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.
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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.
Parks and Gardens
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.