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Victoria and Vancouver Island Holidays

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A beautiful coastal city nestled on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria BC (British Columbia) is the perfect blend of old-world heritage and new-world amenities. If you are dreaming of a destination that is both relaxing and fascinating in equal measures, look no further than Canada’s provincial capital.

The multicultural history of Victoria is displayed with pride throughout the city. From First Nations history to British-inspired architecture and Asian tradition, Victoria is a perfect example of the vibrant, electric atmosphere that can be created when worlds collide. The global influences are felt everywhere – in the emerging, award-winning foodie scene, the historic landmarks and the eclectic festivals and events that run every year.

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Travel Guide

Things to do in Victoria

1. Craigdarroch Castle

Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir in the Victorian era, Craigdarroch Castle provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the privileged in the 1890s. Prepare to be enthralled by the authentic furniture, exceptional woodwork and beautiful stained glass in every room. If you are visiting Victoria in the festive season, make your Christmas unforgettable by spending it in this glorious setting.

2. Tofino  

A hidden gem in British Columbia, Tofino has been a well-kept secret by outdoor adventurers for years. Known as the best surf town in North America, make the most of the milder climate and hit the waves. Other activities include kayaking, fishing and camping. If you get the chance, try storm-watching - we guarantee it will leave you speechless.

3. Butchart Gardens

Captivating over 1 million visitors every year, the beautifully designed Butchart Gardens are one of Victoria’s most beloved areas. Make sure you take the time to stroll around and admire the breath-taking displays of flora as far as the eye can see. Visit in the summer months to enjoy impressive fireworks displays, outdoor concerts and the world-famous Night Illumination displays.

4. Explore Victoria by Seaplane

Take to the skies and see Victoria in a new light with a harbour seaplane tour. There are different options available so you can see the city in your own way – no matter which you choose, you will be inspired by the spectacular vistas of the coastline.  To make your experience that little more unforgettable, we suggest you take a flight to the private dock at the Butchart Gardens, where you will enjoy a delectable 3-course meal and private limousine ride.

5. Royal BC Museum

See as one of Canada’s cultural treasures, this museum is the home of British Columbia’s exciting history. Feast your eyes on their vast collections of artefacts, documents and archives – you can easily spend a day here soaking up all the information on offer.

Places to eat in Victoria

1. Little Jumbo

Located on Fort Street, Little Jumbo is known as one of Victoria’s best restaurants and bars. The cosy speakeasy atmosphere will welcome you instantly and the cocktails are sublime. The menu is packed with fresh, local food – we suggest you try the truffle fries and the lamb shank.

2. White Heather Tea Room,

Steeped in British History, the White Heather Tea Room is a great stop if you want to treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea. Their scones and baked goods are made fresh every day, and with over 20 teas available you will be spoiled for choice.

3. Take a Culinary Tour

If you are a self-professed foodie then you are in luck – Victoria is home to a number of culinary sightseeing tours that will delight all of your senses. Choose from delectable options such as Chocolates and Whisky, Tastes of Victoria Bike Tour and Craft Brewing; there really is something to suit all tastes.

4. Saveurs

Highly praised by both visitors and locals alike, Saveurs is ranked as Victoria's best restaurant on TripAdvisor.  This vibrant eatery has a menu fill of high-concept French cuisine and unique plates. If you visit for brunch, we suggest you try the hangover hash or breakfast risotto.

5. Foo

For something that is delicious and budget-friendly, we suggest Foo for some Asian street food. This menu demonstrates the best of Asian fusion and the relaxed environment will make you feel immediately at home. Try the caramel chicken!

Top Tips when visiting Victoria

1. Go Glamping

Would you like to stay in the heart of nature but with a luxury twist? Then glamping at Brown’s Bay Resort is the perfect activity for you! These oceanfront tents are fully equipped – did someone say queen beds and a three-piece bathroom? – and feature a lounge to help you make the most of those long summer nights.

2. Visit the Fairmont Empress

The Fairmont Empress is Victoria’s pride and joy and is situated directly on the harbourfront.  Why not treat yourself to the ultimate decadent stay while you’re visiting the city? Either way, unwind in the utmost luxury and have a glass of champagne in the gorgeous lobby.

3. Cherry Bomb Toys

A stop here is sure to bring back childhood memories. This toy emporium is full of thousands of offerings from the 1950s to the 1990s – check and see if they have your favourite toy!  They also have a little museum on their mezzanine level dedicated to toys in Canada. A fun afternoon for all the family!

4. Visit the Victoria Public Market

Located in the historic downtown Hudson building, the Victoria Public Market offers you the opportunity to sample the best local produce. Indulge in the gourmet food on offer and listen to live music as you browse the countless stalls. There is even a play centre to keep the kids entertained!

5. Check out Willows Beach

Willows Beach is one of the few soft sand beaches in Victoria. The shallow waters create perfect swimming conditions for children and the views are incomparable. If you want to visit at the weekend, make sure you go early – this beach is a real hotspot for the locals!

 

As the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has charm by the bucket load. Prepare to be enchanted as you explore the waterfront, meander along the cobbled streets and admire nature at its finest. Castles, churches and temples dot the streets and there is something to discover at every turn. If you’re looking for romance, why not embark on a unique sightseeing experience with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city centre?

Victoria BC is home to the mildest climate in Canada and rarely experiences snow; it is no wonder therefore that the city is famous for its beautiful botanical gardens, with flora in bloom all year-round. Make the most of the beautiful Victoria BC weather and cycle along the waterfront, hike one of the many trails or even opt for a water-taxi along the iconic shoreline. Pods of Orca whales are known to frolic near the bay, so jump onto an unforgettable whale-watching tour to see if you can catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

If you fancy spending time in Victoria BC in a slightly more leisurely fashion, head to one of the many first-class restaurants and indulge in the finest cuisine with stunning waterfront views. Luxury hotel accommodation is available throughout the city, as are countless quaint B&B’s in the famous historic houses. No matter what your taste, you will fall in love with Victoria from the moment you arrive.

If you want to venture further afield then there are great car hire options available for you to choose from.

Are you ready to discover everything Victoria BC has to offer? Our Canada Travel Specialists will be delighted to tailor-make your trip to suit your exact requirements. With your own personal advisor, low deposits and holiday payment plans now is the time to embark on that holiday of a lifetime.

Get in touch today – your holiday to Victoria could be just around the corner.