440 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Victoria. Enjoy 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the room service in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"Lovely hotel in pristine setting - friendly staff - well appointed rooms - very clean. Great food. HVac was somewhat challenging to manage"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Fairmont Empress
Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2C2
The price is CA $201 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this hotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 bars/lounges, and a nightclub. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (975 reviews)
"Perfect location, very helpful and prompt staff. Lovely little hotel. Clean and comfortable. We will be back!"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Strathcona Hotel
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SoLo Suites
SoLo Suites
4 out of 5
590 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC, V9B 2W7
The price is CA $224 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4-star golf apartment in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (259 reviews)
"Room was large and well equipped."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

SoLo Suites
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC, V8V5B1
The price is CA $299 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,133 reviews)
"Kids love the pool."

Reviewed on May 21, 2022

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
Juliet Plus by Victoria Royal Vacations
Juliet Plus by Victoria Royal Vacations
4 out of 5
760 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 0A4
Stay at this 4-star condo in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in our ...
3.7/5 Good! (64 reviews)
Studio moderne au centre-ville
"Agréable séjour dans ce studio/apt 1 chambre (#304). Très bien située, près du centre-ville. Le design est joli. La décoration est recherchée. Belles grandes fenêtres mais la vue est décevante. Comme nous sommes au centre-ville…un peu de bruit à l’extérieur. Nous recommandons sans hésitation."

Reviewed on Sep. 25, 2021

Juliet Plus by Victoria Royal Vacations
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.

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