To See & Do

Though Victoria is not a very big city, there is plenty to do. One could easily spend several days in the downtown area itself. For those interested in history and culture, visit the Royal British Columbia Museum to learn more about the region's history and British heritage. Over the years, this museum's exhibits, which now include hands-on display and live entertainment as well as traditional displays, have won international recognition. For visitors looking for natural beauty, Victoria lives up to its "City of Gardens" nickname. The Butchart Gardens are the most well-known, with 55 acres of flowers and fountains including a rose garden, Japanese garden and Italian garden, among others. Walking throughout the city, visitors will see flowers on lampposts, buildings and lining the city's parks. For shoppers, Victoria has plenty of options. Vacationers can shop for souvenirs at in the stores surrounding the Inner Harbor and up and down Government Street. Those in search of one-of-a-kind items should head to Batison Square, filled with European-style shops and restaurants, and check out the Market Square with over 40 specialty shops. Finally, Victoria offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, both in the city itself and on nearby Vancouver Island, for those with a more active vacation in mind. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, boating, horseback riding, hiking, diving, cycling, mountain biking and more.