British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, takes much of its inspiration from England, but puts its own unique Canadian twist on things. From the local pubs to the exceptional gardens and everything in between you can see the various cultural influences throughout the city.

Known as the “City of Gardens,” Victoria is full of outdoor activities. It has more cycling routes than any other Canadian city, so hop on a bike and take a tour of the city. Named for England’s queen, Victoria is home to the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the second-oldest Chinatown area in North America after San Francisco.

As you explore you can in the sights like the many historic buildings or stop in some of the best museums in Canada. Head to the waterfront to do some fishing or for an exciting glimpse of a whale or take the water on a kayak.

With such vast options of things to do and see in this city, it’s great for an exciting family holiday, a romantic getaway for two or a fun-filled trip with friends.

From the top clockwise: Clover Point Park, Lower Yates Street, totem-pole at Thunderbird Park

When to Visit Victoria

Victoria boasts a temperate climate with mainly dry sunny summers and mild, wet winters. The temperatures match the relaxed pace of the city.

One important thing to note about Victoria's climate is that is has distinct dry and rainy seasons. The four wettest months are from November through February. Summers are much drier, so if you’re hoping to spend a lot of time in the sun, you’ll want to avoid travelling during the fall or winter months.

What to Do in Victoria

Travel back in time and pretend to live like a royal at Craigdarroch Castle, a Victorian-era mansion. The castle is a National Historic Site of Canada and features 39 rooms across the the property's square metres. Built in the late 1800s for Baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife, the mansion is now a museum and local tourist attraction. It was also used as a the setting for films like "Little Women," and "Cats & Dogs."

Explore the province’s history at theRoyal British Columbia Museumin Victoria. In 1987, the “royal” title was approved by Queen Elizabeth II to coincide with a Royal tour that year. Explore the three permanent galleries showing modern history, natural history and local First Nations’ history.

The natural history collections boast more than 750,000 records of specimens almost completely from British Columbia and neighbouring states, territories and provinces. The museum also hosts touring exhibits - past spectaculars have included artifacts from the Titanic, Leonardo da Vinci, Genghis Kahn and Egyptian artifacts.

Enjoy some fresh air as you explore theButchart Gardens, a group of floral display gardens. As you meander about and take in the beautifully colorful sights you can visit the sunken garden, the rose garden, the Japanese, Italian and Mediterranean gardens and the Concert Lawn Walk. Each space provides different visuals with varieties of flowers and plants.

Staying in Victoria

Make your trip to Victoria even more special by staying in a vacation rental. Because you’ll be residing in an apartment, estate, condo, home, studio, cottage or townhome, you’ll have access to multiple rooms including a full kitchen, numerous bedrooms and a separate living room.

Your time in Victoria will certainly be dampened by cramped living quarters. Just the opposite, rentals come in a variety of sizes so whether you’re a group of one or 10, everyone will be comfortable and no one will have to fight over who has to sleep on the floor.

Whether you’re looking for country charm or city excitement, Victoria’s vacation rentals can deliver. They’re situated all throughout the area and deliver some truly breathtaking sights like the Olympic Mountains, James Bay, golf courses and city lights. Rentals also come equipped with bonus amenities like fireplaces, hot tubs, washing machines and much more to put you at ease and keep your holiday stress-free at all times.