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Victoria BC British Columbia Attractions

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Art Galleries

One of the many wonderful attractions of Victoria BC is the exceptional selection of Art Galleries. If you like diversity in your Art purchasing, then Victoria is the place for you. From contemporary to modern, from West Coast Indian art to large installations, Victoria has a bit of everything for the art buying connoisseur.

Alcheringa Gallery

For over twenty-five years Alcheringa Gallery has exhibited art by tribal artists. The mandate of the gallery is to create a following for the work of individual aboriginal artists from three areas ­ the Northwest Coast of Canada, Papua New Guinea, and Australia- in the fine art market in Canada and abroad. In particular we recognize and promote the work of master carvers still living a village lifestyle. Alcheringa reimburses artists at a level that allows them to maintain their position as artists within their communities, to live a traditional lifestyle (for those artists in the South Pacific), and to cover their medical expenses and school fees.

665 Fort Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 938-7747
Web site: Alcheringa Gallery

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

With integrity, leadership and scholarship, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will intrigue, challenge and engage the public. This will be accomplished through excellence in historical and contemporary exhibitions, stewardship of the collection, and programs involving a wide and diverse audience. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will endeavour to be a leader in the visual arts in British Columbia and Canada.

1040 Moss Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 384.4101
Web site: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Art of Man Gallery

Focusing on tribal arts, our gallery, located in the historic Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, carries on of North America's most extensive displays of Canada's finest native art. Featuring tribal works of Haida, Inuit, Iroquois and Cree, amongst others, our gallery offers striking imagery from many of the leading artists at the forefront of native culture in Canada. Showcased in our gallery are many older master carvers, as well as a selection of exciting and talented younger artists. Our artist's work in a variety of mediums, ranging from bronze to stone to wood, always depicting a legend in their creative works. We are dedicated to presenting the amazing revival of Canadian tribal arts to an international audience, revealing a rich cultural legacy and an exciting, creative future.

Art of Man Gallery
Fairmont Empress Hotel Tea Lobby
721 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-3800
Web site: Art of Man Gallery

Caswell Lawrence Fine Art Gallery

Established in February 2000, the gallery was created by owner Maureen Flanagan as the culmination of many years experience working with artists in the culturally rich and diverse arts communities of Victoria BC, Manitoba and London, England.

Caswell Lawrence Gallery specializes in original art which reflects the landscape, wildlife and textures of the Pacific Northwest. We hope you enjoy viewing some of the many works of art available at our gallery.

Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or if you wish to purchase any of the works displayed. In addition to the images shown in the site, we have many other works of art available and can send you photos of the works of individual artists which are of interest to you. Caswell Lawrence Gallery is a member of the Canadian Federation of Independent business and Tourism Victoria. Please visit our gallery when you visit our beautiful city.

1014 Broad St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 388-9500
Web site: Caswell Lawrence Fine Art Gallery

Chosin Pottery

’Chosin Pottery is owned and operated by award winning, internationally known ceramic artists Robin Hopper and Judi Dyelle. It is located a pleasant 30 minute drive from downtown Victoria. Situated on six acres, in Metchosin, it houses two studios, a gallery and showroom. The studio is set in the beautiful award-winning, Japanese-inspired garden of a renovated heritage house dating from the turn of the century. The grounds contain one of the finest stands of first-growth Douglas fir in the Victoria area. The huge fir trees are underplanted with many large rhododendrons, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, both indigenous and exotic. The Gallery, overlooking the water garden, has a continually changing variety of work.

4283 Metchosin Rd.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 474-2676
Web site: Chosin Pottery

Sea Blossom Studio

An honours graduate of the renowned Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, Dorset Norwich-Young settled in the garden city of Victoria on the west coast of Canada with her husband Derek, two large dogs, and Mr. Bootes the cat. Together they populate Sea Blossom Studio, where Dorset creates her award-winning watercolours and oversees the publishing and distribution of her limited edition prints.

1171 Chapman Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 384-2456
Web site: Sea Blossom Studio

Eagle Feather Gallery

Victoria’s newest First Nations owned and operated gallery and gift shop features the work of over 25 Native Artists. On display in the gallery are carved masks, plaques, chests and totem poles; original paintings and limited edition prints; engraved silver & gold jewelry; woven baskets; soapstone sculptures, argillite jewelry, and hand made crafts.

904 Gordon St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 388-4330
Web site: Eagle Feather Gallery

Emily Carr House

Emily Carr is one of Canada's greatest and most loved artists. Feeling a spiritual connection with her subjects, Emily Carr painted both the landscape and native villages of Western Canada in a unique and modern style that was rejected during its time of production. After years of travel throughout the forests of British Columbia, failing health caused her to remain close to home where she wrote seven books based on her life. Today Emily Carr is highly regarded throughout the world and considered a national Heroine in Canada. Through reading her books and the study of her paintings (in poster form, or original) one is able to grasp just how incredible this woman was.

207 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-5843
Web site: Emily Carr House

Fran Willis Gallery

The FRAN WILLIS GALLERY is Victoria's oldest and largest contemporary art gallery, representing both emerging and established western Canadian Artists of both national and international stature. Started in 1982 in a different location as the North Park Gallery, it was moved to it's present heritage location in 1984, then re-named the Fran Willis Gallery in 1988 when Fran Willis became the sole owner/director.

200 - 1619 Store Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 381 - 3422
Web site: Fran Willis Gallery

The Gallery in the Oak Bay Village

2223A Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 598-9890

Jill Louise Campbell Art Gallery

Share the vision of Salt Spring Island artist Jill Louise Campbell. Her watercolor paintings encompass the globe, exploring life on the west coast, capturing the festival spirit of Venice, the peace of the Italian countryside, the flowered beauty of Claude Monet's gardens in France, the sun-drenched Cote d' Azur and the dramatic deserts of the American Southwest Reproductions are now available as Giclee on Canvas.

636 Fort St
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-6779
Toll-free: 1-(866) 383-6777
Web site: Jill Louise Campbell Art Gallery

Lighthouse Gallery

Features only Canadian fine art in it's original form and extensive print gallery. We are also a complete custom framing facility serving the downtown core.

101-60 Bastion Square
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 381-2781

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

The Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery has three main collections: the University Collection, the Maltwood Collection and the Education Collection. These collections can be seen on display throughout the campus and, by appointment, in the Study Gallery in the basement of the University Centre. Since its institution in 1953 under the tenure of Dr. W.H. Hickman, Principal of Victoria College (1953-1963), this collection has grown to over 15,000 items representing the work of contemporary Western Canadian artists, particularly those of British Columbia. Collecting in recent years has concentrated in the graphic arts, reflecting the importance of those media among B.C.'s practicing artists.

The University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 721-6562
Web site: Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Open Space Gallery

For over thirty years, Open Space has been a substantive entity for professional artists who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to art-making, as well as a touchstone for young and emerging artists. As an exhibition and performance centre, Open Space reflects the wide diversity of contemporary art practices in Victoria, across Canada and beyond. Our commitment to contemporary artists is an inclusive situation, embracing work from artists of different disciplines, media, cultures and communities.

510 Fort Street, 2nd floor
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383.8833
Web site: Open Space Gallery

Pacific Editions Limited

The art displayed here is created by the indigenous artists of the northwest coast, B.C. and the woodlands of Ontario. Artists of Nuu-Chah-Nulth, KwakWaka' Wakw, Salish, Tsimshian, Gitxsan, Ojibway, Tlingit' and Haida heritage have drawn on the wealth of their cultural backgrounds to produce works of art from which limited edition prints are made.


Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 938-7747
Toll-free: 1-(800) 766-0449
Web site: Pacific Editions Limited

Peninsula Gallery

If you love art, you'll love Peninsula Gallery. Original paintings, sculptures and limited edition prints from numerous internationally acclaimed artists including Robert Bateman. Located in the heart of Sidney, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

#100 - 2506 Beacon Ave.
Sidney, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 655-1282
Toll-free: 1-(877) 787-1896
Web site: Peninsula Gallery

Side Street Studio

Located at the heart of Oak Bay Village on the sunny side of the 2200 block. Home to over 175 B.C. artists, Side Street Studio has for years been known as a great place for gifts. The artwork is representative of the enormous amount of talent in the region and across the province. Exceptionally fine pottery, paintings, wood turnings, jewellery, glass works, and prints await you, as well as a huge selection of original art cards.

204-2250 Oak Bay Ave.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 592-1262
Web site: Side Street Studio

Sooke Fine Art Gallery

6703A Westcoast Road
Sooke, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 642-6411

Stephen Lowe Gallery

Since 1979, Anna and Allen Lam, and their associates, have developed Calgary's Stephen Lowe Art Gallery from specializing in oriental fine art to representing distinguished artists from across Canada and the United States. Featuring outstanding original oils, acrylics, watercolours, and pastels, the gallery also displays an impressive collection of glass, raku, ceramic, steel, and stone sculpture.

Today, the Stephen Lowe Art Gallery is proud to bring art lovers the finest in traditional and contemporary fine art. Visit our informal gallery, conveniently located downtown in Bow Valley Square, or let us bring our art directly to your office or home. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable and experienced.

752 Douglas Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 384-3912
Web site: Stephen Lowe Gallery

West End Gallery

Established in Edmonton in 1975, the West End Gallery is known for discovering and presenting the finest examples from a broad spectrum of Canadian painting, one-of-a-kind sculpture and contemporary glass art. The gallery offers many services to their clientele - approval system, purchase plan, commissions, installation, appraisal and evaluation, exhibition mailing list, and world wide shipping. The gallery is a member of the Professional Art Dealers Association and a founding member of the Edmonton Gallery Walk Association.

1203 Broad Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 388-0009
Web site: West End Gallery

Winchester Galleries

Winchester Galleries offers a wide diversity of original Canadian art both past and present to an expanding clientele of discriminating investors and collectors. Historical artists represented by Winchester Galleries include the Group of Seven, Goodridge Roberts, William Kurelek, Jack Shadbolt, Ann Savage, David Milne, F.S. Coburn, Clarence Gagnon, James Wilson Morrice, Walter J. Phillips, and Robert Pilot. Contemporary gallery artists include Joseph Plaskett, Molly Lamb Bobak, Fenwick Landsdowne, E.J. Hughes, Mary Pratt, Ann Kipling, Alan Wood, Toni Onley, William Perehudoff, Vicky Marshall, Sandra Meigs, Ric Evans, Claude Tousignant, and Marion Scott.

2260 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 595-2777
Web site: Winchester Galleries
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Attractions

Black Beauty Line Victorian Carriage Tours

House-drawn carriage rides through downtown Victoria and Beacon Hill Park.

Adjacent to the Provincial Legislature Building
Corner of Belleville and Menzies Streets
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 361-1220

Butterfly Gardens

Stroll amidst hundreds of exotic butterflies flying free in an indoor tropical rainforest. Witness the entire life cycle of these amazing insects. Our spectacular flowering plants and foliage, fascinating birds, waterfalls and stream all contribute to make this a photographer's paradise and a truly memorable experience for the entire family.

1461 Benvenuto Ave.
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 652 4683 Web site: Butterfly Gardens

Craigdarroch Castle

Located a short drive or a leisurely walk from the downtown harbour, just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC, Canada, Craigdarroch Castle is a beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion, built in the 1890s by wealthy BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. It is now owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and almost totally funded by its 150,000 annual visitors.

1050 Joan Crescent (off Fort Street)
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 592-5323 Web site: Craigdarroch Castle

Centre of the Universe / Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

The Centre of the Universe is the public interpretative centre at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, BC, Canada. Treat yourself to spectacular views of Victoria and the Cosmos! Our interactive exhibits and talented staff will introduce you to the amazing world of astronomy.

Little Saanich Mountain
5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 363-8262
Web site: Centre of the Universe / Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

Emily Carr House

Emily Carr is one of Canada's greatest and most loved artists. Feeling a spiritual connection with her subjects, Emily Carr painted both the landscape and native villages of Western Canada in a unique and modern style that was rejected during its time of production. After years of travel throughout the forests of British Columbia, failing health caused her to remain close to home where she wrote seven books based on her life. Today Emily Carr is highly regarded throughout the world and considered a national Heroine in Canada. Through reading her books and the study of her paintings (in poster form, or original) one is able to grasp just how incredible this woman was.

207 Government St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-5843
Web site: Emily Carr House

Kabuki Kabs

Kabuki Kabs are three-wheeled, pedal-powered, vehicles-for-hire. Fully licensed and insured, they are a great way to get around the tourist center of Victoria!

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 385-4243
Web site: Kabuki Kabs

Miniature World

Over 80 exciting miniature dioramas. Miniature World -- one of the most popular tourist attractions in downtown Victoria, BC, Canada. Your visit here will be a memorable experience for years to come. You'll feel a lasting desire to return! Welcome to the little people's Wonderful World of Smallness, walk down its road -- step into the Story Books of fact, fiction and fantasy. Return to those fond memories of yesteryear, those childhood dreams and history's greatest moments! Buy your Yearly Season's Pass today! See the World's Smallest Operational Sawmill, 11 years in the making.

649 Humboldt St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 385-9731
Web site: Miniature World

Pacific Undersea Gardens

Visit the amazing Pacific Undersea Gardens and GO DEEP in Victoria's Inner Harbour. See the Live Dive Show in our exclusive Undersea Theatre on the bottom of the sea! Descend . . . into a world where Victoria's reputation as the "City of Gardens" extends beneath the tide-line! Home of the largest collection of local marine life to be found anywhere! You will come face to face with the excitement, the wonder, the magic and mystery of the underwater world.

490 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 382-5717

Tally-Ho Horse-drawn Tours

Victoria's original and oldest sightseeing company offering a unique experience, without which no visit to Victoria is complete.

7450 Veyaness Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-5067
Toll-free: 1-(866) 383-5067
Web site: Tally-Ho Horse-drawn Tours

Victoria Bug Zoo

Welcome to the amazing world of insects and spiders. A visit to this must see zoo offers visitors an excellent opportunity to view and experience multi-legged creatures from around the world in a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere. Get up close and personal with LIVE giant walkingsticks, alien-eyed praying mantis, hairy tarantulas and glow-in-the-dark scorpions, to name a few. Discover over 40 fascinating species including Canada's largest ant farm. The knowledgeable "bug guides" will reveal the exotic secrets of this hidden kingdom and provide a safe animal handling experience for the more adventurous. Imagine holding a tickling 400 leg millipede that stretches the length of your forearm! Bring your camera. It's an unforgettable, hands-on adventure. While in Victoria be sure to crawl, fly or wriggle your way to the Bug Zoo™!

631 Courtney Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 384-2847
Web site: Victoria Bug Zoo

Victoria Carriage Tours

Private Guided Tours in a White Cinderella Carriage

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-2207
Web site: Victoria Carriage Tours

Victoria Harbour Ferry Company

Our jaunty little Harbour Ferries have been operating in Victoria Harbour since 1990. What a wonderful way to see what Victoria has to offer. We stop at a number of waterfront hotels as well as the always salty fisherman's wharf and the West Bay Floating village. There are seabirds, seals and otters that you may meet along the way. Historic homes, condominiums, shipyards, hotels, seaplane terminals, parks, hotels, trestles, and even a reversing falls make these tours one of the most popular attractions that Victoria has to offer. Hop on board, enjoy the sea breeze, and see Victoria from a very different waterfront view.

