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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
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $216 per night

This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,148 reviews)

"Clean and good attitude. And nice location and beautiful sunset. 깨끗하고 위치가 너무 좋아요. 그리고 숙소 옆에 한인식당 나루 최고예요."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 6, 2020

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour
Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour
3 out of 5
427 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $169 per night

Located in James Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Victoria Harbour and The Robert Bateman Centre. British Columbia Parliament Building and Royal ...

3.8/5Good! (1,024 reviews)

"Great service, clean, lovely patio for drinks. Very convenient location!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 3, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria On The Harbour
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $202 per night

Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,145 reviews)

"The hotel was very clean and the staff was super friendly. The beds were very comfortable and bonus points for having a pool. We had an excellent stay and we will be back!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 7, 2020

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

Popular places to visit in Victoria

Butchart Gardens
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Butchart Gardens

4.5/5(667 reviews)

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

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(1,862 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(751 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(762 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.

British Columbia Parliament Building
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British Columbia Parliament Building

4.5/5(1,234 reviews)

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

Government Street
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Government Street

4.5/5(1,338 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Victoria

Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle
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Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle

CA $79
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings
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Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings

CA $63
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry
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Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry

CA $289
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
IMAX® Victoria at the Royal BC Museum
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IMAX® Victoria at the Royal BC Museum

CA $12
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Victoria Chinatown Food & History Tour
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Victoria Chinatown Food & History Tour

CA $73
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
3-Hour Private Tour: Butchart Gardens and Saanich Peninsula
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3-Hour Private Tour: Butchart Gardens and Saanich Peninsula

CA $61
Per adult

Reviews of Victoria

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

May 31, 2020

I really like Victoria

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 7, 2020

I want to move there is how much i love it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 6, 2020

Victoria is a toy city. A treasure.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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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