Destination guide

Have a royal good time on a jewel of an island

Set on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the charming city of Victoria once served as an outpost for Queen Victoria's British Empire. Today, the city still features remnants of its British colonial past, including elegant Victorian architecture and lush formal gardens. Blessed with green space and natural beauty, the provincial capital is also known for its bevy of outdoor activities. Whether you spend the day touring mansions or walking along rocky shorelines, your Victoria vacation rental is sure to provide a memorable experience.

Things to do

From gardens to government, what sights to behold!

If you booked your Victoria vacation rental for the spring, be sure to visit Butchart Gardens, with its pristine formal gardens, water features, and carousel. While the 55-acre garden offers year-round beauty, spring blooms bring a wealth of vivid colors. Your day keeps getting more elegant as you tour the Craigdarroch Castle, an ornate 1890 Victorian mansion, or settle in for afternoon tea at the Empress, the city's iconic and grand chateau-style hotel. Ever wanted to rub elbows with movers and shakers? Take a tour of the Parliament Buildings, home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Activities

Walking and rolling along—exploring on foot and by bike

Victoria caters to lovers of the great outdoors. For waterfront views, take a walk along the Inner Harbor, a scenic downtown-adjacent region lined with restaurants, shops, and bars. For more adventures on foot, visit the 200-acre Beacon Hill Park, home to woodland trails, gardens, and tennis courts. Kids will love the park's playgrounds, seasonal waterpark, and petting zoo. Trade in your walking boots for 2 wheels and take a bike ride along the shoreline of Ross Bay Beaches. Once there, roll up your pant legs and wade into the craggy shoreline's tidal pools.

Weather

Burr! Bundle up before heading to British Columbia!

Winter means one thing: you'll spend plenty of time hunkering down inside your Victoria vacation rental. While daytime highs average a mild 44 degrees, snow blankets the island city in the winter, with December and January garnering between 8 to 10 inches of the white stuff each month. When it's not snowing, it's raining, particularly from November through January, a period that sees the most precipitation. Things dry off during the cool but sunny summers when the mercury climbs to the high 60s. Tepid springs and falls see temperatures peak in the low 50s.

Natural features

A whale of a good time—enjoy a world of nature and wildlife

Dotted with sandy shorelines and rocky outcrops, Victoria offers a classic Pacific Northwest landscape. The labyrinth of waterways surrounding Victoria are often filled with kayakers rowing between islands, and professional whale-watching tours. Sea lions sunbathe on Vancouver Island's rugged shores, while waterfront parks, lagoons, and lakes are home to a variety of waterfowl. On a clear day you can climb to the top of Mount Tolmie and look south across the Juan de Fuca Strait for a sweeping view of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Victoria

Fly into Victoria, BC (YWH-Victoria Inner Harbour), the closest airport, located 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.), which is 15 mi (24.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Victoria, BC, CA?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 994 vacation rentals near Victoria. From 437 Houses to 398 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Victoria for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Victoria?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Victoria:

  • Downtown: 284 vacation rentals
  • James Bay: 358 vacation rentals
  • Oak Bay: 39 vacation rentals
  • Bear Mountain Resort: 23 vacation rentals
  • Fairfield: 304 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Victoria?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Victoria. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bear Mountain Golf Club: 1,036 vacation rentals
  • Beacon Hill Park: 960 vacation rentals
  • University of Victoria: 966 vacation rentals
  • Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club: 1,036 vacation rentals
  • Prospect Lake Golf Course: 1,039 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Victoria listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Victoria?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 437 Houses in Victoria. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Victoria include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 398 rentals available
  • Cottages: 57 rentals available
  • Cabins: 57 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Victoria?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 142 vacation rentals with pool available in Victoria. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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