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What to See and Do

Victoria has it all, so make your visit memorable!

Find out why Victoria was voted one of the top 10 cities in North America by Travel + Leisure readers in 2015! Victoria’s architecture, heritage sites, museums, gardens, galleries and markets reflect our First Nations, British and Asian cultural history and blend old-world charm with new world experience. Enjoy magnificent views of the Pacific coast, the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains at one of the many beautiful bays, coves, lakes and beaches.

British high tea is offered in a variety of establishments, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, daily tours are available at the many breweries, distilleries and wineries. Guided tours of Victoria and environs are available by car, boat, horse-drawn carriage, double-decker bus or float plane.

Top tourist attractions within the downtown core include whale-watching, carriage rides, Canada’s oldest Chinatown and the Parliament buildings. There are also Victoria Harbour Ferry Tours, Pickle Pub Crawls and Kabuki Kabs. You can also try Fisherman’s Wharf, the Royal BC Museum and IMAX Theatre, Beacon Hill Park or — for art lovers — The Robert Bateman Centre and Emily Carr House. Quaint shops, boutiques, local food markets, independent retailers and shopping centres abound in Victoria. Many are located within walking distance of downtown.

A little further afield, you’ll find the breathtaking Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, BC Aviation Museum and assorted wineries. If you plan to stay a little longer and visit Vancouver Island, Tofino/Ucluelet is not to be missed for its whale- and storm-watching and surfing. Plan to also check out Chemainus for its murals and theatre, and Campbell River for its salmon-fishing.

Are you coming to Victoria in the days leading up to the AGM?  Are you planning to stay in Victoria a few days after the the AGM closes?  If so, you may be interested in enjoying a Whale Watching excursion!  Spring Tide Whale Watching is giving our delegates as $30 discount off the regular adult ticket price.  What a great way to see the amazing BC coast while out looking for our coastal killer whales.  If you want to book your own excursion, please contact Spring Tide and save your seat!

The weather varies from 19°C to 23°C (66°F to 73°F) throughout June, but do bring something warm in case it gets cooler. And be prepared — it rains in Victoria!

For more information, visit Tourism Victoria.