Collected by Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
1910 Sooke Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 1V7, Canada
See what the locals are drinking over at this cute cafe, which serves up coffee made with Drumroaster beans, which are roasted right on Vancouver Island. Great cookies and other baked goods along with tasty sandwiches make this a Colwood local’s...
Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC, Canada
One of the best ways to embrace the elements in the wild weather of fall and winter on the West Coast is to wrap up and go storm watching—and the best place to do it in Victoria is along the Dallas Road waterfront trail. Take a stroll along the...
1964 Fairfield Rd, Victoria, BC V8S 1H2, Canada
Drive a little beyond the center of Victoria to Oak Bay to enjoy this horticultural gem. Discover the romantic secret garden—known as "the garden that love built"—that Prince and Princess Abkhazi began creating in 1946. Fantastic to photograph...
941 Langford Pkwy, Victoria, BC V9B 0A5, Canada
Yes, it's a burger restaurant, but it's so very different from your usual run-of-the-mill chains. White Spot is a B.C. institution thanks to its kid-friendly Pirate Pak meals, where the food arrives served in a pirate boat. There is plenty to...
1999 Country Club Way, Victoria, BC V9B 6R3, Canada
Warm up on a cold day with a soak in the steaming-hot mineral pool overlooking the mountains at the Sante Spa or relax in the steam and sauna rooms. Book in for an authentic indigenous-inspired treatment, which begins with a "smudging" sage...
1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0T4, Canada
Worth the drive, this unassuming little restaurant is probably one of the most influential in B.C., owing to its early adoption of a menu that’s rooted in fresh, local, seasonal, and organic produce. Everything you eat here is foraged wild, picked...
1450 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 2G1, Canada
Why have one cocktail, when you could try a sampler size ofthree instead? Veneto, one of Victoria's best cocktail lounges, have an ever-changing set of cocktail 'flights' which either delve into a deeper exploration of a particular drink or...
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