Looking to do something out in the sun? Looking for places to eat around downtown? Like to browse book stores? Here are a couple suggestions!
Activities + Attractions
Whale Watching: Our beautiful coast is home to remarkable sea life. Take an afternoon adventure to explore the Pacific Ocean. There are several whale watching companies that operate out of Inner Harbour. Victoria Whale Watching is offering a special promotion for SHARP 2017 participants. https://www.victoriawhalewatching.com
Butchart Gardens: Containing several gardens, most notably the sunken garden, rose garden and Japanese garden, Butchart Gardens is a popular tourist destination. Located 25-30 minutes outside of Victoria, it is a great place to wander for an afternoon taking in the beauty of the surrounding environment. http://www.butchartgardens.com/visit/rates
Thetis Lake: Located about 15-20 minutes outside of Victoria, Thetis lake holds a number of different walking trails that provide scenic views of the lake. If you are inclined to get in the water, their is a beach but there are also several access points off of the walking trails. https://www.victoriatrails.com/trails/thetis-lake/
Sooke Potholes: Sooke Potholes is approximately 30 minutes outside of victoria and is home to 50km of trails and many popular swimming spots. Located on the Sooke River, the water has carved away into the rocks creating picturesque scenes and many cool places enjoy a sunny afternoon. http://www.sookepotholes.com
Beacon Hill Park: Just outside the downtown core, Beacon Hill Park is large greenspace that is wonderful to explore. Containing several walking paths, ponds and statues, it is easy to spend time walking around. At an instance Beacon Hill Park connects to Dallas road, which has a popular walking path that runs along the water, providing views of the Olympic Mountains. http://www.beaconhillpark.ca
Inner Harbour: Located in downtown right on the water, the Inner harbour holds many attractions. Buskers, vendors and food trucks will often be found in the summer. The inner harbour is a great way to add on to a day of exploring downtown Victoria. At night the Inner Harbour provides an amazing view of the fully light Parliament Building.
British Columbia Parliament Buildings: The Parliament building is located right by the inner harbour and is impossible to miss. Tours can be booked to see the inside, but one can also easily admire the architecture by exploring the parliament grounds. https://www.leg.bc.ca/content-peo/Pages/Tour-Information.aspx
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria: The art gallery is home to an extensive Emily Carr collection but also holds a large Asian art collection. The Gallery also contains the only authentic Japanese Shinto shrine in North America, to complement their asian art collection. http://aggv.ca/visit
Royal British Columbia Museum: Located right beside the inner harbour, the Royal British Columbia Museum holds exhibits on natural and modern history as well as First Nation’s History. On top of that they have special exhibits and also an imax theatre which can be a great way to spend a rainy day. http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/visit/tickets-admission
Craigdarroch Castle: While it might not be a castle in the european sense, Craigdarroch castle is a victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion. Inside and out, it has remained accurate to the era. The house also tells the story of the baron and his family who lived there. It is located about 10 minutes by car or around a 30 minute walk from the downtown core. https://thecastle.ca/plan-your-visit/
If you’re looking for something to do around the University of Victoria, checking Gyro Park in Cadboro Bay or Mount Tolmie can be quite nice. If you are wanting to go just a bit further out, Mount Doug is an option as well. Several walking paths at different difficulties run around the small mountain and the top provides great views of the university and Victoria.
Russell Books: New, used, remainder, antiquarian, and out-of-print books
250-361-4447 | 734 Fort St. | http://www.russellbooks.com
Munro’s Books: A landmark in Victoria’s Old Town, Munro’s Books has been in business since 1963
250-382-2464 | 1108 Government St. | http://www.munrobooks.com
250-381-6469 | 14 Bastion Square | http://www.renaissancebooks.ca
250-380-9009 | 1212 Douglas St. | https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/
Beacon Books: A general bookstore of secondhand books – 4,000 sq.ft. – thousands of good used books covering categories the Arts, Classics & Literature, General Fiction, Nature, Travel, Nautical, Music and more.