453 Head Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 708-0201
Web site: Victoria Harbour Ferry Company

WalkAbouts Historical Tours

Victoria, as the capital city of British Columbia, is steeped in history from the early days of our native people to the booming gold rush years in the mid 1850's. Now a cosmopolitan city of 320,000, Victoria is dedicated to preserving its fascinating past. Walkabouts Tours specialize in historical walking tours that highlight heritage buildings,unique areas and amazing characters from the city's past. The walking tours range in time frame from just over an hour to a full day,if you wish. We are proud to show you our beautiful city and help you explore its Inner Harbour, Old Town, Market Square, heritage homes, Antique Row and Chinatown. Our experienced guides love telling the stories of our amazing history and can engage audiences of all ages. Our Fairmont Empress tour is conducted seasonally once a day for individuals and/or groups, while our other tours are arranged for groups only. We are dedicated to providing superior customer service and enjoy creating customized tours to meet your unique groups' needs. We do hope that we will have the opportunity of "touring" you in Victoria!

1643 Mayne View Terrace
Sidney, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 592-9255
Web site: WalkAbouts Historical Tours
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Boat Rentals

As Victoria is essentially surrounded by ocean, it is fitting that one of the best things to do is to rent a boat and see it from sea level. Adventure awaits you in a variety of places, be it hard paddling in the Juan de Fuca Strait or some casual cruising in the Gorge Waterway or on Thetis Lake, VIctoria is the place to enjoy some spectacular water sports. Come and see for yourself.

Great Pacific Adventures Boat Rentals

The spectacular and "Super Natural" Inner Harbour of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is the home base of operations for Great Pacific Adventures Incorporated. Serving visitors year-round to Vancouver Island and Victoria since 1995, GPA has lead the industry in innovation and customer service for outdoor eco-tour adventures. Locally owned and operated, our family of certified outdoor adventure experts provides informative insight and in-depth knowledge of our unique habitat, combined with an unsurpassed nature-viewing experience.

811 Wharf St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 386-3370
Web site: Great Pacific Adventures Boat Rentals

Ocean River Sports - Kayak Tours

Ocean River Sports has been ‘Getting you out there’ for 24 years – and we’re still as excited about kayaking as the day we started! As Victoria’s outdoor and paddle sports centre of choice, we pride ourselves on our qualified staff of guides, our impressive safety record and our many years of experience. Each and every member of our staff is dedicated to giving you a professional, dynamic and fun experience. Ocean River Sports respects the environment, both at work and in the wild. We are proud supporters of The Land Conservancy, the Georgia Strait Alliance and City Green. We are a member of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) and the Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association. Our guides are SKGABC certified.

1824 Store St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 381-4233
Toll-free: 1-(800) 909-4233
Web site: Ocean River Sports - Kayak Tours

Seaquest Adventures

Victoria's Sea Quest Adventures Ltd. is an incorporated business, registered in British Columbia, Canada, that offers Whale Watching & Sight-Seeing Tours (specifically Killer Whales, sea birds and other marine mammals) to tourists and adventure seekers. Sea Quest Whale Watching Charter Tours in Sidney, near Victoria, B.C. Canada owns and operates two new whale watching boats, a twenty four foot Bayliner cruiser and K-Ko our twenty nine foot aluminum prototype. Both vessels are in pristine condition and are the envy of most of our clients. The Bayliner is equipped to handle 8 guests, while K-Ko will accommodate 12 guests. Both vessels cruise at 30 knots. We strive to maintain first class equipment and services.

Sidney, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 655-9256
Toll-free: 1-(888) 656-7599
Web site: Seaquest Adventures

Vancouver Island Canoe & Kayak Centre

From sales and rentals to lessons and tours, our friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to help you obtain the skills and equipment you need to get out on the water.

575 Pembroke Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 361-9365
Toll-free: 1-(877) 921-9365
Web site: Vancouver Island Canoe & Kayak Centre

Victoria Marine Adventure Centre

The Inner Harbour Centre boasts a year-round destination for a wide variety of superb outdoor adventure tours. Whether you are experiencing the history of a De Havilland Beaver on a scenic flightseeing adventure; enjoying playful Orcas during a 3-hour Whale Watching tour; paddling your way to the majestic 'Seal Island' on a guided kayak tour, awaiting the 'Big One' on one of our top-notch fishing charters; exploring the beautiful Victoria landscape on a rented bicycle or scooter; or taking in the sights, scenery and great food as you dine in Victoria's only licensed floating restaurant,The Blackfish Cafe, the Inner Harbour Centre has something for everyone! We are truly your 'One Stop Adventure Super Centre', providing reservations for any tour or adventure that your heart desires! The Inner Harbour Centre is conveniently located in Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour, at 950 Wharf Street, just minutes away from downtown hotels. We are proudly affiliated with Tourism Victoria.

950 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 995-2211
Toll-free: 1-(800) 575-6700
Web site: Victoria Marine Adventure Centre
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Diving

Some of the best diving in all of North America can be found minutes from downtown Victoria. The teaming life of our waters are astounding not to mention that not only do we have abundant wildlife to view but also some spectacular ship wreck dives to experience. Come and taste the adventure.

Ogden Point Diving Centre

Ogden Point Dive Center is the premier dive shop in British Columbia, a full service scuba diving facility catering to week end dive charters, daily trips and scuba diving holidays. Certification by the top guns on the west coast of British Columbia and a dive shop with fresh water showers, not to mention a restaurant to relax in and tell stories about your exciting dive charter. These facilities and our reputation for service and excitement make Ogden Point Dive Center the premier scuba diving shop in British Columbia.

199 Dallas Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 380-9119
Web site: Ogden Point Diving Centre

Frank Whites Dive Stores

Frank Whites Dive Stores are PADI 5 Star, full service Scuba shops offering courses, equipment rentals and guided dives.

1855 Blanchard Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 385-4713
Web site: Frank Whites Dive Stores
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Events

During your stay in Victoria be sure to catch one of our many reoccurring events that you will be sure to enjoy. Though the dates we have used are from previous years, they may not be the correct dates for the year you plan on travelling so please make sure you check with the event organizer before you include one of the events in your holiday schedule.

February 7th to the 16th

Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival

Mission - The mission of the Festival is to expose youth and adults to a broad range of cultural, artistic and philosophical ideas and lifestyles through the presentation of film, video, new media and interactivities in order to stimulate critical analysis and inspire an interest in using the medium as a creative tool.

Vision - The Festival's vision is to establish an annual independent film event in Victoria with a worldwide reputation that is deeply anchored in the local community and that will eventually become a milestone in the career of young artists and filmmakers.

Values - We believe in a Festival that offers high quality films, activities and events, encourages artistic innovation and creativity, provides access for a broad audience segment and is committed to cooperation and collaboration with other arts organizations as well as the business community. Our programs are interactive, entertaining, enjoyable, educational and good value for money. Our staff is friendly, open, proactive and committed to skills development in order to provide high quality services.

808 View St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 389-0444 Web site: Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival

February 20th to the 23rd

Victoria Festival of Wine, Music & Food

This annual event focuses on BC, Australian and Washington State wines; local restaurants and performing arts. Truly 2 days of sinful indulgence.

Multiple Venues
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 995.2665
Web site: Victoria Festival of Wine, Music & Food

February 24th to March 2nd

The Flower Count

Spring arrives in Victoria in the last week of February and thus, we count blooming flowers. 1,877,329,190 flowers were counted last year!

Victoria, British Columbia

The Last Sunday in April

Times Colonist 10K Race

One of the largest run, walk and jog festivals in Canada. Held annually to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and the Yukon.

May 17th to the 26th

Victoria Harbour Festival

A celebration bridging Canada's Victoria Day and the USA's Memorial Day long weekends. Many family events, such as the Victoria Day Parade and the Bastion Square Cycling Festival are featured along with many other arts and cultural events.There really is something for everyone.

May 18th

Victoria Highland Games and Clan Gathering

Piping, drumming, massed bands, highland dancing, Irish dancing, Gaelic choirs, Celtic performers, Celtic kiosks, clan merchandise and memorabilia. It just doesn't get more highland than this. Held this year at Bullen Park in Esquimalt BC.

