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The capital of British Columbia and one of Canada’s largest tourist hotspots, there is no shortage of activities to be had in Victoria. Its fast-paced downtown scene is perfect for those seeking a vibrant nightlife, amazing restaurants, and great shopping, while its more rural areas are home to some of Canada’s greatest nature trails and parks.
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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...
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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...
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1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0T4, Canada
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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...
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Langford, BC, Canada
A short 30-minute drive from downtown Victoria, and on the doorstep of Bear Mountain, Mount Finlayson looms over Greater Victoria, and if you're up for the challenge, you can take the hour-long trek all the way to the top. For those looking for a...
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Munn Rd, Saanich, BC V9E, Canada
Francis/King Regional Park is the perfect opportunity for hikers to stretch their legs. The Elsie King Trail is handicap-accessible with a cedar boardwalk. Benches dot the trail for visitors to relax and marvel at the 500-year-old Douglas Firs in...
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Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V9C, Canada
For those seeking the historic sights of Victoria, Fort Rodd Hill is the perfect location, with its historic artillery fort built over a hundred years ago to defend Victoria. Visitors can even see the old gun batteries and underground magazines....
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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.
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308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC V9A 3S8, Canada
Spinnakers has been quenching thirst since 1984 with their unique beverages. While they brew the expected craft beers on site, they also make their own sodas, ciders, and other creations. In addition the food and setting are worth sticking around...
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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...
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1108 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Y2, Canada
Like the rest of Victoria, Munro's is one of a kind. Founded by Jim and Alice Munro (the famous author), it is one of the few independent bookstores left in the city. Relocated to the neo-classical Royal Bank of Canada building, the generous staff...
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911 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1X5, Canada
Half way to the harbour we found Jade Mine, a specialty jade shop that primarily sells jade jewelry and pendents. The jade is mined in British Columbia and hand-carved for the store. This three-foot jade eagle might be a bit too elaborate to get...
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View Royal, BC, Canada
Visit View Royal, the only casino on Vancouver Island, if you're a gambin' man or just looking for a fun way to blow a few bucks and an hour or two. They have a slew of slot machines and plenty of table games to keep you entertained.
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Millstream, BC V9B 6E5, Canada
If you're staying at The Westin Bear Mountain and looking for shopping activities, head over to Millstream Village, where you can pick up anything from apparel to pet products in an outdoor plaza. Set below the mountains, it's a relaxing spot to...