Named for Queen Victoria, this garden city is situated in the south of Vancouver Island and is the capital of British Columbia.
Compact and easily navigated, it lends itself to discovery on foot, in a horse-drawn carriage or, thrillingly, from a low-flying float-plane.
Victoria is adorned with some lovely colonial architecture such as the Parliament Buildings while the Empress Hotel is an historic gem, an excellent place to take afternoon tea. The nearby Butchart Gardens are world-renowned, as is the Royal British Columbia Museum while other attractions include Craigdarroch Castle, the home of artist Emily Carr, and orca whales which visit the waters off the island in the summer.
Whale watching from Victoria
The waters around Victoria are home to three resident pods of orcas, or killer whales. Famously savage but graceful, these magnificent sea mammals can be seen from 14-meter ocean cruisers or inflatable Zodiacs, both fast and stable, on trips that also often sight minke and gray whales, porpoises and harbor seals, with a commentary provided by on board marine biologists.
Suggested itineraries featuring Victoria
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Victoria, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Victoria
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Places near Victoria
- Salt Spring Island 27 miles away
- Vancouver 59 miles away
- Whistler 119 miles away
- The Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound 125 miles away
- Tofino 126 miles away
- Vancouver Island 127 miles away
- Campbell River 140 miles away
- Northern Vancouver Island 165 miles away
- Naramata & Okanagan Valley 190 miles away
- Port Hardy 244 miles away
- The Cariboo 268 miles away
Photos of Victoria
Accommodation choices for Victoria
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Victoria. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Oswego Hotel is a modern boutique hotel with a sophisticated charm. Located minutes from Victoria’s downtown and the Inner Harbour, it makes a great base from which to explore the city's historic downtown area.
Abigail’s Hotel is a boutique property located just three blocks from Victoria's picturesque Inner Harbour. The heritage Tudor-style architecture of the building and colorful English gardens will enchant you, evoking the spirit and old-world charm of this beautiful city.
In a beautiful location surrounded by ocean and Japanese-style gardens, this hotel is a good base for a stay in Victoria. The onsite restaurant offers some of the best cuisine in the city and the outdoor patio gets the morning sunshine.