Web site: Victoria Highland Games and Clan Gathering

May 19th

Victoria Day Parade

This yearly event includes marching bands from Victoria and the United States. Clowns, floats etc. Bands play in Victoria for the weekend.

May 24th to the 25th

Swiftsure International Yacht Race

Every year this race is a major community event - the premiere long distance sailing race in the B.C. and US Pacific Northwest area and a festival on shore. Wonderful sight for all to experience. Weekend of fun and frivolity.

May 25th

Victoria Toy Show - Spring Event

The biggest antique and collectible toy show in Western Canada. Toy collectors and enthusiasts from Western Canada, the States and the UK. gather at the Mary Windspear Centre in Sydney. Thousands of fascinating toys from all eras for sale and trade. A lot of fun, and lots to see and do.

Web site: Victoria Toy Show

May 24th to the 25th

Times Colonist Victoria Cycling Festival 2003

Formerly the Bastion Square Cycling Festival Professional riders speed through the streets of historic downtown Victoria. Great action and wonderful surroundings highlight this top-notch spectator sporting event. Don’t miss the " ING Western Union Tour de Garden City" finale held on the Sunday.

First weekend in June

The Oak Bay Tea Party

Beginning with the Oak Bay Tea Party Parade on Saturday morning from Windsor Park to Willows Park, the Tea Party is a weekend community celebration of entertainment, midway, fireworks and a Bathtub race.

Web site: The Oak Bay Tea Party

June 15th to September 19nd

Open Air Victoria

The City of Victoria's premier Festival event. From late June through to late September each year, tens of thousand of Victoria residents and visitors stop by Centennial Square, adjacent to Victoria's heritage City Hall to enjoy the best entertainment the City has to offer, seven days a week. These events are both free and ticketed.

June 24th to July 3rd

JazzFest International

Over the past 20 years JazzFest International has introduced Victorians to thousands of the biggest and best names in jazz, blues and world music… Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nation Orchestra, Ornette Coleman, the Sun Ra Arkestra, McCoy Tyner, Betty Carter, Joe Henderson, John McLaughlin, Jimmy Scott, Frank Morgan, Johnny Griffin, Dave Brubeck, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour, Blind Boys of Alabama, and Buddy Guy to name only a few ... it’s truly an amazing list.

Web site: JazzFest International

June 28th to July 6th

Folkfest

The ICA Folkfest is Victoria's premiere and longest runnung inter-cultural arts festival. With an annual attendance of over 150,000, the festival is the single largest outdoor event on Vancouver Island.

930 Balmoral Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 388-4728
Web site: Folkfest

July 1st

Canada Day Celebration

Celebrate Canada Day with various activities happening in Victoria. Fireworks usually finish the evening. Folkfest offers all arts, crafts, food & entertainment.


Victoria, British Columbia

July 9th to the 11th

Victoria Flower and Garden Show

Long envied for its very agreeable year round gardening climate, British Columbia has cultivated a world-class reputation as the "Garden Capital of Canada" for its outstanding botanical beauty. With great pride and in keeping with Victoria's garden heritage, The Victoria Flower and Garden Show held each July at Royal Roads University, will once again host it's annual flower and garden competition.

856 Wollaston Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 381-1139
Web site: Victoria Flower and Garden Show

Middle of July Weekend

Moss Street Paint-In

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Annual Moss Street Paint-In (a not-for-profit event) features invited professional and emerging artists from Victoria and Region who demonstrate their art to 30,000 visitors walking Moss Street from Fort to Dallas Road. The Paint-In offers visitors an opportunity to meet and discuss the artists' work and methods and to see an enormous variety of professional work at one time.

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 384-4171 ext. 248
Web site:

Middle of July Weekend

Bite of Victoria

Hosted by many of Victoria's finest places to eat. Patrons gather on the lawn of Government House to sample bite size specialties for $1 each

Middle of July Weekend

Victoria Open Tennis Tournament & Festival

The Victoria Open was profiled to a North American audience by The Golf Channel who will provided live coverage of the four days of tournament play. This was the first time The Golf Channel has covered a Canadian Tour event in Canada. First held in 1981, the Victoria Open has been the longest running annual Canadian Tour since 1984. It is held on a rotational basis on four world-class Victoria golf courses: Royal Colwood, Gorge Vale, Uplands and Cordova Bay.

End of July Weekend

Luminara Festival

Imagine if you will, a stroll in the park on a warm summer night, the darkness gently pushed back by the glow of thousands of colourful handmade lanterns. While many are carried by those who attend the event, many more are part of the numerous and imaginative installations scattered throughout the park. They tantalize with their intoxicating blend of shadow, light and colour. Accoustic music gently drifts through the park while performance artists and dancers set light in motion, adding pageantry and spectacle.

St. Ann's Academy & Beacon Hill Park
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 388-4728 ext. 121
Web site: Luminara Festival

August Long Weekend to the next Saturday

Latin Caribbean Festival

Whether you'd rather sit back to watch and listen from the comfort of the beer garden or one of Market Square's Restaurants, or enjoy the pleasure of dancing to Great Live Music in the open air, this is the best place to be from Friday July 30th through to Saturday the 7th of August. Make it part of your August Long Weekend!

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 361-9433
Web site: Latin Caribbean Festival

August 3

Symphony Splash

An artistic gem on Canada's West Coast, the Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island's largest and most active performing arts organization. The Symphony, the cultural soul of Victoria, takes enormous pride in providing quality live orchestral music for everyone. Currently in its 63rd year, the Victoria Symphony has garnered both critical acclaim and massive popular appeal, and is one of the most successful orchestras in Canada. Symphony splash is a free concert in the inner harbour featuring this excellent symphony. An event not to be missed.

Inner Harbour
Victoria, British Columbia
Web site: Symphony Splash

August 8th to the 10th

First Peoples Festival

This immensely popular annual festival presents approximately 350 Aboriginal artists, storytellers, dancers, musicians and fashion designers. The festival, which is produced by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre in collaboration with the Royal British Columbia Museum, has grown to be one of the country's largest Urban Aboriginal arts and cultural event with an attendance of approximately 50,000 visitors. The Festival takes place each August at the Royal British Columbia Museum with activities and presentations in the Mungo Martin Big House, Thunderbird Park, within the Museum, and throughout the surrounding plaza.


Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 938-7747
Toll-free: 1-(800) 766-0449
Web site: First Peoples Festival

August 12th to the 14th

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This colourful and popular August event offers something for everyone: dragon boating in the Inner Harbour, multicultural entertainment and Dragonland for the kids

Inner Harbour
Victoria, British Columbia
Web site: Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

August 22nd to September 1st

Victoria Fringe Festival

Anything goes at this annual alternative theatre festival. The festival is a summer's-end 12-day celebration of some of the most innovative theatre offered anywhere in the country at eight locations throughout downtown.

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-2663
Web site: Victoria Fringe Festival

August 30th to September 1st

Classic Boat Show in the Inner Harbour

Victoria's Inner Harbour is the place to be this Labour Day weekend when up to 100 classic sail and power boats from throughout the Pacific Coast and beyond will arrive for the 26th Classic Boat Festival. The highlight of the festival takes place on Sunday morning, August 31, with the Sailpast. All vessels will leave the Inner Harbour to take the salute from the Honorary Commodore.

Victoria, British Columbia

August 30th to September 1st

Saanich Fall Fair

This fair on the Saanich Peninsula takes place during the Labour Day weekend and has something for everyone. The oldest agricultural fair in Canada, the atmosphere here is one of a traditional country fair with agricultural displays and prize-winning livestock, arts and crafts, fairgrounds and entertainment.

September 9th to the 10th

Great Canadian Beer Festival

This extremely popular annual beer tasting event is focused on craft brewers and microbreweries from across Canada and the United States. There is a strong demand for tickets so buy early (last year tickets sold out in 45 minutes). A ticket gives people a 4 ounce taster glass which they carry around to different brewers and pay $1 for a sample. This event is at Royal Athletic Park.


