Enjoy Victoria in 149 Different Ways

December 29, 2017


1.See the Salmon Spawning at Goldstream Provincial Park

in November and visit The Malahat Chalet Restaurant & Bakery nearby                   ​​

2.Visit the world-class Royal BC Museum
3.Enjoy fantastic Whale Watching                                    4.Take a scenic tour around Victoria                            5.Take in the National Geographic IMAX Theatre


6.Buy a funky new umbrella – and don’t leave home without it
7.Don’t miss the Mineral World/Scratch Patch at the Port Sidney Marina Golf on one of the many fabulous Victoria Golf Courses
8.Stroll through beautiful Beacon Hill Park – and take in the Petting Zoo

9.Take a walk along Dallas Road – to Ogden Point & the Breakwater Café

10.Visit Beacon 9.Drive-In Restaurant – for the city’s best soft ice cream cones 11.Charter a sailboat or salmon charter and check-out our waters
12.Visit quaint Sidney by the Sea and the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

13.Cross the blue drawbridge and walk the Songhees to the West Bay Marina

14.Support the Buskers in the Inner Harbour

15.Take a Harbour Ferry Tour
16.Tour Fisherman’s Wharf and sample Barb’s Fish & Chips

(Barb’s will close for winter)
17.Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride
18.Bike or walk the incredible Galloping Goose Trail
19.Enjoy a scenic view – try Mount Tolmie near the University of Victoria

20.Check out the University Finnerty Gardens

21.Visit the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary and hike around the lake Visit Playfair Park – rhododendron heaven in the spring
22.Hike the trails at East Sooke Park
23.Visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens

24.Climb to the top of Lone Tree Hill in the Highlands

25.Try ocean kayaking
26.Walk and shop Antique Row on Fort Street

27Rent a boat and explore our waters

28.Have a swim at Saanich Commonwealth Place – water slide & wave pool

29.Take the ferry to Sidney Spit Marine Park

30.Take a scenic air tour by plane or helicopter

31.Visit the fabulous tide-pools at Botanical Beach

32.Hike the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

33.Go surfing at Jordan River

34.Climb Mount Warbuton-Pike on Saturna Island

35.Visit the Saturday market at Ganges on Salt Spring Island

36.Visit the seals at Oak Bay Marina

37.Have a day picnic at French Beach Provincial Park

38.Climb Mill Hill for great views of Juan de Fuca Strait

39.Visit the Historical Museum in Sidney by the Sea

40.Visit Little Niagara Falls in Goldstream Provincial Park

41.Fish from the Fishing Pier in Sidney by the Sea

42.Visit the crafters on Mayne Island

43.Visit East Point Light Station on Saturna Island

44.Visit Miniature World at the Fairmont Empress Hotel

45.Take a tour of the Fairmont Empress Hotel

46.Tour the Esquimalt Naval Base

47.Attend the Symphony Splash in the Inner Harbour early August

48.Take a long walk at Island View Beach

49.Shop ‘till you drop in Old Towne and Lower Johnson Street

50.Check out scenic views at Mt. Douglas Park

51.Visit the Maritime Museum in Bastion Square

52.Take a double-decker Bus Tour or Hippo Tour

53.Ride a Kabuki Cab

54.Visit Craigdarroch Castle

56.Travel Marine Drive through Uplands – lifestyles of the rich and famous

57.Go horseback riding through Elk/Beaver Lakes

58.Visit the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society in Central Saanich

59.Tour the Japanese Gardens at Royal Roads University

60.Visit Fort Rodd Hill – a national historic site and Fisgard Light Station

61.Stroll through Witty’s Lagoon (bird sanctuary, beach and park)

62.Shop at the Government Street Market on Sundays in the summer

63.Pamper yourself at one of our great Spas.

