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.

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
The price is CA $99 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,530 reviews)
"Good walking trail nearby, Staff very helpful"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2022

Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC, V8W1W5
The price is CA $439 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Victoria. Enjoy 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"We were fully satisfied! Above expectation!"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2022

Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
4 out of 5
728 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC, V8W3Z5
The price is CA $314 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"The staff were very accommodating, friendly and professional. The property is optimally located for all Victoria has to offer."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2022

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.
Elk Lake Inn Suites Victoria
Elk Lake Inn Suites Victoria
3 out of 5
4670 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, BC, V8Z 5M2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,010 reviews)
"Very clean and quiet. Restaurant and bar were excellent."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2022

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC, V8V5B1
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! (2,245 reviews)
Great Trip!
"We absolutely loved this hotel. The service was great, the room was beautiful, and the location couldn't be beat. We would stay here again!"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2022

SoLo Suites
SoLo Suites
4 out of 5
590 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC, V9B 2W7
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! (296 reviews)
Great location
"While the location is great and the building is new and clean, it locates right next to a busy road so be prepared to hear some car, especially motor bike noise."

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2022

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