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Victoria

Victoria, located on the south-eastern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience whilst boasting the mildest climate in Canada, the city is green and beautiful year-round.

In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure, world-class culinary experiences and a vibrant arts and culture scene. This combined with the wild beauty of the Pacific Ocean and old-growth rainforests set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains makes Victoria the perfect getaway.

In Victoria there is never a shortage of things to do. From international icons like The Butchart Gardens to hidden gems like Canada's oldest Chinatown, your days in Victoria can be as busy as you want them to be.

Teas & Gardens Victoria has long been known as the "City of Gardens." With our mild climate, gardening is a year round passion which has resulted in an abundant array of gardens world renowned for their beauty and individual charm. The Butchart Gardens offers breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) of gardens year around. In Spring, countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will give you a buffet of fragrances and colours. You’ll be saying “wow” when you experience our Summer: The Rose Garden, evening entertainment, subtle night illuminations, the Saturday firework show, and boat tours to name a few of the delights. No visit to Victoria is complete without world renowned Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress. Enjoyed by kings, queens, celebrities and dignitaries, the hotel has been serving tea since opening in 1908.

Arts & Culture Victoria, the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, has a rich and fascinating history. Explore our past and celebrate our rich culture through a variety of galleries, museums, heritage sites such the Royal BC Musuem, Craigdarroch Castle & Hatley Park National Historic Site.

Wildlife Viewing & Activities The waters surrounding Victoria are home to an abundance of marine wildlife. The orca, or killer whale, is the main whale found in the area, but gray, humpback and minke whales are also sighted. Sea lions, seals, porpoise and a number of marine birds are also residents. Three pods of resident orcas totaling over 80 whales live in Victoria's waters. Victoria and its surrounding area is considered to have some of the best kayaking and canoeing in the world. Vancouver Island has approximately 3,500 kilometres of ocean coastline, 700 lakes, 160 rivers and 890 streams for paddling. These waterways are located amid spectacular West Coast scenery and are shared by an abundance of marine creatures and wildlife.

Adventure Parks At Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours located in Victoria, experience a fully guided tour that provides an exhilarating ride up to 60km/hr as you soar up to 150 feet off the ground on eight scenic zip lines ranging from 130 feet to an unforgettable 1000 feet. Professionally trained guides emphasize safety and comfort, ensuring a ride full of thrills, awesome beauty, and fond memories.

Golfing Victoria is a golfer's dream. With a climate that encourages golfing year-round, Victoria and Vancouver Island are home to many of Canada's most beautiful and challenging courses. Victoria is also the gateway to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, 250 kilometres of Pacific golfing paradise from Victoria to Campbell River with 11 gorgeous golf courses to choose from.

Shopping Whether you are just window shopping or on a major shopping spree in Victoria you can browse quaint shops, local markets and major shopping malls to find your heart's desire. Victoria offers everything from antiques to the wares of local artisans and the designs of the hippest trendsetters. The city's layout encourages strolling and exploring the many side streets and alleyways at an easy pace. From the Inner Harbour, wander up Government Street to find the perfect gift or souvenir. Four blocks along Government Street, on the right hand side, is Trounce Alley, one of Victoria's best-kept secrets. European fashions and gift shops await. Across the street from Trounce Alley, you’ll find Bastion Square; once the site of Victoria's Court House, Law Chambers, a brothel and several hangings, Bastion Square is now animated with shops and restaurants.

Dining Using the freshest local ingredients and flavours that reflect the wild Pacific Northwest, a number of fine dining restaurants, hotels and specialty food shops have put Victoria and Vancouver Island on the culinary map. Experiencing local cuisine is an important part of visiting any destination and a gourmet getaway to Victoria will introduce you to more than just food! Surrounded by coastal waters and the rich farming regions of the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley, Victoria's gourmet chefs are blessed with an abundance of local produce right in their own backyards. Seafood, particularly salmon and shellfish, is a mainstay of West Coast cuisine and can be caught fresh from Pacific waters. Local farms supply fresh, seasonal ingredients and unusual varieties of food that chefs embrace. A number of Vancouver Island wineries complete the gourmet experience by providing locally-made wine. Along with locally produced wines you can also sample a variety of local micro-breweries, cideries and distilleries.

