The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the largest island on the west coast of North America. This beautiful B.C. city of gardens is noted for its spectacular natural surroundings and moderate Mediterranean climate. Averaging over 2000 hours of sunshine per year, Victoria is the sunniest spot in British Columbia. The area offers visitors a wealth of experiences from the sublime to the super-natural.
Victoria´s Colonial history is steeped in British tradition. The picturesque inner harbour and splendid array of heritage homes lend a unique magic to our vibrant little city. Explore downtown´s Government Street to seek out charming boutiques and First Nations art. Take in the fairy-tale charm of the Empress Hotel with its ivy-draped architecture. At night, the Parliament buildings are lit up with over 3000 lights, lending a magical glow to the city skyline. Its varied architecture makes Victoria one of Canada´s most picturesque cities. With magnificent ocean views and tranquil flower-filled neighbourhoods, our selection of Victoria´s best bed and breakfasts has just the right home-away-from-home for you. We offer everything from historic city homes to pastoral farmhouses, and from modern urban vibes to country quiet.
Victoria Facts & Weather
The biggest island on the west coast of North America, Vancouver Island is almost twice the size of Hawaii. Learn more interesting facts about Victoria BC, its climate, culture, flora, and fauna.
No matter what the month, Victoria has something to offer. Annual events and activities keep locals and visitors alike busy. Take in cultural and social events from January to December when you visit our “happening” little city and surrounding areas.
Get the current 7 day tide predictions for Victoria, Sooke, and Becher Bay BC to help plan your sailing or kayak trip – or even just the best time for a stroll on the beach.
You will find there are activities to suit every interest. On fascinating walking tours you can explore city streets and learn about our history. The Royal British Columbia Museum will introduce you to the cultural and natural history of our province. If you don´t care for museums, there is shopping for unique treasures, dining haute cuisine in delightful little restaurants, enjoying fine live theatre, or visiting artists´ galleries.
Are you a nature-lover? Whale watching is very exciting! As well as whales you may see seals, dolphins, porpoises, otters, and other sea creatures. For birders, the area has a variety of forest, meadow, and seashore birds and you won´t want to miss seeing the Bald Eagles at Goldstream Provincial Park. The Butterfly Gardens is another great attraction where you can walk amongst many colourful species.
If you enjoy more active pursuits you can hike or bike along our extensive trail system, the Galloping Goose or lochside trails, past peaceful pastures of grazing sheep, meadows filled with wild flowers, through groves of oak trees, or along our beautiful waterfront. Other popular activities include kayaking, horseback riding, wind surfing, scuba diving, golfing and sport fishing.
Love gardens? You surely must see the world famous Butchart Gardens, and there are numerous, other wonderful gardens you can visit including the Abkhazi Gardens, a garden created by love.