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Victoria

A unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences

Overview

Visit Victoria while on your Canadian holiday, the beautiful capital of British Columbia and one of Canada’s oldest cities. This picturesque destination is one of the country’s most charming, as well as one of the most interesting as there’s so much history to discover.

Take a relaxing 90 minute ferry ride from Vancouver and soak up the old-world atmosphere in this lovely city when you arrive. Visit the Inner Harbour and take a stroll along the wharf; see the unusual floating houses and shops that are one of the city’s most popular attractions. This is one of Victoria’s top spots for eating and drinking as there are some great restaurants and bars on the waterfront, perfect for an evening drink whilst watching the sun set. For a special occasion during your holiday, book afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Founded in 1843 and named after Britain’s reigning Queen, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest which makes it a city of great historical significance. Discover its fascinating past at the Royal BC museum near the waterfront and learn about how it’s changed since the time of its native people. Stroll around the city and discover many historical buildings, like the original school and doctor’s surgery, as well as the local market and art galleries.

Victoria is a perfect destination for outdoor lovers; also known as the ‘City of Gardens’, you can explore the best of the city on foot, allowing you to make yourself at home. Take a walk around the Beacon Hill Park and marvel at the views of the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.

Another stunning way to see the city is by boat. Choose from a full day excursion to a relaxing sail around the harbour and see the best of Victoria from the water. Victoria is also home to some of Canada’s most popular wildlife, including whales and harbour seals - there really is something for everyone in this magical city!

Journey back to Vancouver on a floatplane, which is a once in a lifetime experience, to end your memorable trip to Victoria. British Columbia is one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces and a holiday in Victoria should be high on your Canadian holiday bucket list!

Things to do

Popular things to do in Victoria

  • Deluxe Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Tours

    Discover Victoria’s rich history and scenic beauty on a guided tour. Highlights include the city centre and the surrounding area including a visit to the beautiful Butchart Gardens, entrance included.

    Departures: daily from Apr 1 to Dec 31, 2015 except Dec 25
    Duration: 5 hours

  • Victoria Whale Watching by Zodiac

    An exhilarating excursion in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. A certified Marine biologist will provide information on these wonderful creatures.

    A minimum age of 5 years is required.

    Departures: daily from Apr 1 to Oct 31, 2015
    Duration: 5 hours

Holidays

Browse our amazing range of holidays in Victoria

  • Inn at Laurel Point

    from £40

    Perched on the end of Victoria’s harbour the Inn at Laurel Point is surrounded by water on three sides, giving it a truly unique island feel.

    The ...see more

  • Lounge

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    from £35

    Chateau Victoria is located in downtown Victoria a short walk from the harbour and shopping areas.

    The hotel offers a large proportion of suites, ...see more

  • Swimming Pool

    Coast Harbourside Hotel & Marina

    from £35

    Overlooking the city’s busy harbour and with its own marina, the Coast Victoria Harbourside is a stunning hotel with incredible views.

    Rooms ...see more

  • Afternoon Tea

    Fairmont Empress

    from £108

    The Fairmont Empress is grand and elegant throughout and has a great location in downtown Victoria.

    Rooms and suites are luxurious and traditionally ...see more

  • Accent Inn Victoria

    from £28

    The Accent Inn enjoys a convenient location just a few minutes’ north of downtown Victoria on the main highway.

    Rooms are comfortable and ...see more

  • Studio Suite

    Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza

    from £34

    With an excellent position within walking distance of Victoria’s best shops, restaurants and attractions, The Best Western is a good value hotel ...see more

  • Comfort Inn & Suites

    from £36

    Conveniently placed on the highway to the north of the city, the Comfort Inn provides a good base for your stay in Victoria.

    Rooms are bright ...see more

  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

    Days Inn On The Harbour

    from £39

    With a great location just steps from Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the Days Inn is an excellent value choice for your stay in the city.

    Rooms ...see more

  • Days Inn Victoria Uptown

    from £31

    The Travelodge is a classic hotel with a good location on the pretty Gorge Waterway and just a few minutes ride on the free shuttle to the downtown ...see more

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    Delta Victoria Ocean Point Resort & Spa

    from £49

    The Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe is a luxurious hotel with a beautiful location on the inner harbour, just a short walk across the bridge to downtown ...see more

  • Terrace

    Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Victoria

    from £23

    The Econo Lodge is a motel-style hotel, located on the banks of the Gorge Waterway, just ten minutes north of downtown Victoria.

