When You're Ready to Visit Victoria BC, We'll Be Here!

With so many places to go in this world, why visit Victoria BC?

With the chaos of the pandemic pretty much behind us, we feel that the best vacations will offer fewer crowds and peaceful activities. People want to get back to nature and enjoy simple pleasures. They want to connect with authentic people and eat foods that come from the local land and sea. This is at the very core of Vancouver Island and we look forward to the day you decide to visit. Step off that ferry and discover what we already know, this Island is a pretty special place.  

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Cattle Point in Victoria BC

The super natural wonders of the west coast are all here on Vancouver Island. Majestic rainforests are here. Extraordinary coastal vistas and magnificent sunsets are here. Mountains are here. Amazing wildlife are here on the land, in the air and in the waters. Millions upon millions of blooming flowers, bushes and trees are here. And the gracious, friendly Canadians who call this island home, are here to welcome you. 

So even if you weren’t planning to visit Victoria BC, I’m here to help change your mind. You see, we live in one of the most soul-enriching, peaceful and pristine places of the world. Vancouver Island is the Pacific Island you never knew you needed to experience, until now.

Langford Lake in Victoria BC

Greater Victoria covers a vast region of nearly 700 square kilometres but with a population of just 425,000, there is plenty of room for all of us. Don’t let our small size fool you though. We offer amenities comparable to every major cosmopolitan city with the old-world charm of a European village. 

Our locally produced small batch craft beers, spirits and wines consistently win international awards.

We proudly support our local farmers with several restaurants whose menus are created on the principal of locally grown or produced food. Think grass-fed meats, free-range chickens and eggs, hormone-free dairy and cheese, wild caught premium seafood, with 100% known origin and traceability, hearty breads and buns, pure honey, salt direct from the sea and much, much more. These products are also available at many of our local farmers markets where vendors are selected based on selling goods that they make, bake or grow. Food tours where you can sample some of our cuisine are also immensely popular.

Why Visit Victoria BC

Crashing Pacific Ocean off the coast of Vancouver Island

We’re confident you are going to love the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest (this cookbook captures so many loved dishes) and we also know that you aren’t here just to eat. Imagine a place where you can:

  • Experience a peaceful stroll while enjoying the beauty of hundreds of thousands of blooms at public and private gardens throughout the city . Find some of the best places to walk here
  • Soothe your soul with a soak in a mineral pool on the edge of the Salish Sea, with ocean views and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Find all the local spas here
  • Leave the city behind and immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Island on a breathtaking day trip. With towering trees, crashing waves, secret waterfalls and more, prepare to be mesmerized by the pristine splendour. Make it extra special with a trip to Botanical Beach and lunch at Shirley Delicious (recently named one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada!). Learn more about the island here
  • Take an easy stroll or a vigorous hike on more than 21 kms of trails up 225m at the largest urban forest park on the peninsula. Be treated to incredible 360-degree panoramic views once you reach the summit. Read about some of the best beaches and parks in Victoria BC here

When to Visit Victoria BC

I hope by now you are convinced to visit Victoria BC and the next step is to decide when! There really is something for everyone all year long and these monthly guides will provide some details such as annual festivals and events happening each month, what the weather is like, what to wear, what food is in season and even what flowers are blooming at Butchart Gardens.

What to Do When You Visit Victoria BC

Many people find that the best way to start their vacation is with a private walking tour downtown. That way you get a local showing you around sharing their passion for the city with a bit of history, hidden gems and favourite local establishments. 

Some of the most popular tours are a 3-hour city and coastal shoreline bicycle tour and brewery and street art tours. Of course, the most popular are whale watching tours and trips to Butchart Gardens

Spend the rest of your Victoria vacation enjoying national historic sites, outdoor adventure activities and dining at some of the best restaurants in the region. 

Take your time exploring the rest of this site to discover what’s waiting for you the next time you visit Victoria BC or start planning your Victoria BC vacation now with this handy reference of some of the best things to see and do. Keep reading here to discover the fascinating history of Victoria BC.

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