Victoria, BC

It’s impossible to visit Victoria without becoming smitten by the scenic vistas and endless adventures at The Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s doorstep.

Walk to the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, Victoria Conference Centre, Beacon Hill Park and other top attractions. You’ll also find whale watching expeditions, boat tours, scenic flights, horse-drawn carriage rides and double-decker bus tours a short stroll away from your accommodations. Hundreds of shops and restaurants are nearby, too.

Our Favourite Things

1. Downtown Shopping

At Victoria’s eclectic shops, markets and shopping malls you’re sure to find what you’re looking for and more. The best part: It’s all easily accessible on foot during your stay in Victoria. Here are highlights.

  • Government Street – souvenirs, native art, British heritage
  • Trounce Alley & Bastion Square – gift shops, restaurants, artisans in summer
  • Yates & Johnson Streets – specialty shops in Market Square
  • Chinatown – art, home décor, Asian wares (Fisgard & Government Streets)
  • Fort Street – antiques & collectibles

Click here for a directory of recommended shopping in Victoria

2. Butchart Gardens

Stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns as you take in the aroma of this 55-acre horticultural wonder, one of Victoria’s oldest and most visited attractions. The internationally renowned garden is spectacular in every season. Enjoy music under the stars and Saturday fireworks in summer and an outdoor skating rink in winter.

3. Whale Watching

No other spectacle of nature compares to the awe-inspiring sight of a massive orca whale breaching near your boat. Victoria and Vancouver Island are well known for these encounters and other wildlife-watching opportunities, from otters and seals to sea lions and dolphins.

When to go:

March – April for migrating gray whales
May – November for resident orca whales

4. Royal BC Museum

Walk through a rainforest, sit among aboriginal totem poles and stroll down the street to window-shop in Old Town. This museum is a feast of the sights, smells and sounds of British Columbia. You can explore galleries showcasing First Peoples, natural history and modern history before seeing a show in the IMAX Theatre.

5. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Home to BC’s largest public art collection, this gallery features a world-respected Asian art collection with an authentic Japanese Shinto Shrine outside in the Asian Garden. Also peruse European and Canadian works including paintings, writings and historical artifacts of BC’s premiere landscape artist, Emily Carr.

6. Festivals

Victoria’s inner harbour truly is full of life! With annual festivals that range from JazzFest to Classic Boats and from food and wine to busking, there is entertainment for everyone. Click here for a list of festivals.

7. Tours

Victoria is a beautiful and diverse city, and there are many ways to explore it! Choose from a walking tour, boat or kayak, bicycle, bus, horse-and-carriage or sea plane. Here are a few suggestions.

8. Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours

At Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours, experience an exhilarating ride up to 60km/hr as you soar up to 150 feet off the ground on eight scenic ziplines ranging from 150 feet to an unforgettable 1000 feet.

Want more ideas? Visit Tourism Victoria.