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  • 1. Royal British Columbia Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This excellent museum, one of Victoria's leading attractions, traces several thousand years of British Columbian history. Especially strong...Read More

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  • 2. Beacon Hill Park

    Downtown | Zoo/Aquarium

    This 154-acre park links downtown Victoria to the waterfront. Its rambling lawns overlook the Pacific Ocean, the Olympic Mountains, and the...Read More

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  • 3. British Columbia Aviation Museum


    Volunteers passionate about the history of flight have lovingly restored several dozen historic military and civilian airplanes, and even a...Read More

  • 4. Cadboro-Gyro Park

    Saanich | Beach–Sight

    A long, sandy, driftwood-strewn beach backed by a grassy park with plenty of picnic tables and shade trees draws families to this sheltered...Read More

  • 5. Cordova Bay

    Saanich | Beach–Sight

    Walkers, swimmers, and sunbathers flock to this long stretch of forest-backed sand, pebble, and driftwood beach, which is just north of Mount...Read More

  • 6. Fisherman's Wharf

    Downtown | Marina/Pier/Dock

    This favorite nautical spot is only a 20-minute walk from downtown, along a waterfront path just west of the Inner Harbour. Or you can get here...Read More

  • 7. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada

    West Shore | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    The world's best-preserved coastal artillery fort (it dates to 1895) and Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse occupy a parklike backdrop 13...Read More

  • 8. Goldstream Provincial Park

    West Shore | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Eagles, bears, and three species of salmon thrive in this 477-hectare (1,180-acre) wilderness park 16 km (10 miles) north of downtown Victoria...Read More

  • 9. Maritime Museum of British Columbia

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    In Victoria's original courthouse, these two floors of model ships, weaponry, ships' wheels, and photographs chronicle the province's seafaring...Read More

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  • 10. Miniature World

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    At this charmingly retro attraction, more than 85 miniature dioramas—including space, castle, and fairy-tale scenes, and one of the world's...Read More

  • 11. Mount Douglas Regional Park

    Saanich | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    A footpath and a road lead to the 213-meter (758-foot) summit of Mt. Douglas, offering a 360-degree view of Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula...Read More

  • 12. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea


    A simulated ride underwater in a deep-sea elevator is just the beginning of a visit to this fun and educational marine interpretive center....Read More

  • 13. Sidney Spit

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    In summer, a passenger ferry run by Alpine Sidney Spit Ferry ( ), makes the half-hour trip several times a day to this long...Read More

  • 14. Victoria Bug Zoo

    Downtown | Zoo/Aquarium

    Local kids clamor to visit this offbeat minizoo, home to the largest collection in North America of live tropical insects. You can even hold...Read More

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  • 15. Victoria Butterfly Gardens

    Brentwood Bay | Garden/Arboretum

    Thousands of butterflies—of up to 70 different species—flutter freely in an indoor tropical garden that's also home to orchids and carnivorous...Read More

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  • 16. Willows Park Beach

    Oak Bay | Beach–Sight

    This sandy beach with its calm waters, playground, and shady picnic spots, is a summertime favorite among Victorian families. It’s just a few...Read More

  • 17. Witty's Lagoon Regional Park

    West Shore | Beach–Sight

    About 30 minutes west of Downtown Victoria, this park has a sandy beach, forest trails, marshlands, and a large lagoon—and it's home to 160...Read More

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