Victoria, British Columbia
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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!

Royal British Columbia Museum
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Emily Carr House
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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.

Fort Rodd National
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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, British Columbia 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
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • 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.

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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia

Incredible gardens, good guide, terrible buses.

The garden was beyond belief and very worth the time in getting there. Our bus driver and guide, Shapoor, gave us a wonderful narration of what we were seeing. The bus tour of Victoria was interesting but I would rather have spent the time in the gardens instead of the 2 hours we had in Victoria. The gardens are the star of this tour and 2 hours there is not enough time. The only disappointing part of the day was the terrible suspension of the small bus we were on. It made for a very uncomfortable time on the bus.

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Reviewed by Carol, 21/06/2019

Fantastic option if you have very little time available in Vancouver.

The trip was well organised and the tour service exceptional. However if you have a bit more time I strongly recommend you spend a night in Vancouver Island to appreciate this beautiful place. Two hours in the Butchart Gardens is way too rushed. The gardens will exceed your expectations and several hours is needed for one to really enjoy its multi-faceted beauty.

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Reviewed by Nivea, 10/09/2018

Amazing Tour - Exceeded all our expectations

We took the afternoon Tour and saw an amazing number of animals: eagles, seals, otters, sea lions and we were lucky to see a lot of whales. High speed boat, quit comfortabele, we were with only 8 people. Our guide was a marine biologist with lots of expertise who Made our Tour even more enjoyable. I highly recommand this Tour, it is truly unforgettable!!

The trip was professional and spectacular all in one.

The guides, Val, shanna, John snd then Captain Bill - we’re knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. My husband, son and I had a great time. We saw a lot of Orcas, seals and Ollie the otter. I’m glad our trip was cancelled the day before when it was windy. Our day was memorable.

Sensational but you must check with Harbour Air

We had a great trip. The flight was amazing and the whale watching great. However the airline was not expecting us and were very good at fitting us in. Thank goodness we checked the day before our booking!

From Vancouver: Victoria Whale Watching Adventure Reviewed by Anonymous, 24/09/2018