Victoria has something for everyone, offering an excellent selection of activities from historical and cultural attractions to outdoor adventure tours. This list showcases many local options, including the distance from the hotel to the destination.
Victoria' Inner Harbour -250 meters West
The sheltered waters of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, located one block from the hotel, offer a myriad of options for sightseeing and adventure tours.
Victoria Conference Centre -50 meters South
The VCC offers premier meeting space for hosting groups of up to 2000 delegates in multiple breakout rooms and banquet halls. It is conveniently located across the street from the hotel.
Royal BC Museum & IMAX Theatre -300 meters South
Experience the wonders of British Columbia’s natural and cultural history, with multiple levels showcasing interactive exhibits ranging from a life-like representation of a coastal rainforest to a recreation of Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Walk through the past decades of human history and go inside an old steamship or get up close to a giant Steller’s sea lion. The museum also hosts travelling exhibits from around the world, so each time you visit there is something new to discover! The IMAX Theatre boasts the largest screen in BC, taking movie watching to a whole new level, showcasing fun and educational films as well as big blockbuster movies.
Beacon Hill Park -450 meters South
A short five-minute walk from the hotel, southbound along Douglas Street, will take you to Victoria’s most peaceful and picturesque park, Beacon Hill, home to the world’s largest totem pole (standing 160 feet). Bordered by the beaches of Victoria’s south shore, Beacon Hill is a popular place for locals and visitors, where you will find people walking their dogs (the Dallas Road waterfront offers a large off-leash area), children playing with the animals in the petting zoo and bird watchers admiring the ducks and geese in the parks many ponds. Beacon Hill is also home to many colourful peacocks, which roam freely about the park.
Butchart Gardens -19 kilometers N
Originally established as a limestone quarry in 1904, Butchart Gardens (now a National Historic Site of Canada) was then transformed by Mrs. Jennie Butchart, using tonnes of topsoil brought in from local farms by horse and cart, into a beautiful sunken garden. Over the years, the family has gradually expanded the gardens, adding a Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and Children’s Pavilion housing an authentic carousel. The gardens are spectacular any time of year as the flowers change from season to season. During the summer months the garden hosts a weekly fireworks show with music and entertainment, while winter is famous for the Magic of Christmas light show with carolers and a mini skating rink. Almost a million people visit the gardens each year, some coming back month after month to stroll through the acres of manicured blossoms.
Maritime Museum of BC -650 meters Northwest
Take a tour through BC’s maritime history, documenting early exploration by Spanish explorers and the Hudson’s Bay Company as well as chronicles of the BC Ferries and the Royal Navy. Modelmania, the museum’s model ship collection, contains more than 400 models ranging in size from 2 inches to 17 feet.
Canada’s Oldest Chinatown 1 kilometer North
Victoria is home to the second oldest Chinatown in North America, second to San Francisco, and is famous for it’s extremely narrow Fan Tan Alley. Once popular for its opium factories and gambling dens, the well-preserved buildings now house authentic Chinese shops and restaurants.
The best way to experience the rugged natural beauty of Victoria’s coast is to get out on a whale watching adventure. Get up close and personal with Bald Eagles, Resident and Transient Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Sea Lions and Porpoises.
Set out on your own or with a guided tour and explore the Inner Harbour and Fisherman’s Wharf (where you can paddle-up for fresh fish and chips), or nearby Discover Island Marine Park.
Victoria is surrounded by pristine forests and lakes, offering ample opportunities for hiking. Enjoy a hike up Mount Douglas for panoramic views over Victoria and the surrounding islands or take a stroll around Thetis Lake and enjoy a swim while you’re at it. An hour’s drive from Victoria up the west coast will take you to scenic East Sooke Park where a trail follows the coastline for several miles before circling back through the lush rainforest. There are many excellent day hikes along the west coast, where trails meander through the forest towards sandy wind and wave-swept beaches (Sandcut Beach, China Beach and Mystic Beach are local favourites). For longer multi-day treks, the Juan de Fuca Trail, past Sooke, follows the coastline for 45 kilometers from China Beach to Botanical Beach near the town of Port Renfrew.
British Columbia is well known for its large salmon runs and excellent fishing can be found right off the coast of Victoria. Many companies have charters that are based out of the Inner Harbour and with some prime fishing grounds only a short distance away, you will be trolling in no time!
Horse-drawn Carriage rides
Get cozy with that special someone or bring the whole family, hopping on a horse-drawn carriage ride is a fun (and romantic) way to see the sights from a classical Victorian perspective. Your guide will meander you along the streets of historic James Bay, past the Parliament Buildings and through Beacon Hill Park while telling interesting stories of days gone by.
The Saanich Peninsula, Cowichan Valley and Gulf Islands have developed over the last 20 years into a world-renowned wine region, with numerous vineyards to choose from specializing in cool-climate grape growing, similar to the regions of northern France and central Germany. Known as the “Wine Islands” this area provides a rich assortment of wine, cider and beer and is famous for its excellent variety of fresh and wholesome food pairings, sourced locally from the ocean and nearby farms. The region can easily be visited on a self-guided tour or on full day and multi-day guided tours.
Saanich Peninsula Vineyards, located within 20 kilometers of the hotel.
For a wider range of vineyards visit www.wineislands.ca