Victoria, British Columbia

October Through December

Salmon Run at Goldstream Park

Just 17 kilometers from downtown Victoria, Goldstream Provincial Park lies amid the splendour of an old-growth temperate rain forest. There you can see a world class salmon-spawning stream with thousands of Chum Salmon returning between October and December. It doesn't stop there. During this amazing time of year you can visit the park and it's always-changing Visitor Centre. The centre is named after Freeman King, an early naturalist who probably reached more children than any other naturalist on Vancouver Island. The centre is at the mouth of the river, overlooking the Goldstream estuary, nestled among giant black cottonwoods and red alder trees.


Web site: Salmon Run at Goldstream Park

October 12th

Royal Victoria Festival of Running (Marathon)

Victoria welcomes athletes from around the world for 26M race that starts and finishes at Victoria's magnificent Inner Harbour. For lesser mortals, 8K and 1K races are also part of this community running festival.

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 658-4520
Web site: Royal Victoria Festival of Running (Marathon)

October 18th

Victoria Toy Show - Fall

The biggest antique and collectible toy show in Western Canada. Toy collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from Western Canada, the States and the UK. gather at the Mary Windspear Centre in Sydney. Thousands of fascinating toys from all eras for sale and trade. A lot of fun, and lots to see and do. 100+ tables available The show is attended by folks from the States and quite few from Alberta and the lower mainland. Show runs from 10AM to 4PM; admission $3, kids w/ adult free.

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 727-2403
Web site: Victoria Toy Show - Fall

November 12th to the 16th

Out of Hand Christmas Craft Fair

Not just another Craft Fair, the Out of Hand Crafts Fair, is a showcase of contemporary crafts from across Canada. The Fair features crafts people from all over B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and points East. This show has a well deserved national reputation for presenting high quality, original work, and attracts gift shop buyers from BC to Ontario, who come to the fair knowing they will find an exciting collection of hand- made giftware. It's an excellent opportunity to view contemporary Canadian Crafts and meet the Artists.

Web site: Out of Hand Christmas Craft Fair

December 1st to January 6th

Christmas at the Butchart Gardens

Welcome to the Butchart Gardens, fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began to beautify a worked-out quarry site left behind from her husband's pioneering efforts in the manufacture of Portland cement at Tod Inlet, Vancouver Island, Canada. Her venture has become a family commitment to horticulture and hospitality spanning over 100 years, and delighting visitors from all over the world. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, this show garden still maintains the gracious traditions of the past, in one of the loveliest corners in the world.


Web site: Butchart Gardens
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Fishing Charters

Ocean abounds in the Victoria area. With this in mind, it is a great idea to get out on the water while you are here. We have provided a few selections for charter companies as well as companies that provide fishing adventures.

Beasley's Fishing Charters

Your head guide Darren Beasley, has been fishing these local waters for over 20 years. Whether we're fishing salmon, halibut, or cod in the Pacific Ocean, or drift fishing down one of our pristine rivers for Steelhead Trout or salmon; we will thrill you with the fishing trip of a lifetime. At Beasley's, we go where the fish are! Fishing has become one of the largest growing sports in the world. It is a sport anyone can enjoy and take part in. We welcome all ages, male and female, from the seasoned pros to the novice beginners. Your satisfaction is our guarantee!

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 381-8000
Toll-free: 1-(866) 259-1111
Web site: Beasley's Fishing Charters

Foghorn Fishing Charters

Foghorn Fishing Charters has been fishing the waters around southern Vancouver Island and Victoria, BC for over twenty years. Victoria has the mildest climate in all of Canada which allows for 365 days of fishing in a comfortable environment. Our 25 ft Wellcraft is licensed to carry up to four passengers and we’re Coast Guard approved and Transport Canada certified. If you’re looking for a Victoria fishing charter guide for a halibut, salmon or bottom fish excursion, call us today to plan your Victoria fishing charter adventure!

Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 658-1848
Web site: Foghorn Fishing Charters
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Gardens

The Butchart Gardens

Fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display are open to the public, offering spectacular views from the many paths that meander through the four main gardens. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began to beautify a worked-out quarry site left behind from her husband's pioneering efforts in the manufacture of portland cement. The family's commitment to horticulture and hospitality spans 100 years, and continues to delight visitors from all over the world. From the exquisite Sunken Garden to the charming Rose Garden, the gracious traditions of the past are still maintained in one of the loveliest corners in the world.

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 652-4422
Toll-free: 1-(866) 652-4422
Web site: The Butchart Gardens

Abkhazi Garden

The Abkhazi Garden is an exquisite heritage home and garden located in Victoria, British Columbia, a city known for its wonderful gardens. Prince and Princess Abkhazi began creating their garden in 1946. This was the year they married and settled in Victoria, after living separate lives touched by both privilege and tragedy. They immediately began to develop their one-acre property, and continued to maintain and improve the garden throughout their lives together.

1964 Fairfield Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 598-8096
Web site: Abkhazi Garden
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Golf

Victoria BC is filled with many things amazing. Golf in Victoria BC is one of those truly wonderful things. Not only do we have some of the best designed golf courses in the world but you can play 10 months of the year. Don't pass up your opportunity to experience some of the best golfing you'll ever do.

Bear Mountain Golf

Welcome to Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club. The most exciting, new golf resort community to arrive in years. Amazing golf, a master planned residential neighbourhood, and a resort village, are all set within a breathtaking natural environment. Come up to a mountain high golf experience like no other on earth.

2050 Country Club Way
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 391-6100
Toll-free: 1-(866) 391-6100
Web site: Bear Mountain Golf

Cordova Bay Golf Course

"Unique" is an appropriate description of Cordova Bay Golf Course. Many visitors refer to Cordova Bay as a resort-style course with public course pricing. The natural beauty, breath-taking landscape and the immaculate maintenance of the greens and fairways all contribute to the growing reputation.

5333 Cordova Bay Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 658-4444
Web site: Cordova Bay Golf Course

Cowichan Golf and Country Club

Yielding glimpses of Cowichan Bay from several holes, plus vistas of the surrounding mountains, this picturesque, semi private course lures golfers with its sedate rural charm. Here, fairways range from open to tight as they flow through orchards and tall stands of trees

Duncan, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 746-5333

Duncan Meadows Golf & Country Club

This course is an exceptionally strong mix of parkland and links style holes exquisitely sculpted from the gently rolling and verdant landscape. Meandering creeks crossed with small rock bridges recall the roots of the game in Scotland while the perfect manicure of the bentgrass greens is consistent with today's best conditioned facilities. Rolling waves of wild grasses border many holes while yet others are carved from wooded maple and fir.

6507 North Road
Duncan, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 746-8993
Web site: Duncan Meadows Golf & Country Club

Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club

Glen Meadows is a true country club, family owned and operated, situated near Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and offers golf, curling, tennis, as well as an excellent clubhouse with two lounges and both indoor and outdoor seating.

1050 McTavish Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 656-3921
Web site: Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club

Gorge Vale Golf Club

Gorge Vale Golf Club is conveniently located within minutes of downtown Victoria with plenty of parking on site and easy access to the course. A park-like setting, well contoured greens, bunkers, and fairways awaits you.

1005 Craigflower Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-6451
Web site: Gorge Vale Golf Club

JUAN DE FUCA GOLF COURSE - 9 HOLE PUBLIC

If you were going to learn to play golf, Juan de Fuca would fit the bill. This course is operated by the Colwood Recreation Department. In an abbreviated manner, this fine little course has everything a larger course might have. There's water galore, a bit of sand and some darn trees that might get in the way. The course is well drained and can be played year round. The golf course is part of a large sports and recreation complex in the area with an ice and curling rink, swimming pool, public library, soccer and softball fields, lawn bowling greens and finally a world class track cycling velodrome.

