Top Ten Activities in Victoria
Explore the Inner Harbour. Lace up your shoes and check out the sights including the Parliament Buildings, the Empress Hotel, and the vendors along the causeway, down along the water. Just steps north is the city’s compact downtown, great for exploring and shopping.
See a real castle. Hatley Park National Historic Site is located on an Edwardian estate with a castle, formal gardens, old-growth forest with walking trails, and seaside lagoon. You may recognize Hatley Castle from the movies; it has been featured in many films including the X-Men series.
Tour the Parliament Buildings of BC. Open to the public year-round, the “free classical” neo-baroque buildings are an architectural delight, dating from as early as 1898. Take the free tour inside and explore the grounds to find statues and monuments.
Expand your mind at the Royal BC Museum. A diverse selection of exhibits captivate, inform and entertain as they tell the stories of human and natural history. International exhibitions change every year. A complete listing of activities is in the program guide, available online and at the museum.
Get out on the water. Rent a kayak, canoe or boat and experience the city from a different perspective on the Inner Harbour and the Gorge Waterway. Say hello to harbour seals, great blue herons, and a myriad of other shore and sea birds.
Visit Canada's most famous gardens. Sprawling over 22 hectares (55 acres) in Brentwood Bay, the Butchart Gardens is spectacular in every season. The Gardens, which began in a limestone quarry in 1904, was recognized as a National Historic Site in 2004, and is visited by nearly one million people each year.
Tee off. Victoria boasts the longest golf season in Canada and its dozen courses have greens that are actually green all year round. Gorgeous, rugged and challenging terrain combines with meticulous greens, outstanding facilities and terrific views to create a phenomenal golf destination.
Whale watching excursions are a terrific way to see resident orcas and a variety of marine life. The three orca pods total about 80 whales, and these amazing mammals swim along the shorelines, chasing salmon, socializing and interacting with each other.
Feel the wind in your hair. The Ogden Point Breakwater juts out 800-metres (2,500 feet) from Dallas Road, and is one of the city’s most popular scenic strolls. It was created in 1916 with more than one million tons of rocks and 10 thousand granite blocks.
Ride a harbour ferry. Look for the “Ferry Stop” signs and hop aboard one of the little ferries to see Victoria from the water. The 12-passenger ferries call at 17 stops around Victoria Harbour and up the Gorge waterway, travelling at speeds up to 12 km/h.