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A Look At Victoria

A Look At Victoria, BC
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining & Activity Listings Victoria's reputation for friendliness has spread far and wide, and readers of Condé Nast Traveler recently named it the world's third most friendly city, just behind Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia. People who live here have a lot to smile about and they enjoy an exceptional quality of life and a slower pace than...

A Taste of Victoria Recipes

A taste of Victoria, BC
View Victoria Dining & Restaurant Listings Well-kept secrets that our chefs are offering up for your cooking enjoyment. These recipes are from a number of the participating advertisers you will find within our dining section so you can even try these out beforehand at the restaurants themselves. The area is well known for its exquisite mix of local and international dining options....

Accommodations in Victoria

Accommodation, Hotels & Resorts in Victoria, BC
View Victoria's Accommodation, Hotel & Motel Listings Victoria's hotel scene has undergone a wonderful metamorphous in the last few years as the seedy motels are quickly being replaced by wonderful boutique hotels with incredible amenities. Even with the dramatic upgrade in quality, Victoria remains a bargain destination especially in the shoulder seasons. Here are a few suggestions to...

Activities in Victoria

Tally Ho Carriage Tours
Choose from sailing and diving, hiking and biking, kayaking and canoeing, watching for whales and birds, fabulous golfing and so much more. The region is home to 50 regional, provincial and federal parks covering more than 7,600 hectares of rocky shores and headlands, old-growth rainforest, Garry oak meadows, mountains, lakes and rivers tumbling towards the ocean. Pick a direction and go....

Adrenalin Adventures in Victoria

Adrenalin adventures in Victoria, BC.
View Victoria's Activity Listings Walk on the edge, zip through the trees, catch wind and waves, land a Chinook salmon – and that's just for starters! On Vancouver Island, every day is an adventure waiting to happen. On the land and in the water, there are just so many invigorating ways to get your blood pumping! Adrena Line has eight ziplines ranging from 150 feet to 1,000 feet long,...

Afternoon Tea in Victoria

Afternoon Tea in Victoria, BC.
View Victoria's Dining Listings The most British city in all of Canada, afternoon tea is a time-honoured Victoria tradition. Many of Victoria's tearooms are housed in heritage homes while others are housed in hotels and a number of the city's attractions. When you talk about gardens, you can't miss Butchart Gardens and both afternoon tea and high tea are served with traditional delicacies,...

Art Galleries in Victoria

Art Galleries in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island
Victoria has always attracted artists from right across Canada, not only to live but to display and sell their offerings. The fine art market is well represented in Victoria, the following are a few galleries worth checking on your next visit. The Robert Bateman Centre Gallery Discover the beauty of wildlife in this unique art gallery on Victoria’s historic waterfront. Legendary Canadian...

Attractions in Victoria

Attractions in Victoria include the Fisgard Lighthouse, part of Victoria's history as a military outpost..
View Victoria's Attractions Listings Got a thirst for an adventure, a hunger for celebration, a curiosity for history? Well then you've come to the right place. Victoria comes alive with festivals, fun and food, and it's one of Canada's top destinations for year-round recreation and culture. Beacon Hill Park is named for the two masts placed at the summit as a beacon for mariners. It is just...

Cigars and Accessories in Victoria

Shopping in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island
Visitors to Victoria who are looking for a good cigar or smoking accessories are blessed, as our city has an excellent selection of places to satisfy your needs. The Cuban Cigar Shop Located at 938 Fort Street, features over 24 brands of the finest Cuban cigars. This represents 190 different Cuban cigars, including collectables and Limited Edition cigars. They also feature 120 non-Cuban...

Cycling in Victoria

Cycling is a very popular activity in Victoria, BC.
View Victoria's Activity Listings With more cyclists per capita than any city in the country, Victoria is known as the cycling capital of Canada. It's also the hometown of championship racing cyclist, Ryder Hesjedal, winner of the Grand Tour at the 2012 Giro d' Italia. Victoria is a fabulous place to ride a bike, with an expanding network of trails, urban roads with bike lanes and rural...

Eco Tourism in Victoria

Eco tourism in Victoria, BC.
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining & Activity Listings Alive with marine life, the nutrient-rich and sheltered waters around southern Vancouver Island offer up some of the world’s highest density and most accessible whale watching. The waters here are the most accessible and predictable place to see orcas (killer whales) in their natural habitat, along with many other saltwater...

Fashion in Victoria

Fashion in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island
The heart of the city is bursting with trendy little shops that showcase the exceptional work and quality of local designers. Lower Johnson Street (LoJo as locals call it) is a great place to hunt for everything from the latest yoga wear to designer bags and a stunning choice of Vans and Chuck Taylors. Handcrafted fashions from the Cowichan Valley's First Nations can be found in many retailers...

