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.

Red Lion Inn and Suites
Red Lion Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $85 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Uptown Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,351 reviews)
"It was on the main road"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Red Lion Inn and Suites
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
Fully refundable
The price is CA $239 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
"Lure restaurant was excellent. Great location. Tennis courts need to be renovated"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $343 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Bug Zoo. British Columbia ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (962 reviews)
"Old but good and convenient"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Fairmont Empress
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Ocean Island Garden Suites
Ocean Island Garden Suites
3 out of 5
143 Government Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $190 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in James Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Holland Point Park and Beacon Hill Park. British Columbia Parliament Building and ...
3.8/5Good! (28 reviews)
Tokio getaway Victoria
"the bed was not comfortable and every movement was very loud otherwise the Tokio Suite was beautiful and close to walking distance for the harbor . enjoyed our stay , we would book again if the change the bed"

Reviewed on Jul. 9, 2020

Ocean Island Garden Suites
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $249 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 14
This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy, Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum, and Maritime ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,076 reviews)
"Extremely friendly helpful attentive staff. Very relaxing environment and easy. Love the rooms and full kitchens and washer/dryer in unit. Will stay here every time I’m in the area"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 2021

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
SoLo Suites
SoLo Suites
4 out of 5
590 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is CA $197 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in Victoria, this golf apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of WildPlay West Shore Victoria, Langford Lanes, and Hatley Castle. Royal Roads University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (231 reviews)
"No complaints at all. Was in a residential area close to everything we needed. Very quiet and comfortable. Only suggestions i have is provide an extra blanket and mery the baking sheet actually fit in the oven, ours did not."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

SoLo Suites
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