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Your guide to Victoria
Welcome to Victoria
Perched on the southern tip of beautiful Vancouver Island, Victoria is a classic Pacific Northwest maritime town brimming with charm and culture. Cruise ships, yachts, and sailboats glide through its ports; visitors roam the lively wharf; and offshore, it’s not uncommon to see whales putting on a show. Wander inland and you’ll find that British Columbia’s capital city is full of ornate Edwardian architecture, expansive public gardens, and ample bike paths. Among Victoria’s significant structures are its late-19th-century Parliament Buildings, whose grand facades glow with festive lights at night, and the genteel Empress Hotel, opened in 1908, where you can still take high tea. Victoria is also home to the oldest Chinatown in Canada, where you can find the country’s narrowest street, shopping corridor Fan Tan Alley. Add to this mix three colleges, world-class museums, picturesque rainforests, driftwood-dotted beaches, and stunning shoreline views, and Victoria is a perfect blend of urbane and outdoorsy.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Victoria
Summers are balmy and mild in Victoria, perfect for strolling the city and enjoying seasonal festivities such as Canada Day on July 1 and the Symphony Splash, celebrated in August, when the Victoria Symphony performs on a barge in the harbor. Victoria gets less rainfall than other parts of Canada, and hardly any snow. Thanks to the city’s mild weather, visitors flow through it year round, but in winter the temperatures do dip considerably, and even in summer a coat is recommended for cool nights.
Top things to do in Victoria
Beacon Hill Park
This sprawling waterfront green space is the heart of Victoria’s park system. Its lush environs include picturesque lily ponds and stands of majestic and rare Garry oak trees. You’ll also find an ornate totem pole carved by acclaimed artist and First Nations member Mungo Martin, and the Moss Lady, a large, whimsical sculpture of a giant taking a nap on the park floor.
Travel the globe in a few strides at this museum housing more than 85 teensy dioramas of places real and imagined. London, outer space, and Camelot are just a few of the locales painstakingly recreated in miniature and populated with residents no bigger than a thumbnail. These motorized exhibits include mini trains that zip around, and doll-sized carnival rides that spin and light up.
Known colloquially as a bonanza castle, this staggering temple to wealth sits on a hill overlooking Victoria. Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir between 1887 and 1890, this imposing four-floor Victorian estate is replete with stained-glass windows, intricate wood carvings, and antique furnishings. Take a tour of its opulent rooms and ponder the cleaning routine.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Victoria?
Victoria has mild, damp winters and relatively dry, warm summers. Average summer temperatures are around 68°F (20°C), while winters can get as cool as 41°F (5°C). Snowfall is rare, but the city does offer winter activities such as ice skating and festive light displays.
What are some of the best things to do in Victoria?
Explore the Royal BC Museum, known for its interactive galleries and IMAX Theatre. Take a leisurely walk through Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Immerse yourself in Canadian history at Craigdarroch Castle. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along Inner Harbour, taking in the stunning cityscape.
What is the best time of year to visit Victoria?
The most popular time to visit Victoria is summer, particularly between July and August. During this time, the city hosts the Symphony Splash, one of the largest outdoor symphony events in Canada, and the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.
What are the best places to stay in Victoria?
James Bay is a popular area to stay, due to its proximity to the city center and waterfront. Fairfield is often recommended for its historic sites and beautiful gardens. Downtown Victoria is frequently suggested for its lively atmosphere, shopping, and dining options.
What are the best places to visit in Victoria?
Popular places to visit in Victoria include the Empress Hotel, a historic building with a beautiful façade. You might also enjoy a visit to the Victoria Bug Zoo or the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
What are some hiking trails in Victoria?
Mount Douglas Park provides a variety of hiking trails with a panoramic view of the city. East Sooke Regional Park is often recommended for its picturesque coastal trails. Thetis Lake Regional Park trails are frequently suggested for their lake views and swimming opportunities.
What are some family activities to do in Victoria?
Families often enjoy Beacon Hill Children's Farm, where kids can interact with cute animals. Visitors frequently recommend the Pacific Undersea Gardens for a unique under-the-sea experience. For a fun and educational experience, try the Miniature World.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Victoria?
Take a day trip to Saanich Peninsula, particularly known for its wineries and farms. Another popular choice is Salt Spring Island, which has a unique arts scene and local markets. You could also explore Sooke, famous for its outdoor recreation opportunities and rugged coastline.
What types of vacation rentals are available in Victoria?
Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Victoria. From over 680 condo rentals, over 390 apartment rentals to over 300 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.
Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Victoria?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 840 vacation rentals in Victoria featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.