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A city full of unforgettable beauty, stunning gardens and captivating Victorian-era buildings. A city centred around the sea and soaked in nature. This is Victoria, the historic capital of British Columbia. Discover it all and find yourself enchanted by the city’s nature, culture and old English charm during your Victoria holiday.

Take to two wheels and explore the city by bike; why not start with a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf? Admire the quaint homes that float on the water alongside the pier with the sea as their back garden, and indulge in a plate of fish and chips, caught and cooked fresh by one of the pier’s eateries. Juxtapose the rustic Fisherman’s Wharf with the luxurious Empress Hotel as you devour its famed Afternoon Tea, then make your way to Craigdarroch Castle, an impressive Victorian mansion built in the late 1800s.

Victoria: a city rooted in nature

Known as the City of Gardens, Victoria’s link with the natural world is just as strong as the rest of the island’s. It’s far from a concrete jungle; the abundant Victorian architecture acts as the backdrop for some incredible areas of nature. Head to Butchart Gardens, an oasis of immaculately landscaped and endlessly colourful gardens, and explore the walking trails around beautiful Beacon Hill Park, passing by the peacocks that roam the park. Sitting on the coast of an island also means that Victoria is ripe for water-based adventures. Take a whale watching trip and witness the majestic mammals delight in their natural habitat, or explore the harbour and surrounding waters by kayak.

Continue your Victoria holiday and discover the rest of Vancouver Island, where a world of abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes await. Hike through lush forests, passing by waterfalls as you go, explore the island’s captivating coastal village of Tofino, and visit the Pacific Rim National Park.

Destination Highlights

  • Wander the beautiful Butchart Gardens
  • Do a spot of shopping at Bastion Square’s artisan market
  • Visit the breath-taking Victorian-era Craigdarroch Castle and learn about its history
  • Take to the walking trails and relax on the beaches of Elk & Beaver Lake National Park

Great sample itineraries


Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries foVictoria holidays. With so many options for Victoria holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor-made holiday just for you.

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Campbell River and Victoria Multi Centre

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £1,499 PP
Experience the incredible natural beauty, breath-taking scenery and stunning wildlife of Vancouver Island. A land of extremes, where modern comforts...
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Adventure holidays
Bear Watching Excursion

Whales Bears Vancouver Island Self-Drive

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £4,599 PP
Our incredible Whales, Bears and Vancouver Island self drive provides a sample of Canada’s most spectacular treasures. Discover picturesque Vancouver...
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Self drive holidays
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Rockies Trail Escorted Tour

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,599 PP
Take this ten day tour of beautiful Western Canada to combine rural and urban delights into one unforgettable adventure. Journey...
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Escorted tours holidays
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Rv Trip Vancouver Island

  • 9 Days
Explore the rugged coastline of Vancouver Island with your Cruise Canada motorhome on this 8 day suggested itinerary. Starting in...
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Family holidays

Explore Victoria

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 Info

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

“Make time to enjoy afternoon tea at the beautiful Fairmont Empress Hotel - the Empress Cake is delicious! You'll need to pre-book as it's very popular.”

Macey
Destination Specialist
Rachel, Destination Executive

“Victoria is a small city and easy to navigate, so taking a cycle tour is the perfect way to see it.”

Rachel
Destination Executive

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Victoria  holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival

Each June, during the National Indigenous Day weekend, the plaza of the Royal B.C. Museum plays host to the Victoria Indigenous Cultural Festival, showcasing cultural performances from two local host nations. For three days, you can enjoy these performances, browse goods crafted by indigenous artisans, take in demonstrations, and sample delicious cuisine. 

 

TD Victoria International Jazz Festival

Produced by the Victoria Jazz Society, the TD Victoria International Jazz Festival offers ten days and nights of incredible music, including jazz, blues, and world music. Visitors can enjoy performances by talented musicians from the local area, as well as from all around the world, in various venues across downtown Victoria.

Symphony Splash

Each August, Victoria’s Inner Harbour fills with locals and visitors for the annual Symphony Splash. A floating stage hosts breath-taking performances by the Victoria Symphony orchestra and special guests. You can also expect other attractions, such as a drinks garden and a family zone.

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