What to do in Victoria

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Victoria Attractions

Victoria is one of the most peaceful and attractive cities in British Columbia, Canada. Located on the southern end of Vancouver Island, this city is one of the top spots to enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway or an extended stay. Expedia can save you a great deal of money on Victoria tours by offering you huge discounts on hotel stays, airfare, and car rentals.

One of the best tourist attractions in Victoria is the lovely green space known as the Butchart Gardens. Gorgeous flowers and manicured plants adorn the gardens. Paved walking paths will also lead you past enchanting waterways and unique sculptures.

While visiting Victoria, you simply must see the elegant interior of The Empress. This classic hotel still maintains its old-fashioned charm and even offers afternoon tea and snacks inside its tearoom. Completed in 1908, The Empress still stands as one of the most iconic places in Victoria.

Victoria additionally features other impressive historical buildings. A detailed map of the city will help you locate places like Christ Church Cathedral, Craigdarroch Castle, and the Helmcken House.

Visiting the local cultural spots around the city is another great thing to do while taking Victoria excursions. The Chinatown district features traditional Asian sculptures and other art installations and is the perfect location to learn more about the city’s Chinese immigrants. While totem poles displayed at certain outdoor locations around the city tell the story of the region’s native people.

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What to do in Victoria

Free Things to Do in Victoria

Some say the best things in life are free. Be sure to explore the following around Victoria:

Mount Douglas Park - Make this place among your first stops if you're chasing fun during your time away.

University of Victoria - This modern-style local landmark is a terrific backdrop for that vacation profile pic.

George Mason's Heritage Home - Come to grips with some of the fascinating history of the region through this site.

Chinatown - This is a vibrant area where you can soak in the vibe and feel the rhythm of the local way of life.

Princess Louisa Inlet - Shut your eyes and draw a deep breath — there's nothing like being by the water for some rest and relaxation.

Market Square - Organize a visit and learn about the significance of this place to the locals.

Christ Church Cathedral - Incorporate a little spirituality into your trip with a stop at this religious site.

Cadboro Bay - Keep a lookout for pretty shells and other little treasures laying along the shoreline here.

West Coast Trail - Contemplate the stark contrast between urban life and nature's rugged beauty at this breathtaking location.

Beacon Hill Park - Whether you know your bamboo from begonias, you'll find beauty in this stunning display.

Things to Do in Victoria with Kids

There's fun for all the family no matter where you wander in Victoria. Here are some family friendly experiences you can do together that will make your vacation memorable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Victoria on a sunny day?
What to do in Victoria on a rainy day?
A Whale-Watching Cruise with Expert Naturalists is a perfect indoor activity to try if the weather turns bad.
What should I not miss in Victoria?
You’ll want to put these attractions high on your to-do list to make the most of your trip:

  • Butchart Gardens
  • University of Victoria
  • British Columbia Parliament Building
  • Fisgard Lighthouse

Are there cheap things to do in Victoria?
What can you do in Victoria for free?
You’ll barely have time to take your wallet out of your bag with so many terrific free things to do:

  • University of Victoria
  • Sooke Harbour
  • Victoria Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Government Street

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