A Look At What To Do In Victoria British Columbia
If you happen to be planning a visit and wondering just what to do in Victoria BC, Canada, then read on! I am about to share 3 of Victoria’s best kept secrets!
Victoria is situated on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. It’s the Capital City in the Province of British Columbia and is located on the most southern tip of Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island is located off the Pacific West Coast of Canada approximately 100 kilometers from the mainland and City of Vancouver.
First, take a look at this short video giving you a glimpse of My Number 1 suggestion of things to do when in Victoria!
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Victoria has been labeled by visitors many times over as perhaps one of the most “ Beautiful Places in the World ” and I could not agree more! The city simply comes alive, like most, in the summer months, but Victoria is a year round playground because of its incredibly mild climate.
It is, without a doubt, the warmest year round climate to be found in Canada!
Top 3 Popular Attractions in What to Do In Victoria
Whale Watching Tours
Go On a Whale Watching Tour!
Taking a whale watching tour is perhaps one of the most exciting adventures you can ever take with your family! It’s something that’s not often thought of because it is such a unique and rare experience. As you can see from the video above, this incredible adventure and excitement associated with catching sites of “Killer Whales” up close, is really a thrill of a lifetime! 😀
Take it from me, having grown up and lived in Victoria for many years and as an avid scuba diver for years, actually seeing these incredible creatures up close and personal is truly spectacular!
An Experience Not Forgotten!
You must mark this unique adventure down on your … Victoria things to do travel list. Your whale watching adventure begins by taking a thrilling high speed Zodiac ride in search of these great mammals! For those seeking a little larger vessel and comfort, there are also beautifully fully equipped sheltered cruisers for your enjoyment.
Tours depart from Victoria’s scenic inner harbor located in the heart of the City and where many of the city’s popular tourist attractions are located, including;
The Historic Fairmont Empress Hotel;
The Provincial Museum;
The Parliament Buildings;
Cruise Ship Terminal;
Historic Government Street;
Just to name a few of the many very popular attractions located in the heart of the city.
Enjoying A Stroll Around Victoria’s Beautiful Inner Harbor!
Catch the waves and zip out to sea feeling safe and secure with highly qualified Captain’s and tour guides who are qualified naturalists. They promise an exhilarating adventure you will never forget! For more information, I have included a website link to one of the foremost whale watching tour companies in Victoria.
“We are still talking about the fantastic viewing opportunity we had. We were frankly overwhelmed by the number of whales we saw that day and the number of pictures that we got with our “point and shoot” digital. This is a trip will we long remember”.
“We had a fabulous day out on the water in our zodiac. Thank you so much for keeping us safe. I am deathly afraid of water and you did great job making me feel comfortable. Thank you so much. I had so much fun. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“Thanks again for a great trip – it was definitely one of the highlights of my vacation.”
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in Victoria BC
One other special attraction to take in while visiting Victoria BC, is to take a fun and scenic ride in a Horse Drawn Carriage. Again, this is something special and unique this beautiful city has to offer its visitors. Especially if you are enjoying a family cruise vacation and making a stop in the Port of Victoria, as hundreds of beautiful cruise ships do in season, coming to and from Alaska.
How special would it be to be welcomed and enjoy a tour on a horse drawn carriage at your cruise ship? 🙂
Sit back, relax and enjoy and number of guided tours to select from, all in the comfort of an open air horse drawn carriage and not in a stuffy tour bus. If you are looking to see the sites of downtown Victoria briefly, then this is a Must Do Attraction!
Typical tours include Victoria’s beautiful Beacon Hill Park, as you travel down the scenic waterfront. As well, catch a glimpse at restored heritage buildings as you make your way along old and historic James Bay. Travel up into downtown Victoria and catch the main attractions of the city. View Old Towne and North America’s second oldest China Town. Then make your way back to the Victoria’s spectacular Inner Harbor, passing the very famous Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Government Parliament Buildings.
The Historic Fairmont Empress Hotel
Be sure to choose at least 1 of these 3 amazing attractions that I have have listed above when visiting the city. I’m quite sure you will not be disappointed. I have also included a handy website link to Victoria’s oldest running and well respected horse drawn carriage companies for your convenience.
“Fun, informative and worthwhile.”
“Tour Fit for a Princess.”
“Wedding evening carriage ride.”
Stroll the Ogden Point Seawall in Downtown Victoria
Enjoy a Stroll & Beautiful Scenery of Downtown Victoria
Last but not least an a very special thing to do and happens to be one of my all – time favorite things to do in Victoria, is to take a stroll on the Ogden Point Seawall. If you want to enjoy a nice scenic walk overlooking the Pacific Ocean in downtown Victoria, then this is a must for every visitor. What is extra special is that taking a stroll on this unique seawall doesn’t cost you a cent!
It’s Free and It’s Fun!
Enjoy a walk on the Ogden Point breakwater seawall and afterwards, have coffee at the Ogden Point Dive Center and Café. The restaurant is situated right alongside the breakwater walkway, so you can still take in the amazing view while enjoying a snack.
It is easy to access, right next to the cruise ship terminal and within minutes of the inner harbor of Victoria.
Watch Cruise ships come and go, fish boats and seaplanes out and about, and send off those whale watchers as they make their way out to sea! The breakwater is also a favorite among scuba divers, so you can follow their bubbles as you walk along the seawall. You can even see directly across to Washington State and view the beautiful Olympic Mountains.
The view alone is worth the visit!
Pleasure Craft Entering Victoria Harbor
There are large rocks to climb about and the seashore as well to stroll along to keep the kids amused. The seawall is definitely something for the whole family to enjoy! Don’t forget to mark this on your Victoria things to do list, you and your family will be happy you did!
I have included a handy link to a website on some of Victoria’s popular attractions, including Ogden Point, with some pictures added for you convenience.
There you have it, just three exciting things for you and your family to do when visiting this beautiful city. I strongly recommend visiting this fine city at some point in your travels, and taking in as many attractions as you possibly can. Whether you fly or drive, Victoria is the perfect Holidays in Canada destination!
I’ll let you in on just one other very famous world renowned attraction in Victoria, and that is the beautiful Butchart Gardens. A world class display of spectacular floral gardens situated on 55 acres of breathtaking floral wonder on a privately owned 130 acre estate.
This beautiful Garden display is now well over 100 years old and is still going strong and is still owned by the Butchart family. Be sure to check out my recent post and photos of the spectacular Butchart Gardens.
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