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.
Times Colonist 10K MarathonApr 30, 2017 7:00 am — Apr 30, 2017 11:00 am
Come out to compete or cheer on the runners at the 28th Annual Times Colonist 10k Marathon! It’s a beautiful 10K loops around downtown Victoria and Dallas Road. The TC10K start line is at Government and Belleville Street.
2017 Stars On Ice TourMay 16, 2017 7:00 pm — May 16, 2017 9:00 pm
Kurt Browning, Patrick Chan & Elvis Stojok headline cast that includes winners of 22 of the last 26 Canadian Men’s Figure Skating Championships
Victoria Highland Games & Celtic FestivalMay 20, 2017 — May 22, 2017
The 154th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival will be the largest in its history and will be held over a 10 day period in 2017.
This is the largest Scottish cultural event and only 3 full day Games in Western Canada and our festival continues to grow each year – over 25,000 people are anticipated at Topaz Park on May 20, 21 and 22 in 2017.
Victoria Day & ParadeMay 22, 2017
Celebrate Victoria Day in British Columbia’s capital city at the 118th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria’s largest parade, attracting well over 100,000 people. It features Canadian and American marching bands, hundreds of floats, cultural shows and festive clowns.
Swiftsure Race WeekMay 25, 2017 — May 29, 2017
This year marks the 74th running of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race. Victoria’s Inner Harbour will be abuzz with fun events for the whole family.
Aboriginal Cultural Festival 2017Jun 16, 2017 — Jun 18, 2017
The Aboriginal Cultural Festival showcases local Aboriginal cultures from British Columbia and hosted in partnership with the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. The 2017 Festival will welcome more than 25 performers to the main stage, celebrating the diverse traditional and modern cultures of Nations from across British Columbia.
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!
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.