A couple enjoying tea in Abkhazi Garden in Victoria, BC
Things to Do

Royal Treatment

Originally Fort Victoria, a settlement named for Queen Victoria in 1843, modern Victoria (the provincial capital) is the most British city in Canada. Our rich history holds deep ties to the British Royal Family, and Victorian period architecture, landmarks, heritage and tradition found across the city make it a popular destination for history buffs and Royal Family fans alike.

Victoria has hosted several Royal Visits, including Queen Elizabeth and, most recently, William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their Royal Tour in September 2016. Easily create your own royal experience by exploring landmarks and historical sites, museums, Victoria’s boutique shopping scene, or indulging in royal treatment at the Fairmont Empress.

Treat yourself like the royalty you are, in Victoria.

Spas, Shopping & Services

Take a deep breath and enjoy Victoria’s naturally relaxing, rejuvenating environment. Or take advantage of Victoria's relaxed pace, urban layout, and network of side streets and alleyways encourage strolling to browse for handmade gifts, local Aboriginal art or designs by fashion trendsetters.

Spa, Shopping & Services
A couple walking Cook Street Village in Victoria, BC
A daughter and mother at Heritage Acres Saanich Peninsula in Victoria, BC


Vancouver Island and Victoria’s rich and fascinating history is rooted in First Nations culture stretching back thousands of years, and British and Asian traditions since the mid 1800s.

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A couple explores the Seven Signs of the Lekwungen in Victoria BC

Statues & Landmarks

First Nations, British and Asian cultural histories make modern Victoria a vibrant, diverse and fun-to-discover city.

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Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC

Fairmont Empress

Timeless and new. Casual and opulent. Leisurely and adventurous. In the heart of this idyllic setting, the world-famous Fairmont Empress awaits you.

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A couple walking through Butchart Gardens
Featured Article
Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Season seven of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love began airing on PBS stations in late January 2024, and episode three features none other than beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

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Download Victoria's Vacation Guide

Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.