Visit Victoria, Canada
Named after Queen Victoria, the Garden City is located in the south of Vancouver Island and is the capital of British Columbia.
This compact city lends itself well to discovery on foot, unless you prefer to take a horse-drawn carriage ride, which are particularly cosy in the winter months. Victoria has a number of colonial buildings, like the Parliaments Buildings and the Empress Hotel (a lovely spot for afternoon tea). The winters in Victoria are not as freezing as other parts of Canada, but it can often be quite rainy. Despite this, the local residents continue to cycle throughout the winter and there’s plenty to do and lots to eat and drink.
Some of our top winter pastimes in Victoria are spotting eagles in Goldstream Provincial Park and watching the waves from the coast of Vancouver Island. Victoria is home to two castles, Hatley and Craigdarroch, which offer guided tours around their impressive buildings and manicured grounds. If you’re visiting around Christmastime, don’t miss the Butchart Gardens, which will be illuminated with festive lights for their annual Magic of Christmas event. It runs throughout December and into early January and you can also enjoy hot apple cider and carousel rides. Other winter activities include whale and wildlife boat tours and a trip to Goldstream Provincial Park to see the fast running waterfalls and moss-covered trees.