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VictoriaCanada

Surrounded by water, British Columbia’s capital is famous for its marine life and harbor, but there are also excellent museums and heritage buildings to explore.

Situated on Vancouver Island in Western Canada, Victoria boasts the country’s mildest climate and has more sunny days than Vancouver on the mainland. Make the most of the climate by taking part in some of Victoria’s wide range of outdoor activities, such as a harbor walk or whale-watching excursion. On your trips around the city, notice the historic architecture, double-decker buses, teahouses and formal gardens, all testament to this region’s British roots.

Getting around is easy on foot as most major attractions are in or near the compact downtown area. With miles of bikeways, and bike racks on most city buses, Victoria is also extremely cyclist-friendly.

Walk along the city’s most popular shopping and entertainment thoroughfare, Government Street. It is full of historic buildings and you can learn about what took place behind some of their facades during a ghost walk. In Chinatown Victoria, visit the old teahouses around Canada’s narrowest street. Enjoy a classic afternoon tea at the grand Fairmont Empress hotel.

Go to the Inner Harbour to join a whale-watching tour to spot orcas and seals in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the warmer months you can also expect to see humpback, minke and gray whales. Around the corner from the harbor, sample fresh seafood at the colorful floating village of Victoria Fisherman’s Wharf.

Come back to the harbor at night when the thousands of lights on the 19th-century British Columbia Parliament Buildings give it a fairy tale-like appearance.

Don’t miss out on Victoria’s excellent museums. Learn about the human and natural history of the province at the Royal BC Museum and find a collection of intricately carved totem poles at the museum’s Thunderbird Park. See work by the celebrated Canadian artist Emily Carr at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and get insight into the area’s seafaring history at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, housed in Victoria’s Old Courthouse.

Rent a car to venture farther out and hike to the isolated beaches and forests full of wildlife in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

Where to stay in Victoria

Victoria which includes a city, street scenes and a house

Downtown Victoria

4.5/5Wonderful!(796 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Downtown Victoria. Make a stop by Victoria Conference Centre or Victoria Royal Theatre while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Victoria
Victoria showing a coastal town and a marina

James Bay

5/5Exceptional!(513 area reviews)

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of James Bay. Make a stop by Victoria Harbour or Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal while you're exploring the area.

James Bay
Victoria Harbour featuring heritage elements and a bay or harbor

Inner Harbour

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Inner Harbour. Make a stop by Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal or Victoria Harbour while you're exploring the area.

Inner Harbour
Rockland

Rockland

4.5/5Wonderful!(92 area reviews)

Rockland is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Craigdarroch Castle or Government House.

Rockland
Victoria showing a coastal town and a marina

Fairfield

5/5Exceptional!(31 area reviews)

Unique features of Fairfield include the historic sites and seaside views. Make a stop by Beacon Hill Park or Cook Street Village while you're exploring the area.

Fairfield
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Saanich East

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Saanich East, you might make a stop by sights like Cadboro Bay and Henderson Park Golf Club.

Saanich East

Top Hotels in Victoria

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is $145 per night

Located in Downtown Victoria, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Conference Centre. Victoria Harbour and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,145 reviews)

"The beds are super comfy and the location is awesome."…"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
3 out of 5
1234 Wharf St, Victoria, BC
The price is $162 per night

This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Victoria Harbour, and Victoria Clipper Ferry ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,143 reviews)

"Gorgeous location. Nice staff. Easy walking access to downtown Victoria. Full kitchen and comfortable bed/bedroom. Will return."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel & Suites
Red Lion Inn and Suites
Red Lion Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
The price is $89 per night

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Uptown Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,410 reviews)

"The room was very nice. The area was pleasant. Quiet and had no issues. Would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Red Lion Inn and Suites

Getting around Victoria

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, has a well-established bus transit system, making it easy to get around the city. BC Transit, as it’s known, connects the city center to the Greater Victoria area and beyond. If you’re staying around downtown, especially near the waterfront, walking is a fantastic way to get to know the city. Alternatively, taxis are plentiful, or it’s easy to rent a car. Visit the Transport Canada website.Browse Victoria rental cars.

Best time to visit

Vancouver Island enjoys some of the mildest weather in Canada, meaning that Victoria is not rendered inaccessible by icy winters in the way that some parts of the country are. The best weather is between spring and fall, when temperatures are mild and the city’s gardens are either in bloom or alive with lovely fall colors. Visit in the summer to catch Victoria’s fantastic program of arts festivals.

Popular places to visit in Victoria

Butchart Gardens
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Butchart Gardens

5/5(579 reviews)

Inhale intoxicating fragrances and marvel at the dazzling colors of these gardens, which host engaging events and family-friendly activities.

Victoria Harbour
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Victoria Harbour

4.5/5(876 reviews)

Old meets new as historic architecture, traditional fishing boats and contemporary performers crowd together at one of Victoria’s liveliest spots.

Royal BC Museum
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Royal BC Museum

4.5/5(370 reviews)

Learn about the region’s human and natural history, visit some of the oldest buildings in the province and see a special collection of totem poles.

Sooke Harbour
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Sooke Harbour

4.5/5(108 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Sooke Harbour, a popular spot to commune with nature in Victoria. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Victoria Fisherman's Wharf
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Victoria Fisherman's Wharf

4.5/5(400 reviews)

Come to this working harbor to see its colorful floating houses, go on a kayaking trip or a wildlife-spotting cruise and enjoy a meal of fresh seafood on the docks.

British Columbia Parliament Building
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British Columbia Parliament Building

4.5/5(583 reviews)

Visit the legislative headquarters of British Columbia to admire neo-baroque architecture and murals depicting scenes from the province’s history.

Top things to do in Victoria

Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle
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Victoria Butchart Gardens Tour via Express Shuttle

$54
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Whale Watching Tour by Ocean Cruiser from Victoria
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Whale Watching Tour by Ocean Cruiser from Victoria

$96
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings
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Guided Food & History Tour with Tastings

$46
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Hop-on Hop-off Bus City Tour
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Hop-on Hop-off Bus City Tour

$26
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Whale Watching Catamaran Adventure
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Whale Watching Catamaran Adventure

$84
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
3-Hour Private Tour: Butchart Gardens and Saanich Peninsula
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3-Hour Private Tour: Butchart Gardens and Saanich Peninsula

$267
Per adult

Reviews of Victoria

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay 1.9884009942004972%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Friendly people, beautiful, great shopping and restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

Well worth the visit, so glad my sister and I came!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

We get to Victoria a few times a year. It’s a fun city to visit. This was a short trip for work with some pleasure. Can’t wait to go back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Victoria is the nice and beautiful city. And there are a lot of delicious restaurant we can find in Victoria. The weather is really nice and sunny. Especially in the summer time. Easy to walking around without driving cars. Love this city ,

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Love the city. Friendly people, beautiful and historic. The Royal BC museum is must to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Izachel

Feb 12, 2020

The Blue Fox Cafe is a great place to go for brunch! Amazing service and food :)

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