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.

Strathcona Hotel
Strathcona Hotel
2.5 out of 5
919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $93 per night from Jan 4 to Jan 4
Located in Downtown Victoria, this hotel is steps from Victoria Bug Zoo, Greater Victoria Public Library, and Bay Centre. Miniature World and Victoria Conference ...
4/5 Very Good! (967 reviews)
"Proximity to downtown and the waterfront."

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

Strathcona Hotel
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $332 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Bug Zoo. British Columbia ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (966 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2021

Fairmont Empress
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $179 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 6
Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Royal BC Museum. Victoria Harbour ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,132 reviews)
"It was a lovely hotel in a great location"

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2021

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
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.
Seaside Escape: Enjoy your stay while relaxing in your water view suite.
Seaside Escape: Enjoy your stay while relaxing in your water view suite.
Victoria, BC
The price is CA $130 per night from Dec 29 to Dec 29
Located in Downtown Victoria, this condo building is steps from Lower Johnson Street and Government Street. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (53 reviews)
It was a good stay
"Overall a good stay there is construction right next to the unit so the noise can be a little loud."

Reviewed on Nov. 28, 2021

Seaside Escape: Enjoy your stay while relaxing in your water view suite.
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $199 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy, Government Street, and Royal BC Museum. Victoria ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,089 reviews)
"This was my second time staying here- great amenities, love the balcony and fireplace and the kitchenette is well stocked."

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
SoLo Suites
SoLo Suites
4 out of 5
590 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $164 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Situated in Victoria, this golf apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of WildPlay West Shore Victoria, Juan de Fuca Golf Course, and Royal Roads University. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (238 reviews)
"The king room was large and comfortable. Enjoyed having a kitchen to have breakfast in. Easy access to restaurants and amenities in the community to."

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

SoLo Suites
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