Things to do while you are visiting Victoria BC
We don’t just work here at Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA; 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 Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and second oldest in North America, after San Francisco’s. This vibrant area is rich with history.
TD Victoria International Jazz FestJun 23, 2017 8:00 am — Jul 2, 2017 5:00 pm
Canada Day 150Jul 1, 2017
Canada is turning 150! To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Victoria will be celebrating our nation with a special series of events and activities.
Victoria Pride FestivalJul 1, 2017 8:00 am — Jul 9, 2017 5:00 pm
Victoria Pride 2017 is taking place from July 1 – 9! The annual parade and festival will be held on Sunday, July 9.
Bob Dylan & His BandJul 27, 2017 8:00 pm — Jul 27, 2017 11:00 pm
Bob Dylan – singer, songwriter, literary great, and Nobel Prize Winner at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria!
Victoria Symphony SplashAug 6, 2017
On Sunday, August 6, 2017, tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the 28th annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, the VS orchestra and special guests will perform, ending with a grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – with fireworks of course!
Victoria Dragon Boat FestivalAug 18, 2017 8:00 am — Aug 20, 2017 5:00 pm
The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival began in 1994 and quickly blossomed into one of the city’s largest and most popular summer events, drawing up to 80,000 people to the Inner Harbour over three days.
Dragon boating is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Teams have emerged all over Vancouver Island, including Nanaimo and the Comox Valley.
The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival is proud to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation.
Victoria Fringe Theatre FestivalAug 23, 2017 8:00 am — Sep 3, 2017 5:00 pm
A Vancouver Island festival tradition for thirty years, Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival takes over downtown Victoria BC each summer for a 12-day celebration of live performance from around the world, featuring an eclectic mixture of spoken word, drama, musicals, dance, comedy, magic, theatre for young audiences and more.
40th Annual Victoria Classic Boat FestivalSep 1, 2017 8:00 am — Sep 3, 2017 5:00 pm
An exciting celebration of our rich maritime culture and one of the Pacific Northwest’s most anticipated maritime events. Held in Victoria’s beautiful inner harbour and bustling waterfront, the three-day festival brings together one of the largest and most beautiful collections of classic boats in the Pacific Northwest. Along with the exhibition of these beautiful boats, the waterfront delivers a lively combination of incredible local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays.
Great Canadian Beer FestivalSep 8, 2017 — Sep 9, 2017
Two days filled to the brim with BEER! Featuring 50 brewers and over 170 beers from across BC, Canada, the US and Europe.
Rifflandia FestivalSep 14, 2017 8:00 am — Sep 17, 2017 5:00 pm
Victoria’s biggest four-day multi-venue music festival is back for another year!
GoodLife Fitness Victoria MarathonOct 8, 2017 6:00 am — Oct 8, 2017 3:00 pm
Vancouver Island’s premier running event, offering athletes an unmatchable running experience on the pristine West Coast.
One Love Wedding ShowOct 15, 2017 11:00 am — Oct 15, 2017 4:30 pm
Are you looking for a new Experience? A new way to engage with wedding professionals? An interactive way to learn and see their expertise? Take part in a REAL ceremony – Be the invited guests!
Sip a little bubbly – PLUS you can PICK your swag at our VIP wedding Experience! It’s a Wedding, an Exhibitor Show Case, Fashion Show & a Party with our VIP DJ’s – a TOTAL Experience!
We don’t simply promote diversity - we celebrate it and have collaborated with suppliers and community organizations who support, and mirror our same philosophy – One Love!