Things To Do
Majestic mammals and marine wildlife
Majestic mammals and marine wildlife abound in the waters surrounding Victoria, including the orca, or killer whale, and gray, humpback, and minke whales. Cruise with local certified naturalists and experts for a guided marine adventure to discover, observe and learn about these enchanting creatures up-close. To book your whale watching adventure, click here.
Just around the corner from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Fisherman’s Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops and eco-tour adventures amongst fishing vessels, pleasure boats with live-aboard residents, float homes, and commercial businesses.
Flutter and crawl
A vibrant jungle experience awaits you at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Thousands of tropical butterflies (up to 70 species) fly through the large facilities – the size of almost 3 basketball courts. With surprises at every turn, you’ll encounter poison dart frogs, tortoises, large iguanas, flamingos, tropical ducks, free flying tropical birds and more.
A visit to The Victoria Bug Zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around the world. Discover roughly 50 fascinating species including giant walking sticks, beautiful praying mantis, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest ant colony.
See the sights in style!
Experience Victoria’s iconic sights in style—aboard our open top double-decker buses! Click here for more information.
Surrounded by the sea is a perfect place to be
With a vast network of bays, coves, beaches and lakes—plus breathtaking views of the rugged pacific coast, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Olympic Mountains—there are countless places to have fun on the water surrounded by stunning natural beauty. To learn about the beaches and lakes, click here.
Embrace the history and culture
Indigenous Peoples heritage and legacies live on in Victoria and Vancouver Island through ceremonies, potlatches, dances, art and masks. An Indigenous experience is an enriching and engaging addition to any Victoria visit. For more information, click here.
Take a deep breath and enjoy
With mountain views, ocean air, rainforests and serene gardens, Victoria is the perfect resort destination. After a day of experiencing the area’s many sights, take time to unwind, be pampered and look and feel fantastic in one of several spas and salons—many of which will indulge your senses by incorporating island elements in their treatments. To explore the different spa treatments, click here.
See all of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum
TripAdvisor users have five times voted the Royal BC Museum the number one museum in Canada. Marvel at the totems, mask and cultural treasures featured in the world-class First People’s Gallery. Experience authentic artifacts and highly realistic settings – from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to a tar-scented trip on the HMS Discovery.
Eat. Drink. Discover.
Victoria’s cuisine scene is honest. Our chefs take full advantage of surrounding coastal waters and rich farming regions, which results in food and drink that’s uniquely West Coast: diverse, flavourful, locally-sourced and truly inspired. Explore the different food options here.
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Reconnect in Victoria
- Take a tour of the Victoria Butterfly Gardens and learn about their critters on their Facebook and Instagram.
- Learn about the Salish Sea and the global ocean with Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours.
- Take a virtual tour of the Craigdarroch Castle, British Columbia’s finest example of a ‘Bonanza Castle’.
- Virtually experience the Pacific Marine Circle Route.
- Explore the Bateman Gallery of Nature to learn about textile industry and its global impact.
- Get inspiration for your own garden with images of flowers from the Butchart Gardens.
- Browse the virtual exhibits at The Maritime Museum of British Columbia.