Welcome to Victoria

Here you will find all of the necessary information to make the best of your time in Victoria. From arrival and departure information, daily tour pick up times, and general information about the city.

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About Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, located on the tip of southern Vancouver Island, is a wanderer’s paradise. Walk along the colorful and charming Fisherman’s Wharf and indulge in fresh seafood or take a trip to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Whales frequent the waters surrounding this laid-back city and you’ll find that there is no shortage of live street performers and delicious local eateries. This is a place you will want to get to know by walking around whether it’s a short trip down to the gorgeous glowing harbour or walk-through downtown.

Arrival Information:

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Restaurant Recommendations:

The city of Victoria offers whole neighborhoods of different and delicious options for dining, here we highlight some of our favorites:

Pagliacci’s ~ Italian staples served amongst kitschy décor and live music. Smart casual attire.
Address: 1011 Broad Street

10 Acres Bistro ~ A farm-to-fork concept menu in a romantic setting with cocktails and a garden patio. Casual attire.
Address: 611 Courtney Street

Bar 500 ~ A Canadian bistro and café with locally sourced ingredients, small plates, and live jazz and piano music. Casual attire.
Address: 500 Oswego Street

Steamship Grill & Bar ~ Located in a celebrated Beaux Arts building, offering seafood, cocktails and a refined menu with water views. Smart casual attire.
Address: 470 Belleville Street

The Mint Restaurant ~ Himalayan-inspired dishes in an intimate environment with live DJs and mint-focused cocktails. Casual attire.
Address: 1414 Douglas Street

Red Fish Blue Fish ~ An outdoor waterfront eatery in an up-cycled cargo container in the Inner Harbour. Fresh, sustainable fish ‘n chips.Casual attire.
Address:1006 Wharf Street

Sightseeing Recommendations:

With so many things to see and do right in the Inner Harbour, begin your exploration of Victoria with a tour around the world – Miniature World, that is. Located in the Empress Hotel, this impressive exhibit has over 85 miniature dioramas and displays.

If you want to experience life like a royal, the Empress Hotel also serves an afternoon tea in the traditional English style – cucumber finger sandwiches and all!

Across from the Empress Hotel, you will find the Victoria Harbour Ferry where you can choose between the Gorge Tour or the Harbour tour; both are guided boat tours that give you the option to explore historic neighborhoods, working shipyards and/or sacred First Nations territories. If you prefer to stay on dry land, take a horse drawn carriage ride with Tally Ho Carriage Tours, which you will find in front of Victoria’s operational legislative buildings at the intersection of Belleville Street and Government Street.

The Royal BC Museum is one of Canada’s leading museums and research centres. It showcases550 million years of natural history and 9,000 years of human history in B.C., and you will find it just south of the Empress Hotel.

Be on the look-out for seals and other marine life down at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Take a stroll along a floating pier that is home to small, local shops, a colourful array of privately-owned floating homes and some of the freshest fish ‘n chips.

If you haven’t seen any marine life yet, you can take a whale watching tour. Although there are several options that leave from both the Inner Harbour and Fisherman’s Wharf, our preferred tour operator is Eagle Wing Whale Watching & Wildlife Tours located at #15b, 12 Erie Street.

If you’re feeling up to it, you can continue your walk around James Bay and along the breakwater seawall at Ogden Point for a great view of the Breakwater Lighthouse.

Butchart Gardens – If you didn’t book admission and transportation to the Butchart Gardens through us, it is still possible to get there by bus or taxi (about 30 minutes each way). This 55-acre property is a designated National Historic Site of Canada and boasts beautiful floral and water features, statues and a carousel.

Other Things to See Around the Inner Harbour
All of these are easily accessible from the harbour, either by a short walk or quick taxi ride from your hotel.

Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature – 470 Belleville Street

Emily Carr House – 207 Government Street

Victoria Bug Zoo – 631 Courtney Street

Maritime Museum of British Columbia – 634Humboldt Street

Beacon Hill Park – 100 Cook Street

Craigdarroch Castle – 1050 Joan Crescent