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Super-Instagramable Places in Victoria

Posted on May 29, 2019

Fan Tan Alley

At its narrowest point, Fan Tan Alley is only 0.9 metres (35 in) wide, so there’s no wonder “the narrowest street in North America” is one of the city’s most Instagrammed spots! Named after a gambling game that was popular in the 1800s this area was a gambling and opium hotspot, a reminder of Victoria’s notorious past. The alley is now lined with quirky boutiques including The Umbrellatorium and Canery, Kid Sister Ice Cream and The Turntable.  

Just around the corner from Fan Tan Alley on Fisgard Street, be sure to visit the Gates of Harmonious Interest, modeled after the entrance gateway to the famous Dunhuang Caves in northwestern China.

Image by @j_gibzzphoto 

 

Inner Harbour

Always a hive of activity, Victoria’s Inner Harbour is truly the heart of the city. Listen to buskers playing along the causeway, admire historic buildings like the Fairmont Empress or the Parliament Buildings or watch seaplanes taking off and touching down. It’s a beautiful place to hang out at any time of the year – currently, all the flowerbeds and lamp posts are overflowing with colourful blooms and visitors and locals alike gather along the causeway to enjoy the views, particularly at sunset!

Whether you’re browsing the Royal BC Museum, hopping aboard a Victoria Harbour Ferry or people watching from a harbourside patio you’ll be sure to feel the city’s energy here.

Victoria Harbour Ferry
Image by @scoutgoldenretriever

Victoria, B.C.
Image by @emgemstone
 

Juan de Fuca Trail

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is definitely a bucket-list-worthy hike. The 47-kilometre trail offers scenic beauty, marine and wildlife viewing and roaring surf along the route with numerous suspension bridges and wooden boardwalks. There are countless beautiful spots to take a stunning photo, including Mystic, Sandcut and Botanical Beach.

 

Botanical Beach
Image by @ianterrisphotography


Hatley Castle

Overlooking the ocean and surrounded by manicured lawns and colourful gardens, we can see why Hatley Castle is a consistent Instagram favourite. Home to Royal Roads University, this opulent 40-room mansion was initially built for industrialist and politician, James Dunsmuir. During construction, Dunsmuir was quoted as saying, “Money doesn’t matter, just build what I want.” The property is surrounded by three gardens: a rose garden, Italian garden and Japanese garden each with distinctive plants and features.

Don’t be surprised if the grounds feel familiar even if you’ve not visited before – the location has been in numerous television and movies including Arrow, Smallville, X-Men and Deadpool. 

Hatley Castle
Image by @erinwallisphotography

 

Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park is the crowning jewel of Victoria’s public park system. With 200-acres of urban oasis and manicured gardens, it's no wonder it's one of the most photogenic spots in the city!

 

Dallas Road 

Whether you walk, cycle or drive, Dallas Road is one of the most scenic spots in the city. Follow the coastline and discover driftwood-covered beaches, shallow bays and unparalleled views of the snowcapped Olympic Mountains.

Take a walk out to the Breakwater and see the intricate First Nations artwork painted on either side, then stop in for a drink with a view at the Breakwater Bistro. Discover one of the world’s tallest totem poles at the entrance to Beacon Hill Park and find the beginning of the Trans-Canada Highway at Mile 0. You’ll often see display kites being flown at Clover Point as well as kite surfers and paragliders taking advantage of the ocean breeze.

Dallas Road Victoria BC
Image by @grahamwhat

 

Fisherman's Wharf

Just a short walk from the Inner Harbour, discover these colourful floating houseboats! Check out local stores, boutiques, restaurants and businesses, and pose for a photo op with the colourful backdrop. 

fisherman's wharf
Image by @lennyaa

 

The Butchart Gardens

With 55 acres of beautiful gardens, a traditional carousel, gelato in the Italian Gardens and afternoon tea, there is no shortage of opportunities to capture your next Instagram post at The Butchart Gardens. 

Image by @stephsnelling 

 

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