Victoria: the famous capital city of beautiful British Columbia. Home to theUVIC and stunning architecture. It’s a special city full of happy people and one of the secrets to their joy are the wonderful activities they get to enjoy in the beautiful outdoors! We’ve collated 25 of the most exciting for you to check out!
1. Butchart Gardens
Immerse yourself in the lush gardens that have been impressing locals for over a century. Enjoy 55 acres of gardens, 900 plant varieties and 26 greenhouses at this colorful destination, that you can enjoy a full day through.
Cost: $12 – 25.00
Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay
2. Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Prepare to be wowed at this beautiful lush, indoor garden that houses hundreds of free flying butterflies, parrots, chameleons, frogs and much more. Enjoy this beautiful, large facility that invites you to immerse yourself into nature.
Cost: 6 – $12.50
Address: 1461 Venuto Ave, Brentwood Bay
3. Kelp Reef Adventures
Hit the waters in a kayak for a refreshing way to enjoy the sights. Kelp Reef offers fun, safe and educational experiences. The organization offers a variety of sessions including 2, 3 hour and family sessions. Experience the beautiful coastline and enjoy hidden areas and the protected waters of the Inner Harbour. On your peaceful journey, which is also safe for total beginners, you will likely spot fun animals like river otters, harbour seals, great blue herons, bald eagles and more.
Cost: 50 – 200
Address: Dallas Rd, Victoria
4. Bike Tours
Bike Tour Victoria caters for leisure, guided tours of the city, highlighting favourite parks, hidden gems of the city, and attractions. You can even opt for the foodie tour which incorporates all the best eats in the city. Whatever the tour, they promise plenty of photo ops along the way!
Cost: 40 – 150
5. Sidecar Victoria
Touring Victoria has never been so stylish! Hit the streets in a one of a kind vintage style motorcycle complete with sidecar! The company offers tours, in a wide variety from city centre to extended, to even a tour that includes a visit to other islands. An exciting adventure awaits.
Cost: 100 – 389
Address: 229 Montreal Street Victoria
6. Hot Tub Boat
Canada’s first hot tub boats have docked in Victoria! Rent a hot tub on the water and experience the beautiful Gorge Waterway with friends, or as a date night, blast music, swim in the ocean, splash in some Epsom salts and more! This is a totally unique experience which has capacity for up to 6 people for a 1.5 private rental.
Address: 450 Swift street Victoria
7. Sea Cider
Perched on a farm with panoramic views of the vineyard and sea, Sea Cider is a special place with pure magic in the air. You can taste the fresh drinks, nibble on fresh snacks and bask in the glorious views. You can even bring a bottle (or two!) home. Its even a popular place for weddings!
Cost: $5 -$ 200
Address: 2487 St Michael Rd, Saanichton
8. SpringTide Whale Watching and Eco Tours
Take one of the special tour boats and head out in the water for a day of whale sighting! The friendly staff are prepared to take you out on a fun adventure with a big guarantee for seeing the majestic animals.
Cost: 99 – 130.00
Address: 1119 Wharf St, Victoria
9. WildPlay Elements Park
Those feeling brave and ready for an exciting adventure, can head to Wild Play for an obstacle course with an edge – it’s all built up, up in the trees! You can enjoy log ladders, ziplines, cargo nets, rope swings, and much more. The higher you get, the harder it becomes.
Cost: $19 – $60.00
Address: 15-1767 Island Hwy, Victoria
10. Horse Drawn Carriage
A quirky way to take in the sights of Victoria is by an old school horse drawn carriage!! This relaxing 90-minute tour will take you through the Inner Harbour, Downtown, Chinatown, and more! The open air, traditional carriage is wonderful for really taking in the sights, excellent photo ops and comfort.
Cost: 60 – 200
Address: 600 Menzies St, Victoria
11. 3 Hour Sail
Sailing the sea is a majestic and magical experience for everyone. Hop aboard the historic Tall Ship Duen and relax as the ocean guides you along the stunning Strait of Juan de Funa. The scenes you will see are totally unforgettable. This activity is perfect for folks of all ages.
