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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.

37th Island Farms Santa's Light Parade, Victoria BC

2019 Holiday Events & Activities in Greater Victoria

Christmas in Victoria is bursting with festive activities for friends and families that will warm your heart this season.

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2019 Holiday Markets Guide

The time for annual holiday markets has come! So grab a friend or two and get ready to explore. Choose to shop locally and support makers and bakers around the Island this holiday season.

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30 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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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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Festive nautical wreath

5 ways to get into the Christmas spirit in Greater Victoria

The holiday season is nearly here which means it’s time to start planning your festive adventures. From shopping for the perfect handmade gift to ice skating at the beautiful Butchart Gardens, Greater Victoria is the perfect place to have an extraordinary Christmas.

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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