Victoria travel guide

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You're Going to Love Victoria

Settled by the British in 1843, Victoria is still steeped in its colonial past, with many examples of ornate historic architecture to enjoy along with almost too many floral gardens and green spaces to count.

It is the capital of the province of British Columbia, with legislative buildings that date from 1897, and home to several universities, colleges, and a lively nightlife scene. From whale watching to fishing to cycling, it's a place where you can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle and activities whether you're a beginner or expert.

Victoria is also a creative city with a thriving arts and culture scene, and plays host to outdoor events like the Rifflandia Music Festival, along with regular performances of live music, theater, and performing arts. With a famously laid-back West Coast vibe, Victoria is like a breath of fresh air.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Victoria

What to do in Victoria

British Columbia Parliament Buildings
Beacon Hill Park

When to Visit Victoria

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In contrast with most Canadian destinations, the climate of Victoria is temperate and snow-free most years. Summer is the most popular time for tourism, but mild weather and a vibrant arts scene attract visitors all year round.

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How to Get to Victoria

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Where to Stay in Victoria

The Empress hotel first opened its doors in 1908 and offers rooms in an opulent setting. There are many budget-priced options like the Arbutus Inn or Bedford Regency, with comfortable rooms and basic amenities, while Zed Victoria offers striking modern design at affordable rates.

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Downtown Victoria

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How to Get Around Victoria

The Cost of Living in Victoria

Shopping Streets

You'll find a wealth of shopping options along Government Street, including fashions from unique stores like Sitka and souvenirs from Moose Crossing Gifts, and the Bay Centre with more than 90 shops. Lower Johnson Street is the place to find local designers. There are several shopping centers in Victoria, including the Mayfair Shopping Centre in the Maywood district, and the Uptown in the Saanich area, housing both large retailers and smaller stores.

Groceries and Other

The Market and Country Grocer offer well-stocked shelves and reasonable prices. Thrifty Foods is a discount chain with multiple locations. A quart of milk costs about C$2.35, while a dozen eggs will run about C$C3.60.

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Where to Eat in Victoria

For high-end French and continental cuisine using local ingredients, look to Restaurant Matisse, where a three-course dinner starts at C$48. The Blue Crab Seafood House is one of many fine seafood restaurants in Victoria, where fresh seafood entrees start at C$32. Fishhook combines seafood with both Canadian and Indian influences; fish curries are priced daily and mains start at C$7.00.

Most popular restaurants in Victoria

Finn's Seafood, Chops and Cocktails
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The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Fort Street
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The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Saanich
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Glo Restaurant + Lounge
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Vista 18 Restaurant + Lounge
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