Perfectly situated in stunning Western Canada, Victoria BC is best known for its beautiful historic buildings, inviting coastal waterways, and snow-capped Olympic Mountains that can’t help but take your breath away. Not only is this place the capital city of Vancouver Island, but also it offers one of the most stunning harbour views in the entire world.That’s not all, either. Victoria is also home to some of British Columbia’s most extraordinary scenery for whether you are a mountain or ocean lover. The city is also known worldwide for its enchanting flower gardens, festivals, musical performances, and endless opportunities for exhilarating outdoor activities. From fishing to hiking, biking, camping, and kayaking, you will never run out of things to do to get your heart rate up while visiting Victoria.
Dining and Shopping at the Inner Harbour
Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Victoria is now a hotspot for travelers of all ages. One of the city’s most popular destination spots – especially for foodies – is the Inner Harbour.
This area of town boasts streets filled with dozens of restaurants, all offering various kinds of cuisine, style, and price points. Aside from the mouth-watering restaurants, be sure and pop into one of the area’s many art galleries, featuring talented Canadian artists, sculptors, and more. Finally, keep your eye out for street performers and don’t forget to stop by the wineries, fun boutiques, bakeries, gift and specialty shops, and chocolatiers, to name a few.
Located just a short walk from the Inner Harbour, Fisherman’s Wharf is one of Victoria’s most popular destination spots. This area is a great way to spend the afternoon with the entire family, as it offers many activities and fun things to do. Adopt a whale, take in the picturesque houseboats, buy freshly caught fish from local vendors, and learn all about the ocean’s wildlife. It is not to be missed!
Since being founded in 1853, the community of Victoria has worked hard to preserve the city’s historical roots and maintain its historic and heritage sites. Some of the most prominent and visited buildings in Victoria are the Parliament Buildings, which draw can be toured during the day in the summer months or by air! The 3,000 light bulbs that burn brightly in the buildings cast what many have described as a magical spell over the vicinity.
Royal British Columbia Museum
Another highlight in the Inner Harbour area is the Royal British Columbia Museum, which draws artists and visitors alike from all over the world. Many exhibits highlight the area’s rich history through exhibits re-enacting the people, wildlife, and culture that have made British Columbia what it is today.
Whale Watching, Golf, Gardens, and More
Beyond the above listed attractions, many people flock to Victoria for the incredible whale watching opportunities, world-class golf courses, the famous Butchart Gardens, Craigdarroch castle, Antique Row, and the Royal London Wax Museum to name a few. Traditions like the high afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel are also popular, and let’s not forget about the enviable cocktail and crafted beer scenes.
Boasting perhaps the mildest climate in Canada, Victoria BC is regularly rated as one of the top 10 cities in the world! Whether you are venturing out on your own or with family and friends, you won’t want to miss spending a few days or longer with us in Victoria.