While festivals and events have had to be postponed, there are still many wonderful things to do in and around Victoria while being socially responsible.
Butchart Gardens, with 55 acres of gardens, is open to the public, welcoming guests to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in a socially responsible way. COVID-19 update
Tours begin July 1st.
Explore and see what the plentiful waters of Victoria has to offer! From their downtown departure locations, they offer industry-leading whale watching tours in Vancouver, Victoria, Telegraph Cove, and Seattle. Prince of Whales is focused on sharing the beautiful and breathtaking coastal waters of British Columbia, its vibrant wildlife, and its rich history.
See and explore the waters of Victoria. Whatever watersport you fancy, rentals, tours and courses available from this locally owned and operated business.
Over 200 acres, Beacon Hill Park is just a ten minute stroll. Enjoy manicured flower beds, the rose garden, pond, native Garry Oak ecosystem, Douglas-fir woods, large grasslands and native wildflowers. Watch for herons, ducks and eagles.
Cycle BC have dedicated several years of their lives to the rigorous study of scooters. The end result of this research was that they have scientifically proven a scooter ride with your friends is in fact the most fun you can have on two wheels. All of their scooters are 49cc, gas powered, fully automatic. They are easy to drive and only require a regular car driver’s licence to ride! Online renting available.
Victoria’s Inner Harbour
Take a stroll along Victoria’s beautiful inner harbour, just steps away, to watch ships, boats and seaplanes and harbour seals coming and going. This working harbour is part of the traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The shoreline has changed over the years to meet the needs of residents, once a hub of trade and industry with sawmills and warehouses, it is now a key transportation, tourism and leisure area.
Tucked behind a hornbeam hedge, discover the garden that love built. Prince and Princess Abkhazi were married in 1946 and settled in Victoria where they began work on their one-acre property. Gardens flow around dramatic glaciated rocky slopes, magnificent native Garry oaks and gorgeous vistas. COVID-19 information
Take a self-guided heritage walk through some of the oldest parts of Victoria to discover the mysterious secrets that are part of the city’s hidden history. Choose from four heritage walking maps: Mysterious Chinatown, Rollicking Boomtown, Haunted Victoria, and Victoria’s Law and Order. An active and free way to spend time learning more about our city.
Expert local guides will show you where hip Victoria foodies go to eat, drink, shop and experience our beautiful city. Explore the city in on of their styled tours or get the local palette brought right to you to you in their Brown Bag Food tour delivery service.
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.
Victoria is beautiful, and here a few great spots to view it on high! Some spots you can drive to the summit, some will require a hike. Elevation ranges from 66 meters to 419 metres.
Bring your Bike
Victoria is a cyclist’s dream, with many great places to ride. Bring your bike and use one of our three bike maps to tour the city.
Download their app to turn your mobile device into a personal tour guide. Walking tours include Victoria Introduction Walk and Beautiful Architecture Walking Tour.
More than 25 kilometres of trails, varying in degree of difficulty, offer spectacular views, as well as the chance to view animals in their natural environment. In spring and early summer, the moss-covered rocky knolls come alive with a carpet of colourful, vibrant wildflowers.
188 hectares of forest and 21km of trails, take a leisurely stroll, explore the beach or hike to the summit.
Unparalleled views of Victoria, Juan de Fuca Strait, the Olympic mountains and the Sooke Hills, a habitat for California quail, rare wildflowers and a stand of Garry oak trees.
An expansive beach along the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula with excellent bird watching.
Just 17 kilometers from downtown Victoria, Goldstream Provincial Park lies amid the splendour of an old-growth temperate rain forest. See massive trees, majestic waterfalls, a meandering river that meets the sea, flowers, birds and a world class salmon-spawning stream with thousands of Chum Salmon returning between October and December.
Hike to the top of one of the highest points in Greater Victoria, Mt Finlayson. Another trail leads you to Niagara Falls, higher than its namesake – a truly exquisite discovery buried deep in Goldstream’s forests.
See the Sights
With over 20,000 objects, the AGGV collection represents significant works produced in this region and art that represents our histories. Since its founding, we have been assembling work from around the Pacific Rim and have established one of the finest collections of Asian art in the world. COVID 19 information
The Royal BC Museum, founded in 1886, is one of Canada’s greatest cultural treasures, collecting artifacts, documents and specimens of BC’s natural and human history. The phased re-opening begins June 19, details here.
Connect in nature, inspire our world. We promote the preservation and sustainability of the environment, and we maintain our art gallery to perpetuate, protect, enhance and promote the artistic and cultural legacy of nature-inspired artists, including Robert Bateman. We also support and develop educational programs relating to the environment and nature-inspired artists. Hours and safety measures here.
Take a walk down Government Street to view beautiful heritage buildings and quaint shops with handmade gifts. Peruse Munro’s Books, Artina’s handcrafted jewellery, gift shops and designer boutiques. Stop for delicious snacks along the way. Stores’ hours will vary and not all have re-opened yet.
Local boutiques, one-of-a-kind merchandise, dining, coffee & craft beer eatery all in a beautiful heritage square! Limited house may apply and some vendors may be temporarily closed.
Lower Johnson Street has one of the highest concentrations of independent boutiques and specialty shops in Canada situated amongst the colourful façade of impeccably maintained heritage buildings.
Canada’s oldest Chinatown is characterized by heritage buildings, beautiful Gate of Harmonious Interest, small shops and restaurants. Check out Kid Sister Ice Cream, or peak into Fan Tan Home & Style.
Peruse local artisans, farmers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers and more! Dive into pasta or tacos, sip tea, or delight in a meat or fruit pie. Hours are limited and some vendors are may still be temporarily closed.
Inspiration through fermentation. See what some beer nerds can accomplish with creativity and a welding torch.
A craft brewery since 1984, we are committed to producing fun, authentic, sharable brews.
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Saanichton
An award-wining farm-based cidery focused on producing traditional artisan ciders from organically grown apples.
Symphony Vineyard, Saanich
Wines true to the region, 100% Saanich grown. Patio is open Fridays & Saturdays to enjoy a bottle of wine, though tastings are not yet available.
Unsworth Vineyards, Cowichan Valley
Tradition meets artisanal winemaking at this family owned winery.
Blue Grouse Winery, Cowichan Valley
Family-owned, sustainably-farmed Blue Grouse Estate Winery produces award winning wines.
Rockery Creek Winery, Cowichan Valley
A family owned and operated winery, they offer tastings and flights via reservation.