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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

Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $263 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,093 reviews)
"Hotel was beautiful and close to harbor. Only issue was,one rude employee at the pool check in but the rest of the staff was very friendly."

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Hotel Grand Pacific
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $297 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Downtown Victoria, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government Street and Victoria Conference Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)
"Amazing staff and made us feel very special for our honeymoon :)"

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 2021

The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
Located in Downtown Victoria, this hotel is steps from Victoria Bug Zoo, Greater Victoria Public Library, and Bay Centre.
4/5Very Good! (989 reviews)
"Excellent staff! Super helpful. Clean rooms, equipped with a very helpful appliances.. convenient location to downtown. Loved our stay."

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

Strathcona Hotel
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.
Waterfront Studio in the Heart of the City!
Waterfront Studio in the Heart of the City!
Victoria, BC
The price is CA $165 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Located in Downtown Victoria, this historic condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Pacific Rim College, Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, and Victoria Conference ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Absolutely amazing!
"The location was perfect! Easy walking distance to so many restaurants and cafes. The room was perfect size my friend and I with a great view. Even though it’s on the main road we were never bothered by traffic noises. Absolutely would book here again!"

Reviewed on Feb. 13, 2021

Waterfront Studio in the Heart of the City!
Beautifully Appointed Suite is on a Gorgeous, Secluded, Quiet Oceanfront Street
Beautifully Appointed Suite is on a Gorgeous, Secluded, Quiet Oceanfront Street
Victoria, BC
Located in Saanich East, this romantic vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Cadboro Bay and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from University of Victoria. Oak Bay Marina and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (80 reviews)
Salish Oasis
"Absolutely loved my 2 day stay!!!! So relaxing and such a superb location!"

Reviewed on Jul. 11, 2021

Beautifully Appointed Suite is on a Gorgeous, Secluded, Quiet Oceanfront Street
Pets Welcome! King Suite at The Juliet! Rooftop Patio, Downtown, Sleeps 3!
Pets Welcome! King Suite at The Juliet! Rooftop Patio, Downtown, Sleeps 3!
Victoria, BC
Located in Downtown Victoria, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street and Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Victoria Conference Centre ...
3/5 (6 reviews)
Nicely decorated and great location
"We needed a place close by while our renos were taking place and this was perfect. Cozy, comfortable with everything we needed. I appreciated the bottle of olive oil sitting on the counter! Lots of closet space, comfortable bed. May i suggest having a box of tissues in the unit and a safety bar in ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 17, 2021

Pets Welcome! King Suite at The Juliet! Rooftop Patio, Downtown, Sleeps 3!
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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