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Pause A While

Press pause on everyday life and discover extraordinary Victoria

Escape hurried life and pause awhile in Greater Victoria. A place where time falls away and unique experiences leave you relaxed and recharged.

Greater Victoria looks and feels like no other place.

The minute you arrive, you’ll understand why Greater Victoria is a place like no other. Set on the Pacific coast, our harbour city is home to historic landmarks and architecture, manicured gardens, friendly locals, eclectic neighbourhoods and natural wonders. Disconnect from the daily grind and relax into our way of life.

Why Victoria is the Best Place in Canada for a Winter Vacation

Greater Victoria is home to rich heritage, a historic downtown, beautiful natural environment, scenic Inner Harbour and compelling landscapes. We invite you to intimately experience the city this winter and discover first-hand why it's the best place in Canada for a winter vacation.

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Cozy Places to Escape the Winter Chill in Victoria, B.C.

A local's look at 30 cozy places in Victoria to escape winter, from bookshops to pubs.

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2020 Holiday Events and Activities in Greater Victoria

This year’s holiday celebrations may look a little different, However, that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace seasonal cheer! Here’s what’s on offer this winter in Greater Victoria. 

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Planning an Extended Stay in Victoria

In Victoria, you'll find great weather throughout the year, a variety of activity options, and plenty of amenities that will make your stay stress free! Here’s what you need to know to get started.

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Craigdarroch Castle

7 Ways to Experience Victoria's Historic Charm

Victoria has a rich and fascinating history that can be seen through amazing architecture, heritage sites, museums, and markets. Read on to discover 7 ways to experience our unique character and culture

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A Weekend Wellness Getaway in Victoria

From the moment you arrive, embrace the serenity that comes with island living as you soak up the intentional pace of life, abundant natural environment and calming vistas. Between relaxing oceanside in mineral pools, meandering among giants in west coast rainforests or paddling out for an epic sunset on the Salish Sea, discover why Victoria offers the ultimate wellness getaway.

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Embrace Winter in Victoria, B.C.

As the seasons change, there's a notable shift in atmosphere as the reality of cozying up and hunkering down for the winter sets in. This year more than ever, there’s a hunger to seek out safe activities to fill our cups and leave us nourished in mind and body. Read on for activities around Greater Victoria that you can safely participate in this year.  

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Why others are pausing a while longer

We hiked coastal trails, saw whales and basked in the Island lifestyle. My memories of our family trip to Victoria stick out more than any others because it had a different pace and was ultimately a place we could all relax and explore together.

@stephsnelling

Victoria is still as beautiful as ever, but it also feels energized. We made some great memories during our short stay — walking through the colourful neighbourhood of floating homes, shops and restos that make up Fisherman’s Wharf was def one of them! Have you been to Victoria?

@thecuriouscreature

Like walking on another planet. Mesmerized by the beauty of the tidal pools at Botanical Beach.

@tomparkr

Victoria is such a special place. Have you guys been? It’s warm, charming and full of character. From historical landmarks to parks and forests by the sea, there are so many different things in this city to explore.

@vancitywild