Victoria, Canada : Some trip ideas!
Collected by Allison Murray, AFAR Contributor
800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada
Nearly a century ago, Jennie Butchart, wife of cement manufacturer Robert Butchart, transformed a depleted limestone quarry into these stunning, world-renowned show gardens. Allow ample time to enjoy the 22 hectares (55 acres) of floral displays,...
541 Johnson St, Victoria, BC V8W 1M2, Canada
A new hair style isn't a typical vacation souvenir, but when there are puppies involved it's difficult to say no. Lab salon is home to one very wrinkled puppy and a team of master stylists and colourists to tackle everything from holiday makeovers...
649 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A7, Canada
Yes, my five-year-old was probably the target demographic for this place, but there were plenty of people without kids here, too. Because where else are you going to see an entire working sawmill built in miniature? Where else are you going to...
3 Library Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 1H9, Canada
A well mapped-out trail for bikers and hikers exists from the ferry north of Victoria all the way to the Pot Holes Provincial Park in Sooke, BC. The Galloping Goose Trail winds across all the area's landscapes: through the city streets to the...
2955 Phipps Rd #131, Victoria, BC V9B 0J9, Canada
The Noodle Box started life as a street cart in Victoria and now has eight restaurants on the island alone. The never-fail lunch spot has everything from gluten-free noodle to ghost chillis laced boxes and chilled glasses of mead.
721 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5, Canada
Every book will tell you to have high tea at the Empress in Victoria, and you should. They welcomed our three-generation group, including 2 kids under 6, and had hot chocolate for those who didn't want tea. They also had a full gluten-free option,...
1205 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T8, Canada
The Local Kitchen sits at the foot of a pedestrian-only street, right along the main drag by the harbor in Victoria. Our seat on the patio put us in the front row for a busking band. We ate a delicious meal while watching the activity of the...
1435 Store St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6, Canada
Victoria's historic downtown is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Next to the picturesque harbour, it's crammed with great places to eat and drink as well as great shops. My favourite downtown streets for shopping are Broad, lower Fort,...
740 Burdett Ave, Victoria, BC V8W 1B2, Canada
For the best cocktails in Victoria, try the local oak gins at Clive's Classic Lounge. These Victorian spirits are delicious and served with old-school class. Everyone is friendly here but sure to ask for Shawn!
Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC V8W, Canada
An afternoon meandering through the narrow stores of Chinatown feels like a trip back in time. This is the oldest Chinese district in Canada and it's full of historic nooks and crannies to explore. Formerly a derelict gambling district, it has...
1200 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Y2, Canada
An important step of most trips often involves hunting down a good local watering hole. Desired characteristics include friendly staff, good food, even better drinks, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Enter: Irish Times Pub. Live music seven nights...
189 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 1A1, Canada
At sunset the night market opens on the harbour front, illuminated by the lights on the Parliament building across the water. Favourites include gourmet chocolate, organic honey, handmade soaps, and organic cotton satchels. Another Canadian...
Victoria, BC, Canada
Victorians love to walk. They love to walk by the ocean even more. One of the more unique wanders you can take is from downtown's Old Town and along the Gorge, a narrow, protected inlet the city is built around. Take the Johnson Street Bridge (aka...
1885 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1C6, Canada
The luncheon of scrumptious finger sandwiches and pastries brought me back to my childhood of having our daily afternoon tea with my Avo (grandma). Ours weren't quite this elaborate but it was one part of the day that I always looked forward to!
3486-, 3492 Mayfair Dr, Victoria, BC V8P 4P9, Canada
Nearby to the City of Victoria, Mount Tolmie Park offers views of Victoria and the surrounding areas. Stroll through Garry Oaks on one of the many gravel trails throughout the park or just enjoy a drive up the windy road to the summit.