Victoria, located on the south-eastern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences.
As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience whilst boasting the mildest climate in Canada, the city is green and beautiful year-round.
In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure, world-class culinary experiences and a vibrant arts and culture scene.
This combined with the wild beauty of the Pacific Ocean and old-growth rainforests set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains makes Victoria the perfect getaway.
In Victoria there is never a shortage of things to do.
From international icons like The Butchart Gardens to hidden gems like Canada's oldest Chinatown, your days in Victoria can be as busy as you want them to be.
Teas & GardensVictoria has long been known as the "City of Gardens." With our mild climate, gardening is a year round passion which has resulted in an abundant array of gardens world renowned for their beauty and individual charm. The Butchart Gardens offers breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) of gardens year around. In Spring, countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will give you a buffet of fragrances and colours. You’ll be saying “wow” when you experience our Summer: The Rose Garden, evening entertainment, subtle night illuminations, the Saturday firework show, and boat tours to name a few of the delights.No visit to Victoria is complete without world renowned Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress. Enjoyed by kings, queens, celebrities and dignitaries, the hotel has been serving tea since opening in 1908.
Arts & CultureVictoria, the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, has a rich and fascinating history. Explore our past and celebrate our rich culture through a variety of galleries, museums, heritage sites such the Royal BC Musuem, Craigdarroch Castle & Hatley Park National Historic Site.
Wildlife Viewing & ActivitiesThe waters surrounding Victoria are home to an abundance of marine wildlife. The orca, or killer whale, is the main whale found in the area, but gray, humpback and minke whales are also sighted. Sea lions, seals, porpoise and a number of marine birds are also residents. Three pods of resident orcas totaling over 80 whales live in Victoria's waters.Victoria and its surrounding area is considered to have some of the best kayaking and canoeing in the world. Vancouver Island has approximately 3,500 kilometres of ocean coastline, 700 lakes, 160 rivers and 890 streams for paddling. These waterways are located amid spectacular West Coast scenery and are shared by an abundance of marine creatures and wildlife.
Adventure ParksAt Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours located in Victoria, experience a fully guided tour that provides an exhilarating ride up to 60km/hr as you soar up to 150 feet off the ground on eight scenic zip lines ranging from 130 feet to an unforgettable 1000 feet. Professionally trained guides emphasize safety and comfort, ensuring a ride full of thrills, awesome beauty, and fond memories.
GolfingVictoria is a golfer's dream. With a climate that encourages golfing year-round, Victoria and Vancouver Island are home to many of Canada's most beautiful and challenging courses.Victoria is also the gateway to the Vancouver Island Golf Trail, 250 kilometres of Pacific golfing paradise from Victoria to Campbell River with 11 gorgeous golf courses to choose from.
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