• a green plant in a garden with Butchart Gardens in the background

Victoria Holidays

A city full of unforgettable beauty, stunning gardens and captivating Victorian-era buildings. A city centred around the sea and soaked in nature. This is Victoria, the historic capital of British Columbia. Discover it all and find yourself enchanted by the city’s nature, culture and old English charm during your Victoria holiday.

Take to two wheels and explore the city by bike; why not start with a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf? Admire the quaint homes that float on the water alongside the pier with the sea as their back garden, and indulge in a plate of fish and chips, caught and cooked fresh by one of the pier’s eateries. Juxtapose the rustic Fisherman’s Wharf with the luxurious Empress Hotel as you devour its famed Afternoon Tea, then make your way to Craigdarroch Castle, an impressive Victorian mansion built in the late 1800s.

Victoria: a city rooted in nature

Known as the City of Gardens, Victoria’s link with the natural world is just as strong as the rest of the island’s. It’s far from a concrete jungle; the abundant Victorian architecture acts as the backdrop for some incredible areas of nature. Head to Butchart Gardens, an oasis of immaculately landscaped and endlessly colourful gardens, and explore the walking trails around beautiful Beacon Hill Park, passing by the peacocks that roam the park. Sitting on the coast of an island also means that Victoria is ripe for water-based adventures. Take a whale watching trip and witness the majestic mammals delight in their natural habitat, or explore the harbour and surrounding waters by kayak.

Continue your Victoria holiday and discover the rest of Vancouver Island, where a world of abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes await. Hike through lush forests, passing by waterfalls as you go, explore the island’s captivating coastal village of Tofino, and visit the Pacific Rim National Park.

Destination Highlights
  • Wander the beautiful Butchart Gardens
  • Do a spot of shopping at Bastion Square’s artisan market
  • Visit the breath-taking Victorian-era Craigdarroch Castle and learn about its history
  • Take to the walking trails and relax on the beaches of Elk & Beaver Lake National Park

Time Zone

GMT -8 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9.5 hours; direct flights from the UK are available

Currency

CAD - Canadian Dollar

Visa Information

Please ensure you have a valid electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to your departure to Canada. Please check with the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required

You might also like these

We think you might also like to take a look at these destinations. If you'd like some advice, our Destination Specialists will be able to find something that is right for you.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

California

San Francisco

San Francisco
Lions Head and Cape Town

South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town
Kinkaku-ji

Far East

Japan

Japan
a body of water next to the ocean

Massachusetts

Cape Cod

Cape Cod