From Farm To Fork in Victoria

A field of pumpkins on Vancouver Island. From Farm to Fork in Victoria, BC.
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining & Activity Listings Southern Vancouver Island has long been a place of plenty, and First Nations peoples have thrived off the bounty of the forests and the ocean for generations. Abundant precipitation, a mild climate, clean air, nutrient-rich water and fertile soils combine to make this one of the most productive places on the planet. The historic...

Golfing Around Victoria

Golfing in Victoria and Vancouver Island
View Golfing on Vancouver Island> Perched on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island overlooking the straits of Juan de Fuca and Haro, the private Victoria Golf Club has more than 100 proud years of golf tradition. Its spectacular 18-hole course challenges with parkland and seaside holes, each distinctive and rewarding. Members of other golf clubs can pay to play the course if...

Heritage Tourism in Victoria

Heritage Tourism in Victoria, BC.
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining & Activity Listings Southern Vancouver Island is the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people. Europeans began to explore the Island in 1778, and established a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post in 1843. It came to be known as Fort Victoria, and the settlement became a city in 1862, five years before Canada became a country.  Today’s...

Hiking in Victoria

Hiking in Victoria, BC.
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining & Activity Listings There is a wide diversity of hiking within a 30-minute drive of the city, ranging from walks on the beach to spectacular viewpoints overlooking the mountains and sea. With more than 60 provincial, regional and municipal parks, there are plenty of trails to choose from and a range of terrain to suit every level of hiker. Here are a...

Hobbies and Handcrafts in Victoria

Shopping in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island
One of Victoria’s most beautiful shops, Button & Needlework Boutique at 614 View Street, offers an outstanding selection of yarns, ribbons, needlework and incomparable buttons from around the world. Find exquisite knitting yarns and notions, and handcrafted one-of-a-kind buttons. Also look for embroidery, crewelwork and needlepoint supplies. Open Monday - Saturday, 9:30am - 5:30pm and...

Jewellery and Gifts in Victoria

Jewellery and gifts in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island
Stone's Jewelry Enter the Fairmont Empress Hotel and be treated to a world of luxury. This high-end jewellery shop specializes in one-of-a-kind designs in 14-karat and 18-karat gold with a unique selection of custom-designed pieces in opals, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, gold charms and coins. Ann-Louise Jewellers is one of the biggest local jewellers across western Canada. Specializing in...

Lakes & Beaches in Victoria

Lakes and Beaches on Vancouver Island
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining, Shopping & Activity Listings Dallas Road The stony beaches below the Dallas Road walkway are tremendous for walking in the wind, with kites and hang gliders soaring overhead. These beaches are also a treasure trove for beachcombers, who find driftwood in all its convoluted shapes and tidal pools at low tide. Willows Beach Willows is a long, broad...

Nightlife in Victoria

Nightlife in Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining & Activity Listings Victoria is famous for its robust craft cocktail scene and micro brew pubs, and an assortment of great bars and clubs to kick back and relax or dance the night away. Eat, Drink and Be Happy! Whether you come by for lunch, dinner or want to have a late night snack, The Local Pub & Patio is sure to please. During one of those...

Parks & Gardens in Victoria

Parks and Gardens on Vancouver Island - Butchart Gardens
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining, Shopping & Activity Listings Gardens at HCP Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (HCP) is a hidden gem located not far from the heart of Victoria. The Gardens at HCP has 3.5 hectares(9 acres) of year-around demonstration gardens suitable to the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can enjoy a variety of garden styles such as a Winter Garden, a Japanese Garden,...

Real Estate & Developments in Victoria

Real Estate & Developments in Victoria, BC
View Retiring in Victoria View Victoria Shopping, Dining & Activity Listings As more people are discovering South Vancouver Island, the lure of owning a little slice of this paradise is helping to push demand for real estate and new development. The tranquility and rugged beauty of the South Island, its excellent services and superb lifestyle draws many to retire here, buy a vacation or...

Retiring to Victoria

Retiring to Victoria
View Victoria Real Estate & Developments Listings The mildest year-round climate in Canada, the lure of active lifestyles, superb amenities, manageable size and a welcoming atmosphere put Victoria at the top of the list as Canada’s favourite place to retire. Renowned as the best place to escape winter without leaving the country, Victoria was chosen by MoneySense magazine as a top...

Shoe Fashion in Victoria

Shopping in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island
In a city that beckons to walkers, it’s no surprise that Victoria is home to a wide range of footwear stores. From active wear for hiking, cycling, kayaking and fitness walking to casual shoes, designer selections and everything in between, you're likely to run out of time before running out of places to browse. There are a range of chain stores in local malls, and some of the best...

Shopping in Victoria

Shopping in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island
Park your car, lace up your walking shoes and get ready to explore. For a refreshing change of pace, the heart of Victoria is a treasure trove of shopping discovery and its intimate little shops prove small is beautiful and bigger is not always better. These diminutive places of discovery are chock-ful with one-of-a-kind offerings, from locally made crafts to treasures from afar. The diversity...

