Victoria

Travel Guide
Inner Harbour showing a coastal town, a bay or harbor and skyline
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

Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel
Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel
3.5 out of 5
642 Johnson St, Victoria, BC, V8W1M6
The price is $163 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"The hotel is nice and clean and comfortable. The staff is outstanding - so helpful and kind. The texting service is amazing and the valet parking is so helpful. The only drawback is the area where the hotel is. While it is convenient for downtown outings, I didn’t feel comfortable going outside the ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
4 out of 5
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC, V9A 0G1
The price is $255 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly resort in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"Amazing customer service, friendly staff and clean rooms. Very convenient location."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC, V8W1W5
The price is $343 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Victoria. Enjoy 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"I loved everything about this hotel. Perfect location, ambiance, friendly staff. My stay was perfect!"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2022

Fairmont Empress
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SoLo Suites
SoLo Suites
4 out of 5
590 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC, V9B 2W7
The price is $195 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star golf apartment in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (280 reviews)
"SoLo Suites is in a quiet and safe location. The units are clean and in good condition. It has its own parking lot, with convenient access to all the suites. We enjoyed our stay here."

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SoLo Suites
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC, V8V5B1
The price is $247 per night from Sep 8 to Sep 9
Stay at this 3.5-star spa aparthotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,207 reviews)
"Excellent Hotel, great customer service, beautiful room. Awesome location. 10/10"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Juliet by Victoria Royal Vacations
The Juliet by Victoria Royal Vacations
4 out of 5
760 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 0A4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly condo in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Popular attractions Victoria Harbour and Government ...
3.9/5 Good! (78 reviews)
"A little to bright in the bedroom from the super bright security/safe light on top of other building. In all fantastic staff and great place to stay. Cheers to all and keep up the good work!!"

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

The Juliet by Victoria Royal Vacations
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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.

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