Top 10 things to do in Victoria
Located on the southern tip of Vancouver island, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and one of the oldest settlements in Canada. Enjoy this scenic, historical town's many landmarks on your next vacation to BC!
1. Royal British Columbia Museum
Bring your magnifying glass for a titillating day exploring natural history at the Royal British Columbia Museum, which houses over 750,000 specimens and artifacts.
2. Craigdarroch Castle
Built in the Scottish baronial style with turrets, pitched roofs, and stained glass, this spectacle of a castle was commissioned by a wealthy Canadian coal tycoon in the late 1800s.
3. Butchart Gardens
Surround yourself with local flora and fauna at the Butchart Gardens. A perfect daytime or evening activity, the gardens are open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM.
4. Beacon Hill Park
The Beacon Hill Park is fantastic for families. You'll find a waterpark, playgrounds, and even a petting zoo inside. Nothing like mini-ponies and goats to distract the little ones!
5. Victoria Bug Zoo
Home to the largest tropical bug collection in all of North America, the Victoria Bug Zoo is a wonderful (and reassuring) place to interact with all kinds of insects.
6. British Columbia Parliament Buildings
The British Columbia Parliament buildings, massive confections of stone built in the Neo-baroque style, feature beautiful works of art depicting the history of Victoria.
7. Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site
This 19th century lighthouse is a beguiling addition to the coastline. Be sure to visit lighthouse keeper's quarters, which were converted into a quaint little museum.
8. Emily Carr House
Find unique beauty at the childhood home of esteemed artist Emily Carr, whose Modernist paintings are beloved across Canada.
9. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
A must on any art lover's list, this gallery houses one of the most significant Asian art collections in Canada, in addition to some of Emily Carr's greatest pieces.
10. Fort Rodd National
An artillery fort built in the 1870s, this monument offers both fascinating regional history and a great ocean view. Kids will delight in scampering across the ramparts.
Planning Your Visit
Getting Around Victoria
The best way to traverse Victoria is by taking one of 80 bus lines to your destination. You can also take one of several ferries to cross the waterways within the city.
What to eat in Victoria?
Go for a farm-to-table brewpub, where you can sample truly local cuisine. Pair the gastropub fare with a Canadian Indian Pale Ale for the ultimate sensory experience.
Good to know
- Canadian Dollar ($)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-08:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Victoria's weather is warmest and sunniest from June to August. To avoid the rain, you really have to come in the summer time. See the city at its most vibrant and enjoy the best of Victoria's offerings when you come in the warmer months.
Other Sightseeing Options in Victoria, British Columbia
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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia
Great day on the whitewater near Squamish!! We're from Winnipeg and had a blast crashing through the Class 3 and 4 rapids!! Our guide Jacob from New Zealand was full of energy and knowledge of the area kept the boat fully charged the whole way!! Got to try swimming in the rapids, standing on the front bow of the raft while the team spun the raft in both directions to see who could stand the longest, got to try rowing the boat from the guide's seat ... it was a day we'll never forget!! Thanks for a great fun-filled day!!
Very Friendly, kept the entire carriage ride interesting and I loved how along the ride we were able to learn about the history of Victoria! Excellent customer service would highly recommend them!
Our tour guide and driver Ian was awesome. He was funny, informative and gave clear instructions on departure/arrival times and gave good tips on things to do on our stay in Vancouver.
Such an amazing experience! We saw Orcas and a Humpback whale. Our guide was so knowledgeable. Definitely would recommend
I liked how your tickets were valid for 24 hours from the time you validate them.