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Explore Victoria and Area

The Most Beautiful Harbour City in Canada

Victoria, a delightful walking city filled with english charm and ocean adventure

There are few waterfront cities that rival British Columbia’s capital, Victoria. Set at the southernmost tip of Canada’s gorgeous West Coast, this “City of Gardens” is a perfect blend of small-town charm and big-city amenities, surrounded by English architecture and an impressive Inner Harbour.

Victoria has some of the mildest temperatures in Canada. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an adventure-filled vacation, or a family-friendly trip, we have gathered a list of things to do when visiting Victoria on Vancouver Island and why you should add Victoria to your travel bucket list.

Water Taxi Victoria Fishermans Wharf a great way to get around when visiting Victoria on Vancouver Island. Stops at Chinatown, Empress Hotel fishermans wharf Victoria Inner Harbour

Experience Victoria

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Victoria Experience

Victoria is truly a great walking city. Whether you are out strolling along the expansive Victoria harbour or exploring one of the many charming neighbourhoods, there is no shortage of beautiful scenery to take in and sights to see.

The gentle sea breeze and fresh ocean air make perfect conditions for an enjoyable walk, while the bustling city center offers plenty of exciting shops and restaurants to explore. And with so many parks and green spaces throughout Victoria, it’s easy to find a relaxing place to rest your feet or enjoy some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum is an experience the whole family will enjoy, located central Victoria BC just across the inner harbour.









Royal BC Museum Map

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Getting around downtown Victoria

There is no better way to see downtown Victoria than exploring on foot. Walking around the city can quickly eat up a day or two, there’s always something new to discover. If you are looking to speed up your travel time, a wide variety of transportation options are available.

It’s easy to use BC Transit, Water Taxies, or grab one of the tours from a Pedicab or Carriage Tours. Once downtown, you can spend an entire weekend of sightseeing without using a car.

Gardens of Victoria

Victoria, BC, has always been known for its beautiful gardens and rich natural landscapes. From the perfectly manicured public gardens to the wild forests of a nearby provincial park, Victoria boasts an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Whether you are an avid gardener looking for inspiration or simply someone who loves being outdoors and exploring nature, Victoria is the perfect place to experience the beauty and magic of gardens.

Wandering along one of Victoria’s artfully designed pathways, explore one of the three private Gardens, stop off at the free gardens at Hatley Castle, or the rose gardens in Beacon Hill Park. You will find Victoria has more flowers than any other city in Canada.

Museums, Historic & Indoor

Walks & Shopping

Hiking, Beaches and Waterfalls​