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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!

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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Emily Carr House

Find unique beauty at the childhood home of esteemed artist Emily Carr, whose Modernist paintings are beloved across Canada.

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.

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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 Victoria 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

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    Canadian Dollar ($)
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    UTC (-08:00)
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  • 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.

Things to Do in Victoria

Other Sightseeing Options in Victoria

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What People Are Saying About Victoria

Excellent way to see a bit of the island and enjoy some local wines.

The only negative about this tour was our meeting place. It was a restaurant who insisted we stand in the rain for 5 minutes as we were using up "valuable space" in their entrance. Please note that the only people in their restaurant were the other 2 couples on our wine tour.

6-Hour Victoria to Cowichan Wine Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/20/2017

Tour was great but sound systems need to improve.

The city tour was very informative. I enjoyed the castle tremendously and the view of Mount Baker was fantastic. The tour to Butchart Gardens was absolutely lovely and I took in the butterfly garden as well even though it was extra to the tour I booked. I have one reservation and that is the sound quality of the microphone system on the tour bus that took us from Victoria to the butterfly garden was poor. We could barely hear a word the driver said. On the other hand the quality of the system on the tour bus that took us from the butterfly garden to Butchart was very good. You should make sure that all your sound systems are excellent.

Excellent, great staff and wonderful experience

The staff were very knowledgable and we saw several Orcas in various areas. I highly recommend this tour

Taking a day tour is the best way to explore Victoria

I am glad that I booked the tour the night before the trip. Taking the tour ensures that I won't waste anytime worrying how to get to Victoria. Public transport to Victoria isn't so easy.

From Vancouver: Full-Day Victoria Trip Reviewed by Aimee, 09/20/2016

Excellent day out. Tour was well timed, driver /guide most informative

This is a full day tour but was very well organised, with just enough time to enjoy Buchart Gardens & Victoria. Driver provided clear instructions & guidance about drop off/ pick up points and helpful suggestions for places to visit. His information about surroundings helped to make journey time pass quickly. All in all very satisfied with tour, an excellent day out.

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Reviewed by Dorothy, 09/12/2016

Based on 57 reviews by GetYourGuide customers