With the mildest climate in all of Canada, Vancouver Island with its capital Victoria is a popular tourist destination for Canadians and visitors from abroad. Known as ‘the most English city in Canada’, it has beautiful architecture and a warm and inviting feel. Here are our top five picks for tourist attractions in Victoria, Canada.
Like much of Canada, Victoria and its surrounds have a stunning natural environment perfect for outdoor activities. One of the most entertaining ways to experience it is by getting in touch with your inner child and ziplining – basically a huge flying fox that sends you hurtling over the tree tops. There are a few providers on the island, but one of the most highly regarded is Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours, which operates a shuttle service from downtown Victoria.
One of the most beautiful views over the city of Victoria is from its historical harbour. The walk along the harbour and to the Fisherman’s Wharf is a great way to spend an afternoon or morning, with many people watching opportunities along the way. Another option is to see the harbour aboard a boat – sailing in particular is a popular option!
The area around Victoria has many unique animal species, however one of the most beloved species is the whale! Many species of whale call this area home, but it is the orca (killer whale) that really delights both locals and visitors. Many tour companies exist in Victoria and depart from the harbour, however one of the most well respected is the Eagle Wing Whale Watching tour company.
Victoria’s emphasis on natural beauty can also be seen in the expansive and sprawling Beacon Hill Park, which is set over 200 acres. Not only does the park have an incredible array of native plants and wildlife, but it is also home to sports fields, a mini golf park, a petting zoo (great fun for both children, and adults!), a water park and several playgrounds.
Arguably the most impressive castle in all of Canada is the Craigdarroch Castle. The immense ‘bonanza castle’ was built by the quirky Dunsmuir family (including their ‘wayward daughters’) in the late 1800s to demonstrate their enormous wealth. Today it has been fully restored, and a visit is a great way to learn about the history and dream about what life was like for super rich Victorians in the 19th century.