Welcome to Victoria-- the Garden City!

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Welcome to Victoria-- the Garden City!

Parks & Nature

In the City of Gardens, there are so many ways to enjoy green spaces, parks and naturals areas. * Beacon Hill Park * Dallas Road Waterfront Pathway * David Foster Harbour Pathway
Beacon Hill Park has an abundance of natural features and sensitive ecology throughout roughly 740,000 square metres of parkland. A number of environmentally sensitive areas have been identified within the park and are protected through local, provincial and federal law to preserve these threatened and endangered species and ecosystems. In addition to the Garry oak ecosystem, an example of a threatened species is the Yellow Montane Violet, Viola praemorsa. Meandering footpaths offer long strolls among manicured and natural areas and features for the whole family to enjoy. Kite enthusiasts, paragliders and sailboarders can also take advantage of the open vista across the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Beacon Hill Park has an important status as Mile "0", the western terminus of the 8,000 kilometre Trans-Canada Highway. Park Features: 2 playgrounds 2 spray parks (for cooling off) Cameron Bandshell stage--free concerts 4 days a week during summer Golf putting green Baseball diamond Tennis courts Cricket pitch 2 sports fields Lawn bowling Picnic shelter Garry oak meadows Footpaths Flower beds Rose garden Story Pole, erected in 1956 (tallest in the world) Petting zoo (currently closed due to COVID-19)
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Beacon Hill Park
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Beacon Hill Park has an abundance of natural features and sensitive ecology throughout roughly 740,000 square metres of parkland. A number of environmentally sensitive areas have been identified within the park and are protected through local, provincial and federal law to preserve these threatened and endangered species and ecosystems. In addition to the Garry oak ecosystem, an example of a threatened species is the Yellow Montane Violet, Viola praemorsa. Meandering footpaths offer long strolls among manicured and natural areas and features for the whole family to enjoy. Kite enthusiasts, paragliders and sailboarders can also take advantage of the open vista across the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Beacon Hill Park has an important status as Mile "0", the western terminus of the 8,000 kilometre Trans-Canada Highway. Park Features: 2 playgrounds 2 spray parks (for cooling off) Cameron Bandshell stage--free concerts 4 days a week during summer Golf putting green Baseball diamond Tennis courts Cricket pitch 2 sports fields Lawn bowling Picnic shelter Garry oak meadows Footpaths Flower beds Rose garden Story Pole, erected in 1956 (tallest in the world) Petting zoo (currently closed due to COVID-19)
The Butchart Gardens is not to be missed! It is a 20 minute drive out of Victoria and can be reached via public transit or by taking a tour. Set on 55 acres of privately owned land near Victoria, the gardens date back to 1904. A full time staff of 50 gardeners keep the grounds immaculate and well deserving of their world-renowned reputation. Open year round, the flowers and bulbs change with the seasons, blossoming by the thousands in spring, radiating red and gold in the fall. Highlights include the Japanese Garden, the Italian Garden, Sunken Garden, Rose Carousel and Saturday evening fireworks. Open spaces among the pools, fountains, and the many exotic plants are used for artistic and musical performances.
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Butchart Gardens
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The Butchart Gardens is not to be missed! It is a 20 minute drive out of Victoria and can be reached via public transit or by taking a tour. Set on 55 acres of privately owned land near Victoria, the gardens date back to 1904. A full time staff of 50 gardeners keep the grounds immaculate and well deserving of their world-renowned reputation. Open year round, the flowers and bulbs change with the seasons, blossoming by the thousands in spring, radiating red and gold in the fall. Highlights include the Japanese Garden, the Italian Garden, Sunken Garden, Rose Carousel and Saturday evening fireworks. Open spaces among the pools, fountains, and the many exotic plants are used for artistic and musical performances.

