Top Tours & Activities 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Find unique beauty at the childhood home of esteemed artist Emily Carr, whose Modernist paintings are beloved across Canada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyCanadian Dollar ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (-08:00)
- Country Code+1
- Best time to visitVictoria'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.
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What People Are Saying About Victoria
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.
The staff were very knowledgable and we saw several Orcas in various areas. I highly recommend this tour
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.
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.
Good amount of time. Felt safe and comfortable with the guide. Comfortable in the warm suit provided. Only thing missing was the information - would have preferred a lot more detail.