What to Do around The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Victoria
Collected by Westin AFAR
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.
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...
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC V8S 3L5, Canada
Canada isn't as renowned for castles as one might think (or at all, in fact), which makes a visit to Craigdarroch that much more intriguing. A prototypical "bonanza" castle, Craigdarroch was born out of the industrial wealth generated by railroad...
3475 Ripon Rd, Victoria, BC V8R 6H1, Canada
Go out on the beautiful Cordova Bay for some small boat sailing. We picked a calm day to learn the ropes inside the safety of the bay and went from zero nautical knowledge to tacking and running in four days. If you can't seem to find your sea...
Langford, BC, Canada
A short hike from Bear Mountain, Goldstream Provincial Park is a temperate rainforest. In warm months, take advantage of the waterfalls to cool off. But from October to December come to see the wild Chum, Coho and Chinook salmon spawning and 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...
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,...
Mount Finlayson, Langford, BC V9B 0A4, Canada
You’ll need up to three hours to hike this popular ascent located less than half an hour from downtown Victoria. Starting from a canopy of Cedars and Douglas Firs, push hard to the lookout south of Bear Mountain. Not recommended for children, it’s...
Ross Durrance Rd, Highlands, BC V9E 2A3, Canada
Gowlland Tod is a sprawling, beautiful park located in the British Columbia Highlands, close to Goldstream Provincial Park and Bear Mountain, with great stretches of the park overlooking the stunning Saanich Inlet. Hiking, trekking, walking,...
631 Courtney St, Victoria, BC V8W 1B8, Canada
If you've ever wanted to know what it feels like to have a giant grasshopper crawl over your face, hold a scorpion in the palm of your hands, or wear a centipede mustache, this is your chance. If you're content simply watching the butterflies...
812 Wharf St, Victoria, BC V8W 1T3, Canada
Whale-watching tours are one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the outdoors in British Columbia. Prince of Whales offers a number of different tour options, from zodiac adventures in the Strait of Juan De Fuca to their Northbound...
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...
603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 2W8, Canada
For great views of boats and seaplanes and water and mountains this is the spot. The kids will like the chance to pilot a virtual boat, and the grownups can check out the vintage lighthouse-keeper supplies: French toothpaste and pickup sticks....
2207 Millstream Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 0J7, Canada
Nothing says family fun more than an ice cream parlor attached to an arcade. This particular ice cream parlor has a very nostalgic feel, with old toys and games used as decoration pieces. If the ice cream doesn’t bring out the inner child, the...
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...
Sooke, BC, Canada
Hop on a boat to catch salmon in the waters just off Sooke. The rugged British Columbia coastline is not only great for fishing but also perfect for spotting other West Coast wildlife. A professional guide will lead you to the best spot on the...
Thetis Lake, View Royal, BC V9B, Canada
Thetis Lake Regional Park is a watery getaway just minutes from Bear Mountain. Comprised of multiple lakes, woodlands, and swamp, it has something for every nature enthusiast. The lakes are stocked with rainbow trout for anglers, and are also open...
685 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A6, Canada
Victoria is known for it’s miles of paths and rideable roads. See the area by scooter or bicycle, or follow a guided tour, like the 4-hour Castles and Lakes and 5-hour Seaside Route to Butchart Gardens. Ride rentals are available at Cycle BC by...
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...
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...
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...
Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Colwood, 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....
501 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 2L8, Canada
Victoria is the legislative home of British Columbia and you can take a free guided tour of the government building to find out more of the history of the province, uncover the secrets of the building’s neo-baroque architecture, and understand BC’...
675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2, Canada
Discover more about the natural and human history of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum. Plan to spend time in the fascinating First Nations section, which documents the traditional way of life for the Coast Salish peoples that changed...
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