After visiting my sister and her family there a few weeks ago, we fell in love with Victoria.
If you plan to travel by air, arrive in Sidney (20 minutes from Victoria), then reserve a rental car at the airport.
When seeking tranquilly in or around Victoria, finding an ocean view is one of the most important things to do.
Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. -Richie Norton
It was oftentimes tough to find the drive to even walk outside and explore when there was an ocean view right outside your back door, but you can do it!
You could spend the entire day admiring yachts and boats and even reading about their features online.
The best things to do in and around Victoria BC (Haven't done them all yet)
Beers and fish at Pier Bistro (Sidney)
Tour the British Columbia Parliament Building
Walk around Victoria Old Town and Chinatown
Enjoy the famous Tea at the Empress
Hike around Beacon Hill Park
Watch the sunset from the Inner Harbor
Visit the Royal BC Museum
Stroll around Fishermans’s Wharf
Admire Craigdarroch Castle
Tour and amazing beaches
Take a trip to the Butchart Gardens
Go on a Ocean tour/whale watching tour
Victoria, a city full of adventure and surrounded by water. The southernmost point of Vancouver Island is home to the coastal capital of British Columbia, which enjoys stunning views of the Salish Sea and the straits of Juan de Fuca and the Haro.
I would advise doing it at least once. We had the opportunity to take a boat excursion through the Gulf Islands.
After a day on the water, make sure you spend some times walking around downtown Victoria.
The territory that makes up Victoria's Old Town is situated between Chatham Street (the northern boundary), Humboldt Street (the southern boundary), Douglas Street (the eastern boundary), the Wharf and Store Streets, and the Waterfront (west border).
As Victoria Old Town is a fairly pleasant spot to roam around, you could easily spend the entire afternoon here.
It's time to head outside of Victoria's downtown to see the renowned Butchart Gardens. These lovely gardens, which are only 20 km north of Victoria, are a wonderful destination to spend the day. The Butchart Gardens are a National Historic Site of Canada and were created as a consequence of Jenny Butchart's inspiration, fervor, and commitment.
There is the Sunken Garden, which Jennie Butchart planted as the very first garden way back in 1904, as well as Japanese, Italian, and Mediterranean gardens as well as the enticing Rose Garden.
A coffee shop, restaurant, and gift shop are also there, as well as a lot of seeds. The Rose Carousel, which features 30 hand-carved wooden animals, is another attraction, especially for families with young children. The cost of a carousel ride is merely 2CAD!
"The golden hour can be simultaneously shared with the ones we love and care about and lived as a very personal and spiritual occasion"
While in Victoria make sure you head to Beacon Hill Park for some of Victoria's best walking trails if you want to burn some calories.
The park has a number of hiking trails, a gorgeous pond, a children's zoo, and lovely flowers. A viewpoint overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca may be found here, along with the highest free-standing totem pole in the entire globe.
We only stayed for five days, but we were able to enjoy the coast and Victoria's winding roads, paddle boarding, boat tours, and we can't wait to return!
Along the ocean in Victoria, there are numerous beaches, cute boutiques, and my favorite pubs that offer the greatest halibut and beer money can buy. When you do decide to leave your current accommodation, though, be sure to stop in Sydney at least once.
Victoria, British Columbia is the ideal getaway if you love photography.
No matter what there is to see and do, the best part was spending time with friends and family.
There is a lot to see, but not enough time! The butterfly gardens sounded interesting to me as well. In Victoria, where would you recommend visiting?