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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.

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.

Where to stay in Victoria

Top hotels in Victoria

The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
4.5 out of 5
623 Courtney St, Victoria, BC
The price is £114 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Located in Downtown Victoria, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Government Street and Victoria Conference Centre. Royal BC Museum and Victoria Harbour ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)

"It was excellent! I would definitely recommend to friends and family."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

The Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Grand Pacific
4 out of 5
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC
The price is £108 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Located in James Bay, this romantic hotel is steps away from The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry Terminal. Royal BC Museum ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,216 reviews)

"On the waterfront. Right downtown, close to restaurants and shopping. Beside the legislature building."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2021

Hotel Grand Pacific
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1175 Beach Dr, Victoria, BC
The price is £167 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Located in South Oak Bay, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Victoria Golf Club and Oak Bay Marina. Abkhazi Garden and Cadboro Bay are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,001 reviews)

"I was very happy with my recent stay at OBL for my Birthday. Staff were friendly and courteous. Facility was clean and maintained. The many Covid precautions made me feel safe during my stay. -Heather B."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2021

Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Victoria

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is £120 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy, Victoria Conference Centre and Royal BC Museum. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,032 reviews)

"Location. Clean and comfortable. Good view and near parkland"…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2021

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
3.5 out of 5
6971 West Coast Road, Sooke, BC
The price is £97 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Situated on the waterfront, this condominium resort is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Sooke Harbour and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Sooke Region Museum. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (143 reviews)

"Great option for families. Beautiful view of the ocean. Would come again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2020

Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina
SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
4 out of 5
1000 Sooke Point Place, Sooke, BC

Situated on the waterfront, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from East Sooke Park.

4.6/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)

"This place is a piece of Heaven on Earth! We look forward to coming back again...."…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2020

SookePoint Ocean Cottage Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Victoria

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22 Oct 2019

We spent a lot of time around the harbour at James Bay, as there was always so much to see there. Fisherman's Wharf was well worth visiting, and Butchart Gardens too. The trip on the tour bus was worth doing to see the outer Victoria area.

5/5 - Excellent

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15 Oct 2019

Beautiful city with a gorgeous waterfront. Lovely architecture and great restaurants.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

We thought it was better than Vancouver, more character and more older places, also mostly walkable. Parliament builing very nice, they do a great breakfast there.

4/5 - Good

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21 Sep 2019

Beware of panhandlers and the homeless particularly on Government Street - sadly there are many

5/5 - Excellent

Chris

16 Sep 2019

BC Museum was amazing. Wish we’d had more time. A picturesque destination.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Sep 2019

Loved everything about it

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