Victoria is a beautiful city to visit in summer with gardens, beaches, and the inner harbor with cafes and restaurants. Everything is close and easy to get to.

Japanese language links: 

www.tourismvictoria.com/japanese/              Victoria, BC on Japanese TV here.

English language links:

www.hellobc.com                                         www.bctravel.com

The Inner Harbour

  • Walk the boardwalk and enjoy the amazing street performers and vendors, admire the classic boats, enjoy the shops, restaurants, and café’s. Have high-tea at the Empress Hotel.
  • Tour downtown in a horsedrawn carriage.
  • Tour the harbor on a hop-on hop-off ferry.
  • There are a couple of places in the inner harbour area where you can rent scooters.
Victoria Harbour, Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri

Victoria Harbour, Photo by Bobak Ha’Eri

Parks and Gardens

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC

The Sunken Garden at Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC

  • Beacon Hill Park – walk from downtown into Beacon hill park through big rhododendrons, ferns and cedar tress.
  • Abakhazi gardens – nestled in a residential area about 10 minutes drive from downtown
  • Butchart Gardens – on the Saanich peninsula. Burtchart Gardens also hold a summer fireworks display on Saturday Evenings in the summer. They are worth checking out.

Wine and cider tour

Take a relaxing day to do a wine-tasting tour. There are over 25 wineries within an hours drive of Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula and the Cowichan Valley. Join a commercial tour or we can recommend a tour route and set you up with a map.

Vancouver Island Wine Tours

Beaches

Walk or bicycle from downtown along the Dallas Road walkway and admire the views of the Olympic mountains in the US.

Tide pools, pebble beaches, sand and surf. By car, moped or bicycle explore the many beaches and coves around the city of Victoria.

Whalewatching

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

There are whalewatching tours that leave from downtown Victoria. And other spectacular whale-watching spots further up Vancouver Island. Ask us to recommend a whale watching tour.

Kayaking

There are many great local spots to kayak. Let us know if you are interested in kayaking and we can direct you to where to rent kayaks and suggest places to paddle.

Ferry to Sidney Spit for a picnic

From Sidney, which is a 25 minute drive from downtown Victoria, take a 25 minute ferry ride to Sidney Spit marine park.

Westcoast Beaches from Victoria

Juan de Fuca Marine trail follows the coastline west of Victoria. You can enjoy the natural beauty and natural history of the coast, crashing surf, fantastic rock formations, huge cedar trees.. There are many parks and trails and points of access to the coast from about 20 minutes drive to a 1.5 hours drive from Victoria. This site lists all the most interesting attractions.

The Westcoast Trail in Pacific Rim National Park

A view of the rough Pacific coast from the West Coast Trail

A view of the rough Pacific coast from the West Coast Trail.

The Westcoast Trail is a world-famous 77 km hiking trail, from Port Renfrew to Bamfield, that follows the west coast of Vancouver Island through majestic rainforest, and along remote beaches. It is so popular you must make reservations in advance to access the trail. Be equipped for a rugged 5-6 day backpacking trip. Truly a hiking trip of a lifetime.