Once the staid haven for legions of lawn bowling retirees, Victoria has grown into a hipper West Coast fusion of recreational opportunity, gourmet food, first class accommodations, art and culture. From the time-honoured afternoon teatime to beautiful gardens, architecture and English style pubs, Victoria’s traditions and charm are still plainly visible.
Located at the south tip of Vancouver Island, the city enjoys a mild climate with more sun and less rain than the rest of the Island. As a result, the city is the perfect place to enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle. While the rest of the country is under two feet of snow, Victorians are golfing, cycling, jogging and gardening.
Victoria is becoming known as a paradise for outdoor pursuits of all types. Marine activities such as whale watching, fishing, and eco tours take centre stage for many visitors. Other activities to suit every style from diving, kayaking, cycling, golfing and hiking to leisurely garden tours are plentiful throughout the city.
There is so much to see and do in Victoria, it could easily occupy your entire vacation. The city serves as an excellent starting point for exploring the rest of the Island, as all the main transportation routes converge at Victoria. If you are new to Victoria, plan to spend at least three days of your trip exploring the region. Saanich Peninsula to the north and the Western Communities and Sooke to the west are brimming with opportunity.
Our Victoria Travel Guide provides almost 170 pages of detailed information on trip activities and travel information in and around Victoria, both on and off the beaten path. With information on activities, travel options, accommodations, food, shopping and more, this book is a bargain for the price of a cup of coffee. Packed with current links and contact info for all the attractions, we have done the hard work for you. We give you tips and tricks that you won’t find in other guides or at the tourist info centre. So if you like to go away feeling that it was all worth it, then this book is for you!