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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

  • Language
  • Currency
    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.

Things to Do in Victoria

Other Sightseeing Options in Victoria

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What people are saying about Victoria

I am a Nevadan, this is my third visit, it is always new and updated!

There is something here for everyone, young and old, novice or expert. From the moment you walk in the door, you know you are somewhere very special. There must have been 12 languages represented in their literature at the front door, which is wonderful for the foreign traveler. The I-max theater was outstanding, again there was a movie for anyone, about 5 to choose from. I had a little problem having them scan my smart phone code off of my I pad, but they rectified this issue and were happy to help me circumvent this technological issue. At the time I visited, and remember that the exhibits are always changing, there were displays about the Vikings. There were historical displays showing local (Victoria & BC) related material, and there was research and scientific information that showed predictions relating to global warming and the like. To end all, there is a wonderful in house diner, and out in front there is a kiosk to purchase the basic burger and fries. A lovely day!
IMAX Victoria Tickets at the Royal BC Museum Reviewed by Stephen, 07/31/2014

Awesome 3 Whale Pods Come Together for a Spectular View & Experience

Once we arrived where the whales were we began seeing whales surfacing every few seconds or so all around us. It was breathtaking and hard to describe. Needless to say our guide said it was the best outing of the year and an experiance similar to this happens only a handful of times a year. We were extremely fortunate to be able to partake in such an experience.

An excellent friendly trip completely better than my expectations .

The boat had a covered section which was great against the cold, sit out in the front for a time though as you have water proof suits on and it's great fun! We didn't see whales but saw harbour seals, sea lions and wondrous Bald Eagles with there young a total hi light! The crew are very friendly and I highly recommend it( dress warm jumpers, and scarfs and gloves) :)
Wildlife Watching Adventure, Victoria, BC Reviewed by Tracy, 02/06/2014

Fab driver and gardens only way to get to Vancouver from Victoria!!!!!

Our first driver was wonderful. We were only a small group (6 of us and 4 others) and he kept us near the front of the bus which made it more personal. He took us the scenic route (so he said) to the gardens. The gardens were terrific. The ferry trip was also great and our bus was the first on and off - why would you drive a car? And then we were dropped off at the airport. We changed bus twice but with such ease. All drivers were very good. I am not a bus traveller usually but the group I was with did the booking and I am so glad they did. Such a hassle free trip to the airport, with a wonderful stop over in the middle! Thank you very much for this wonderful service.

Very memorable day. Polite, knowledgeable driver. Worth every dollar!

Great way to spend a day learning abut Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Victoria. The Butchart gardens were in full bloom and breathtaking. Our driver Mike, was a wealth of information. The ferrry ride was excellent as well. Lots of free time in Victoria. Everyone was on time and the trip ran very soothly.
Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Reviewed by Diane, 05/17/2013

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