Things to See and Do in Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is one of the most temperate climates in Canada and enjoys year-round gardens and golfing. Vancouver Island's diverse and unique natural beauty, attractions and offerings will ensure every visitor to Victoria will leave with memories to last a lifetime. Feel free to watch these short YouTube videos that capture the beauty and magic of Victoria:
- Trip Idea: Victoria British Columbia
- Sunsets, Gardens, and Victoria
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Adrena LINE Zipline Adventures
At Adrena LINE Zipline Adventures Tours, experience an exhilarating ride up to 60km/hr as you soar up to 150 feet off the ground on eight scenic ziplines ranging from 150 feet to an unforgettable 1,000 feet. Click here for more information.
Butchart Gardens is open daily, year round and offers 55 acres of horticulture beauty. Summer at The Gardens brings ravishing floral splendor and the added attractions of nightly summer musical entertainment, magnificent night illuminations and glorious Saturday night Firework displays. The Children's Pavilion and Rose Carousel, with its menagerie of thirty hand carved animals is a wonder. Onsite gift shop, visitor services, coffee shop and dining. Located 35 minutes from The Fairmont Empress; transportation can be arranged with CVS Cruise Victoria.
We suggest our Gardens & Tea package for excellent value.
Set in the historic Rockland neighborhood, Craigdarroch Castle was built between 1887 and 1890, as a lavish residence for Robert Dunsmuir and his family. The mansion features the best collection of residential stained and leaded glass on the West Coast, magnificent woodwork and period furnishings.
Emily Carr House
Located at 207 Government Street, visit the birthplace of Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most famous artists and writer, which has been restored to it’s original beauty, and tells the history of the Carr family. Open seasonal; tel: (250) 383-5843.
Just a short walk or a water taxi hop from Victoria's Inner Harbour is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered — Fisherman’s Wharf. This is a unique waterfront experience with a lively mix of floathomes, fishing vessels and marine life. Fisherman's Wharf offers a front row seat on the harbour with views of floatplanes, ferries and pleasure vessels. Experience adventures like kayaking, whale watching and fishing. Hungry? Grab a meal on the docks! Hotdogs, fish and chips, tacos, ice cream and fresh seafood — there is something for everyone!
Five Star Whale Watching
High-speed Expedition Catamarans offer the best in responsible marine wildlife viewing and plenty of room for everyone. Photograph killer whales (orcas), humpback whales, porpoise, sea lions and seals with picturesque island and coastal mountain backdrops. Captains and marine naturalists have entertained, educated and enthralled passengers since 1985.
Tel: (250) 388-7223.
Fort Rodd Hill
For the sailor in everyone, this historic building offers an important pictorial and model exhibit of the Canadian west coast's maritime history. Located a short stroll up Government Street.
Tel: (250) 385-4222
The Victoria Bug Zoo is home to a wide variety of bugs and arachnids found throughout the world. With a variety of living creatures to observe and to hold, kids and adults of all ages will marvel at this amusing and instructive experience. The Victoria Bug Zoo is ideally located one block north of The Fairmont Empress.
Tel: (250) 384-2847.
Victoria is unofficially known as the Cycling Capital of Canada. BC's capital city, Victoria, is a picturesque city in its right and now hotel partner, The Pedaler offers a fun and fit way to see Victoria and explore some beverage and foodie hideaways along the way. A few favourite tours are:
Eat. Drink. Pedal - A rolling feast of Victoria's culinary gems. This 4 hour tour includes a number of stops around town to sample handmade pizza, ice cream, chocolate truffles and a few surprises. You will be treated to some of the best local artisan items Victoria has to offer.
Hoppy Hour - It is undeniable that there is something unique about the beer culture of the pacific northwest and Victoria boasts some of the best. This is not a pub crawl but there will be samples of our finest locally crafted beer available on this bike tour.
Tel: (778) 265 RIDE
Victoria Carriage Tours
Victoria's premier sightseeing carriage tour providing tours since 1978. Enjoy the best of Victoria by horse drawn carriage year-round. Professional drivers in tuxedos and top hats give fully guided tours which may include the fascinating Inner Harbour, the beautiful scenery of Beacon Hill Park and the charm of James Bay's history. Pickup or drop off at The Fairmont Empress at no extra charge. Your carriage awaits!
Tel: (250) 383-2207.
Victoria Harbour Ferries
An unforgettable marine adventure around Victoria's Inner Harbour narrated by knowledgeable Ferry Captains. Frequent "ports of call" of Victoria's major attractions. Open late March to mid October annually.
Tel: (250) 708-0201.
Walkabout Historical Tours
Specializing in historical walking tours that highlight the Inner Harbour, Old Town, Market Square, heritage homes, Antique Row, Chinatown and amazing characters from Victoria's past. The walking tours are approximately 90 minutes and Walkabout is proud to feature an Empress Tour. Please note The Fairmont Empress strives to provide accurate information for all partners and updates to the information listed above is made as available. As such, we cannot be held responsible for errors to the information provided.
Tel: (250) 592-9255