Sightseeing in Victoria
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 propelling with sightseeing tours on water and land.
Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria, at 721 Government Street, has been an instituion in Victoria for countless years. Experience the Island aboard one of their vintage British Double Decker buses! Their tours are designed to allow the customers complete flexibility to explore the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Their experienced staff always make Gray Line Tours a personal, informative and entertaining experience. Visit them at their seasonal kiosk (May to Sept.) in front of the Empress Hotel.
See Victoria from the water on Gray Line's Harbour Sights Tours aboard the Lynda Mae and enjoy our insightful commentary—full of interesting facts about Victoria--while our licensed sea captains pilot you on a relaxing journey around the inner harbour.
Island Outfitters Fishing Charters has been offering fishing charters out of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, since 1994. The exhilaration of salmon, lingcod and halibut fishing is fun for the whole family! With over 20 years of experience, they supply everything you need to offer you the ultimate West Coast Adventure.
A great way to see Victoria, also at a leisurely pace, would be by taking a horse-drawn carriage tour. Tally Ho Carriage Tours is Victoria's original horse-drawn tour company and has been creating unforgettable memories for visitors and locals alike since 1903. They will pick you up at your hotel or restaurant, and on cool summer evenings, you can snuggle into comfort with their soft, faux-fur blankets. You can find them under the burgundy umbrella at the corner of Belleville and Menzies Streets beside the Legislative Buildings.
If you are into a little exercise, what better way to see Victoria than by taking a walking tour? With Chinatown Walks and Discovery Walks you can explore Chinatown and heritage neighbourhoods with an experienced local guide. This is a scheduled 90-minute walking tour, which is offered year round, and certain to make your visit to Victoria memorable.
Adrena LINE Zipline Tours is Vancouver Island’s most exciting zipline adventure tour. Consisting of 8 ziplines, 2 suspension bridges, and a ten minute ATV ride to the top of the course. Adrena LINE offers shuttle transportation from downtown on some of their daily tours. They are located at 5128C Sooke Rd. (next to the historic 17 Mile House Pub).
Join Canadian Craft Tours for behind the scenes tours of Victoria's wineries, craft breweries and craft distillers. All tastings, round trip transportation and tours behind the scenes are included.
CVS Sightseeing Tours provide an experience, not just a “tour”. The experience starts with exceptional service, the cleanliness and quality of the vehicle and it continues with the driver’s local colour commentary and free Wi-Fi on board every vehicle. Try the CVS experience and see for yourself.
The magnificent Galloping Goose Trail, built on an abandoned railway line, is a 70-kilometre (44-mile), mostly flat multi-use path that is great for families. Bicycles can be rented so visitors can also "ride the Goose." Bring along your binoculars for some of the best birdwatching anywhere. Step back in time through the eyes of Victoria’s historic buildings on a historic walking tour or a historic neighbourhood tour. Visit such grand Victorian and Edwardian architectural gems as the BC Parliament Buildings, Craigdarroch Castle, Helmcken House, Emily Carr House, Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse, Point Ellice House and the barracks at Fort Rodd Hill. Pause to enjoy afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress or Butchart Gardens.