Things to do in Victoria BC Canada

Victoria BC Canada is located south of Vancouver and north of Port Angeles WA and Seattle, near the Washington State border.

Things to do in Victoria BC Canada

If you are traveling to the city for the first time, Victoria BC Canada was named after the Queen of England and the city has a strong English heritage.

In fact, the city is home to an English Village where you can find a beautiful replica of Anne Hathaways Cottage.

In a nutshell, Victoria BC Canada offers plenty of outdoors opportunities such as hiking and whale watching, as well as plenty of city attractions such as the Royal BC Museum, which was visited by the Queen herself.

Things to do in Victoria BC Canada: Fun Outdoor Activities

Whale Watching Tour

The city of Victoria is known for one of the best places in the world for whale watching and spotting Orca whales, sea lions and other marine life.

Taking a whale watching tour is, undoubtedly, the highlight of the trip here, and for first time visitors it’s one of the popular things to do in Victoria BC Canada.


Mount Douglas Park, located 6 miles north of Victoria BC Canada, is a great place where you can explore Victoria’s natural beauty, picnicking and beautiful hiking trails.

The park’s trails also lead you to a 200 meter summit where you can get breathtaking views of Victoria and the Olympic peninsula.

Another popular place for enjoying hiking trails is at the Francis King Regional Park, which feature boardwalk trails for people with limited mobility.

Francis King Park, located a short drive northwest of Victoria, is also home to a Nature Center and picnic areas.


If you travel to Victoria BC Canada during the summer months, one of the most popular places where you can enjoy water activities is at Cordova Bay Beach, which features beautiful seaside cottages and restaurants.

Cordova Bay Beach can be found along Cordova Bay Road and it can also be accessed through one of trails in Mount Douglas Park

Victoria Harbor Ferry Tour

Another popular attraction during the warmer months is taking a Victoria harbor ferry tour.

A harbor ferry tour is an excellent way to explore Victoria’s waterfront, which includes a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf and Victoria Chinatown.


If you are a golf enthusiast, Victoria BC Canada is home to many golf courses scattered around the city.

For instance, Victoria Golf Course is located 4 miles east of the city center, while Cedar Hill Golf Course is located 2 miles north of the city center.


If you love diving, Victoria BC Canada is home to Ogden Point Dive Center which is scuba diving center located south west of the city near MacDonald Park. The center offers guided dives and weekend dive charters.

Winery Tour

Taking a winery tour is another fun activity worth adding on the itinerary. Near the city of Duncan (Malahat Region) you can find a few vineyards and sample some fine wine from this region.

Things to do in Victoria BC Canada: Places of Interest

Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens (20 minute drive north of Vancouver) are located on Brentwood Bay and it is one of the most beautiful attractions in Victoria BC Canada.

The gardens are home to an Italian garden, a large rose garden, a fountain, bronze statues and ornamental birds.

Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum, located on Belleville Street, is a great museum where you can learn more about Victoria's early beginnings. The museum includes three permanent galleries and an IMAX theater.

Royal London Wax Museum

The Royal London Wax Museum, located nearby the Royal BC Museum on the same street, is a wax museum similar to Madam Tussaud’s in London England. Popular wax works include Elizabeth Taylor, Napoleon and more.

Anne Hathaways Cottage

Anne Hathaways Cottage, located in the township of Esquimalt on Lampson Street, is one of the most popular attractions in Victoria BC Canada. The cottage is a beautiful exact replica of the original in England.

Apart from marveling at the cottage, you can take a stroll along the English Village and visit the Olde Curiosity Shop and the Olde England Inn, where the cottage is located.

Victoria Chinatown

The Chinatown in Victoria is, after San Francisco, one of the first established Chinatowns in North America, and it is today a National historic Site.

Victoria Chinatown is a popular attraction in Victoria BC Canada and it is home to many Chinese landmarks such as Fan Tan Alley and the Tam Kung Buddhist Temple, which is a beautiful example of a Chinese Temple

Things to do in Victoria BC Canada: Shopping & Dining

If you are looking to do retail shopping, the Bay and Mayfair shopping malls are two malls home to many department stores and food courts where you can find many restaurants.

Market Square and Bastion Square are two other places where you can enjoy traditional shopping. Both squares are home to restaurants and charming shops where buy things like jewelry and paintings.

Another popular place for shopping and dining is at Victoria Chinatown. The district is home to a myriad of small shops, where you can buy local produce as well as handmade arts and crafts.

Things to do in Victoria BC Canada: Nightlife & Entertainment

If you are looking to explore the city’s night scene, Victoria BC Canada has a similar nightlife to Vancouver with plenty of international bars, English and Irish pubs dotted along the city center.

The downtown area is the hotspot for finding nightlife. Along Johnson Street, Douglas Street and Yates Street you can find many pubs, bars and clubs.

For instance, Evolution and Element nightclubs are located along Douglas Street and offer a mix of different music genres.

Things to do in Victoria BC Canada: Events & Festivals

Butchart Gardens Firework Displays

If you travel to the city during the summer months, attending the weekly firework displays on Butchart Gardens is one of the most popular things to do in Victoria BC Canada.

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, held in August on the Inner Harbor, is another popular summer event where you can see flamboyant fiber glass boats racing against each other.

Great Canadian Beer Festival

The Great Canadian Beer Festival, held in September in Vancouver Island, is a great event if you a beer enthusiast. The event features brewers from across Canada serving many traditional kinds of beer.

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