Victoria and Vancouver Island Travel Guide

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Plan Your Victoria and Vancouver Island Vacation

Victoria, the capital of a province whose license plates brazenly label it "The Best Place on Earth," is a walkable, livable seaside city of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums, and beautifully restored 19th-century architecture. In summer, the Inner Harbour—Victoria's social and cultural center—buzzes with visiting yachts, horse-and-carriage rides, street entertainers, and excursion boats heading out to visit pods of friendly local whales.

Hotels

Victoria and Vancouver Island Hotels

Victoria has a vast range of accommodation, with what seems like whole neighborhoods dedicated to hotels. Options range from city resorts and full-service...read more

Restaurants

Victoria and Vancouver Island Restaurants

Wild salmon, locally made cheeses, Pacific oysters, organic vegetables, local microbrews, and wines from the island's farm-gate wineries (really small wineries...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Victoria and Vancouver Island

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Victoria and Vancouver Island Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Victoria

    The journey here: Yup, getting here is one of the best things about Victoria. Whether by ferry meandering past the Gulf or San Juan islands, by... Read more

  • Afternoon Tea in Victoria

    Maybe it's the city's British heritage, but afternoon tea—a snack of tea, cakes, and sandwiches taken mid-afternoon, not to be confused with... Read more

  • Victoria: Whale-watching

    The thrill of seeing whales in the wild is, for many, one of the most enduring memories of a trip to Victoria. In summer (roughly April to October)... Read more

  • Victoria Waterfront on Foot

    You can walk most of the way around Victoria's waterfront from Westbay Marina on the Outer Harbour's north shore, to Ross Bay on the Strait of... Read more

  • Wineries Around Vancouver

    Thanks to a Mediterranean climate, rich soil, and loads of sunshine—not to mention dedicated winemakers and appreciative consumers—southern Vancouver... Read more

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