Top sights in Victoria, British Columbia
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.
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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
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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.
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What people are saying about Victoria, British Columbia
This tour was awesome. Small group of 12 in a comfy zodiac. Not squishy at all! I'm 5'11" and had plenty of room. The 3 hour length was just right and Skipper Sara was really knowledgable about where to find sea life and shared interesting info during sightings. Dont worry the price wont give you as good an experience (I was at first after researching other company rates). They simply gave a competitive rate and gave us a stellar experience. Zodiac whale watching is the way to go if you want a real and up close ocean feel! Highly recommend.
Great experience, great driver with sense of humour but gray line west coast sightseeing tour is short staff and we could not contact them the day before departure. Overall excellent!
An amazing way to spend an afternoon. Very knowledgeable on the History in the area. We will be recommending this to our family and friends.
Amazing experience! Sara and the whole crew were absolutely fantastic.
Long but excellent trip. Wonderful tour guide/bus driver