Explore British Colombia’s Victoria by pedicab with a guide on this 3-hour tour of the city, including convenient pickup and drop-off at the cruise ship terminal. Travel through one of Victoria’s oldest neighborhoods, James Bay, to one of its oldest grocers. Then pass through Beacon Hill Park and see the peacocks there. Plus, catch a glimpse of the famous Empress Hotel.
Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater
Begin with a short trek along the gorgeous coastline and see some of the natural features and what lies underneath the ocean surface. Enter one of Victoria’s oldest and friendliest neighbourhoods—James Bay. You will see some of the loveliest homes and gardens in town. Many of the homes were hand-built and conformed to the city’s heritage status bylaws by keeping the original character and colours of the 19th century. As you roll through the community, a stop can be made at the oldest local grocer in town and supplier of arguably the best coffee and tea in town.
Stop at the Emily Carr House and find out more about one of Victoria’s more famous (infamous) artists. If desired, guests can tour the museum. Admission is by donation.
Park Travel on bicycle paths and quiet lanes as you meander through Beacon Hill Park—the city’s green jewel. It features many gardens and flowering shrubs and trees, including the Sun Dial Garden, where more wedding photos are shot in town than anywhere else. The peacocks will respond to the Pavlovian ring of the bicycle bell and will greet you in exchange for some organic barley seeds. Ask your guide to point out the Bald Eagle’s nest and take advantage of a photo op when you cross the medieval stone bridge.
Leave the bliss of the park and enter into the spectacular inner harbour, which includes the Legislative Buildings and the famous Empress Hotel. Then, head to the historic downtown core. The city comes alive when ships are in town, and very often, there will be street performers at every block. Pass by many shops that are preserved in their original Victorian character and very wide sidewalks allow opportunities to stop, take pictures or even venture in for a closer look. In a few blocks, the crowds will thin, and you will experience the heart of Old Town. These are some of downtown Victoria’s best locations, and yet most visitors do not venture this far to experience them.
Pass through the Gates of Harmonious Interest and explore Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Take a peek down Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada, and time permitting grab a snack or souvenir from one of the local shops.