The Victoria City Bucket List
Canada’s Victoria City is known for its laid-back beauty. Hailed as the country’s “Garden City”, Victoria is the host of magnificent sights. If you’re taking time to visit this side of the North, here are the places you must not overlook. Book your tour to the beautiful city of Victoria.
Wide and majestic, this building looks like a European palace. This holds the British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly. Done in a neo-baroque style, the buildings speak of royal authority. Keep an eye out for the Queen Victoria statue on the front lawn, as well as the golden statue atop the building’s central dome.
Even if you do not stay here, you should at least see it to appreciate its beauty. A National Historic site, this is one of the most famous hotels in town. It is one of the oldest, too. It sometimes goes as far as to represent Victoria itself. With 464 rooms, the Edwardian-style hotel is also known for its afternoon tea service.
This is a cluster of floral-display gardens. It is also a National Historic Site, and is known for its amazing ambience. The vibrant flowers and graceful fountains are sure to make your day.
Found in Hatley park, the castle is a mansion that once housed a naval training facility. Also Edwardian in nature, the Castle boasts off very fine craftsmanship and connects to an expansive open space.
The house looks more of a private home than anything, and is hailed as the “Ceremonial Home” of all residents. Its historical significance, though, makes it worth the visit.
Prince of Whales.
Don’t miss out as the Prince of Whales offers an epic whale-watching experience! Be sure to check out the Zodiac vessel for that real up-close-and-personal feel.
Offering great views, the Inner Harbor is the view visible from the Empress Hotel. A nice morning or evening stroll here would cure any worries about the world.
If you’re in for some fine dining, look no further than Vista 18. The view from the restaurant couldn’t get any better. Proceed to the bar area for a romantic overlook.
Rooftop Patio and Sticky Wicket.
A distinctive party atmosphere can be felt in these places. Both are under The Strathcona, the premiere entertainment center in the district. Hold your party in a surf-themed (Rooftop) or cricket-themed (Sticky Wicket) place.
Seafood Caesar Restaurants.
Try Ferris’ Oyster Bar, Bartholomew’s Pub, 5th Street Bar, or any of the many restaurants that offer amazing seafood caesar. Don’t leave the place without partaking of this signature cocktail!
Visit the upper and lower Tethis, Canada’s first nature sanctuaries. This has beaches, forest trails, and more.
This is a regional park and a haven for swimmers. The refreshing waters are complemented by abundant trails and stunning views. Plus, it’s just half an hour from the urban center, too.
Go hiking (or dog-hiking!) here and reward yourself with a bird’s eye view of the city. One of the trails has an abandoned mine you can visit for an extra dose of thrill.
Go Moses as you walk through the ocean on this thin strip of concrete. The breakwater walk extends for about 800 meters, and houses a lighthouse at one end. There are no railings, so be careful while looking over the edge at the marine life.
This is a great spot for the sunset. It is also ideal for those seeking a quiet break from the city bustle. It is also great for kite-flying!
Aside from the beautiful exhibits, you can also watch an IMAX documentary here. I watched “Mammoth” and found it really cool! This is a great place for those who want to learn.
See the boathouse and grab some Ice Cream— Perfect for an afternoon stroll.
Other cool points include the Cowichan Valley, Mount Washington, the Bug Zoo, Craigdarroch Castle, and a lot more! Victoria has a lot to offer, making it a truly one-of-a-kind tourist destination.
22 thoughts on “Must See in Victoria, BC”
Looks like a wonderful time! I have been to Vancouver but haven’t been to Victoria Island! It’s definitely going in my bucketlist now. Love the photos!
Beautiful photos! I hate to say I’ve never been to British Columbia but I’d love to go soon.
I loved the post! Thanks for sharing!
Beautiful. I’ve been to Victoria before but I’ve never really maximized the things that you can do there. One thing’s for sure though, it’s a lovely city and there’s really so many things that you can do especially if you love the great outdoors!
Wow! These photos are stunning! I want to go there too, i hope I can be a traveler like you!
Such a beautiful place and great photos. Thanks for sharing these tips, I’ll have to save them for a time I can visit!
Can I just live in Hatley Castle!!! Or by that lake?
Victoria, BC has so many beautiful places to see. I’ve never been, but after seeing these picts, I hope I get a chance to visit someday.
How beautiful. We live closer to the east coast so our Canada trips have been to Toronto and areas around there. I’d love to go to the western coast.
I haven’t been to B.C. yet and would love to visit… haven’t been west of Ontario which is sad indeed!
I got the chance to visit Vancouver for the first time this year and now I want to explore even more of Canada! This is definitely next on my list.
Wow, what a gorgeous place that is!!! I just fell in love with that castle!
Canada is one of those favorite places I would like to visit anytime and Victoria City looks amazing and I am in love with those beautiful pictures. The Thetis Lake looks peaceful and I would love to got for that whale-watching experience at Prince of Whales as well!
This is an awesome post, I wish I can travel like you! It is one of my regrets that I never got a chance to be a traveler when I was younger.
What a lovely city! My wife will love to go there, she likes traveling but we have limited time.
I want to see Victoria BC! Sounds like a ton of fun is waiting there, I wish I can go there someday.
I just love BC!! I spent two summers there before. So beautiful
What a beautiful view and photo. Looks like I want to go there
What a truly amazing place to visit. Hope we can go there too, soon!
It looks so beautiful there. I would love to visit the BC one day.
I liike that that there’s a park called Potholes. Makes me laugh. 🙂 Great pics here!
I haven’t been in Victoria BC but seeing your awesome photos make me want to visit those places.