64.Check out Willows Beach in Oak Bay & visit the Kiwanis Tea Room

65. Have “High Tea” at the Fairmont Empress downtown or the White Heather In Oak Bay

66. See the fabulous fireworks at Butchart Gardens Saturdays during July and August

67. Tour the Parliament Buildings
68. Visit Butterfly Gardens
69.. Visit one of the many outdoor summer markets – especially Moss Street

70.Visit the Greater Victoria Art Gallery 
71. Fly a kite at Clover Point – Dallas Road waterfront
72. Take a historical tour of Chinatown
73. Visit Mattick’s Farm
74. Visit Thunderbird Park next to the Provincial Museum
75. Visit Bedwell Harbour on Pender Island
76. Take the Arts Tour on Saltspring Island (crafts, artists, artisans)
77. Hike up Mount Finlayson at Goldstream Provincial Park
78. Do a Duncan Day Trip – Kinsol Trestle, the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre
79. Visit Mom’s Café in Sooke
80. Try miniature golf at Mattick’s Farm, or the Par 3 at Cordova Bay
81. Visit the Victoria Bug Zoo
82. Take the Mill Bay Ferry between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay
83. Do a Ghostly Tour of Victoria
84. Shop at Market Square in downtown Victoria – a unique shopping area
85. Tour Christ Church Cathedral
86. Take a day trip to see Malaspina Gallery on Gabriola Island
87. Take the BC Ferries Gulf Island Tour – take one of the four island stop rides

88. Take a day trip to the Vineyards near Duncan
89. Take a day trip to see the Chemainus Murals
90. Go to Chapters Book Store and drink hot chocolate
91. Stroll around the Oak Bay Village
92. Check out Munroe’s Bookstore
93. Visit Esquimalt Lagoon – a unique estuary and bird sanctuary
94. Visit Cook Street Village – visit the interesting shops, and people-watch

95. Visit the BC Legislature when in session – have lunch in the cafeteria
96. Take an Inner Harbour Walk – from downtown to West Bay Marina
97. Wine tasting and tours at Saanich Peninsula wineries
98. Tour the beautiful Glendale Garden & Woodlands

99.Visit the British Columbia Aviation Museum near the airport – have lunch at the Spitfire Grill close-by, and watch the planes take-off and land

100.Take in a movie at one of the many movie theatres around Victoria



  1. Check out the many fabulous beaches on the island

  2. Visit historic Roger’s Chocolates

  3. Visit the Sea Cider on the Saanich Peninsula

  4. Take a day trip to Duncan and the Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre

  5. Visit the giant Douglas fir at Cathedral Grove near Parksville

  6. Visit a downtown institution, the Dutch Bakery

  7. Visit beautiful Thetis Lake Park where you can swim and hike

  8. Try fishing in one of the nearby lakes around Greater Victoria

  9. Sign up for “Discover The Past” tours around Victoria

  10. Visit Bear Mountain Golf Resort

  11. Visit Canada’s oldest synagogue, Congregation Emanuel (1863)

  12. Tour beautiful Brentwood Bay and the Village

  13. Rent a bicycle or scooter

  14. Visit the beautiful new Oak Bay Beach Hotel

  15. Take a dinner cruise in the harbour

  16. Go rowing on Elk Lake

  17. Rent an overnight on a Float Home (The Pink Dishrack)

  18. Stroll the Gorge Waterway and the Trestle Bridge

  19. Try lawn bowling

  20. Take the Clipper to Seattle

  21. Visit Emily Carr House

  22. Take in a play at the Belfry or Langham Court Theatres

  23. Visit Gyro Park in Cadboro Bay

  24. Go skiing at Mount Washington

  25. Visit Government House and try out the new Tea Room

  26. Take the ferry from Sidney to Anacortes Washington

  27. Visit the Abkhazi Gardens and Teahouse

  28. Take a picnic to Gonzales Beach

  29. Take in the Moss Street Paint-In (July each year)

  30. Visit one of the many excellent restaurants in Victoria

  31. Plan a trip to Tofino and Uclulet

  32. Visit Point Ellis House and Tearoom

  33. Take the Coho ferry to Port Angeles

  34. Visit Helmcken House near the Museum


  1. Visit St. Ann’s Academy and the beautiful Chapel



  2. Tour Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse

  3. Visit the Steamship Terminal and the Robert Bateman Centre

  4. Visit City Hall and check-out their self-guided walking tours

  5. Stroll through the Ross Bay Cemetary or take a tour

  6. Visit Bastion Square

  7. Take in an event at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre

  8. Hike through the incredible Mystic Vale

  9. Visit the interesting Chinese Cemetary

  10. Try your luck at the View Royal Casino

  11. Take a stroll along Wharf Street

  12. Get tickets to the Victoria Symphony Orchestra

  13. Check-out what’s on at the McPherson or Royal Theatres

  14. Cross the waters and visit magnificent Vancouver and Whistler

  15. Check-out the restaurants and pubs offering “Happy Hour” - they are

    often three hours long!

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