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Visit Victoria

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA
Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA
4 out of 5
146 Kingston St, Victoria, BC
CA $110
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fisherman's Wharf Park and Victoria Fisherman's Wharf. Victoria Harbour and British ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,960 reviews)

"Perfect location right by Fisherman's Warf and harbor front."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2020

Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $188
per night
Jan 25 - Jan 26

This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, British Columbia Parliament Building ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,975 reviews)

"Friendly staff clean room and easy access.nice place to stay good price with breakfast included."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 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
CA $71
per night
Jan 22 - Jan 23

Located in the heart of Victoria, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Uptown Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of British Columbia Parliament Building and Victoria ...

4/5Very Good! (1,258 reviews)

"good value for price. Clean, up to date room. Small in size but OK."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 19, 2020

Red Lion Inn and Suites

Popular things to do in Victoria

Butchart Gardens
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Butchart Gardens

4.5/5(652 reviews)

Inhale intoxicating fragrances and marvel at the dazzling colors of these gardens, which host engaging events and family-friendly activities.

British Columbia Parliament Building
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British Columbia Parliament Building

4.5/5(1,187 reviews)

Visit the legislative headquarters of British Columbia to admire neo-baroque architecture and murals depicting scenes from the province’s history.

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(1,765 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(711 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.

Victoria Fisherman's Wharf
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Victoria Fisherman's Wharf

4.5/5(718 reviews)

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.

Government Street
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Government Street

4.5/5(1,200 reviews)

This central street attracts the crowds with its museums and galleries, historical architecture, shopping districts and Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

Top activities in Victoria

Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry
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Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry

CA $289

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.

Daytrip from Seattle to Victoria on the Victoria Clipper
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Daytrip from Seattle to Victoria on the Victoria Clipper

CA $163

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.

Craigdarroch Castle
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Craigdarroch Castle

CA $15

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.

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

CA $63

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.

Wine Tour with picnic lunch & side tour to Cowichan Bay
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Wine Tour with picnic lunch & side tour to Cowichan Bay

CA $146

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 Walking Tour in Victoria
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Ghostly Walking Tour in Victoria

CA $20

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.

Reviews of Victoria

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 20, 2020

So many places to see and do. This property is right downtown on the waterfront. Wonderful area to stay at.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Nice city with art feeling and lots of sightseeings Great for tourism and exploring.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

Due to high winds, many ferries were delayed and/or cancelled. We were booked for leaving on Sat afternoon and were unable to leave until Monday noon. Can't recall any time like this , going back to the 1970's, when we lived on the Island.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 12, 2020

Victoria is beautiful and usually very enjoyable. On this trip, however, we had poor accommodations at Island Travel Inn and also inhumane service at Royal Jubilee Hospital from their Emergency Room staff.

5/5 - Excellent

Mary

Jan 7, 2020

I love Victoria

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

A wonderful modern city with hints of quaint English undertones. Safe, clean, downtown walkable. Great for a getaway or a visit.

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