1767 Island Highway
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 474-8621

Mount Douglas Golf Course

A popular 9 hole, par 31 course centrally located just 10 minutes from downtown Victoria.

4225 Blenkinsop Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 477-8314

Olympic View Golf Club

Imagine being surrounded by the magnificence of the Olympic Mountains, the roar of two spectacular waterfalls, and the tranquility associated with twelve lakes. Eagles soar overhead. Black-tailed deer feed at the forest's edge. Now imagine a club in your hands and 18 holes of challenging championship fairways stretched out before you. Welcome to Olympic View Golf Club.

643 Latoria Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 474-3673
Web site: Olympic View Golf Club

Prospect Lake Golf Course

Our Par-32 9-hole golf course has five par 4's and four par 3's. Our course has won a loyal and enthusiastic following; likely one of the more challenging executive courses you'll ever play. Set on the shores of the small, yet picturesque lake for which it was named, the course is a varied blend of rolling fairways, well placed trees and smaller greens. While there are many great challenges to be explored at Prospect Lake Golf Course, the hole everyone raves about is our signature 6th hole

4633 Prospect Lake Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 479-2688
Web site: Prospect Lake Golf Course

Royal Colwood Golf Club

Royal Colwood Golf Club is a Private Golf Club located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Designed by Arthur Vernon Macan in 1913, Royal Colwood is a traditional style parklands championship course set amongst 450 year old Douglas Firs and majestic Garry Oaks. One of a select few in the world, Royal Colwood received its Royal designation from King George V in 1931.

629 Goldstream Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 478-8331
Web site: Royal Colwood Golf Club

Uplands Golf Club

A challenge awaits you each time you come to Uplands Golf Club. This classic 18 hole course stretches over 6315 yards at the Blue markers. A championship course which has hosted many Canadian Professional Golf Association tournaments. The most recent one being the Victoria Open, 2002.

3300 Cadboro Bay Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 592-7313
Web site: Uplands Golf Club

Victoria Golf Club

Victoria Golf Club ...truly a jewel among the many fine golf clubs in British Columbia... a magnificent golf course with a history to match, which opens for play more than any other club in Canada. Established in 1893, Victoria Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Canada on its original site. The club is located on the most southerly tip of Vancouver Island, facing the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The course is 100 acres of beautiful seaside property in the Municipality of Oak Bay.

1110 Beach Drive
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 598-4321
Web site: Victoria Golf Club
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Landmarks

As a city with as much heritage and history as Victoria is bound to have many landmarks, we cannot begin to share all of them with you here but we will instead list the most important of them.

Antique Row

You can find Antique Row on Fort Street, between Blanchard and Cook Streets. It is home to dozens of Antique shops providing an incredibly large selection of antique collectibles, china, silverware, furniture, custom jewellery and wonderful little things.

Bastion Square

Bastion Square is central to Victoria’s tourist economy. Much of the square has been restored and boasts many heritage buildings, cobblestone walkways, and wrought iron lampstands. Walking through the square you will see a variety of artisans peddling their art and crafts, and the Maritime Museum, which once housed the Supreme Court that was presided over by Chief Justice Matthew Baillie Begbie. In the summer, you can find an excellent public market featuring local artisans.

Beacon Hill Park & Petting Zoo

Beacon Hill Park is one of downtown Victoria's crown jewels. The 200 acres was officially established as a park in 1882, after being set aside in 1858 by James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island. Beacon Hill Park was named after a pair of masts strategically placed on a hill to act as a beacon and navigational aid to mariners approaching Victoria's inner harbour. The children's petting zoo at historic Beacon Hill Park gives hands-on experience, which is enjoyed by young and old.

Chinatown

One of the oldest Chinese settled areas of Canada, Chinatown boasts character, excellent restarants, it's ornate gate at the head of Chinatown and some excellent shopping.Make sure you don't miss Fan Tan Alley.

Craigflower Manor & Schoolhouse

This was one of Vancouver Island's first farming communities, established in 1853 along Victoria's Gorge Waterway to meet the Hudson's Bay Company's obligations to Britain to support colonization. On lands purchased from chiefs of one of the indigenous aboriginal people, Kenneth McKenzie oversaw construction of a self-sufficient settlement. The Kosapsom people still harvest shellfish, salmon and herring from the tidal waters that separate the Manor from the Schoolhouse.

Phone: 1-(250) 479-8053

Emily Carr House

Emily Carr is one of Canada's greatest and most loved artists. Feeling a spiritual connection with her subjects, Emily Carr painted both the landscape and native villages of Western Canada in a unique and modern style that was rejected during its time of production. After years of travel throughout the forests of British Columbia, failing health caused her to remain close to home where she wrote seven books based on her life. Today Emily Carr is highly regarded throughout the world and considered a national Heroine in Canada. Through reading her books and the study of her paintings (in poster form, or original) one is able to grasp just how incredible this woman was.

Phone: 1-(250) 383-5843

Empress Hotel

Rising regally on the banks of Victoria's Inner Harbor and representing the center of British Columbia's Capital City, The Fairmont Empress has been completely restored to her turn-of-the-century beauty.

Fisgard Lighthouse

Built by the British in 1860, when Vancouver Island was not yet part of Canada, Fisgard's red brick house and white tower has stood faithfully at the entrance to Esquimalt harbour. Once a beacon for the British Royal Navy's Pacific Squadron, today Fisgard still marks home base for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Government Street

Skirting past the Legislature, along the inner harbour and in front of the Empress Hotel, Government Street is the Heart of Downtown. Some of the city's best shopping can be found along this pretty street. Many of the buildings retain their old world charm and architecture.

Helmcken House

Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken set up house in Victoria when he married the daughter of Governor James Douglas in 1852. Originally a three-room log house, the house was built by Helmcken and expanded as both the prosperity and size of the family grew. A surgeon with the Hudson's Bay Company, Helmcken went on to become a statesman and helped negotiate the entry of British Columbia as a province into Canada. Now the oldest house in British Columbia on its original site that still opens for the public, Helmcken House offers you a fascinating glimpse into the way life was lived over a hundred years ago. The good doctor’s original 19th-century medical kit is among the interesting items on display at Helmcken House.

The Inner Harbour

Located in the hear of Victoria, the first stop for most visitors to Victoria is the world famous Inner Harbour as they arrive on one of the ferries that docks there. Walk the causeway and enjoy the talented street performers and artists – from jugglers to mimers, sketch artists to landscape masterpieces. Music is in the air – from folk to classical, eclectic to jazz, the sounds of the street performers add a carnival atmosphere to this magical part of the city. The Inner Harbour is also home to several of the city's more famous events such as Victoria's Folkfest, the Dragonboat races and more.

Market Square

Welcome to Market Square in Victoria, British Columbia one of the most popular tourists destinations in the world. With over 35 independently owned and operated shops, restaurants, and a nightclub to serve you, Market Square is sure to be on your "must see" list when visiting The Garden City. Whether you're looking for Canadian arts and crafts or treasures from around the world, chances are, you'll find it at Market Square. Located in the heart of Old Town, Market Square's courtyard is home to concerts, festivals, and events throughout the year.

Point Ellice House

Point Ellice House was the 19th century home of Gold Rush Magistrate and Commissioner Peter O'Reilly, his wife Caroline O'Reilly and their children, Frank, Kathleen, Mary Augusta and Jack. Acquired Point Ellice House in 1867, it was the site of many of Victoria's social elite gatherings. For three generations, it remained in the O'Reilly family, becoming a provincial historic site in 1974. It offers Western Canada's finest collection of Victoriana in its original setting.

Ross Bay Cemetery

In Victoria the oldest surviving formal landscape design, is a superb example of a Victorian-era burial ground. Its profusion of unusual trees and plantings, winding carriageways, 27,000 graves with intriguing marble, sandstone and granite monuments, all bear witness to the famous and not-so-famous who are buried here. Come and see the resting place of Sir James Douglas, first governor of British Columbia, many subsequent premiers, coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, artist Emily Carr, Billy Barker of gold rush fame, and of Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, the "Hanging judge."