Neighbourhoods

James Bay is surrounded by water on three sides; Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. Beacon Hill Park provides a green border to the east. James Bay's extensive waterfront is alive with activity including an array of industry, government and transportation facilities. it is home to the Breakwater which is a lovely walk out to a lighthouse. Ogden Point is the cruise ship terminal. Many of Victoria's key attractions are located in the neighbourhood including the Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman's Wharf. Horse-drawn carriages and waterfront walkways also serve as a draw. The heart of the neighbourhood is James Bay Village, filled with local shops and services. James Bay is an extremely walkable and bike-able neighbourhood
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James Bay
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James Bay is surrounded by water on three sides; Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. Beacon Hill Park provides a green border to the east. James Bay's extensive waterfront is alive with activity including an array of industry, government and transportation facilities. it is home to the Breakwater which is a lovely walk out to a lighthouse. Ogden Point is the cruise ship terminal. Many of Victoria's key attractions are located in the neighbourhood including the Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman's Wharf. Horse-drawn carriages and waterfront walkways also serve as a draw. The heart of the neighbourhood is James Bay Village, filled with local shops and services. James Bay is an extremely walkable and bike-able neighbourhood
The downtown area is extremely popular as that is where many of the movie theatres, stage theatres, hotels, restaurants, pubs, night clubs, and shops are. Attractions in and around the area including Bastion Square, heart of the 19th-century city's professional district. Centennial Square is next to Victoria City Hall; it is used for small venue events such as the Electronic Music Festival, which takes place during the same time period as the BC Day statutory holiday and Symphony Splash. Market Square, towards the northwest end of downtown, is used for small venue concerts and festivals, containing shopping establishments and eateries and is part of the city's "Old Town". Just beyond Market Square and Old Town which is the cultural and historic Chinatown which forms part of the northern end of downtown Victoria. It has a colourful Chinese historical past from the early days of Victoria. Places of Interest The Inner Harbour and The Empress Hotel (centre background), two major attractions in Downtown. Bastion Square Beacon Hill Park Bug Zoo Chinatown Christ Church Cathedral The Fairmont Empress Hotel Fan Tan Alley Government Street Johnson Bridge Market Square Miniature World Inner Harbor
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Downtown
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The downtown area is extremely popular as that is where many of the movie theatres, stage theatres, hotels, restaurants, pubs, night clubs, and shops are. Attractions in and around the area including Bastion Square, heart of the 19th-century city's professional district. Centennial Square is next to Victoria City Hall; it is used for small venue events such as the Electronic Music Festival, which takes place during the same time period as the BC Day statutory holiday and Symphony Splash. Market Square, towards the northwest end of downtown, is used for small venue concerts and festivals, containing shopping establishments and eateries and is part of the city's "Old Town". Just beyond Market Square and Old Town which is the cultural and historic Chinatown which forms part of the northern end of downtown Victoria. It has a colourful Chinese historical past from the early days of Victoria. Places of Interest The Inner Harbour and The Empress Hotel (centre background), two major attractions in Downtown. Bastion Square Beacon Hill Park Bug Zoo Chinatown Christ Church Cathedral The Fairmont Empress Hotel Fan Tan Alley Government Street Johnson Bridge Market Square Miniature World Inner Harbor

Food scene

Best fish and chips in town-- and right on the harbour
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Red Fish Blue Fish
1006 Wharf St
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Best fish and chips in town-- and right on the harbour
Incredible breakfasts-- go early and expect a lineup!
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Blue Fox Cafe
919 Fort St
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Incredible breakfasts-- go early and expect a lineup!
Wonderful food-- love the pad thai, caramel chicken and any of the curries!
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Foo Asian Street Food
769 Yates Street
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Wonderful food-- love the pad thai, caramel chicken and any of the curries!
Best latte's in town and right next door to an organic bakery where you can pick up a delicious croissant. Also a deli/bar now!
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Caffe Fantastico
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Best latte's in town and right next door to an organic bakery where you can pick up a delicious croissant. Also a deli/bar now!
Incredible organic bread, croissants and sandwiches. Two locations- 398 Harbour (Dockside green across the bridge) or 732 Yates.
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Fol Epi
732 Yates St
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Incredible organic bread, croissants and sandwiches. Two locations- 398 Harbour (Dockside green across the bridge) or 732 Yates.

