Victoria is an ideal playground for outdoor enthusiasts, set in the midst of the Olympic Mountains - and the temperate climate makes it great for golf. With courses featuring panoramic mountain, city and ocean views and lush forests, you'll find all the ingredients for a perfect golf vacation in Victoria.
A National Site of Canada, these 55-acre gardens are famous throughout the world for their beauty and precision. Along with vibrant flowerbeds and artwork, Butchart Gardens offers three seasonal restaurants and year-round entertainment. Summertime brings outdoor concerts and Saturday night fireworks, while winter means ice skating, choral music, and twinkling Christmas lights.
Take a whale-watching tour from Victoria to spot orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, gray whales and minke whales. You'll also spot Dall's porpoise and harbor porpoise and enjoy Vancouver Island's spectacular scenery.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the magnificent Butchart Gardens, Victoria's most famous attraction. You're sure to see an amazing floral display at Butchart Gardens, whatever the time of year you visit ? from the emerging green leaves and bulbs of spring to summertime's perfumed flowers and fall's brilliant red and gold colors.
Admire the spectacular panorama of downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on this memorable half-hour seaplane trip. See the stunning rugged coastline and the inviting mountains in the distance. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 5 passengers per aircraft.
See the very best of the charming Provincial Capital of Victoria on a comprehensive city tour! If this is your first visit to Victoria, this 1.5-hour tour is a great way to get to know the city and its famous landmarks and history. During your tour, your experienced guide will provide a fascinating commentary on Victoria's rich history and scenic beauty, and there are numerous stops at points of interest for photo opportunities.
Just steps away from Victoria's spectacular Inner Harbour, Bon Rouge French Bistro is located in a renovated 1920's building. Bon Rouge can best be described as French inspired with a West Coast spin. With a definite appeal to passionate eaters and commitment to local, seasonal fresh produce, seafood, game, cheese and wine, Bon Rouge promises to shine as one of Victoria's brightest dining establishments. Indulge the senses, relish the food and soak up the ambience.
Tucked behind the wrought iron gates at the corner of Yates and Wharf Street, the Restaurant Matisse experience awaits with soft candlelight, fresh flowers and the music of Edith Piaf. John Phillips and his gracious staff present elegant dishes that marry French classics with local ingredients. Indulge your senses with one of Victoria's premiere dining experiences.
Located at 1200 Government Street, the Irish Times Pub is home to 190 seats over two floors with 80 seats available on the patios, opening onto both Government Street and historic Bastion Square. The concept goes far beyond mere architecture though. The Irish Times opened with everything it takes to make a pub successfully Irish, including authentic live Irish music, seven nights each week. The tradition of Ireland has also been extended to the menu, which has been developed on a philosophy of creating traditional Irish food and drink that is both contemporary and funky, showcasing Irish pub food as you would see in Ireland today.
A stylish sophisticated urban lounge in the heart of downtown Victoria, Veneto is the ideal place to unwind with co-workers and friends. Adorned in exotic wood, leather and Italian marble, Veneto seduces patrons with its extensive cocktail menu and its savoury offerings from the chef. Every entree is presented tapas style and comprised of three unique dishes within the entree. Executive chef Tod Bosence has designed flavors that are unique yet complimentary, and that provide an engaging taste experience, ideal for sharing.
Pescatores is an Italian inspired west coast seafood restaurant. They serve the freshest seafood from local waters up and down the coast. The wines that they serve come from the coast as well including Napa, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington to name a few. This longstanding restaurant has become a staple amongst locals and travelers alike.
Nautical Nellies offers a large selection of fresh, local, OceanWise sustainable seafood and well aged, hand cut Certified Angus Beef steaks. The menu is a mix of classic and modern styles with distinct West Coast influences.
The Pacific Restaurant, an elegant but informal dining venue in beautiful downtown Victoria, offers a distinctive "smart casual, west coast" appeal to its guests. With outdoor seating on the terrace, guests can take advantage of the sunshine while they relax and take in some of the picturesque views of Victoria's Inner Harbour. Featuring Vancouver Island "farm to table" cuisine with unique island dishes complimented by an extensive selection of local wines, The Pacific Restaurant's menu provides a feast for the senses.