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Best Things to Do in Victoria BC, so far...

Flying Westjet is the way to go!
Flying Westjet is the way to go!
After visiting my sister and her family there a few weeks ago, we fell in love with Victoria.

Victoria BC sunrise
“What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory. Each day is a wonder. ~ Oprah Winfrey

If you plan to travel by air, arrive in Sidney (20 minutes from Victoria), then reserve a rental car at the airport.

When seeking tranquilly in or around Victoria, finding an ocean view is one of the most important things to do.

Sunrise Victoria BC
Imagine starting each day with this vista!
Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. -Richie Norton

It was oftentimes tough to find the drive to even walk outside and explore when there was an ocean view right outside your back door, but you can do it!

Ocean views Victoria BC
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

You could spend the entire day admiring yachts and boats and even reading about their features online.

“Now is the time to seas the day.”

The best things to do in and around Victoria BC (Haven't done them all yet)

  1. Beers and fish at Pier Bistro (Sidney)

  2. Tour the British Columbia Parliament Building

  3. Walk around Victoria Old Town and Chinatown

  4. Enjoy the famous Tea at the Empress

  5. Hike around Beacon Hill Park

  6. Watch the sunset from the Inner Harbor

  7. Visit the Royal BC Museum

  8. Stroll around Fishermans’s Wharf

  9. Admire Craigdarroch Castle

  10. Tour and amazing beaches

  11. Take a trip to the Butchart Gardens

  12. Go on a Ocean tour/whale watching tour

breathing taking views of the oceans in Victoria
a morning view Mount Baker of where we stayed in Victoria

Victoria, a city full of adventure and surrounded by water. The southernmost point of Vancouver Island is home to the coastal capital of British Columbia, which enjoys stunning views of the Salish Sea and the straits of Juan de Fuca and the Haro.

paddle boarding in Victoria
Paddle Boarding was a blast!
boat tour in gulf islands BC
“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”

I would advise doing it at least once. We had the opportunity to take a boat excursion through the Gulf Islands.

Go for a boat tour through the Gulf Islands Victoria
Go for a boat tour through the Gulf Islands Victoria

Sea Lions off the Gulf Islands Victoria BC
Sea Lions off the Gulf Islands

After a day on the water, make sure you spend some times walking around downtown Victoria.

The territory that makes up Victoria's Old Town is situated between Chatham Street (the northern boundary), Humboldt Street (the southern boundary), Douglas Street (the eastern boundary), the Wharf and Store Streets, and the Waterfront (west border).

China Town Victoria

As Victoria Old Town is a fairly pleasant spot to roam around, you could easily spend the entire afternoon here.

Victoria BC housing mansions
One of the many mansions or large homes along the coast

It's time to head outside of Victoria's downtown to see the renowned Butchart Gardens. These lovely gardens, which are only 20 km north of Victoria, are a wonderful destination to spend the day. The Butchart Gardens are a National Historic Site of Canada and were created as a consequence of Jenny Butchart's inspiration, fervor, and commitment.

There is the Sunken Garden, which Jennie Butchart planted as the very first garden way back in 1904, as well as Japanese, Italian, and Mediterranean gardens as well as the enticing Rose Garden.

Buchart Gardens is amazing Victoria
“In matters of healing the body or the mind, vacation is a true genius!” – Mehmet Murat ildan”

A coffee shop, restaurant, and gift shop are also there, as well as a lot of seeds. The Rose Carousel, which features 30 hand-carved wooden animals, is another attraction, especially for families with young children. The cost of a carousel ride is merely 2CAD!

Where should I go in Victoria on holiday?
“Life is too short to not go on that spontaneous road trip.”

"The golden hour can be simultaneously shared with the ones we love and care about and lived as a very personal and spiritual occasion"

What kind of views in Victoria BC
“May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” – Trenton Lee Stewart

While in Victoria make sure you head to Beacon Hill Park for some of Victoria's best walking trails if you want to burn some calories.

“Adventures are the best ways to learn.”

The park has a number of hiking trails, a gorgeous pond, a children's zoo, and lovely flowers. A viewpoint overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca may be found here, along with the highest free-standing totem pole in the entire globe.

We only stayed for five days, but we were able to enjoy the coast and Victoria's winding roads, paddle boarding, boat tours, and we can't wait to return!

Mykel's first date on Beacon Hill Victoria :)

Along the ocean in Victoria, there are numerous beaches, cute boutiques, and my favorite pubs that offer the greatest halibut and beer money can buy. When you do decide to leave your current accommodation, though, be sure to stop in Sydney at least once.

Victoria, British Columbia is the ideal getaway if you love photography.