Victoria; where rustic meets modern and an energized city life can be easily traded for outdoor lifestyle in a matter of minutes. In a city that has so much to offer from local eateries and heritage architecture, to a collection of unique and trendy shops, authentic coffee bars, outdoor adventure and blossoming gardens it can be hard to narrow down what to do – that’s what were here for! With more cycling routes than any other Canadian city experience this top island destination with our Top 10 Things to do whether you live in Victoria or you’re just visiting!
Did you know: Vancouver Island, where Victoria is located is rated the top island in the US and Canada and one of the top ten islands in the world by the 2015 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards? Victoria was even rated as the #1 destination to visit in Canada by the 2010 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards – if that’s not already enough reason to visit!
The best escape room experience in BC? Horror Escape. An experience like no other. Interactive, fun and challenging, you have 45 minutes to work together in a detailed set, finding hidden clues and solving puzzles to progress through the sets leading to your escape.
Whether you’re an out of town visitor or a born and raised Victorian, there is one thing that you must do and that is to get out on the water and take a whale watching tour. There is truly no better way to get out and explore the true beauty of Victoria than out on a boat all while getting to see some whales! We recommend visiting out friends at Orca Spirit when you’re ready to make the plunge and have a life changing experience!
There is nothing like seeing an orca surface, hearing it take a breath with Mt. Baker and the beautiful city of Victoria in the background. See here a member of a Transient orca family that came from the West. – Mother Langara and two son’s Siwash & Bubba.
As Victoria BC’s #1 Whale Watching Company they offer both stable, covered vessels with luxurious indoor seating and liquor license and state of the art open zodiac vessels! Tours are three hours long and best viewings are from April to October! Wondering What Heaven on Earth Looks Like? Well Orca Spirit Adventures is in the Business of Making Memories – Experience the wild!
When you see a postcard of Victoria, odds are it will be a picture of the Harbour – and for a good reason. It’s one of the most striking harbours in the world; the stunning view of the Inner Harbour sets a perfect picture for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to get out for a nice evening stroll, or looking to celebrate an anniversary, the Inner harbor won’t let you down.
With a long heritage history this cultural destination holds recreational vessels and small cruise ships (Be sure to take a 45-minute harbour tour by boat to get the full experience). During the summer months, the harbour is the focus of festivals, shows and music. The harbour also serves whale watching and ecotourism businesses, float planes, an International Ferry terminal.
Wandering along the harbour you’ll be able to hang out at the Fisherman’s Wharf that is populated largely by float homes, feed the seals, take a ride on horse and buggy, grab a bite at one of the many favourite local spots along the way and view the beautiful architectural buildings – Victoria was voted one of the Top 10 cities in North America by readers of Travel + Lesirure magazine in 2015 find out why!
Being known as B.C.’s Craft Beer capital, Victoria is sure not to disappoint any sort of Craft beer connoisseur. One of the best ways to make sure you get the full experience than with a tour from Canadian Craft Tours! Visit 3-5 of the best breweries in town with round trip transportation, premium tap house seating, a guided brewery tour and beer samples (lots of samples) provided!
Canadian Craft Tours is a company of craft beer, spirits and wine fanatics; they love introducing the world to their world! They have experiences that are right for everyone, from the most seasoned connoisseur to the casual consumer. Whether you’re looking for a customized tour or a private group tour,Bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations or staff get togethers – Give Canadian Craft Tours a call and they’ll take care of the rest!
Offering competitive rates for groups and unique, memorable experiences for all join plan your next adventure and join your local Beer Geek!
Also if you like to have bragging rights over your friends, go visit Spinnakers Brewpub so you can tell your friends you’ve been to the oldest Brewpub in Canada!
Spinnakers has literally everything you could possible need and want! From real Victorian charm with their Heritage Guesthouse that was originally constructed in 1884, 100 years before the opening of Spinnakers Brewpub to bringing beer local. In just 18 months, the Spinnakers team managed to put together what became Canada’s first in-house brewpub of the modern era and although known for pioneering the craft beer industry and paving the way for modern day brewpubs in Canada, Spinnakers has always believed that the measure of a good pub is in its ability to serve a good meal along with a good pint!
“We use fresh, local, seasonal ingredients to create an unforgettably satisfying spin on pub classics.”
For more on Spinnakers Brewpub check out their Facebook Page HERE!
What better way to see beautiful vibrant Victoria than on a bike. Whether you rent one to cruise around with friends for an afternoon, or a fully guided tour of all the different sites and attractions, going by pedal is one of the best ways to see the city. With Victoria being the craft beer capital of Canada we highly recommend the “Hoppy Hour” tour by The Pedaler Bike Tours. This tour is three hours longs and stops at three different locations with different beer samples and treats provided! this company strives to ensure visitors experience what locals live every day – their bike paths, their neighbourhoods, and their food friends.
The Pedaler Cycling Tours is Victoria’s premier provider of guided bicycling tours and bike rentals and their thoughtfully designed bicycle tours celebrate the food and drink of Victoria highlighting landmarks and hidden gems along the way. With a variety of tours like a rolling feast that is suitable for the whole family with their Eat.Drink.Pedal tour they have something for everyone! Think you want a tour specially designed for your interests? Only have a couple hours available? They love taking people out for a bicycle tour to suit their schedule and interests.
For more information check the Pedaler our HERE!
Built in 1962, Victoria’s premier shopping destination Hillside Shopping Centre is home to 100+ shops and services including including Marshalls, Sears Canada, a brand NEW SportChek/Atmosphere and Shoppers Drug Mart, Bolen Books, Thrifty Foods and Canadian Tire (coming soon) – plus a bright, spacious food court – that includes Tim Horton’s, Starbucks and DAVIDs Tea! You can find everything your looking for in only one stop!