250-655-4447 | 2372 Beacon Ave. W (Sidney) | http://www.sidneybooktown.ca/bookshops/beacon-books/
Tanner’s Books: Tanner’s Books is a large full-service bookstore with new releases, bestsellers, and new books in over 50 fiction and non-fiction categories
250-656-2345 | 2436 Beacon Ave. (Sidney) | http://www.sidneybooktown.ca/bookshops/tanners-books/
The Haunted Bookstore: The Haunted caters to recreational readers wanting recent paperbacks and scholars seeking out-of-print material, as well as to collectors of rarities.
250-656-8805 | 9807 3 St. (Sidney) | http://www.sidneybooktown.ca/bookshops/the-haunted-bookshop/
Brasserie L’ecole: Celebrated brasserie for French fare & wine served in bustling, unpretentious quarters.
250-475-6260 | 1715 Government St | http://www.lecole.ca | https://www.yelp.ca/biz/brasserie-l-ecole-victoria
Il Terrazzo: Intimate, candlelit Italian nook with brick fireplaces, patio seating & a notable wine list.
250-361-0028 | 555 Johnson St | http://www.ilterrazzo.com/index.php |https://www.yelp.ca/biz/il-terrazzo-victoria
Rebar: Contemporary vegetarian eatery with a low-key vibe, plus a selection of juices, wine & beer.
250-361-9223 | 50 Bastion Square | http://www.rebarmodernfood.com | https://www.yelp.ca/biz/rebar-modern-food-victoria
Zambri’s: Set in a stylish, eco-conscious building, this trattoria serves classics like pasta, pizza & wine.
250-560-1171 | 820 Yates St. | http://www.zambris.ca | https://www.yelp.ca/biz/zambris-victoria-2
Lotus Pond: Chinese Vegan restaurant located in downtown Victoria BC. All dishes are made with 100% vegetables.
250-380-9293 | 617 Johnston St. | http://www.lotuspond1998.ca | https://www.yelp.ca/biz/lotus-pond-vegetarian-restaurant-victoria
OLO: Simple yet stylish setting for sophisticated Pacific Northwest dishes & global wines.
250-590-8795 | 509 Fisgard St. | http://www.olorestaurant.com | https://www.yelp.ca/biz/olo-restaurant-victoria
Cafe Brio: Unpretentious choice for salumi, wine & Italian-leaning meals, made from local ingredients.
250-383-0009 | 944 Fort St. | http://cafebrio.com/#italian-inspired | https://www.yelp.ca/biz/cafe-brio-victoria
The Pink Bicycle: Laid-back eatery featuring unique burgers made with local ingredients, plus vegetarian options.
250-384-1008 | 1008 Blanshard St. | http://www.pinkbicycleburger.com/Pink-Bike-Menu.pdf | https://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-pink-bicycle-victoria
Pagliacci’s: Pasta dishes & other generous Italian staples are served at this stalwart eatery with kitschy decor.
250-386-1662 |1011 Broad St.| http://www.pagliaccis.ca | https://www.yelp.ca/biz/pagliaccis-victoria
Ebizo Japanese Restaurant: Cozy restaurant with a wide array of japanese dishes.
250-383-3234 | 604 Broughton St.| https://www.yelp.ca/biz/ebizo-japanese-restaurant-victoria
Q at the Empress: Classic, fine dining with a modern twist.
250-389-2727 | 721 Government St. | http://www.qattheempress.com | https://www.yelp.com/biz/q-at-the-empress-victoria
Vista 18 at Chateau Victoria: Seasonal, organic cuisine is served morning til night at this chic harbourview rooftop eatery.
250-382-9258 | 18th Floor, 740 Burdett Ave.| http://www.vista18.com | https://www.yelp.com/biz/vista-18-victoria
Transportation + Taxis
BlueBird Taxi: 250-382-2222
Yellow Cab: 250-381-2222
Public Transit: https://bctransit.com/victoria/schedules-and-maps
Routes 4, 14, 15 will all take you from Downtown Victoria to the university