How to Enjoy a Great Day in Victoria, BC

In this article, our guest author Robert Tellier shares his favourite things to see in his hometown of Victoria in British Columbia, from a seafood snack by the harbour at Fisherman’s Wharf to a stroll in the rose gardens and the best ice cream in town!

Are your travel plans bringing you to Victoria, British Columbia this season? If so, there are plenty of things for you to see in BC’s capital city located on the south shores of Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.

Having been raised in Victoria, here are my suggestions for those wanting to take in some of the popular sites and attractions that are conveniently located within minutes of downtown.

Stroll by the harbour in Victoria, BC, Canada Photo: gr8traveltips.com

Stroll by the harbour in Victoria, BC, Canada

Arriving in Victoria

For those lucky visitors to Victoria as a stopover on one of the many cruises that come and go from Alaska, you are just minutes from some of the most popular attractions in the city.

For those arriving by passenger ferry or air, public transportation is readily available to the downtown core. Choose to arrive using Victoria’s affordable transit system, taking a ride in their unique double decker buses, or by taxi.

Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, BC, Canada Photo: gr8traveltips.com

A stroll by Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, BC

Ogden Point Walkway

One of my favorite things to do when visiting the city is taking a walk along the waterfront and the breakwater causeway. This is one of the most scenic and beautiful spots in the city where you can watch ships coming in and out of the inner harbour. You’ll see the scuba divers making their way along the huge breakwater blocks and can gaze across the water to Washington State and the beautiful Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Ogden Point, Victoria,  BC  Photo: gr8traveltips.com

Watch the ships come and go at Ogden Point, Victoria, BC

Victoria’s Beautiful Inner Harbour

For those who enjoy walking, there are two other options worth considering and each direction will not take you more than half an hour to walk, even at a gentle pace. From the port, you have the option of taking a leisurely walk to Victoria’s scenic inner harbor, passing by a popular attraction known as Fisherman’s Wharf. This is a favorite spot for those wanting to grab a snack or meal at one of the fresh seafood sit down or take out outlets on the wharf. We always enjoy a picnic at the park just down the street from the wharf. From fish & chips to oyster and fish burgers, Fisherman’s Wharf is always a favorite among locals and tourists.

Inner Harbour , Victoria,  BC  Photo: gr8traveltips.com

Stroll by Victoria’s Inner Harbour

A few minutes further down the road you will come to Victoria’s major tourist hub the Inner Harbour. There’s so much activity taking place down here, you could spend the entire day just wandering. Here you will find;
• The beautiful Government Parliament Buildings and Lawn
• The Historic Empress Hotel (take a walk inside & visit the gardens and shops)
• The Amazing Provincial Museum complete with dinosaur artifacts
• Inner Harbour Causeway with live entertainment, food carts, local crafts and souvenirs
• Government Street Plaza ( a variety of local speciality stores including native art, as well as an abundance of dining options)
• Trounce Alley ( more unique gift shops and dining in an historic setting )
• Historic Bastion Square ( Victoria’s oldest area and filled with history, now a great place to relax, also with a variety of shops and restaurants)
All of these great attractions listed above are in the immediate area of the inner harbor downtown. A great place to spend the day!

Empress Hotel, Victoria,  BC  Photo: gr8traveltips.com

Visit the historic Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC

Beacon Hill Park

For those just wanting to relax, and enjoy an afternoon at the park, then Beacon Hill Park is just down road from the cruise ship terminal. It’s a beautiful walk along the ocean, taking you past Mile ‘0’ of the Trans – Canada Highway (a popular photo spot) where across the street is the entrance to the park. If you have children, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon, complete with playground and a unique petting zoo, fun for the whole family. You can sit and relax among the beautiful rose gardens and then head across the street to a local drive-in for ice cream.

Beacon Hill Park Totem, Victoria,  BC  Photo: gr8traveltips.com

Beacon Hill Park Totem, Victoria, BC

Beacon Drive-In – Voted Victoria’s Best Ice Cream for the Last 20 Years!

Should you happen to feel like a snack or meal, either to eat on the patio or for take-out to enjoy in the park, then the Beacon Drive-In is your place. Located directly across the street from the park, it is one of Victoria’s true landmark eateries! I have been enjoying this drive-in since I was a little boy growing up here. There’s a variety of dining options from burgers, seafood, sandwiches and much more. They have the best ice cream and shakes in the city!

I really could go on for hours about the many things to do in Victoria, but this article is for those just wanting to take in the beautiful popular sites in the downtown area. Of course there are so many other attractions in the area that can be arranged either at the cruise ship port or directly downtown in the inner harbour, for example:
• Whale watching tours
• Horse drawn carriage tours
• Pirate Ship Tour
• World re-knowned Butchart Gardens

Whatever you decide, spending a day in Victoria will certainly leave lasting memories and having you want to return again and again!

Visit the #explorecanada official Canada Tourism Website for more information on things to do in British Columbia and Victoria as well as their social media channels on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

16087408110_08a891f237_qAuthor Bio: Many thanks for this article to Robert Tellier, who shares his special moments on his blog  at Gr8 Travel Tips, offering tips on travel, health & fitness, camping and much more. You can also connect with him on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.


Enjoy a great day in Victoria, BC

For more Canadian adventures:

Adventurous Canada with a Twist
Skyscrapers and snow-capped mountains – a winter break in Vancouver
Calgary’s family spirit for fun with the kids

This article is originally published at Heatheronhertravels.com – Read the original article here

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  • Reply
    Kathryn Burrington
    May 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Ah ha! I’ll be there in a few days time but only for a brief visit. We’re staying in a lovely hotel on the Inner Harbour. I can’t wait, it will be my first visit to Canada.
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    Paula McInerney
    May 25, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Canada and British Columbia are firmly on our list to visit ..sooner rather than later so this was a great post to read.

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      Heather Cowper
      May 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      @Paula Thanks, so pleased you enjoyed it and hope that you get out there soon

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    May 26, 2015 at 4:18 am

    We are going to Victoria this year so this is great. I can’t wait to get my hands on Beacon Drive-In icecream!
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      Heather Cowper
      May 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      @Erin Hope you have a great time, the kids will love that ‘best in town’ ice cream

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    Zoe Dawes
    May 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    What an enticing picture Robert gives of Victoria 🙂 It looks a beautiful city and I can’t wait to explore it on a trip there VERY soon.
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      Heather Cowper
      May 27, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      @Zoe Yes I hope you have a great stay in Victoria

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    ivy kriste
    May 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

    So nice a place to wander around

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    Excursions from Marrakech
    May 28, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    We are going to Victoria this year so this is great. I can’t wait to get my hands on Beacon Drive-In icecream

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      Heather Cowper
      May 28, 2015 at 11:08 pm

      Yes, I’d love to know what flavours they have

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    June 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I loved Victoria! And the ferry ride going there was so lovely!
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      Heather Cowper
      June 1, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      @Rachel it seems like a charming city that has a lot of appeal for us brits

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    Suze The Luxury Columnist
    June 2, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I love the totem in Beacon Hill Park, and nice to have an ice cream recommendation too!
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