Sightseeing in Victoria
Victoria’s location, natural bounty and diverse activity-based services make it a place ideally suited to experience and explore the outdoors. Boat rentals and fishing charters help fishers get a line on the next big catch, while canoes, kayaks, sailboats and windsurfers offer a way to get out on the water. Let somebody else do the propelling with sightseeing tours on water and land.The magnificent Galloping Goose Trail, built on an abandoned railway line, is a 70-kilometre (44-mile), mostly flat multi-use path that is great for families. Bicycles can be rented so visitors can also "ride the Goose." Bring along your binoculars for some of the best birdwatching anywhere. Step back in time through the eyes of Victoria’s historic buildings on a historic walking tour or a historic neighbourhood tour. Visit such grand Victorian and Edwardian architectural gems as the BC Parliament Buildings, Craigdarroch Castle, Helmcken House, Emily Carr House, Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse, Point Ellice House and the barracks at Fort Rodd Hill. Pause to enjoy afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress or Butchart Gardens.
Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria, at 721 Government Street, has been an instituion in Victoria for countless years. Experience the Island aboard one of their vintage British Double Decker busses! Their tours are designed to allow the customers complete flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Their experienced staff always make Gray Line Tours a personal, informative and entertaining experience. Visit them at their seasonal kiosk (May to Sept.) in front of the Empress Hotel.
For the best bikes, best service and best ride try Cycle BC where you can choose from the top motorcycles, scooters and bikes in the industry. Conveniently located at 685 Humbolt Street, Cycle BC’s staff will work hard to see that you have the best experience possible. So if you are hopping on your scooter for the first time or saddling up on a Harley they will take great care of you. They can also suggest some fun rides to take!
A great way to see Victoria, also at a leisurely pace, would be by taking a horse-drawn carriage tour. Tally Ho Carriage Tours is Victoria's original horse-drawn tour company and has been creating unforgettable memories for visitors and locals alike since 1903. They will pick you up at your hotel or restaurant, and on cool summer evenings, you can snuggle into comfort with their soft, faux-fur blankets. You can find them under the burgundy umbrella at the corner of Belleville and Menzies Streets beside the Legislative Buildings.
If you are into a little exercise, what better way to see Victoria than by taking a walking tour? With Chinatown Walks and Discovery Walks you can explore Chinatown and heritage neighbourhoods with an experienced local guide. This is a scheduled 90-minute walking tour, which is offered year round, and certain to make your visit to Victoria memorable.
At WalkAbouts Historical Tours you will experience the grandeur of the Fairmont Empress Hotel. A tour guide, wearing a 1908 replica costume, tells stories about famous guests, events and history which make this incredible landmark come alive. The Grand Ol’ Lady celebrated 100 years in 2008 so is now 107 years old.
Adrena LINE Zipline Toursis Vancouver Island’s most exciting zipline adventure tour. Consisting of 8 ziplines, 2 suspension bridges, and a ten minute ATV ride to the top of the course. Adrena LINE offers shuttle transportation from downtown on some of their daily tours. They are located at 5128C Sooke Rd. (next to the historic 17 Mile House Pub).