City Guide to Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria is the cuter-than-a-button, picturesque darling of British Columbia. I really love this little city – with its super-easy and affordable ferry trip from Seattle, and it’s walkable fun-filled streets, what’s not to love?

Nothing, I tell yah!

Below are things to do, places to eat, and where to stay (even though Victoria is a great day trip to/from Seattle). First, here are some photos to whet your whistle.

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Hatley Castle Victoria


Inner Harbour Victoria


Victoria, British Columbia

Empress Hotel Victoria


Victoria’s Chinatown – savor the shops, the restaurants, and the mystery that surrounds it all.

Butchart Gardens. Just outside of town, a world-famous destination not to be missed.

Butterfly Gardens – and an indoor paradise for the most gorgeous insects.

Royal BC Museum  Immerse yourself in the culture and history of early B.C. settlers. A great place for adults and kids alike.

Fisherman’s Wharf  On the south side of the inner harbor.

Hatley Castle  An exquisite historical site just outside of town.

Beacon Hill Park – within walking distance of downtown, with a petting zoo!

Ogden Point Breakwater A one-mile walkway along the water that ends with a lighthouse!

Afternoon Tea at the Empress.   Explorer Sue favorite!  An honest-to-gosh English tea experience, with a tri-tiered dessert niblet tray.

Whale Watching  Whale sighting are never a guarantee, but oh what a view!

For great shopping information, go to Victoria Shopping.



Bard & Banker Public House  A Scottish style pub with two floors, great food and drink and plenty of live music and KILTS!

Spinnakers Craft beer and pub food lovers unite!

Canoe   Erm…can you tell that I love brewpubs?

Pig BBQ Joint   The best BBQ in town, hands down.

Red Fish Blue Fish  A popular seafood eatery that’s easy on the wallet!

Brasserie L’Ecole  For something a bit more upscale, try this incredible French bistro.



Ocean Island Inn  A cute, funky hostel with private rooms for the budget traveler.

Inn at Laurel Point  I’ve stayed here before and it’s a great mid-range hotel. Very comfortable.

Fairmont Empress Hotel  Go all out and stay at this iconic property.

Travelzoo  Almost always has great, exclusive deals on Victoria accommodations.



Other than Clipper Vacations, here is a handy article.

Victoria, British Columbia


Victoria City Guide


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