The Victoria Experience

The Complete Guide to Victoria, British Columbia

Top 10 Things to do in Victoria BC

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1. Victoria Inner Harbour - beautiful and picturesque with lots going on. Street performers, kiosks selling food, crafts, and mementos. Located in the heart of downtown near landmarks like the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel.

2. The Royal BC Museum - contains two floors of excellent exhibits including natural and human history. Tons of artifacts and great displays of interest to all ages. www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

3. The Teahouse at Abkhazi Gardens - located in Fairfield and set in the stunning Abkhazi Gardens, the tea house offers 4-star guest service in a beautiful setting. They serve afternoon tea as well as other light lunch items. Seasonal hours. Reservations are recommended.  www.abkhaziteahouse.com

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4. Ghostly Walks Tours - Conducted by fantastic guides that are well versed in local history and can expertly spin a spooky tale. These tours are a wonderfully creepy way to see Victoria. You will leave with tons of new facts about Victoria's diverse history as well as finding it a bit harder to sleep at night. www.discoverthepast.com/ghostly-walks

5. Fan Tan Alley in Chinatown - this alley is a four-foot-wide path between Fisgard and Pandora Streets. Within its walls, there are many eclectic shops and even a few residential homes. Often compared to Diagon Alley, in that if you aren't looking for it, you might miss it. 

6. The Victoria Harbour Ferry Tour - these miniature tugboat looking boats ferry locals and tourists around Victoria harbour and the Gorge area. You take a quick trip to your destination or go on a tour where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery while one of the knowledgeable captains will tell you about interesting landmarks along the way. www.victoriaharbourferry.com

7. Saxe Point Park - located in Esquimalt, this large park offers stunning views of the Salish Sea while also being home to trails, a lookout, gardens and a large grassy area. A beautiful place for a day at the park. It also has an off-leash area for dogs. 

8. Fisherman's Wharf - just a short walk from Victoria's inner harbour this floating attraction has food, shops, ice cream and eco-tours. It is also home to working fishing boats and some very hungry seals which you are pretty much guaranteed to see. A great place to get fish and chips (on a busy day, skip the line-up at Barbs and go to the Fish Store next door) and wander around looking at the colourful community of float homes. www.fishermanswharfvictoria.com

9. Red Fish Blue Fish - local and sustainable seafood served out of a converted shipping container. This is dining al fresco at its best. Whether you're craving fish and chips or seafood chowder, the food is delicious, and it is situated so you can see all the activity in Victoria's inner harbour. Come early as the lines get long. www.redfish-bluefish.com

10. Willows Park and Beach - located in the Village of Oak Bay, this busy and beautiful park has lots to offer. The sandy beach spans about a half a mile, there is a large playground for kids of all ages plus a grassy area, picnic tables and the rotary tea house. The views of Discovery Island and Mount Baker on a clear day make the gorgeous view even better. www.oakbay.ca