Hotels Downtown Victoria
There are many interesting and exciting places to visit in Victoria. With its unique history, captivating natural landscapes and beautiful architecture, there's no shortage of sights and sites in Victoria!
There are numerous choices of hotels downtown Victoria – and The Parkside Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of Victoria's attractions, and the ideal base to explore the city.
5128 Sooke Road, Sooke
Soar over a majestic West Coast forest, as you experience an exhilarating ride up to 60km/hour and 150 feet off the ground on eight scenic zipline courses ranging from 150 feet to an unforgettable 1000 feet. Located in scenic Sooke, 45 minutes to 1 hour drive from the hotel. Tours from 2 to 4 hours in length through the Sooke hill forests with panoramic and jaw dropping views from eight ziplines. Tours can also include ATV rides where you can search for wildlife as you venture across two suspension bridges.
1040 Moss Street
Featuring a collection of over 15,000 objets d'art from Asia, Europe and North America with a primary emphasis on Canada and Japan, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria first opened in 1951. Comprised of a historic 1889 mansion, and seven adjacent galleries, it represents the largest public art collection in BC. A permanent exhibition of British Columbia's foremost historical artist, Emily Carr, features paintings excerpts from her books and archival images offering a more insightful look at this inspiring local artist who captured the BC landscapes and the lives of its First Nations people in paint.
501 Belleville Street
The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Designed by prominent local architect, Francis Rattenbury, they were completed in 1897 with a final cost almost double the original budget. During the fall, winter and spring, the Legislative Tour Office offers free guided tours of the Parliament Buildings from Monday to Friday of each week. During the busy summer season, the Parliament Buildings are open for tours seven days a week, including statutory holidays.
800 Benvenuto Avenue
Fifty-five acres of stunning floral show gardens and a National Historic Site of Canada. Each year, over 1,000,000 bedding plants in some 700 varieties are used throughout the gardens to ensure uninterrupted bloom from March through October. The Butchart Gardens enjoys close to one million visitors each year, enjoying not only the floral beauty, but also the entertainment and lighting displays presented each summer and Christmas.
1050 Joan Crescent
A historic house museum built by the wealthy Dunsmuir family – one of the richest in Canada at the time - and a key piece of British Columbia's history. Designated as one of Canada's National Historic Sites, this Victorian Castle is a legendary tourist attraction. Enjoy a self-guided tour of 39 rooms, most of which are furnished lavishly in the 1890's-1900's period. After climbing 87 stairs within the Castle, you're treated to fabulous views of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains.
207 Government Street
An interpretive site dedicated to the life and work of one of Canada's most renowned creative figures. Experience Emily Carr's modern paintings and descriptive prose.
12 Erie Street
Just steps from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is an ideal place for a romantic walk along the floating sidewalks and fun for the whole family.
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road
A National Historic Site of Canada commemorating the national significance of the Victoria-Esquimalt coast artillery fortress in the defense of Victoria and the naval base at Esquimalt harbour, as part of the larger defense strategy of the British Empire and Canada, 1878 to 1956.
2005 Sooke Road
On the grounds of Hatley Park National Historic Site and Royal Roads University in Victoria, the castle was commissioned by James Dunsmuir and designed by renowned local architect Samuel Maclure. It features local stone trim from Valdez and Saturna Islands and an impressive interior with lavish appointments including oak and rosewood paneled rooms, baronial fireplaces, teak floors and specially made lighting fixtures.
28 Bastion Square
Displays exhibits and artifacts representing British Columbia's maritime heritage. The Maritime Museum first opened in 1955 as a naval museum, and today cares for over 35,000 artifacts and over 40,000 historical photographs. Housed in the 19th century Supreme Court building in Bastion Square, it's the oldest surviving courthouse in the province, and was seat to the infamous former Chief Justice Matthew Baillie Begbie, aka "the hanging judge". The building also features the oldest continually operating open-cage elevator in the province.
Ogden Point Interactive SunDial
199 Dallas Road
Located near the breakwater entrance at Ogden Point, the sundial is an interesting gathering place and yet another distinctive B.C. tourist attraction. After viewing the sundial, take a stroll along the breakwater for an interesting perspective on Victoria, or a view back at visiting cruise ships.
490 Belleville Street
Go underwater in Victoria's Inner Harbor and watch the wildlife, a live dive show and a movie at the underwater theatre. Descend five meters beneath the ocean and view over 5000 marine plants and animals. Marvel at the spectacular dive show where divers equipped with full-face mask communications talk to you as they guide you through an undersea journey.
812 Wharf Street
Daily whale watching, zodiac adventures and cruiser tours.
675 Belleville Street
British Columbia's past, present and future are alive at the Royal BC Museum. With a collection of more than seven million unique objects and documents, there's something incredible to see every time you visit. Let the crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound of the Victoria's IMAX take you away!
Take a private whale watching tour go Charter Fishing, or spend the day visiting one of the amazing Canadian Gulf Islands including San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island.
Corner of Belleville Street and Menzies Street
Victoria's original horse-drawn carriage tours and horse drawn wagon tours since 1903.
Corner of Belleville and Menzies St.
Unforgettable horse-drawn carriage experiences around Victoria since 1978.