Sightseeing

A short scenic walk from the Inner Harbour – follow Wharf Explore British Columbia's rich history and present day culture at the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives. Special exhibits that change quarterly. IMax theatre with immersive moviesEat at the food trucks in the courtyard outside! Outside, Thunderbird Park is home to traditionally carved memorial and house poles. Nearby, the small mid-19th century, Helmcken House is the oldest residence in British Columbia still standing on its original site. The house once belonged to J.S. Helmcken, a practicing doctor and local politician. He campaigned vigorously for the then British colony of Victoria and British Columbia to join the newly established confederation of Canada.
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Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St
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A short scenic walk from the Inner Harbour – follow Wharf Explore British Columbia's rich history and present day culture at the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives. Special exhibits that change quarterly. IMax theatre with immersive moviesEat at the food trucks in the courtyard outside! Outside, Thunderbird Park is home to traditionally carved memorial and house poles. Nearby, the small mid-19th century, Helmcken House is the oldest residence in British Columbia still standing on its original site. The house once belonged to J.S. Helmcken, a practicing doctor and local politician. He campaigned vigorously for the then British colony of Victoria and British Columbia to join the newly established confederation of Canada.
Just steps outside the front of the Janion--The Chinatown in Victoria is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. Take note of the Gate of Harmonious Interest on Fisgard St. marking the entrance. Try some dim sum at Don Mee. Take a stroll through Fan Tan Alley--the narrowest street in the country and a side door to Canada’s oldest Chinatown!
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Chinatown
500 Fisgard St
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Just steps outside the front of the Janion--The Chinatown in Victoria is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. Take note of the Gate of Harmonious Interest on Fisgard St. marking the entrance. Try some dim sum at Don Mee. Take a stroll through Fan Tan Alley--the narrowest street in the country and a side door to Canada’s oldest Chinatown!
Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s.
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Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent
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Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir during the reign of Queen Victoria and now a National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s.
It's impossible to miss the awe-inspiring site that is the BC Parliament Buildings. Free guided tours are available throughout the year. Come to ​​discover the history of the province, the architectural splendor of our cherished heritage building and learn about British Columbia's parliamentary process.
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Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
501 Belleville St
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It's impossible to miss the awe-inspiring site that is the BC Parliament Buildings. Free guided tours are available throughout the year. Come to ​​discover the history of the province, the architectural splendor of our cherished heritage building and learn about British Columbia's parliamentary process.
The Empress, is one of the oldest hotels (built in 1908) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury. High tea at the Empress “rivals the best in the world.”
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Hotel Fairmont Empress
721 Government St
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The Empress, is one of the oldest hotels (built in 1908) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury. High tea at the Empress “rivals the best in the world.”

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Walk and catch a water taxi

Victoria is truly walkable. The Inner Harbour and downtown core are best explored on foot, but there are several other types of transportation. From horse drawn carriage to double-decker bus, to water taxis-- the choice is yours!
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West coast casual

West coast casual clothing is recommended. The weather can change quickly in Victoria. We often have a light breeze so you will be more comfortable wearing layers of clothing. You will need good walking shoes to really explore!
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Eh?

Victorians are very courteous-- be sure to say please, thank you. We have a strong british influence so bathrooms are often call "washrooms".
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Local Breweries

Craft beer as Art! Beer has been brewed in Victoria longer than anywhere else in British Columbia. Stroll the Beer Mile, a ring of four brewpubs and four breweries that surround the Upper Harbour. Take the Victoria Harbour Ferry or the Pickle Pub Crawl or join a bicycle tour with the Pedaler. West Coast Brewery Tours also offers bus tours to help you explore this dynamic beer community. See: https://www.tourismvictoria.com/eat-drink/craft-b Beer is served as a "sleeve" (14 oz), an imperial pint (20 oz) or a jug (64 oz). You can often get a "growler" (a large bottle) filled at local breweries
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David Foster Harbour Pathway

David Foster Harbour Pathway is more than just a waterfront route. It connects visitors with key destinations in our city, from award-winning restaurants to marine-based tourism activities, and everything in between. The Harbour Pathway celebrates our unique working harbour, giving us the opportunity to recognize Lekwungen First Nations history, enhance the natural marine habitat, and support social and economic wellbeing. The David Foster Harbour Pathway can be found near the Janion--walk down Wharf Street and head right to the Waterfront. Take the pathway to Fisherman's Wharf!
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Dallas Road Waterfront Pathway

The waterfront green space along Dallas Road is a popular destination, enjoyed by many people for a variety of uses. Located between Douglas Street and Clover Point, the green space offers a flat walking path and access to the stretch of beaches and shoreline. Enjoy watching kite enthusiasts, paragliders and sailboarders as well as the spectacular view across the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
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Galloping Goose Regional Cycling Trail

Connecting downtown Victoria with the Sooke potholes, this 60 kilometre trail is the perfect destination for a bike ride. Cross the Selkirk Trestle and stare into the depths of Todd Creek from the Todd Trestle after strolling through lush forests and stopping for a little picnic at Matheson or Thetis Lake. see: http://www.gallopinggoosetrail.com/map_galloping_goose_directions.html
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Lochside Regional Cycling Trail

This picturesque 29 km multi–use trail, formerly a railway line, stretches from Swartz Bay to Victoria, past beaches, farmland, and wetlands, down country lanes and beside suburban backyards. While some parts of the Lochside Trail are off-road and others downright pastoral, in some places trail visitors must share paved or gravel public roads with motor vehicles and farm vehicles. The Lochside Trail intersects with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Be sure to top at Matticks Farm for ice cream or tea. Take a bus home if you are tired.
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Market Square

A short walk from the Janion – It's across the street on the diagonal