Attractions, Sightseeing, What to do, Where to stay

There is lots to see and do while you visit Victoria BC.  Victoria attractions and things to do are numerous but we recommend the following must sees while you visit our beautiful city, many of which are on the BIG Bus route.


Robert Bateman Centre

Robert Bateman Centre

Since he was a boy growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Robert Bateman has painted, sketched, and sculpted the particularities of the natural world. This display shows the major themes of his life’s work, including his early experimentation with abstract art styles, his travels throughout the world, and his commentary on the state of our planet. The paintings, drawings, sculptures, etchings, and lithographs are a refreshing and inspiring view of our natural and man-made heritage.

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Butchart Gardens 


Enticing visitors to Vancouver Island since the early 1900s, these breathtaking gardens are now a designated National Historic Site. Starting with the Sunken Garden, once a limestone quarry, The Butchart Gardens offers 55 acres of spectacular beauty in every season. Spring features countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, with the glorious Rose Garden bursting into bloom in the summer. Perennial borders start their stunning show in late summer, and the Japanese maples turn to russet, gold, and red in the fall. Entertainment highlights in July and August include music under the stars, Night Illuminations, and Saturday Fireworks.

800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay
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Royal BC Museum

Royal BC Museum

Discover the Royal British Columbia Museum and its famous First Peoples, Natural History and Modern History Galleries. Three-dimensional displays offer the senses a feast of the sights, smells and sounds of British Columbia. Walk through a rainforest, sit among aboriginal poles and stroll down the street to window-shop in Old Town.

675 Belleville Street

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Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Gardens

Experience the sensation of being surrounded by thousands of exotic free flying butterflies in our 12,000 square foot indoor tropical paradise. Lush gardens boasting beautiful orchid displays, sensational flowering tropical plants, a huge koi pond and a pair of flamingos await you at Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Friendly staff, guided tours, a unique gift shop and plenty of free parking will compliment your visit to Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

1461 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay

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National Geographic IMAX Theatre

IMAX Victoria

Imax is the ultimate film experience. With crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound, the Victoria IMAX lets you feel like you're really there. Six stories high and 80 feet wide, the screen pulls you in!

675 Belleville Street

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Craigdarroch Castle

Butterfly Gardens

Craigdarroch Castle is an 1890's mansion with exquisite stained-glass windows, woodwork and period antiques. Built by wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, Craigdarroch Castle is a stunning example of the finest architecture, materials and craftsmanship available in the Victorian era. See the spectacular oak staircase and climb 87 steps to the Tower for the best views in Victoria.

1050 Joan Crescent

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Victoria Bug Zoo 


A visit to this must see zoo offers visitors an excellent opportunity to view and experience multi-legged creatures from around the world in a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere. Get up close and personal with LIVE giant walkingsticks, alien-eyed praying mantids, hairy tarantulas and glow-in-the-dark scorpions, to name a few.

631 Courtney Street

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China Town


This 6-block area is the oldest Chinatown settlement in North America, having been founded in 1858. Narrow Fan Tan Alley (just four feet wide at each end), is historically important as the center of 19th century Chinatown's legal opium industry. Now it is a great place to pick up exotic herbs and vegetables, luxurious silks and delicate paper lanterns. Be sure to view the beautiful Gate of Harmonious Interest, composed of Taiwanese tiles and decorative panels.

Fisgard Street


Miniature World

Miniature World is the greatest little show on earth! Over 85 great little attractions that include the worlds smallest operational sawmill, two of the largest doll houses, and one of the longest model railways. See Circus World, Space 2201, Frontierland, Fantasyland and much more.

649 Humboldt Street


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Located in the historic neighbourhood of Rockland, Victoria's public art museum is home to BC's largest public art collection and features a world-respected Asian art collection, including an authentic Japanese Shinto Shrine located outside in the Asian Garden.

1040 Moss Street


Emily Carr House

The birthplace and childhood home of Emily Carr, one of Canada's most famous artists and authors, is located in historic James Bay. Built in 1863, Carr House is just minutes away from the Inner Harbour. It is restored to accurately depict the Victorian household and lifestyle of the Carr family. Emily's childhood home features a people's Gallery which alternately features works of art by local artists and original works by Emily Carr.

207 Government Street


Attractions around Big Bus

Vancouver Island Brewery

Take a Brewery Tour! Learn about the brewing process as they take you for a behind the scenes look at their brewery, followed by a sampling session in their taproom. Guided tours are offered every Friday and Saturday at 3:00 pm for $6.00 per person. The duration of the tour is approximately one hour. Tours are available on a first come/first served basis, with a maximum capacity of 30 people.

2330 Government Street


Market Square

Historic Market Square; a colorful jewel in the Heart of Old Town! You'll find more than 35 one-of-a-kind boutiques, shops, services and restaurants in a true heritage setting at Market Square.

560 Johnson Street  


Places to Stay

Abbeymoore Manor

Abbeymoore Manor offers romantic heritage bed and breakfast accommodation in a quiet residential setting.

1470 Rockland Avenue


The Royal Scot Hotel and Suites 

Just steps from the Inner Harbour, The Royal Scot Hotel and Suites is renowned for its spacious, clean and comfortable rooms and suites.  Whether you're visiting Victoria for business, pleasure, or planning an escape from the snows of winter, The Royal Scot is your home away from home! 

425 Quebec Street.


Dashwood Manor

Downtown Victoria's only heritage bed and breakfast on the sea shore. Big Bus route just outside our door. Eleven spacious ocean view guest rooms. Fireplaces, jacuzzis, full, memorable breakfast. Beaches, park and gardens. Short walk to Cook Street Village with great restaurants.


TraveLodge Victoria bc Canada

Excellent location, affordable rates and comformtable accommodations lets you relax and experience the best of Victoria. Long term accommodations, On-site Restaurant, Free Wireless Internet, Indoor Pool, Business Centre, Meeting Facilities near local attractions, shopping and transportation.

Victoria Stays offers a great selection of vacation rentals and furnished apartments in all the best areas of Victoria. Our vacation rentals are clean, stylish and professionally managed. We take pride in providing accommodations with greater comfort and superior value compared to hotels.


For more information on Victoria attractions, shopping, restaurants, hotels and more visit Tourism Victoria