BC Parliament BuildingsBefore embarking on a trip, many of today’s discerning travellers will have checked out their destination on TripAdvisor. Visitors will rave about the sites and activities they loved most, but sometimes it’s the city itself that comes out as the top attraction. As rated by guests from all over the globe, here are the top five free attractions in Victoria, BC! 1. Inner Harbour – The busy Inner Harbour is home to tiny harbour ferries, seaplanes, whale watching boats and kayaks. By day, grab a bite to eat from a food cart, peruse the local vendors’ stalls or watch the buskers and street artists entertain spectators of all ages. By night, check out the Parliament Buildings illuminated by over 3,000 lights! 2. Beacon Hill Park – Unwind with a stroll through our beautiful downtown park. Popular with families for the delightful petting zoo, Beacon Hill Children’s Farm, the park is also home to mischievous squirrels, beautiful peacocks, eagles and blue herons. Check out nearby Mile Zero of the Trans-Canada Highway and Terry Fox’s memorial statue, then indulge in an ice cream at the Beacon Drive-In. 3. Parliament Buildings – Completed in 1898, the Parliament Buildings are home to BC’s Legislative Assembly. The impressive exterior is highlighted by beautiful stonemasonry, copper domes and statues. Explore the grounds and discover the Knowledge Totem, fountains and Cenotaph. Join a guided tour of the interior to learn about the building and its history, or wander around at your own pace. Admission and tours are free. 4. Scenic Drive – Hugging the coastline, Victoria’s scenic drives takes you from the Inner Harbour through James Bay and the nearby neighbourhoods of Fairfield, Oak Bay and Uplands. Along the way, you’ll experience spectacular views of the ocean, Olympic Mountains and Mt. Baker. Stop at Clover Point or Gonzales Bay to snap some photos before continuing to Oak Bay Marina for some local seafood with a view. 5. Fisherman’s Wharf – Home to brightly-coloured floating homes, a pirate ship, commercial fishing vessels and cheeky harbour seals, Fisherman’s Wharf is a hidden treasure just 20 minutes’ walk from the Victoria Visitor Centre. Sample some of Victoria’s best at Barb’s Fish and Chips, take home fresh seafood from The Fish Store or set off on a whale watching tour or kayak trip right from off the dock! Check out the full TripAdvisor-rated attractions for Victoria here. Call the Visitor Centre at 250-953-2033 or drop in with any questions about planning your trip in Victoria. Enjoy exploring!