Victoria is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada due to its stunning landscapes, historic Victorian buildings, and internationally acclaimed gardens.
British Columbia’s capital city is unusual among Canadian cities in that it seldom experiences a whiteout.
During our 150-day cross-Canada road adventure, we visited Victoria and fell in love at first sight.
We have seriously contemplated making that our permanent home. It’s a lovely city that’s convenient to a wide variety of island-wide outdoor activities.
While you might spend weeks exploring British Columbia’s capital, the following two-day plan will help you make the most of your time in Victoria, Canada.
DAY 1 – WHAT TO DO IN VICTORIA CANADA
In the morning, you’ll wake up in Victoria, British Columbia. Get some sleep in the morning, then fuel up on a big meal and go see the sights!
START WITH VICTORIA’S INNER HARBOUR
Victoria’s Inner Harbour, frequently cited as one of the world’s most beautiful harbors, is a great site to begin seeing the city.
Some of the city’s finest vistas may be found here, in addition to the legislative buildings, a selection of whale-watching excursions and ecotourism enterprises, floatplanes, and an international ferry station.
Walking around the city and taking in the many beautiful structures and gardens was a highlight for us.
If, on the other hand, you’re interested in trying local fare while also learning about Victoria’s background, you should sign up for one of A Taste of Victoria Culinary Excursions’ three-hour Victoria food tours.
This was our first stop, and it was a fascinating look into the history of colonial Victoria, British Columbia. Some of the individuals we met and the restaurants we ate at along the journey also had fascinating tales to tell, and it was fascinating to learn their histories as well.
We sampled some of the best meatballs we’ve ever had, along with some Italian pastries, handmade ice cream, perogies, a variety of balsamic vinegars, and olive oils.
One of our favorite parts was exploring a side street in the second-oldest Chinatown in North America and learning about its volatile past as a gambling zone with opium dens.
Today, it serves as a magnet for sightseers and residents alike, not to mention a picture-perfect backdrop for vacation snaps.
STROLL ALONG FISHERMAN’S WHARF, VICTORIA BC
The Wharf at Fishermen Victoria is without a doubt one of the hippest, tiniest communities we’ve ever visited. This is a fantastic dining spot, but it’s also fascinating due to the proximity of the lovely houseboats that line the water and take use of the city’s greatest vantage points from their decks.
It was incredible to be able to replace pavement with docks and discover a variety of floating restaurants and stores.
Additionally, the Inner Harbour of Victoria is within walking distance, adding even more value to your day. Be aware that there is enough parking at the neighboring Fisherman’s Wharf if you are driving.
GET AN EDUCATION AT THE ROYAL BC MUSEUM
If you have time and your feet aren’t killing you, stop by the Royal British Columbia Museum, whose mission is to increase knowledge of the province and pique visitors’ interest in learning more.
There are three permanent exhibits in the Royal BC Museum: one on local First Nations history, one on modern history, and one on natural history.
The museum has nearly 7 million things, but if you’re too weary to go around, you can always kick back in the IMAX theater and enjoy some fantastic educational or commercial entertainment.
END THE DAY WITH DELICIOUS BEER AND GOURMET FOOD AT SPINNAKERS VICTORIA
At the end of the day, relax with a gourmet meal and beer tasting at Spinnakers Brewery, Canada’s first contemporary in-house brewpub. The beer is fantastic, but the environment is pleasant, and the food is delicious, too.
The gourmet meal was a pleasant surprise, as was the complimentary pairing of beer and chocolate truffles. It was scrumptious, and they even make their own beers and truffles! You won’t find a more hip hangout in all of Victoria, BC.
DAY 2 – WHAT TO SEE IN VICTORIA BC
We had a really long day yesterday. Get some extra rest, but don’t snooze too late. Gather your strength for another delicious Victoria-exclusive breakfast.
VISIT CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE VICTORIA BC
The Craigdarroch Castle, a National Historic Site that showcases Romanesque grandeur and affluent living in the 1890s, is not to be missed by everyone who appreciates the splendor of old homes.
SMELL THE ROSES AT BUTCHART GARDENS VICTORIA
The Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site in Victoria that boasts a century’s worth of blooms from a variety of more than 800 different flowers and plants, are an absolute must-see for anybody visiting the city.
If you have a passion for flowers, you may find your new favorite destination here; nevertheless, even if flowers aren’t your thing, you should still check it out. It’s a masterpiece, no doubt about it.
Simply ambling along the many paths and taking in the sights and smells of the various gardens is a relaxing experience.
This is an amazing must-see, not only for British Columbia, but for all of Canada, and we had a wonderful day there exploring the Sunken Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Rose Garden. This is one of the top attractions in all of Victoria, BC.
FINISH THE DAY WITH DINNER AND DRINKS
We’ll let you decide this time. You’ve probably been to a few bars and restaurants by now, if not passed by them on your travels.
It’s time to revisit the option that initially piqued your interest. You may pick one place for dinner and another for drinks. There might be a chance to hear some live music. Enjoy!
This is but a sampling of the various attractions and activities available in Victoria. This is the greatest way to see the highlights of the city in a short amount of time.
If you find yourself in British Columbia with three full days to spare, Victoria is a great place to visit for a variety of reasons. Check out our other posts on the top things to do in bc if you want to plan a week-long trip to British Columbia.
WHERE TO STAY
Marketa’s Bed & Breakfast Victoria is a great option if you’re looking for a place to stay that will improve your trip. It’s in the finest location—right on Fisherman’s Wharf and housed in a gorgeous Victorian—but that’s not all.
The breakfast is fantastic, and it will help you have a great day. This is a fantastic addition to any visit to Victoria, British Columbia.
BEST TIME TO VISIT VICTORIA BC
Like the rest of Canada, the spring, summer, and fall are the ideal times to visit Victoria for pleasant weather. Although Victoria’s winters are moderate compared to the rest of Canada, they may still be fairly cold, wet, and overcast.
Traveling to Victoria in the fall is cheaper and less crowded if you prepare for the weather and don’t mind fewer sunny days. The choice you make might be influenced by your interests. Flowers, for instance, have varying peak bloom dates.
If there are particular flowers you’re hoping to see at the Butchard Gardens, it’s best to research their bloom times before you arrive. Contact the business and ask what the optimal time is to go whale watching for Orcas and Humpbacks.