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Victoria BC Holidays

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A beautiful coastal city nestled on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the perfect blend of old-world heritage and new-world amenities. If you are dreaming of a destination that is both relaxing and fascinating in equal measures, look no further than Canada’s provincial capital.

The multicultural history of Victoria is displayed with pride throughout the city. From First Nations history to British-inspired architecture and Asian tradition, Victoria is a perfect example of the vibrant, electric atmosphere that can be created when worlds collide. The global influences are felt everywhere – in the emerging, award-winning foodie scene, the historic landmarks and the eclectic festivals and events that run every year.

As the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has charm by the bucket load. Prepare to be enchanted as you explore the waterfront, meander along the cobbled streets and admire nature at its finest. Castles, churches and temples dot the streets and there is something to discover at every turn. If you’re looking for romance, why not embark on a unique sightseeing experience with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city centre?

Victoria BC is home to the mildest climate in Canada and rarely experiences snow; it is no wonder therefore that the city is famous for its beautiful botanical gardens, with flora in bloom all year-round. Make the most of the beautiful Victoria BC weather and cycle along the waterfront, hike one of the many trails or even opt for a water-taxi along the iconic shoreline. Pods of Orca whales are known to frolic near the bay, so jump onto an unforgettable whale-watching tour to see if you can catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

If you fancy spending time in Victoria BC in a slightly more leisurely fashion, head to one of the many first-class restaurants and indulge in the finest cuisine with stunning waterfront views. Luxury hotel accommodation is available throughout the city, as are countless quaint B&B’s in the famous historic houses. No matter what your taste, you will fall in love with Victoria from the moment you arrive.

If you want to venture further afield then there are great car hire options available for you to choose from.

Are you ready to discover everything Victoria BC has to offer? Our Canada Specialists will be delighted to tailor-make your trip to suit your exact requirements. With your own personal advisor, low deposits and holiday payment plans now is the time to embark on that holiday of a lifetime.

Get in touch today – your holiday to Victoria could be just around the corner.

5 Places To Visit

Craigdarroch Castle - This National Historic Site was built in 1800s for coal tycoon Robert Dunsmuir. Visitors to the property can explore its 39 rooms, all of which are still decorated in 20th century furnishings. The impressive mansion also provides amazing views of the city
Royal British Columbia Museum - Learn more about this important province through exhibits that include tribal artefacts from the First Nations, natural history displays and even replicas of Colonial-era settlements. There’s also an on-site IMAX theatre.
Inner Harbour - Victoria’s primary tourist neighbourhood is a stunning pedestrianised area framed by street vendors and buskers. Here visitors can drink an afternoon tea while keeping their eye open for whales in the water
Cowichan Valley - If you’re a wine drinker, head to the Cowichan Valley which is British Columbia’s second highest producing wine region. Roughly 35 miles northwest of Victoria, this valley is also home to golf courses, art galleries and liberal amounts of hiking terrain
Provincial Park - Located only 11 miles from the Inner Harbour, Goldstream Provincial Park is home to an abundance of natural beauty spread across 1,200 acres. The Goldstream River is popular in late fall to early winter for stunning sights of coral hues in the water as salmon migrate.

Location

Highlights

Butchart Gardens Tour

From Victoria’s Inner Harbour, we take you to the Butchart Gardens, named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004, the 100th birthday of the gardens. 22 Hectares (55 acres) of breathtaking gardens on the 53 hectare (130 acre) estate are visited by more than a million people each year. The gardens are glorious any time of year. Once at the gardens stroll through the floral splendor which greets you at every turn. Return to downtown Victoria on a shuttle convenient for you...

Craft Beer and Culinary Tour

Craft beer in Victoria has exploded and on this tour we will visit 4 of the best brewpubs and restaurants that are creating and serving the best beers in the city! Join us for an afternoon tour that involves 7 beer samples, 3 food stops, and lots of history about the craft beer scene and the city.

We start the tour at the new Hawk and Hen restaurant on Yates Street. Here we sample a local Phillips beer and dine on their house made ricotta and tomato salad. Matt Philips has been making stellar beer in Victoria since 2001 and is a staple in the local beer scene. Next we head to the very trendy Drake Eatery for 2 ever-changing beers and a small bite to eat. The Drake carries over 25 taps that are always changing and always unique! After a walk through historic Market Square (once the loction of the largest Opium manufacturer in North America) we stop in at the iconic Swan’s Hotel and Brewpub. Here we try one of their beers made in-house by their brewmaster. Lastly we end at Canoe Brewpub where we will sample 2 of their in-house beers and another small bite to eat. Located in a heritage building along the Inner Harbour, this is a great place to either stick around and enjoy the view or continue East on the Victoria ale trail.

Victoria Whale Watching

This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of Orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a comfortable covered vessel or a custom-built zodiac boat that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilarating, safe and intimate whale watching experience. Comments by a certified marine biologist and naturalist are provided.

When To Visit?
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Currency Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Travel Time 12 Hours
  • Language English
  • Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.