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Victoria
Travel Guide

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.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
4 out of 5
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $159 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in the heart of Victoria, this romantic resort is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Rim College, Market Square, and Bastion Square. Chinatown is 0.5 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"beautiful location along the Marina! Grounds very well kept!"

Reviewed on Apr. 17, 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $149 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,096 reviews)
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Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $110 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Downtown Victoria, this hotel is steps from Victoria Bug Zoo, Greater Victoria Public Library, and Bay Centre. Miniature World and Victoria Conference ...
4/5Very Good! (987 reviews)
"Small room"

Reviewed on Apr. 18, 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.
Willow Suite Lakeside Retreat
Willow Suite Lakeside Retreat
3.5 out of 5
2619 Savory Rd, Victoria, BC
Situated in Victoria, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of All Fun Recreation Park, Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club, and Luxton Park. Goldstream Provincial ...
Willow Suite Lakeside Retreat
2 Brdm Modern Suite in Royal Bay w/ Ocean View
2 Brdm Modern Suite in Royal Bay w/ Ocean View
Victoria, BC
Situated in Victoria, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Latoria Creek Park, Olympic View Golf Club, and Witty's Lagoon Regional Park. Royal Roads University ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Thank you so much for your lively place! Very comfortable and quiet.
"Very good"

Reviewed on Apr. 8, 2021

2 Brdm Modern Suite in Royal Bay w/ Ocean View
Quiet Private & Welcoming
Quiet Private & Welcoming
Victoria, BC
The price is CA $75 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Situated in Victoria, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Luxton Park, Hatley Park National Historic Site, and Hatley Castle. Royal Roads University ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Convenient
"Clean and updated, perfect for a extended stay"

Reviewed on Dec. 19, 2020

Quiet Private & Welcoming
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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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

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May 31, 2020

I really like Victoria

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May 7, 2020

I want to move there is how much i love it

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May 6, 2020

Victoria is a toy city. A treasure.

5/5 - Excellent

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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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