Cost: 75 – and up
Address: 780 Government St Empress “A” Dock Victoria
12. Westin Bear Mountain Resort & Spa
Looking for a fabulous day out? Enjoy a day of golfing on a world class course regarded as one of the best of the world. You can also enjoy the sparkling views and of course, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the beauty spa!
Address: 1999 Country Club Way, Victoria
13. SUP Victoria
If you don’t know what SUP stands for, you don’t know what’s up! Stand up Paddle Boarding is the phenonium that all the locals live for. Its a great excersise, fun and lets you take in the beautiful views that surround you. At SUP Victoria you can rent, take lessons or book a tour! Get out on the water!
Address: 355 Gorge Rd Victoria
14. Beacon Hill Childrens Farm
This special little spot is perfect for families to immerse themselves in sweet little animals including goats, chickens, peacocks and more. A piece of country snuggled perfectly in the city.
Cost: Unknown, please inquire.
Address: Circle Dr, Victoria
15. Gowlland Tod Provincial Park
Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is a stunning day-use recreation spot ideal for hiking. With more than 25 kilometres of trails each varying in degree of difficulty and all offering spectacular views, including a natural waterfall. Enjoy wildlife in all its forms including wild animals, birds and colourful, vibrant wildflowers.
Address: Ross Durrance Rd, Highlands
16. Pacific Marine Circle Route
Take in the spectacular rugged coastal trails, rolling vineyards, eateries, breath taking mountains and quirky place to rest your head, at your own pace with a road trip along the Pacific Marine Circle Route. You can go for one day to five, so the option is all yours. Be sure to pack your camera.
17. Lochside Regional Trail
Grab your running and choose your method: bike, walk, skateboard or horse the impressive 29- kilometre trail that runs from Swartz Bay Ferry terminal to Victoria! Its a popular route that is lovely and a great way to see the city.
18. Tour china town
Enjoy the colourful buildings, quirky shops and sidewalks and you enjoy Canada’s oldest and most historic China town! You can enjoy the murals and take a step into Canadas past.
Address: Herald St. and Government St
19. Thetis Lake
A place for hikes, it’s also the perfect way to enjoy a summers day and enjoy a leisurely swim in the refreshing lake! Pack a picnic and make a day of this expansive beautiful park.
Address: Thetis Lakeview Royal
20. A taste of Victoria food tours
Dabble in taking in the sites mixed with an impressive culinary and historic experience. Stroll the streets of beautiful Victoria with a knowledgeable expert and taste the local favorites dishes!
Address: 1701 Douglas St, Victoria
21. Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club
Lawn bowling is the perfect summer activity – its low impact and not strenuous. It’s a great laugh to have with friends and Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling Club is located right downtown so is a great option!
Address: 720 Belleville St in Cridge Park
22. Church and State Winery
Sip in the splendor of Church and state wines. This impressive vineyard is home to deliciously local vines which use ancient methods that promise to showcase the ‘character, depth and the elegance of our land’. Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature while you sip on tasty drinks!
Address: 250-652-26711445 Benvenuto Avenue, Victoria
23. Thunderbird Park
Mix nature with history with a visit to the exciting Thunderbird Park. Its located in the heart of downtown and has plenty of amazing totem poles and other First Nations monuments to take in while have a serene nature walk!
Address: 638 Douglas St, Victoria
24. Abkhazi Gardens
Dating back to 1946, this intimate garden is home to 1.4 acres of of lush greenery including Garry oaks, rhododendrons, ponds and a serene teahouse for a light snack amidst the enjoyment of the views.
Address: 1964 Fairfield Rd, Victoria
25. Cadboro – Gyro Park
This ocean front destination is jam packed with fun for the whole family. Make a day of a visit to Cadboro – Gyro Park and take advantage of the sandy beach, tennis courts, the funky playground and play sculptures, a zip line and much more all placed along the stunning views of Cadboro Bay, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There is an activity for everyone!
Address: Sinclair Rd, Victoria