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Victoria

Known for Museums, Gardens and Tours

Surrounded by water, British Columbia’s capital is famous for its marine life and harbor, but there are also excellent museums and heritage buildings to explore.

How do you get to Victoria?

Situated on Vancouver Island in Western Canada, Victoria boasts the country’s mildest climate and has more sunny days than Vancouver on the mainland. Make the most of the climate by taking part in some of Victoria’s wide range of outdoor activities, such as a harbor walk or whale-watching excursion. On your trips around the city, notice the historic architecture, double-decker buses, teahouses and formal gardens, all testament to this region’s British roots.

Getting around is easy on foot as most major attractions are in or near the compact downtown area. With miles of bikeways, and bike racks on most city buses, Victoria is also extremely cyclist-friendly.

Walk along the city’s most popular shopping and entertainment thoroughfare, Government Street. It is full of historic buildings and you can learn about what took place behind some of their facades during a ghost walk. In Chinatown Victoria, visit the old teahouses around Canada’s narrowest street. Enjoy a classic afternoon tea at the grand Fairmont Empress hotel.

Go to the Inner Harbour to join a whale-watching tour to spot orcas and seals in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the warmer months you can also expect to see humpback, minke and gray whales. Around the corner from the harbor, sample fresh seafood at the colorful floating village of Victoria Fisherman’s Wharf.

Come back to the harbor at night when the thousands of lights on the 19th-century British Columbia Parliament Buildings give it a fairy tale-like appearance.

Don’t miss out on Victoria’s excellent museums. Learn about the human and natural history of the province at the Royal BC Museum and find a collection of intricately carved totem poles at the museum’s Thunderbird Park. See work by the celebrated Canadian artist Emily Carr at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and get insight into the area’s seafaring history at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, housed in Victoria’s Old Courthouse.

Rent a car to venture farther out and hike to the isolated beaches and forests full of wildlife in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

Things to do in Victoria

Inhale intoxicating fragrances and marvel at the dazzling colors of these gardens, which host engaging events and family-friendly activities.

Visit the legislative headquarters of British Columbia to admire neo-baroque architecture and murals depicting scenes from the province’s history.

Old meets new as historic architecture, traditional fishing boats and contemporary performers crowd together at one of Victoria’s liveliest spots.

Learn about the region’s human and natural history, visit some of the oldest buildings in the province and see a special collection of totem poles.

Come to this working harbor to see its colorful floating houses, go on a kayaking trip or a wildlife-spotting cruise and enjoy a meal of fresh seafood on the docks.

This central street attracts the crowds with its museums and galleries, historical architecture, shopping districts and Canada’s oldest Chinatown.

Walk in the footsteps of one of Canada’s richest families at this castle that would look at home in the Scottish Highlands.

Adults and children alike will be mesmerized by the detail of the tiny worlds on display in this charming museum.

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Take a scenic seaplane flight of the Gulf Islands. Land in Victoria for a chance to spend the day sightseeing in this picturesque city, and return by coach bus onto the BC Ferries. Start your exciting day with a spectacular 35-minute seaplane flight over the Gulf Islands.

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One-way, transportation from downtown Seattle to Victoria, BC's Inner Harbour on the Victoria Clipper. The Victoria Clipper offers great onboard amenities on a less than three-hour cruise through Puget Sound direct to downtown Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

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View the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship. The colorful and impeccably maintained Butchart Gardens is your first stop en route to the city of Victoria for leisure time. Board a BC Ferries vessel for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands to Victoria.

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Discover killer whales, along with humpback, gray, and minke whales swimming in the waters surrounding Victoria. Enjoy a great view of other animals and marine birds like seals, sea lions, elephant seals and bald eagles in their native habitats.

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All aboard Victoria’s whale watching flagship! Step on board the world-famous Ocean Magic for a 3-hour whale watching adventure where you will explore Haro and Juan de Fuca Strait in search of the magnificent creatures that inhabit this thriving body of water.

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Take a scenic seaplane flight to beautiful Victoria and hop aboard an open Zodiac or covered Ocean Cruiser for an exciting whale watching adventure focused on the Southern Resident killer whale population. Your trip to Victoria includes free time to explore the city at your leisure.

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