Located on the corner of Shelbourne Street and Hillside Avenue they have convenient public bus service along the three main arteries bordering the centre. Their friendly Customer Service staff are available to assist you with gift cards, stroller loans, and information about our shopping centre.
“Updates that have been made to Hillside feel like a much nicer mall it’s now Bright and airy and feels very classy! The Food court is great with lots of seating and great selection, and really nice bathrooms throughout. Great shopping, especially for shoes and women’s clothes, as well as one of the best book stores on the island. For those who appreciate eco conscious places, the food court does not have any garbage cans – the mall staff takes every tray and personally sorts the contents into organics, recycling and waste, so it is done properly. I appreciate this! Hillside has always been a good mall, now it is great.” – Happy Shopper
“Kayak….. because Zombies can’t swim” – Regardless if this is your first kayaking adventure or if you are perpetually wet behind the ears, their kayak tours and rentals are perfect for anyone and everyone wanting the perfect way to see Victoria and the local marine wildlife from a unique vantage point. Located in the heart of historic Victoria Harbour, Victoria Kayak is just steps away from the Empress Hotel, Royal BC Museum and the BC Legislature in downtown Victoria. There’s no better way to kick off a stay in Victoria than with a kayak adventure! If you’re a real morning person, be sure to check out the sunrise kayak tour that departs at 7:00AM!
What to wear? They suggest athletic clothing appropriate for the weather. Ideal kayak clothing is fast drying and moisture wicking. A long sleeve shirt is always a good choice for sun protection and they also suggest you wear sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and a hat! They are also very happy to host group tours and rentals – In the past they have hosted Girl Guides, Stags/Stagettes, Birthday Parties and Team Building evens to name just a few!
Kids are welcomed – they even have a special kayak that carries two people plus a small child (under 4 years old) making it a triple kayak! They have life jackets (PFDs) for children and babies and find the duration and sights along the tour route engaging enough to keep them occupied. Pre-teen children can easily paddle a double kayak with an adult while children 14 years and older will be able to manage a single kayak!
For more information on bookings and Rentals at Victoria Kayak Tours & Rentals head HERE!
Whether you’re practicing for the tour or looking to try something new, Golfing is a great way to get out and have a great time with friends and in Victoria there is no shortage of courses to play! Regardless of being a visitor or Local we highly recommend Highland Pacific Golf – Victoria’s fun place for golf! They are an 18 hole championship golf course and award-winning practice/learning facility and was created for golfers who want to enjoy a scenic, challenging championship golf course that is playable all year round!
Highland Pacific overlooks the majestic Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Thetis Lake Park. Don’t let the views distract you…this course has some surprises in store! Total course length is 6,603 yards with six different sets of tee markers for all skill levels plus they host men’s or ladies’ night – You’ll be sure to meet new people so grab a bucket of balls and beer! Want to know more? Head HERE for all the details on Highland Pacific Golf!
Because there is no shortage of courses we also love Bear Mountain – Choose between the rugged, challenging Mountain Course or the more serene Valley Course. Bear Mountain is the perfect location for your next getaway – find out why Golf Canada’s recently name Bear Mountain home to their only national development centre. Learn more about their beautiful course HERE!
Find yourself saying “If I could do only one thing it would be go fishing?” Given it’s geographic location, Victoria and Vancouver Island in general has become world renowned for its Salmon Fishing. With tourists coming from all ends of the earth to experience Vancouver Island fishing, experiencing the beauty of the West Coast and bringing your desire to catch the big one is a must!
A scenic 45 minute drive from Victoria brings you to the Sooke area where we highly recommend finding Gotcha Salmon Charters! In the spring and summer months, large Chinook salmon (15-50 lbs) are caught in the area. Joining them, the Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum salmon follow. October is an excellent time fish for large Coho salmon 10-18 Lbs. In the winter months fishing can be excellent as well with smaller feeder Chinook salmon 4-12 Lbs caught just minutes from the dock.
The water in the Sooke area is generally calm, under a 2 Ft chop unless it is windy. There is no ground swell like in the open ocean! Wildlife is abundant in the area and during your fishing trip you may see bald eagles, sea gulls, sea otters, harbour seals, sea lions, and possibly even Killer Whales!
The owner and operator John Chau takes pride in creating a one in a lifetime experience and will be your fishing guide for the trip! Born and raised in Victoria he has been fishing the Sooke area for 30 years so his knowledge of the area and experience will ensure that you have a memorable journey! Don’t miss out if you are interested to get out on the waters, give our friends at Gotcha Salmon Charters a visit!
Looking for some fast paced and action filled entertainment? We have the perfect recommendation for you! Located a short 10 minute drive outside of beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, the All Fun Recreation Park and Western Speedway are the perfect places for fun with friends and the whole family! Find 8 awesome batting cages, a mini golf course that reflects all the cool destinations in the world world and a go kart track with twists and turns that will be a thrill for and highlight for everyone! As a recent business featured find out about all the activities they offer HERE – then head out for some fun!
The 1,400 ft. go cart course has an over and under bridge and enough curves to challenge any driver’s skill. For the novice or younger drivers there is a smaller oval track and double Go Karts for Mom or Dad to share the ride with! As for the unique mini golf course it has fun structures that represent points of interest from across the world! Test your knowledge of worldly locations while also honing in your short game skills while putting for glory through the Panama Canal or under the Matterhorn and you better believe we expect you to go for hole-in-one under the famous Eiffel Tower from Paris!