Whether you're planning a wedding or coming to Victoria for one of the city's many annual events, Victoria draws visitors from all over the world. We have events you will not want to miss including the hilarious family fun of the Victoria International Buskers Festival and a wide variety of music and food festivals to tempt your ears and your taste buds.

Chinese New Year: Late January – Early February There's no better place to celebrate the Chinese New Year than in Victoria, home of Canada's oldest Chinatown. Spectators line the streets to witness the Dragon Parade, a performance rich with colourful and elaborate costumes, live music and traditional dance.

Victoria Film Festival: Early-Mid February The annual independent Victoria Film Festival attracts high quality films, encourages innovation and creativity, and draws adults and youth to experience a 10-day celebration of cinema.

Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival: Mid May View the impressive athletic-strength competitions of the nine-day Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival, where Scottish culture, art and sport take centre stage.

Swiftsure International Yatch Race: Late May The visually stunning Swiftsure International Yacht Race features mono- and multi-hull vessels of every size racing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, along a breathtaking coastline fraught with challenging winds and currents. It's anyone's race right until the end. Celebrate the birthdays of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II with the Victoria Day Parade, which has been gracing the city's streets since 1898.

Victoria International Jazz Festival: Mid-Late June Lovers of Jazz, mid-late June brings you 10 days of programming from renowned artists from North America and around the world.

Victoria International Buskers Festival: Mid-Late July The city of Victoria welcomes the world to our beautiful downtown! Professional street performers from our region as well as from across Canada, Europe, Sweden, Australia, South America and the US will converge for our first ever “All Stars”. Our event is a family oriented, free-to-attend festival presented on mostly outdoor stages. Tips to Buskers hats welcomed and appreciated!

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival: Mid-August Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, one of Victoria's most spectacular summer festivals and the only dragon boat festival in Canada to take place in a working harbour. Featuring exciting dragon boat races, entertainment on two stages, exotic tastes in the Forbidden City Food Court, activities for kids and families, and more, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is one of the must-see events on Victoria's busy summer Festival calendar.

Victoria Fringe Festival: Mid-Late August This is 11 days of amazing live comedy, drama, dance, spoken work, musicals and physical theatre - over 300 performances at 11 venues. The shows in the Fringe are un-juried and uncensored, and the alternative theatre productions you see there are the work of ingenious independent producers and artists.

Rifflandia Festival: Mid-September Four days, 10 stages, 100 performances: The only thing you need for an all-access pass to the musical wonderland that is Rifflandia Festival is a wristband. Stroll from stage to stage along the historic streets of downtown Victoria, catch a film in the tented cinema and munch on gourmet food from local vendors.

Located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, Victoria, British Columbia boasts the mildest climate in Canada.

Victoria receives an average of 2,183 hours of sunshine each year, with flowers in bloom year-round and an eight month frost-free season.

Spring is mild and can arrive as early as February. In March, cherry blossoms flood city streets.

Summer is comfortably warm and dry with temperatures from 18 to 32 degrees Celsius (65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit).

Victoria receives rainfall during January, February and March, with occasional light snowfall. Although winters are mild and rarely include snow, warmer clothing is recommended between the months of November and March.

HotelInn at Laurel Point
Victoria
Hotel

Located on Victoria's Inner Harbour. Guests can enjoy the hotels exceptional waterfront restaurant and patio. Hotel offers 200 rooms all fully air-conditioned with balconies and...

Hotel - LuxuryFairmont Empress Hotel
Victoria
Hotel - Luxury

$158From USD

per person

The Fairmont Empress is one of Victoria’s landmark buildings, a dominating and regal presence on Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Stay here and you will experience the elegance of a...

Mini PackageDiscover Victoria
Mini Package

2 Days / 1 Nights

$301From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

With the journey to Victoria equally as fascinating as the city itself, this overnight package offers scenic ocean travel, a captivating series of gardens, and an introduction to...

