Victoria Holidays

Sometimes you just want to suspend your disbelief and believe that somewhere really is as picture-perfect as it seems. With its postcard prettiness and old world charm, Victoria is one of those places. We love the grandeur of The Parliament Buildings and Empress Hotel reflected in the waters of the Inner Harbour, the eclectic street performers and craft shops of Government Street, and the historic buildings turned restaurants of Bastion Square.  

Destination Highlights
  • Tour the Parliament Buildings
  • Whale Watching
  • Visiting The Royal BC Museum
  • Exploring Butchart Gardens
  • Enjoying Afternoon Tea at The Empress Hotel

Time Zone

GMT -8 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9.5 hours; direct flights from the UK are available

Currency

CAD - Canadian Dollar

Visa Information

Please ensure you have a valid electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to your departure to Canada. Please check with the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required

You'll easily be able to fill up your days in Victoria, with many historic buildings and some of the best museums in British Columbia to explore. Discover wineries, distilleries, gardens, shopping and much more.

  • Parliament Buildings at dusk, Victoria, Vancouver Island

    Parliament Buildings

    These elegant, turreted buildings on the harbour-front are a Victoria landmark. Built in the late 19th century, The Parliament Buildings are still home to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly. Take the 30-minute tour for eccentric stories about the parliament's history. At night, the buildings light up, casting a lovely glow over the harbour.

  • Whale Watching

    Whale watching

    The Pacific waters surrounding Victoria and Vancouver Island are home to humpbacks, orcas, and porpoises. Join a whale watching tour and keep a lookout for acrobatic killer whales breaching the water, minke whales popping up above the surface, and porpoises trailing the boats.

  • Butchart Gardens

    Dating back more than a hundred years, these world-famous Gardens are visited by over a million people every year. The meticulously manicured grounds, pristine floral displays, sculptures and fountains will inspire even the most reluctant gardener. Highlights include the Sunken, Japanese, Italian, and Rose gardens.

  • Afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress

    Enjoy afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress, this a time old tradition. Let you waiter help you select you a tea, they will then explain to you how long they recommend the you let the tea leaves brew. Whilst you're waiting, indulge the fine sandwiches and scones on offer you will not be disappointed.

  • Kayaking in the harbour

    Take to the water in a kayak and discover Victoria from an unique perspective. Join a guided tour and see the city up close as the guide describes the city's history and the working harbour. This is your chance to spot otters, seal and eagles all whilst watching the busy activity of the harbour. An adventure we definitely recommend you take.

  • Macey, Destination Specialist

    Macey

    Destination Specialist

    "If you're looking for the quintessential Victoria experience, be sure to stay at Fairmont Empress. The historic hotel holds the prime spot over the inner harbour and the hotel's outdoor restaurant is the perfect spot to watch the world go by."

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