What To Do in Victoria BC on Land?

Are you wondering what to do in Victoria? Wonder no more. We have compiled a list of the most popular things to do on land with all the information you need to book tours, activity rentals and lessons. Be sure to also check out our water activities guide and guide to aventures by air. Let’s get started!

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Bicycle Tours & Rentals

Bicycling is extremely popular in Greater Victoria as you'll soon discover. Because of our incredibly mild climate, it is an activity to be enjoyed throughout the year. We have a network of trails that connect Sidney to Sooke as well as designated cycling lanes on our most popular roadways. We are even building dedicated bike lanes in the downtown area. We encourage you to use caution cycling downtown and follow the signage carefully. We suggest to use TourScanner to find some of our most popular bike tours

Coastal Cycle

  • 1-1610 Island Highway, Victoria, BC V9B 1H8
  • 250-391-1980
  • Rent hybrid, road and tanden bikes
  • Child trailers and trail-a-bikes also available to tow behind your bike 

Cycle BC Rentals and Tours

  • 685 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A6
  • 250-380-2453
  • convenient downtown location
  • rent bicycles, scooters and motorbikes

North 48 Bicycles

  • 65-560 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6
  • 778-265-4551
  • Rentals and guided bike tours
  • Hybrid and Town bike rentals by the half day or by the day
  • Road and Gravel bike rentals by the day
  • located minutes from the cruise ship terminal and right next door to most downtown hotels

Oak Bay Bicycles

  • 1990 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1E2
  • 250-598-4111
  • mountain bikes, e-bikes and road bikes for rent
The Pedaler
  • 321 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1X2
  • 778-265-7433
  • bicycle tours and rentals
  • urban cruisers, single speeds, hybrids, road bikes and electric-assist bicycles

Ride the Glide Electric Bike Rentals 

  • 307-1208 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 3B9
  • 250-889-9512
  • Free delivery and pick-up
  • Highly adjustable bikes to fit almost anyone
  • Perfect choice for all fitness levels and capabilities

Seawall Adventure Centre (formerly Cycletreks)

  • 950 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3
  • 250-414-4284
  • hours of operation are weather dependent
  • Guided and self-guided tours
  • For self-guided tours you are transported by van to the outskirts of town where you will self guide the Galloping Goose or Lochside trail system back into Victoria

Sports Rent

  • 3-1950 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4N8
  • 250-385-7368
  • rentals include SUPS, surf gear, bicycles and much more

Victoria Bike Rentals

  • 185 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 1A1
  • 250-661-9692
  • pick up and drop at the Pier B cruise ship terminal
  • hybrid road bikes; options for kids available

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Rentals

  • 6971 W Coast Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0R7
  • 250-664-7794
  • kayaks, paddleboards and bikes
  • rentals and tours

Bird Watching

When you're looking at what to do in Victoria, it's perfect when you find a location that suits many family members and that's just what the Esquimalt Lagoon is. Not only an oceanfront destination perfect for walking, playing on the beach, marveling at the driftwood art, but also home to the Esquimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary where you may see:

  • American coot
  • mallard
  • northern pintail
  • green-winged teal
  • American wigeon
  • hooded merganser
  • black oystercatcher
  • pacific great blue heron

Visit the Government of Canada website to learn more about this protect sanctuary. Other places for bird watching include Goldstream Park for the Eagle Extravaganza each winter and:

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary

  • 3873 Swan Lake Road, Victoria, B.C. V8X 3W1
  • 250-479-0211 
  • Guided bird walks every Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. 
  • Bring your binoculars and walking shoes and meet in the parking lot for an informal and informative walk around the lake area
  • Donations appreciated 

Victoria Natural History Society

  • P.O.Box 24061, Royal Oak, Victoria, BC, V8Z 7E7
  • 250-704-2555 (events listing)
  • Become a member in the Society to participate in their outings
  • Approximately 4 outings weekly

Brewery & Distillery Tours

We have an exceptional variety of locally produced beers and spirits and we love to show them off with tastings and tours. Use a designated driver for your self-guided tours or sit back and let a professional driver whisk you around. We recommend using TourScanner to compare the prices of our most popular food & drink tours.  

BC Ale Trail

  • A self-guided tour highlighting local craft brewery destinations
  • Within each Ale Trail you will find recommended itineraries to explore, including an array of craft breweries, pubs, restaurants, cafes and more

Canadian Craft Tours

  • 1-800-601-9483 OR 778-320-3409
  • Brewery, distillery, cidery and wine tours
  • Includes round-trip transportation and samples

Tesla Tours

  • Cook Street P.O. Box 23070, Victoria, BC V8V 3X0 
  • 1-877-789-8752
  • Custom private tours in a Tesla
  • Up to six guests per Tesla + pick-up & drop-off at your hotel or port-of-entry

West Coast Brewery Tours

  •  254 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1W9
  • 250-516-4402
  • Public and private tours
  • Choose from brewery, cidery, distillery tours and food + drink tours
  • Includes round-trip transportation and samples

