Victoria BC – An International city

Victoria BC is an international destination for people seeking anything from culture, fun and food, to outdoor adventures or vibrant night life.

Hosting the mildest climate in Canada, this fair weather city has many things to do year-round within walking distance of the downtown area, which straddles the Victoria harbour. One of the oldest cities in the northwest, Victoria has many charming brick buildings, colourful gardens and fantastic culinary experiences from all over the world. Being on the coast, seafood is both prevalent and incredibly fresh, a must try for any visitors who enjoy fish and shellfish. The harbour-front walkway hosts local artists and draws crowds to watch the talented street entertainers perform during the afternoon and evening. Nighttime casts a magical glow as the water and walkway are lit up by the 3,300+ lightbulbs that adorn BC Parliament Buildings.

Walking through the city you will see horse-and-carriage tours, double-decker tour buses, and a steady stream of tourists passing by. On the harbour there are a few different whale watching companies with boats coming and going periodically to take you out on the water for a sightseeing adventure. Water taxis are also set up to give tours around the harbour. Restaurants and small vendors are at the north side of the walk way offering delicious food, beautiful patios and souvenirs. Check out out our list of the Top Things to do in Victoria, as well as Whale Watching and Fishing Charters.

The opportunities are endless, so delve in and explore British Columbia’s capital city on the beautiful and unique Vancouver Island!

What do travel writers say?

Vancouver Island as a whole was rated the top island in the continental US and Canada, and made the top 10 islands in the world by the 2014 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards. Victoria itself was rated as the #1 destination in Canada by the 2010 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. The reasons are endless but it’s better to experience it for yourself! You may even find your own reason to add to the list of what makes Victoria and Vancouver Island a great place to be.

Local Food and Wine

Just north of Victoria, the Cowichan region has a burgeoning slow food industry, as well as many vineyards and small farms that make local products unique to the area. Besides providing local restaurants with the freshest ingredients and tastiest, locally-produced goods, many offer tours and tastings at their own vinyards or farms and make for a unique-to-the-Island trip. Discuss the agriculture of the region over fresh plates of cheese and vegetables, or get a feel for the winemaking industry while sipping samples of some of BC’s finest wines.

Vancouver Island Outdoors

Victoria has an international airport and is one of the gateways to the rest of Vancouver Island. Because of this, while some tourists come to spend their whole vacation inside the city of Victoria, many spend just a day or two here before heading out to discover the limitless, outdoor adventures offered by the rest of Vancouver Island. Besides mountain hikes, bike rides, whale watching and fishing, the incredible areas surrounding Victoria also offer activities such as surfing, kayaking and camping to name just a few.

Check out Discover Vancouver Island for the best of the outdoors and, if you are heading to Tofino or Ucluelet, check out Tofino-Info.com.

Victoria Weather

Chance of Rain
Monday
Chance of Rain
High 15°/Low 9°
80%
Clear
Tomorrow
Clear
High 18°/Low 6°
10%
Clear
Wednesday
Clear
High 17°/Low 6°
0%
Clear
Thursday
Clear
High 16°/Low 6°
10%
Chance of Rain
Friday
Chance of Rain
High 14°/Low 7°
40%
Rain
Saturday
Rain
High 12°/Low 7°
80%

More things to do in Victoria BC

Victoria Tours

  • Whale Watching
    Victoria is one of the hotspots for whale watching on Vancouver Island. Tourists and Scientists alike come from all over the world to watch and study the magnificent Humpbacks, Gray Whales and Orcas that frequent the coast.
  • Fishing Charters in Victoria
    Fall, Winter and Spring fishing in Victoria can be great for Halibut small Chinook salmon. Check out Salmon Eye Charters and enjoy a morning or afternoon out on the ocean for a fishing adventure.
  • Wine Tours in the Cowichan Region 
    About 45 minutes north is the slow food region, an excellent way to enjoy some fine cuisine and learn about local products and vineyards.

Free Victoria things to do:

  • Hiking around Victoria 
    Short, Day and Overnight hikes can be experienced with great shoreline and mountain top views.
  • Walk around the Harbour 
    The Victoria harbour area downtown is the central hangout for many of the international tourists coming through. The downtown area is also a great place to dine and shop.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
    Floating houses and small shops make this wharf a great place to visit.

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