Just outside of Victoria's bustling downtown core, you'll find plenty of attractions and cool places you should visit while you're in town! How many of these 27 experiences have you tried?
How You Can Get Around
- Victoria is Canada's cycling capital! Rent a bike (you can even get an electric one!) or head on a bike tour to learn more about Victoria.
- Hop On Hop Off tours are perfect for getting you places and also giving you a tour. All aboard!
- The public bus takes you to all these amazing locations that you didn't know you were missing. Get your BC Transit day pass at the Visitor Centre.
Brewing / Spirits
- Love craft beer? 11 breweries call Victoria home. If you're up for a little tour, check out West Coast Brewery Tours or go for a little adventure and seek out Hoyne, Driftwood and Moon Under Water.
- Canada's oldest brewpub, Spinnakers, is in Victoria. Cross the blue bridge and walk along the West Song Walkway for 15 minutes until you hear the happy chatter and clinking of beer glasses.
- If you ruled an empire at 18 and then had nine kids, wouldn't you need a strong drink too? Grab a bottle of Victoria Gin to take you back to the relaxed feeling of your vacation in Victoria when the daily grind has you in a tight lock.
Victoria's Rich History
- The Dunsmuir family's story is a one of love, heart-break, success and loss - the perfect real life drama that unfolded at Craigdarroch Castle in the late 1800s.
- Life at the Government House is a nearly royal affair that you can get a glimpse of with a visit and tour.
- If you're into firearms of all kinds, the Canadian Scottish Regimental Museum, an accredited museum of the Canadian forces, should be on your list.
- For the latest gossip of 1867, sit down for a chat and Afternoon Tea at Point Ellice House and hear about what the high society of Victoria kept busy with at that time.
- The British Navy relocated its headquarters of the Pacific fleet from Valparaiso, Chile, to Esquimalt in 1865, making it the only Royal Navy base in western North America. You'll have to visit the Naval & Military Museum to hear the intriguing stories of how this came to be.
The Best Views: Have a Picnic
- BC Transit followed by a short hike takes you to the top of Mount Douglas, offering stunning 360 degree views of Victoria.
- If you stroll through Beacon Hill Park, you'll end up at the cliffs on Dallas Road - the perfect spot for a sunshine picnic.
- Tossing around a Frisbee or football works best right on the water at Saxe Point.
- Oak Bay is not only home to gorgeous beaches and art galleries, but also to great parks perfect for a picnic overlooking the marina.
- Just north of Victoria's downtown, the Gorge is the perfect spot for a little peace and quiet. You can walk to get here, rent a kayak or take the Victoria Harbour Ferry.
- Get the lay of the land and gorgeous vistas of Victoria from Mount Tolmie.
Discover Victoria's Artistic Talent
- With over 18,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the largest public collection in British Columbia and homes one of Canada's most notable Asian art collections.
- Located in the eccentric and wonderful neighbourhood of Fernwood, the Belfry Theatreputs on stunning shows that'll have you laughing hysterically, drowning in sorrow and baffled with amazement at the incredible talent.
- Oak Bay Avenue is the perfect art gallery walk. Stop by the Avenue Gallery, Red Art Gallery and many more to say hi.
- The Langham Court Theatre has entertained visitors for so many years that one lady ghost chose to come back after her death and still roams the grounds.
Explore the City of Gardens
- Created by Prince and Princess Abkhazi, the Abkhazi Gardens are a rare treasure with majestic trees, wonderful blossoms and a quaint teahouse you shouldn't miss.
- To discover the art of gardening, make your way out to over 100 acres of wonderful gardens, nature trails and a bird watching site at the Gardens at HCP.
Hang Out at the Beach
- Feel the sand between your toes! Willows Beach, located in Oak Bay, makes for a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.
- Hidden away in a small cove, Gonzales Beach lures locals to the water and sandy shore as soon as the sun peaks out.
- Recently upgraded, Gyro Beach entertains with a fabulous new playground and long stretch of sandy beach.
- The all-around destination for fishing, windsurfing, running or swimming is Elk and Beaver Lake Regional Park.