Thunderbird Park

In 1940 a handful of old totem poles were erected on a vacant lot at the corner of Douglas and Belleville streets as a part of conservation efforts to preserve and display some of the Northwest Coast's rapidly deteriorating art. That lot became known as Thunderbird Park. By 1951 the original poles had become severely decayed. To remedy the situation, the provincial government invited the late Chief Mungo Martin to be head carver of the Totem Restoration Programme. After Martin's passing in 1962, renowned native artist Henry Hunt carried on the programme as head carver. Richard Hunt and Tim Paul succeeded Henry Hunt until the end of the programme in 1992. Other artists to work as part of the programme include Lawrence Bell, Simon Charlie, Doug Cranmer, David Gladstone, Godfrey Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gerry Marks, David Martin, Frank Puglas, Bill Reid, Paul Sam, Art Thompson, Joe Wilson and Ron Wilson.

Trounce Alley

Trounce Alley is located just north of View Street, off Government, and contains authentic gas lights more than 125 years old. The alley was named after Victoria pioneer Thomas Trounce. W&J Wilson Clothiers has been at its present location on the alley since 1862 (the same year Victoria was incorporated as a city). Trounce Alley is one of two privately owned Alleys in Canada.

Victoria Legislative Parliament Buildings

Overlooking the Inner Harbour is the seat of British Columbia’s Legislative buildings. This increasable building is the quintessential image of Victoria etched in the memory of all who visit the city. At night, 3,333 light bulbs adorn the building. Take a free tour of the Legislative Buildings and learn about provincial history and government. Surrounded by 5 hectares (12 acres) of lawns, gardens, fountains and statues of dignitaries. The rooms have mosaic tile floors, stained-glass windows, woodcarvings and murals.

Wharf Street

Running along the water front and past historic sites such as Bastion Square and Chinatown on it's way to the Inner Harbour, Wharf Street is home to many of the city's best restaurants, bars and shops.

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Museums

As Victoria BC is rich in history, it is also true that it is rich in museums. There is an excellent selection of museums to choose from but many of the selections below should certainly be on your do not miss list!

British Columbia Aviation Museum

The British Columbia Aviation Museum Society is dedicated to preserving aircraft and aviation artifacts. We collect, restore and display aircraft and artifacts related to the history of aviation in Canada, with emphasis on British Columbia.

1910 Norseman Road
Sidney, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 655-3300
Web site: British Columbia Aviation Museum

Maritime Museum of British Columbia

This amazing museum features many Nautical exhibits not to be missed by any. The Maritime Museum of BC invites you to come and explore an exciting world of Maritime history.

28 Bastion Square
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 382-2869
Web site: Maritime Museum of British Columbia

Royal British Columbia Museum

The Royal BC Museum rewards visitors with a magical journey through BC's history. Two intriguing floors of exhibits bring the past to life.

Captain Vancouver's ship, a partial re-creation of the HMS Discovery, sits at its dock in an area devoted to early explorers and the fur trade. The European influx eventually brought mining, logging, fishing, and agriculture on a commercial scale, all represented in displays in the modern history gallery.

A turn-of-the-20th century town features a theatre with silent movies, a steam train pulling into the station, a Chinatown alley with resident cat, and the aroma of apple pie wafting from a kitchen. The century lives on in displays by the decade, with Pokemon and skateboards included as a few of the cultural icons of the 1990s.

In the natural history gallery, the coastal rain forest is carpeted with real salal undergrowth. Ocean animals enjoy their tidal pool at the seashore. Realistic dioramas provide backdrops for a homestead scene from the Peace River region and for the birds of the Fraser River Delta. Plants of BC are found in the native plant gardens outside the Museum building.

Other features of the Royal BC Museum include the First Peoples Gallery with its forest of poles, a display on the historic Nisga'a agreement and people of the Nass River, and an extensive display of Haida Argillite carving. Particularly memorable is the visit to a First Nations' longhouse where, to the hauntingly poignant beat of drums, visitors learn about potlatches and shaman practices.

675 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 356-7226
Toll-free: 1-(888) 447-7977
Web site: Royal British Columbia Museum

Royal London Wax Museum

The ancient craft of wax artistry comes alive at the Royal London Wax Museum in Victoria – the capital city of Canada’s most western province known as "a little bit of Olde England." Impeccable attention to detail, enhanced by the skillful blend of light, colour and sound, serve to accent the mystic allure of some 300 timeless wax sculptures.

470 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 388-4461

Sidney Marine Museum

Sidney By-The-Sea has a very interesting Historical Museum operated by the Society of Saanich Peninsula Museums and is devoted to the history of the early lives of Sidney and North Saanich pioneers, portrayed through photographs and artifacts.

2423 Beacon Avenue
Sidney, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 655-6355
Web site: Sidney Marine Museum
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Spas

If it is pampering you are looking for, then without a doubt, visit one of Victoria's many exquisite spas.

Angel Beauty Sea Spa

We are a luxurious spa providing Esthetic services in skin care, body care, nail care to weight loss, bridal makeup, permanent makeup, Electrolysis. We also carry brand name skin and body care products like Yonka, Mary Cohr. Dr. Temt, Dead Sea and cosmetic make-up products like Pupa.

1111 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 383-9333
Web site: Angel Beauty Sea Spa

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa

This four-diamond resort & spa is ideally located in the heart of the city, on the waterfront of Victoria's charming Inner Harbor. Voted the “Best City in the Americas” by Condé Nast Traveler, 2003, Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, where the cherry blossoms and daffodils are in abundance

45 Songhees Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 360-2999
Toll-free: 1-(800) 667-4677
Web site: Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa

Features Penthouse Day Spa

There is nothing more luxurious than a day at the Spa. Features offers a wonderful selection of exotic massages, wraps, spa soleil, body polishes, reflexology, facials, makeup application, hand and foot care, waxing, electrolysis and hairstyling. Select a la Carte or indulge in a sinfully opulent treatment package for individuals or couples.

Suite 1210 - 345 Quebec Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 388-5912
Toll-free: 1-(888) 343-0328
Web site: Features Penthouse Day Spa

Le Spa Sereine

Step out of the hustle of downtown into an oasis of tranquility. Amidst an exquisite atmosphere of comfort and serenity in our three-level facility, our team of professional therapists, aestheticians and stylists promotes balance, relaxation and well-being. Achieve a feeling of serenity with a relaxing massage or rejuvenating body treatment. Enjoy the most complete menu of pampering services in Victoria. Facials, aesthetics services, body treatments, full hair salon and much more.

1411 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 388-4419
Toll-free: 1-(866) 388-4419
Web site: Le Spa Sereine

Maria Manna Life Spa

Maria Manna Life Spa is Victoria's only Euovedic Spa offering a full range of care and beauty services for body and lifestyle. From our full service hair salon to massage, bodywork, manicure/pedicures, facials and Ayurvedic herbal treatments, we await to surprise and delight you.

714 View Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 385-6676
Web site: Maria Manna Life Spa

Spa 517

Spa 517 is an elegant and intimate urban retreat in the heart of downtown Victoria. The atmosphere is mellow, the air is clean and fresh, the treatments offered are ancient as well as modern. We offer the finest quality head to toe spa treatments including: aroma vedic scalp massage, microdermabrasion facials, hot rock massage, raindrop therapy, hydrotherapy baths, vichy shower treatments, ultimate spa pedicure and reflexology.

#1A - 1218 Langley Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 480-1517
Web site: Spa 517
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Theatres

For a city of its size, Victoria BC has a very high concentration of artists and because of that, there is an excellent Theatre and Performance arts community. With the world famous Victoria Symphony, the acclaimed Pacific Opera Victoria and our selection of historically important venues, it all makes for a surprisingly excellent place to enjoy the performing arts.

