Victoria

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Inner Harbour featuring skyline, a bay or harbour and a coastal town

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

Red Lion Inn and Suites
Red Lion Inn and Suites
3 out of 5
3366 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
The price is Rs5,124 per night from 12 Oct to 12 Oct
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Uptown Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Clipper Ferry ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,350 reviews)
"It was on the main road"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2021

Red Lion Inn and Suites
Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress
4 out of 5
721 Government St, Victoria, BC
The price is Rs19,758 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps away from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Bug Zoo. British Columbia ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (971 reviews)
"It was beautiful and comfortable and luxurious. I would love to return and never leave!"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2021

Fairmont Empress
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
4 out of 5
100 Harbour Road, Victoria, BC
Fully refundable
The price is Rs13,759 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in the heart of Victoria, this romantic resort is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Rim College, Market Square and Bastion Square. Chinatown is 0.5 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Beautiful property. The staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a great stay. Love the use of the umbrellas as well. Very clean"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe 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.
SoLo Suites
SoLo Suites
4 out of 5
590 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC
The price is Rs11,088 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Situated in Victoria, this golf apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of WildPlay West Shore Victoria, Langford Lanes and Hatley Castle. Royal Roads University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (230 reviews)
"The suite was well laid out, comfortably furnished, and the kitchen had all the basics to prepare meals, as well as a washer and drier. A nice touch that coffee and tea were provided. It was extremely inconvenient that the internet never worked properly during the three night stay. Dirty dishes had ..."

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

SoLo Suites
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
810 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
The price is Rs14,321 per night from 13 Oct to 13 Oct
This family-friendly Victoria aparthotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of St. Ann's Academy, Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum and Maritime ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (2,076 reviews)
"Extremely friendly helpful attentive staff. Very relaxing environment and easy. Love the rooms and full kitchens and washer/dryer in unit. Will stay here every time I’m in the area"

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2021

The Parkside Hotel & Spa
Ocean Island Garden Suites
Ocean Island Garden Suites
3 out of 5
143 Government Street, Victoria, BC
The price is Rs11,399 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Located in James Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Holland Point Park and Beacon Hill Park. British Columbia Parliament Building and ...
3.8/5Good! (28 reviews)
Tokio getaway Victoria
"the bed was not comfortable and every movement was very loud otherwise the Tokio Suite was beautiful and close to walking distance for the harbor . enjoyed our stay , we would book again if the change the bed"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2020

Ocean Island Garden Suites
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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