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  • Writer's pictureMagy Aguiluz

Victoria, BC: Exploring the Beauty and Charm of British Columbia's Crown Jewel.

Updated: Feb 25

Victoria Parlament view

Victoria is one of the most beautiful cities in British Columbia, as well as being its capital. It is a magical city that you must visit, regardless if you are a tourist or if you reside in British Columbia. Trying to cover everything in just one day can be quite challenging. So, as a recommendation, try to visit this site more than one day.

Getting to Victoria

To begin your trip from Vancouver to Victoria in BC, you have two options for transportation. The first option would be to travel by BC Ferries, departing from Tsawwassen. When travelling by ferry, you can travel on foot or by car, and the travel duration is approximately 1.35 hours. The ferry offers multiple schedules throughout the day, providing flexibility in your travel plans. Please note that prices may vary depending on the time of day you choose to travel, the quantity of people in your party, and whether you are travelling with a vehicle or not.

The second option is to travel by Seaplane, , which may come with a higher price tag but offers an incredibly short travel time as well as a unique experience.

What to do in Victoria BC: Adventures

Welcome to this enchanted place that seems straight out of a fairy tale! Every nook and cranny of this mesmerising garden is a visual treat, as if it were plucked right from a movie screen. Its breathtaking array of plants and flowers is truly awe-inspiring and is sure to captivate your senses. Prepare to be transported to a world of natural wonder and beauty as you explore this exquisite garden.

Photo Credit: Butchart Gardens website

This suspension bridge and viewing platform offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding natural scenery, including forests, mountains, and the Saanich Inlet.

Photo Credit: malahatskywalk website

If you're a thrill-seeker who loves the adrenaline rush of trying new adventures, this is the perfect option for both kids and adults! Our hanging obstacle activities offer a wide variety of challenges that will guarantee a great time.

Photo Credit: WildPlay website

Nestled just steps away from Victoria's bustling Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a gem waiting to be uncovered. This hidden marine haven boasts a plethora of delights, including delectable food kiosks, one-of-a-kind shops, and thrilling eco-tour adventures, all set against a backdrop of fishing vessels, live-aboard pleasure boats, charming float homes, and bustling commercial enterprises. Discover the magic of Fisherman's Wharf and indulge in its unique offerings that are sure to captivate your senses and leave you with unforgettable memories. Additionally, you have the option to board a water taxi from here and explore various parts of the city while enjoying a picturesque tour.

What to do in Victoria: History and Culture

Hatley Castle

This stunning Tudor-style mansion, completed in 1908, with its distinctive turrets and stone facade, has a rich history. During World War II, from 1941 to 1943, the castle served as a dormitory and mess hall for cadets and staff officers at Royal Roads Military College, which was used as a training facility for the Canadian military. Now it is part of the Royal Roads University.

Visiting the outside of the castle is free, but if you want to view the inside of the castle and learn a bit more about its history, they offer paid guided walking estate tours during the day as well. For additional information, please visit the Castle's website.

Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS

These places provide visitors with a view into Canada's military and maritime history. Here, you can explore the fort's military structures, including the gun batteries and command posts, as well as learn about the role of Fisgard Lighthouse in maritime navigation. The sites offer guided tours, exhibits, and educational programs to help visitors understand the historical significance of these sites and their importance in Canadian history.

British Columbia Parliament House

Prepare to be amazed by this stunning building! With its breathtaking view of the sea and captivating night-time lights, it's truly a sight to behold. You'll definitely capture some incredible shots in this area. Take your time to enjoy the scenic views and take a relaxed walk around the port.

What to do in Victoria: Parks And Beaches

One of our favourite activities in Victoria is simply packing a picnic and going to the beach to watch the sunset.

Some Parks and Beaches we love are:

Clover Point Park

Trafalgar Park

Anderson Hill Park

Willows Beach

Royal Beach Park

Albert Head Lagoon Regional Park

Taylor Beach

Colwood Beach

Conclusion: Don't wait for the elusive "perfect" moment to embark on new adventures or travel to new places. Instead, create your own moment and seize it with gusto! You don't always need a big budget or a far-flung destination to be in awe of the natural wonders that surround you every day. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty that nature so generously offers, right where you are. Whether it's a simple hike in the nearby woods or a leisurely stroll along the beach, there's magic to be found in the everyday moments if you're willing to open your eyes and embrace them wholeheartedly. So go ahead, create your own adventure, and relish every precious moment to the fullest!

Fisgard Lighthouse in Victoria BC
Fisgard Lighthouse in Victoria BC


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