A Local’s Guide to the 33 Best Things to Do in Victoria, BC

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Incorporated in 1862, it’s one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest.

With all its gardens, Victoria is bloomin’ pretty.  (It’s known as the garden city of Canada). And all the scenic walks in Victoria along its miles of oceanfront are downright lovely.

Smell the roses at Butchart Gardens

They include a sunken garden, a Japanese garden, a magnificent Italian garden (where pink and purple tulips bloom in spring) and a prize-winning rose garden.


Photo: Butchart Gardens

Make like a local! Paddle boarding is one of those super fun, non-touristy things to do in Victoria, BC.



Photo: South Island SUP

Take a ride in a pickle boat

Victoria has a collection of pickle-shaped boats (carrying a maximum of 12 passengers) that traverse the inner waterways. Dubbed “happy boats,” they’re run by Victoria Harbour Ferry.


Photo: Victoria Harbour Ferry

Kayak Tod Inlet

Rent a kayak (or SUP board) at Brentwood Bay and go for a calm safe paddle to Tod Inlet. As you paddle out from Brentwood Bay, you’ll pass Butchart Gardens on your left.


Photo: Pacifica Paddle Sports

Visit the Royal BC Museum

See extensive displays of First Nations artifacts, a traditional “big house” and ancient totems. And watch a film in the giant IMAX Victoria theater.


Photo: Royal BC Museum

Gawk at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings

They’re one of the most popular attractions in Victoria, BC, to photograph!


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Photo: Spinnakers