Guided & Self-Guided Attraction Tours

If you're undecided about guided versus self-guided tours, read this article first which will highlight the pros and cons of each. For all tours of Victoria, we highly recommend using TourScanner to find what's available and compare prices to find the best one for you and your travel group

Island Time Tours

  • Call (250) 477-3322 or text 250-516-6077
  • 463 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1X3
  • wine tours, city tours and Butchart Gardens tours

Sightseeing Victoria

  • Departs daily from front of Fairmont Empress Hotel
  • 721 Government Street, Victoria
  • 250-385-6553 or 1-855-385-6553
  • Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tours
  • open top double-decker buses
  • book tickets online or purchase from kiosk in front of the Empress

Hiking & Nature Tours

A beautiful hike within the city is to the top of Mount Douglas in Saanich. You can take a scenic drive to the parking lot and then a short hike to the summit where you will be rewarded with 360 degree views. Or, for a more challenging hike, there are over 21kms of trails within the park to explore (start at the lower parking lot near the entrance). For hikes in our more remote regions, we highly recommend using a local guide.  

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

What to do in Victoria when you want to sit back, relax and enjoy a fully narrated tour of some of the city's most famous downtown sights? A horse-drawn carriage ride of course! For the ultimate in romance or just a fun way to see the sights, an iconic carriage ride is one of the most beloved activities here in Victoria. 

Tally-Ho

  • 469 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1X3
  • 250-514-9257
  • Daily tours and custom tours
  • Reservations recommended

Victoria Carriage Tours

  • 600 Menzies St, Victoria, BC V8V 2G2
  • 1-877-663-2207 or 250-383-2207
  • Reservations are required
  • Each carriage holds 4-6 people

Motorbike Rentals

Cycle BC Rentals and Tours

  • 685 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A6
  • 250-380-2453
  • convenient downtown location
  • rent bicycles, scooters and motorbikes
Dirt and Gravel Motorcycle Adventure Company
  • 16-1338 Stelly's Cross Road, Brentwood Bay, BC
  • 250-885-1011
  • 1, 2 and 6-day guided adventure rides with an experienced local guide

Sweet Ride Victoria

  • Motorbikes delivered free in Victoria
  • Use contact form to make reservation
  • Not taking 2019 bookings; reserve now for 2020

Pedi-Cabs

With a fleet of pedi-cabs that hit the streets each summer, this cool mode of transportation is ideal for whisking you around the narrow streets of Downtown and the surrounding James Bay neighbourhood.

Victoria Pedicab Co.

  • 3073 Millgrove Street, Victoria V9A1X4 
  • 250-884-0121
  • tours for individuals and groups up to 40
  • pick up location, tour selection and departure time to fit your schedule and desires

Scooter Rentals

Cycle BC Rentals and Tours

  • 685 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A6
  • 250-380-2453
  • convenient downtown location
  • rent bicycles, scooters and motorbikes

Tesla Tours

Tesla Tours provides personally-guided tours to popular attractions around Victoria in their solar-powered luxury Tesla vehicles.

Tesla Tours

  • Cook Street P.O. Box 23070, Victoria, BC V8V 3X0 
  • 1-877-789-8752
  • Custom private tours in a Tesla
  • Up to six guests per Tesla + pick-up & drop-off at your hotel or port-of-entry

Walking Tours

Be sure to check TourScanner to compare some of our most popular tours.

Discover the Past 

  • 250-384-6698
  • Family run company offering walking tours since the 1960s
  • Founded by local historian
  • Ghost walks available

Heritage Walking Tours

A Taste of Victoria Food Tours

  • 250-893-9815 
  • 2-hour tour beginning at the Victoria Public Market 
  • 6-8 tastings along the route
  • History of Victoria and quirks of the city will be discussed

Wine & Cidery Tours & Tastings

Wine and cidery tours are some of the most popular attractions in the region and even more popular when combined with local attractions such as Butchart Gardens. Check out all the options on this page

Canadian Craft Tours

  • 1-800-601-9483 OR 778-320-3409
  • Brewery, distillery, cidery and wine tours
  • Includes round-trip transportation and samples

Discover Victoria Wine Tours

  • 4226 Rossiter Drive, Victoria BC
  • 250-380-1911 or 877-778-4777
  • Select from pre-arranged itineraries or contact directly for a customized package

Island Time Tours

  • Call (250) 477-3322 or text 250-516-6077
  • 463 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC V8V 1X3
  • wine tours, city tours and Butchart Gardens tours

Tesla Tours

  • Cook Street P.O. Box 23070, Victoria, BC V8V 3X0 
  • 1-877-789-8752
  • Custom private tours in a Tesla
  • Up to six guests per Tesla + pick-up & drop-off at your hotel or port-of-entry

Vancouver Island Wine Tours

  • 250-661-8844
  • Afternoon and full-day tours
  • Tours include pick up and drop off at central downtown locations, tasting charges at all locations and a vineyard tour

Are you still looking at what to do in Victoria?

Be sure to check out our guide to water adventure or ways to explore Vancouver Island by air

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