Our Hotel’s Local Guide to Victoria
Things We Love to Do in Victoria
We don’t just work here at our hotel in Victoria; We live and play here, too! These are some of our favourite spots near our Victoria, BC hotel you won’t want to miss while you’re in town. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.
CVS Sightseeing in Victoria
CVS Sightseeing offers Victoria sightseeing with various tours of Victoria including Butchart Gardens Express, Deluxe Victoria City Tour and double decker Hop-On/Hop-Off service visiting all of Victoria’s highlights. Full driver narration on the history, culture and current events throughout Victoria is available on each tour.
Orca Spirit Adventures – Whale Watching
Choose between our exhilarating state-of-the-art zodiacs or the comfort and luxury of our high-speed covered vessels, for a three-hour whale watching and eco-marine tour around Victoria Harbour, with a certified marine naturalist on ever trip!
Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours
Come experience the best of what Victoria has to offer at Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours. You will experience an exhilarating ride up to 60km/hr as you soar up to 150 feet off the ground on eight scenic ziplines ranging from 150 feet to an unforgettable 1000 feet.
An absolute must-see, this world-renowned garden features 22 hectares of spectacular floral displays near Victoria on Vancouver Island. A great place to take some special vacation photos & Dogs are welcome!
Royal BC Museum
This museum showcases human and natural history of British Columbia and other cultures around the world. Be sure to check back often to learn about special exhibitions.
Fisherman’s Wharf – Victoria Inner Harbour
Stroll along the docks and enjoy ice cream, whale watching, and lots more. A great way to take in the feel of the city.
Market Square – Victoria
Check out the fun boutiques, grab a bite, and kick back in the market courtyard for great people-watching. The Market Square is set on the site of historic Fort Victoria.
Victoria’s China Town
Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and second oldest in North America, after San Francisco’s. This vibrant area is rich with history.
Victoria International Kite FestivalMay 20, 2016 8:00 am — May 22, 2016 5:00 pm
The Victoria International Kite Festival welcomes everyone to our third annual event at beautiful Clover Point, just minutes from downtown Victoria. Our free-to-attend weekend festival presents fun for the whole family and features some of the world’s top professional kite flyers (including the use of large colourful kites), kite making for children, an open sky event for the general public and much more! Check out Victoria International Kite Festival to learn about the festival and events
Victoria International Jazz FestivalJun 24, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 3, 2016 5:00 pm
10 day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. Visit Victoria International Jazz Festival to check out this years lineup and venue locations
Victoria Ska & Reggae FestivalJul 1, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 3, 2016 5:00 pm
Victoria’s Annual Ska Festival is the largest and longest running festival of its kind in in North America and has become one of Canada’s most anticipated music festivals. The festival represents the growing participation and interest in ska music, its related genres and sub-cultures by hundreds of thousands of people in Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Lower Mainland British Columbia and the rest of the world. To see who is playing check out the Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival website.
Victoria International Buskers FestivalJul 15, 2016 8:00 am — Jul 24, 2016 5:00 pm
Victoria welcomes the world to our beautiful downtown! Professional street performers from our region as well as from across Canada, Europe, Sweden, Australia, South America and the US will converge for our sixth annual Victoria International Buskers Festival. Our event is a family oriented, free-to-attend festival presented on mostly outdoor stages. Tips to Buskers hats welcomed and appreciated! Check out the Victoria International Buskers Festival website for more details about the performers.
Victoria Symphony SplashJul 31, 2016
Join tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 27th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, Maestra Tania Miller, the orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!
Visit Victoria Symphony Splash website for more details
Victoria Dragon Boat FestivalAug 13, 2016 — Aug 14, 2016
The 2016 Canada Dry Victoria Dragon Boat Festival takes place in downtown Victoria’s Inner Harbour on August 13-14, with races Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14.
Dragon boat races take place from approximately 8:00am until 4:00pm, with a break for lunch at approximately 12:00pm. Visit their website to find out more about the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival.
Victoria Fringe Theatre FestivalAug 25, 2016 8:00 am — Sep 4, 2016 5:00 pm
Join us for 11 days of uncensored, untamed and uncut live comedy, drama, dance, magic, music, spoken word, and physical theatre this summer. Over 300 performances of 50 shows at 11 venues, free events and much more. Learn more by visiting the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival website.
Vancouver Island Blues BashSep 3, 2016 8:00 am — Sep 5, 2016 5:00 pm
The Vancouver Island Blues Bash fulfills the mandate of the Victoria Jazz Society by featuring local, regional, and international blues and R&B artists/groups in both free to the public and paid admission performances on the beautiful outdoor stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Ship Point Picnic Site. Check out more details by visiting Vancouver Island Blues Bash website.
Victoria International Chalk Art FestivalSep 10, 2016 — Sep 11, 2016
Established in early 2012 and is dedicated to promoting the cultural vibrancy of downtown Victoria while highlighting the rich cultural traditions of our First Nation’s community it has become Canada’s largest street painting festival. Learn more by visiting the Victoria International Chalk Art Festival website.
Rifflandia Music FestivalSep 15, 2016 8:00 am — Sep 18, 2016 5:00 pm
Rifflandia Music Festival is a four-day multi-venue music festival held in Victoria, British Columbia. Visit the Rifflandia Music Festival website to learn more about the event.