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Victoria

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Garden City
Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most. A trip to Victoria lets you discover a photogenic regional capital that serves as one of the safest and most livable seaside cities in the world, where restored 19th-century architecture creates a perfect balance with modern architectural gems. On the southern tip of scenic Vancouver Island, this highly walkable city of just 80,000 residents provides quick access to both water-based activities and adventures in rugged mountain terrain. With pristine nature never more than a short drive away, you can spend you Victoria vacation hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, and whale-watching right from the city center. Add Victoria and other destinations in Canada to your travel itinerary using our Canada trip itinerary site.
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Popular things to do in Victoria

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Inner Harbour ©
Historic Walking Area
Inner Harbour
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
Royal BC Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Royal BC Museum
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Craigdarroch Castle ©
Castle
Craigdarroch Castle
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beacon Hill Park ©
Park
Beacon Hill Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Victoria

The Butchart Gardens ©
Scenic Walking Area
The Butchart Gardens Central Saanich
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Victoria Butterfly Gardens ©
Garden
Victoria Butterfly Gardens Central Saanich
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching ©
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Ocean EcoVentures Whale Watching Cowichan Bay
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Goldstream Provincial Park ©
Park
Goldstream Provincial Park Langford
4.7
Duration: 6 hours

Hidden gems in Victoria

Victoria Bug Zoo ©
Zoo
Victoria Bug Zoo
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Abkhazi Garden ©
Garden
Abkhazi Garden
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens ©
Architectural Building
Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Food Tour
Food Tours
4.9
Duration: 3h 30 min

Historic Sites in Victoria

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Trial Islands Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Trial Islands Lighthouse
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Church
Christ Church Cathedral
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Victoria Pier ©
Lighthouse
Victoria Pier
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Ross Bay Cemetery ©
Cemetery
Ross Bay Cemetery
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Victoria

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Russell Books ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Russell Books
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Trade Roots
Gift & Specialty Shop
Trade Roots
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Cherry Bomb Toys Ltd ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cherry Bomb Toys Ltd
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Munro's Books ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Munro's Books
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Victoria

Gorge Waterway Park ©
Park
Gorge Waterway Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Mount Tolmie Park ©
Park
Mount Tolmie Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Finnerty Gardens ©
Garden
Finnerty Gardens
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Cadboro-Gyro Park ©
Playground
Cadboro-Gyro Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
VR Lounge - Virtual Reality Arcade Infusion Edutainment ©
Entertainment Center
VR Lounge - Virtual Reality Arcade Infusion Edutainment
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Blackfish Sailing Adventures ©
Boat Tour
Blackfish Sailing Adventures
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Other
Fisherman's Wharf
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Victoria

The curling waterfront Wharf Street, which becomes Store Street, offers the best selection of lodgings in the city center, although you can expect to pay extra for the trademark views. Many travelers opt to stay in the neighborhood of James Bay, where Belleville Street and surrounds provide comfortable and even luxurious options. For something more relaxed and closer to nature, look south to the expansive Beacon Hill Park.
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