    There are a ...see more

  • One Bedroom Suite

    Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites

    from £36

    Located in a pleasant leafy street, just a block from the harbourfront and a few minutes’ walk from the best shopping districts, the Harbour Towers ...see more

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    Hotel Grand Pacific

    from £45

    The Hotel Grand Pacific is a luxurious hotel with a great location on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, next the beautifully ornate Parliament Buildings ...see more

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    Magnolia Hotel & Spa

    from £49

    The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is a grand boutique hotel with a great location in the heart of downtown Victoria.

    Rooms are elegant with lovely ...see more

  • Whale Watching

    Oak Bay Beach Hotel

    from £75

    The luxurious Oak Bay Beach Hotel enjoys a prime location in a wealthy neighbourhood of Victoria with fabulous views out over the Pacific and islands.

    Rooms ...see more

  • Food

    Quality Inn Downtown Victoria

    from £31

    The Quality Inn is a good hotel with a convenient location for exploring the city, within easy walking distance of attractions, shopping and the harbourfront.

    Rooms ...see more

  • Pool and hot tub

    Royal Scot Suite Hotel

    from £45

    The Royal Scot Hotel & Suites is in a great position near to Victoria’s Inner Harbour with pretty grounds filled with colourful flowerbeds.

    The ...see more

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    Sandman Hotel & Suites Victoria

    from £34

    The Sandman is a good hotel with great amenities and just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Victoria and its busy harbour.

    Rooms are spacious ...see more

  • The Embassy Inn

    from £42

    The Embassy Inn enjoys a fantastic location opposite the impressive Parliament Buildings, just a few minutes’ walk from the harbourfront.

    Guest ...see more

  • The Oswego Hotel

    from £46

    The Oswego Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel in a quiet neighbourhood within walking distance of the harbour and downtown Victoria.

    One and two ...see more

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    The Parkside Hotel Spa

    from £42

    The Parkside Hotel & Spa is a modern all-suite hotel in a good location in the centre of Victoria, just a few minutes from downtown attractions ...see more

  • Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa

    from £62

    The Westin Bear Mountain is a luxurious mountain lodge with amazing views and fantastic facilities.

    From the traditional rooms with private balconies ...see more

Top tips

Victoria is appealing all year round and the perfect holiday destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With expansive views of the beautiful waterfront, this picturesque city is home to everything from gardens, museums, wildlife tours to spas and child-friendly attractions. It will be hard to know where to begin! To help you make the most of your visit, here are some of our top tips for getting the most out of your holiday to Victoria - from fun, family attractions and relaxing spa visits, to strolling through the world-renowned Butchart Gardens and enjoying your beautiful surroundings.

Top tips for visiting Victoria

Top Tip 1

• Begin your holiday in style and enjoy a birds-eye view of Victoria as you approach in a floatplane, taking in the spectacular surroundings. Once you arrive in this quaint, almost English city, afternoon tea is the quintessential Victoria experience. Our personal favourite is the Fairmont Empress, located right on the Inner Harbour with unparalleled views of the water and a unique selection of teas including pineapple orange!


Top Tip 2

• One of the best places to go orca spotting, Victoria is home to a wide choice of whale watching companies. Wander down to Fisherman’s Wharf and if they have spotted whales in the morning, they will have “guaranteed whales” signs out in force!


Top Tip 3

• Fisherman’s Wharf itself is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Even if you’re not embarking on a whale watching tour, be sure to wander around this unique part of Victoria, buy fresh seafood off the boats and spot the artistically decorated houseboats floating on the water.


Top Tip 4

• Quaint boutiques, large shopping centres, local markets – Victoria has all manner of shopping. Sample handmade chocolates in Government Street before heading over to Batison Square’s popular artisan market to appreciate the locally produced crafts or simply sit in an outdoor cafe and soak up the bustling atmosphere.


Top Tip 5

• Known as the ‘City of Gardens’, Victoria has an array of green spaces renowned for their beauty and individual charm. A stroll around Beacon Hill Park is a must, with its ocean views, forest trails and wild animals. Another top attraction is the internationally acclaimed Butchart Gardens on the edge of the city. Opened over 100 years ago, these floral display gardens are ablaze with colour. Stroll across the expansive lawns and appreciate the exquisite Sunken Garden and the beautiful smells permeating from the rose-laden arches. Check the website before visiting, as there are often spectacular firework shows on a Saturday night and musical entertainment on the Concert Lawn.


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At a glance


  • Picturesque Victoria, located on Vancouver Island
  • Take a scenic floatplane ride or ferry
  • Fly to Vancouver from London, Manchester and Glasgow

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At a glance


  • Picturesque Victoria, located on Vancouver Island
  • Take a scenic floatplane ride or ferry
  • Fly to Vancouver from London, Manchester and Glasgow

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


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We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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