Belfry Theatre

Located in Victoria, B.C., the Belfry Theatre operates as a registered not-for-profit society. Since its inception it has established a reputation of excellence by creating first-class works from the Canadian and international repertoire of contemporary plays. The Belfry has enjoyed dramatic growth in the past 25 years, developing from a three-person, six-month work grant 'idea' into a leading and stable member of Greater Victoria's arts scene. As the area's largest adult professional theatre company it is supported by the Federal government through the Canada Council, the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry Responsible for Small Business, Tourism and Culture, and the four core municipalities of Greater Victoria. Private funding comes from a wide variety of foundations, corporations, businesses, and private patrons. The Belfry has an operating budget of over $1.2 million annually and last season employed 78 people.

1291 Gladstone Avenue
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 385-6815
Web site: Belfry Theatre

Chemainus Theatre

Artistic Director, Jeremy Tow, recently lead the company in the process of refocusing the artistic vision of the Chemainus Theatre Festival. This process took several months, many discussions, and finally, board approval…but we are pleased to say that the end result was embraced with great enthusiasm. In the future, CTF will produce seasons of plays that are chosen from the classics (including comedies, farces, dramas, musicals, mysteries, melodramas and operettas), from modern award winning scripts (including Canadian and International award winners), and adaptations from classic literature.

9737 Chemainus Rd.
Chemainus, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 246-9820
Toll-free: 1-(800) 565-7738
Web site: Chemainus Theatre

National Geographic IMAX Theatre

The National Geographic Theatre is located in Victoria, BC Canada. Our 406 seat theatre features the 2-D IMAX Experience; with a projected area more than 6 stories high and 70 feet wide, up to 10 times larger than conventional screens, filling the viewer's entire field of vision. The theatre gives you the most powerful and involving film experience, bringing images to life with 12,000 watts of IMAX Digital surround sound.

675 Belleville Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 953-4629
Web site: National Geographic IMAX Theatre

McPherson Playhouse

The McPherson Playhouse first opened in 1914 as the Pantages Theatre. It was re-named after Thomas Shanks McPherson, who bequeathed the theatre and funding for its reconstruction to the people of Victoria. The award-winning project was completed in 1965 and included a modern lobby addition, technical improvements, and the refurbishing of the ornate Neo-Baroque style auditorium. A variety of professional, community and amateur events are presented at "The Mac" year-round.

#3 Centennial Square / 600-block Pandora Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 386-6121
Toll-free: 1-(888) 717-6121
Web site: McPherson Playhouse

Pacific Opera Victoria

Pacific Opera Victoria is positively brimming with thrilling talent, gorgeous voices, magical theatre, and the most beautiful music ever heard. Featuring some of the most loved operas in the repertoire, this is an experience no one will want to miss.

1316B Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 385.0222
Web site: Pacific Opera Victoria

Victoria Operatic Society

Since 1945, the Victoria Operatic Society has brought the best of Broadway style musical stage productions to appreciative Victoria audiences. Building on a strong and active membership, VOS strives for the most polished, entertaining and varied productions. Through dedication and hard work, VOS continues to shine.

#10 - 744 Fairview Road
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 381-1021
Web site: Victoria Operatic Society

Victoria Royal Theatre

The Royal Theatre opened in 1913 as a privately built and operated roadhouse. It has seen many of this century's great performers on its stage, including Sarah Bernhardt, Carlos Montoya, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Luciano Pavarotti, in spite of having been used in part as a cinema from 1917 until 1981. The Royal Theatre was designated a site of national historic significance in 1987, and received a commemorative plaque from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 1990. The original foyer has been augmented by lobby extensions completed in 1991, while the auditorium retains its original Rococo/Renaissance Revival style decor. Extensive technical upgrades, restoration work to the auditorium, and refurbishment of the dressing rooms took place in 2002.

805 Broughton St.
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 386-6121
Toll-free: 1-(888) 717-6121
Web site: Victoria Royal Theatre
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Whale Watching

When you experience the amazing wonders of whales, you will realize Victoria BC is the best place in the world to see whales in their natural habitat.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Marine Resort

Our 45’ Catamaran and 29’ high speed Custom Passenger vessel are designed with your total comfort and safety in mind. Onboard Naturalists direct you to excellent viewing of our local Killer Whale pods as well as transient Killer Whales and many other marine mammals in their natural habitat. Our commitment to lead the way in environmental sensitivity and the advancement of Killer Whale research makes for an experience of a lifetime. Simply the best available

1175 Beach Drive
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 595-4556
Toll-free: 1-(800) 668-7758
Web site: Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Marine Resort

Cuda Marine Adventures

We are a family-owned, Victoria-based whale watching and sportfishing company which has been introducing guests to the wildlife of the West Coast since 1996. At Cuda Marine Adventures we pride ourselves on our level of excellence in customer service and product quality. We are dedicated to providing our guests with the ultimate whale watching or fishing experience of their lifetime.

Courtyard Level of the Hotel Grand Pacific
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 995-2832
Toll-free: 1-(866) 995-2832
Web site: Cuda Marine Adventures

Fantasea Charter

Fantasea Charter, the ultimate luxury Victoria Private Boat Charter service on Vancouver Island, BC. We are proud to offer you Fishing Charters, Fantasea Private Charters, Stag and Stagette Charters and also Whale Watching Charters. Cruise in comfort as you enjoy Victoria's Ultimate Party Boat. You will find us in the city's world famous Inner Harbour, right beside Harbour Air at the Victoria Marine Adventure Center.

950 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 658-6052
Toll-free: 1-(888) 721-1100
Web site: Fantasea Charters

Great Pacific Adventures Boat Rentals

The spectacular and "Super Natural" Inner Harbour of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is the home base of operations for Great Pacific Adventures Incorporated. Serving visitors year-round to Vancouver Island and Victoria since 1995, GPA has lead the industry in innovation and customer service for outdoor eco-tour adventures

811 Wharf St
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 386-3370
Toll-free: 1-(877) 733-6722
Web site: Great Pacific Adventures Boat Rentals

Prince of Whales

Are you looking for an adventure on your next vacation? Have you always wondered what it would be like to see a whale in the wild? If you answered YES to any of these questions then Prince of Whales Whale Watching is the company for you!

Inner Harbour Causeway
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 938-7747
Toll-free: 1-(888) 383-4884
Web site: Prince of Whales

Seafun Safaris

Western Canada's premiere marine adventure, featuring marine eco-tours, marine life; whale watching tours daily. An action-packed marine adventure in one of the most spectacular settings on earth, with exclusive hydrophone technology to bring you the sound and sight of Orca, the killer whale.

950 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 360-1200
Toll-free: 1-(877) 360-1233
Web site: Seafun Safaris

Victoria Marine Adventure Centre

The Inner Harbour Centre boasts a year-round destination for a wide variety of superb outdoor adventure tours. Whether you are experiencing the history of a De Havilland Beaver on a scenic flightseeing adventure; enjoying playful Orcas during a 3-hour Whale Watching tour; paddling your way to the majestic 'Seal Island' on a guided kayak tour, awaiting the 'Big One' on one of our top-notch fishing charters; exploring the beautiful Victoria landscape on a rented bicycle or scooter; or taking in the sights, scenery and great food as you dine in Victoria's only licensed floating restaurant,The Blackfish Cafe, the Inner Harbour Centre has something for everyone! We are truly your 'One Stop Adventure Super Centre', providing reservations for any tour or adventure that your heart desires! The Inner Harbour Centre is conveniently located in Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour, at 950 Wharf Street, just minutes away from downtown hotels. We are proudly affiliated with Tourism Victoria.

950 Wharf Street
Victoria, British Columbia
Phone: 1-(250) 995-2211
Toll-free: 1-(800) 575-6700
Web site: Victoria Marine Adventure Centre
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