Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and a popular international tourist destination. Visitor attractions include whale-watching, wine tours, the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the Butchart Gardens, a world heritage site.
Victoria is easily accessible through Victoria International Airport, recently voted one of the 10 most visitor-friendly airports in the world. Visitors can also fly into Vancouver or Seattle, then travel on to Victoria by ferry or seaplane.
The following sites provide an abundance of information for visitors to Victoria and the surrounding area:
Highly recommended day trips:
- Botanical Beach, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
- Sooke Potholes Regional Park
- Goldstream Provincial Park
- Town of Sidney
- Butchart Gardens
- Saanich Peninsula wineries
- Whale Watching
Destinations further afield:
BC is an outdoor enthusiasts dream, with abundant options throughout the province in the summer for camping, boating, surfing, swimming, fishing, hiking, kayaking and biking. Vancouver Island is no exception. Seasoned hikers can explore the West Coast Trail (reservations required), while many option abound for those less-experienced.
The following are just some of the options available on Vancouver Island for those planning to explore beyond the Victoria region: