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 Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and second oldest in North America, after San Francisco’s. This vibrant area is rich with history.
Mammoths! Giants of the Ice AgeJun 3, 2016 10:00 am — Dec 31, 2016 5:00 pm
Through a rich collection of fossils, casts, preserved flesh, immersive media and engaging interactives, visitors will discover the Proboscidean family tree, from woollies to mastodons to dwarves to modern-day elephants, immersed in a richly animated Ice Age panorama. Visitors can walk through the ancient landscapes where mammoths and mastodons lived and learn how today’s scientists excavate and learn more about these amazing animals, their eventual extinction and whether it’s possible to clone them today.
Wicked Victoria – Halloween FestivalOct 30, 2016 12:00 pm — Oct 30, 2016 5:00 pm
Celebrate the Harvest Season and Halloween at Victoria’s fun, festive and FREE pedestrian only family event on Sunday, October 30th from Noon until 5pm!
Victoria Festival of TreesNov 16, 2016 10:00 am — Jan 5, 2017 5:00 pm
For the past 24 years the Festival of Trees has created a lush forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise much-needed funds for BC Children’s Hospital. The festival knits together the incredibly generous community of Victoria in what has become, over the last two decades, a cherished holiday tradition and the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season in the city.
For the first time ever we have two festival locations to enjoy: The Bay Centre and, returning out to our “roots”, The Fairmont Empress!
Ocean 98.5 Martini MixerNov 30, 2016 7:00 pm — Nov 30, 2016 10:00 pm
Join Ocean 98.5 on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina’s very own Blue Crab Seafood House for a night of food, drinks and fun all in support of the BC Children’s Hospital!
Starting at 7:00pm, all Ocean 98.5 Martini Mixer guests will enjoy samples of our final five Ocean 98.5 listener martini recipe submissions as well as a variety of amazing appetizers courtesy of The Blue Crab Seafood House.
Each guest will vote for their favourite martini of the night, awarding the best martini and it’s creators with dinner for a year at the Blue Crab as well as the sought after Ocean 98.5 Martini Mixer feature on the Blue Crab drink menu all year round!
The event will be complete with entertainment as well as live and silent auctions. All proceeds raised will be donated to the British Columbia Children’s Hospital.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s NutcrackerDec 2, 2016 7:30 pm — Dec 4, 2016 10:00 pm
A Canadian Classic! Danced to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, this production begins with a hockey game on a frozen pond and features RCMP officers in a battle with the Rat King. Technically stunning dancers and gorgeous costumes and sets make this Canadian production memorable. Click here to learn more bout the show times
“…the most visually stunning Nutcracker I’ve ever seen…it’s worth catching the RWB’s Nutcracker, one of the most memorable to visit our city.” – Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist