A bustling cultural hub, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. This charming city is framed by Neo-Baroque parliament buildings and a picturesque seafront and is remarked for its vibrant Bohemian vibes.
Things to do in Victoria
For a dose of culture, visit the Royal BC Museum. Experience the area’s rich diversity with a tour of the First People Galleries, stroll through the coastal forest of the Natural History Galleries and journey down the colonial street featuring a unique Chinatown with intricate storefronts.
Do you enjoy admiring architecture? Head to the Craigdarroch Castle, located a short walk from downtown. Feast your eyes upon four floors of detailed woodwork, stained-glass windows and lavish Victorian-era furnishings. Climb the tower’s steps to the top for distant views of the Olympic Mountains.
Check out the city’s landmark Parliament Buildings, serving as the province’s working government complex that’s open to the public. Stroll through the buildings at your own pace, stop in for a bite to eat at the Legislative Dining Room or join a 45-minute guided tour.
Insect lovers should stop by the Victoria Bug Zoo to see live insects from around the world. Tour exhibits feature 50 species, including glow-in-the-dark scorpions, thorny devils and Canada’s largest ant colony. Those brave enough can sign up for a thrilling bug handling experience.
Getting around Victoria
The easiest way to get around Victoria is by car or bicycle. Public transportation is run by the Victoria Regional Transit System, featuring iconic double-decker buses. The Victoria International Airport is less than 25 kilometres from downtown.