Mini PackageDiscover Victoria with Float Plane Return
Mini Package

2 Days / 1 Nights

Departs Vancouver

$421From USD

per person

With the journey to Victoria equally as fascinating as the city itself, this overnight package offers scenic ocean travel, a captivating series of gardens, and an introduction to...

Mini PackageDiscover Victoria with Whales and Floatplane Return

$559From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

With the journey to Victoria equally as fascinating as the city itself, this overnight package offers scenic ocean travel, a captivating series of gardens, and an introduction to...

Private Day TourExclusively Yours - Victoria & Butchart Gardens
Private Day Tour

12 Hours Mins

Departs Vancouver

$850From USD

per person

Pick-up and drop-off at individual downtown hotels  Enjoy a wonderful ferry ride to Vancouver Island! See the Butchart  Gardens, followed by a visit to British Columbia...

Private Day TourExclusively Yours - Victoria & Butchart Gardens (Return by Floatplane)
Private Day Tour

10 Hours Mins

Departs Vancouver

$911From USD

per person

Pick-up and drop-off at individual downtown hotels  Enjoy a wonderful ferry ride to Vancouver Island! See the Butchart  Gardens, followed by a visit to British Columbia...

Private Day TourPrivate Victoria City Tour
Private Day Tour

4 Hours Mins

$375From USD

per person

Victoria to Victoria

Upon pick-up from your private driver at your hotel, enjoy a private half day city tour through British Columbia’s beautiful capital, Victoria. See the world famous Butchart...

Self DriveCanada Pacific Coast
Self Drive

5 Days / 4 Nights

$591From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

Vancouver Island Road Trip Highlights: Vancouver | Tofino | Victoria | Experience the best of Vancouver Island on this popular journey exploring the coastal villages along...

Self DriveCanada's Great Western Parks
Self Drive

17 Days / 16 Nights

$1,819From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Highlights: Vancouver | Kelowna | Emerald Lake | Banff | Jasper | Clearwater |Whistler| Pacific Coast | Victoria | Explore Western Canada's...

Self DriveCoastal Peaks to Plains
Self Drive

12 Days / 11 Nights

$1,905From USD

per person

Vancouver to Calgary or Calgary to Vancouver

Perfect for those interested in exploring the rich culture of British Columbia's First Nations people. Passing through historic sites and villages will bring you face to face with...

Self DriveGrizzlies Orcas and Black Bears
Self Drive

7 Days / 6 Nights

$1,972From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

Vancouver Island Road Trip Highlights: Vancouver | Grizzly Bear Viewing at Knight Inlet Lodge | Tofino | Victoria | Perfect for nature and wildlife lovers. Go in search of the...

Self DriveRockies and Rainforests
Self Drive

16 Days / 15 Nights

$1,782From USD

per person

Calgary to Vancouver or Vancouver to Calgary

Canadian Rockies Road Trip Highlights: Calgary | Banff | Jasper | Clearwater | Whistler| Pacific Coast | Victoria | Vancouver Explore Western Canada from the prairies through...

Self DriveSunshine Coast Circle
Self Drive

9 Days / 8 Nights

$1,169From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

Vancouver Island Road Trip Highlights: Vancouver | Sunshine Coast | Quadra Island | Desolation Sound | Tofino | Victoria | Experience the best of Vancouver Island on this...

Self DriveTotem Discovery
Self Drive

16 Days / 15 Nights

$2,222From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

Perfect for those interested in exploring the rich culture of British Columbia's First Nations people. Passing through historic sites and villages will bring you face to face with...

Self DriveUltimate Pacific Coast Experience
Self Drive

11 Days / 10 Nights

$1,338From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

Vancouver Island Road Trip Highlights: Vancouver | Whistler | Sunshine Coast | Quadra Island | Desolation Sound | Tofino | Victoria | Experience the best of Vancouver Island on...

Self DriveWhistler & Canada Pacific Coast
Self Drive

7 Days / 6 Nights

$753From USD

per person

Vancouver to Vancouver

Vancouver Island Road Trip Highlights: Vancouver | Whistler | Tofino | Victoria | Experience the best of Vancouver Island on this popular journey exploring the coastal villages...