Sightseeing in Victoria

Sightseeing in Victoria, BC
View Victoria's Transportation & Tour Listings Victoria’s location, natural bounty and diverse activity-based services make it a place ideally suited to experience and explore the outdoors. Boat rentals and fishing charters help fishers get a line on the next big catch, while canoes, kayaks, sailboats and windsurfers offer a way to get out on the water. Let somebody else do the...

Spas in Victoria

Spas in Victoria, BC
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining & Activity Listings Embark on an invigorating journey into a glorious sense of well being. Southern Vancouver Island's destination spas absorb inspiration from their natural surroundings to relax and rejuvenate mind and body. As a destination, Victoria soothes and invigorates the senses with its ocean air, gorgeous gardens, mountain views and lush...

Top Ten Activities in Victoria

Top Ten Activities in Victoria, BC
View Victoria Activity Listings Go Ziplining  Check out Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours and experience the forest canopy as you cross two suspension bridges. Enjoy a fun 10-minute Umimog ride up to the top of the zipline course. A great way to spend the day in 100 acres of coastal temperate rainforest. See a Real Castle  Hatley Park National Historic Site is located on an...

Top Ten Family Activities in Victoria

Top Ten Family Activities To Do in Victoria, BC
View Victoria Activity Listings Check Out Some Auto Racing  Western Speedway, just minutes away from downtown Victoria, enters its 63rd year of Auto Racing at one of the premier motorsports venues in Canada. Why not give this a try with the family! Enjoy the Gardens at Horticulture Centre of the Pacific Located just 12km north of downtown Victoria, you’ll find a public garden lovingly...

Top Ten Kid Activities in Victoria

Top Ten Things To Do in Victoria, if you are a kid!
View Victoria Activity Listings Get Friendly with Farm Animals  The Beacon Hill Children's Farm in Beacon Hill Park offers a hands-on experience with a goat pen where you can enter and pet the adorable and playful little guys. The farm also has miniature horses, pot belly pigs, peacocks and rabbits. Get Buggy  Since 1997, the Victoria Bug Zoo has been showing visitors awe-inspiring...

Top Ten Rainy Day Activities in Victoria

Top Ten Activities on a Rainy Day in Victoria, BC
View Victoria Activity Listings Take a Craft Beer Tour One of the best tours of Victoria & Vancouver Island! Join a wine, craft brewery or craft distillery tour with Canadian Craft Tours where they visit 3-5 locations per tour! Multiple tours run daily. All tastings, round trip transportation and tours behind the scenes are included. Take a Winery Tour Enrico Winery, in picturesque Mill...

Touring Around Victoria

Touring Around Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining, Shopping & Activity Listings On the walkway around the harbour, joggers run, parents wheel strollers, jugglers and drummers entertain, and visitors eat fish and chips as they watch the passing parade. On the water, sailboats tie up at the wharves, kayakers and canoeists poke into coves and marinas, float planes come and go as ducks bob in their wake...

Tours & Transportation in Victoria

Tours & Transportation in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, BC
View Victoria's Transportation & Tour Listings Budget Victoria Car & Truck Rentals are available at 4 locations in Victoria. Arriving in Victoria but departing from a different part of the Island? Call us about our one-way rates that allow you to drop your vehicle wherever you are leaving from.
 Budget in Victoria is locally owned and operated and has been in the same family for over...

Water Activities in Victoria

Water Activities in Victoria, BC
Water is life and, in this city surrounded by water, it refreshes and invigorates and puts the zest into life. Its never far to a perfect place for a swim, a beach for building sandcastles, a bay to launch a kayak, or a lagoon to watch some birds. City and regional lakes and beaches entice with abundant recreational and leisure opportunities and, when the heat builds up, the refreshing waters...

Weddings in Victoria

Weddings in Victoria, BC
View Victoria's Accommodation, Dining & Activity Listings From vast windswept seaside beaches to romantic hideaways, Victoria entices with an astonishing selection of places to make your special day truly something to remember. Victoria is home to an assortment of wedding and wedding-related goods and services. You can buy exquisite rings from top jewellers, wedding dresses and tuxedos in...

Whale Watching in Victoria

Whale watching in Victoria, BC
View Victoria's Whale Watching Listings They’re called whale-watching tours, but guests see much more than whales on these adventure sightseeing excursions just off Victoria’s shores. When conditions permit, tours leave daily from Victoria’s Inner Harbour and the Port of Sidney. Qualified operators, Prince Of Whales and Sidney Whale Watching run a range of vessels, including...

Wineries Around Victoria

Wineries Around Victoria
Enrico Winery, home to award winning wines and friendly people. Nestled in beautiful Mill Bay, you will find this 50 acre jewel. Come into our welcoming Tasting Room and enjoy a glass of wine. Boasting 9 different wines and with five estate grown varietals, you are sure to find your new favourite. Our large deck overlooking the trout filled pond is a great place to sit, relax and sip. Join...