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Fun Things to Do in Victoria

Out and About in One of Canada’s Most Beautiful Cities

Victoria, British Columbia is a city as rich in history as it is in natural beauty. As one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has managed to preserve its past even as it keeps its eyes on the horizon. Filled with parks, notable architecture, and amazing attractions, Victoria draws nearly four million visitors per year. And once you’ve had a chance to experience its charm and splendor, it’s not hard to see why. 

Victoria is absolutely brimming with amazing things to do and places to go. If you're in need of a little inspiration, we've put together The Parkside Happy Trails, a series of maps specially designed to see the best Victoria has to offer.

When you’re ready to explore these activities for yourself, check out our Special Offers page and start planning your stay.

Family Fun Map

Ideal for family vacations or adventurous travelers, our Family Fun Map features a variety of attractions within walking distance along with day-trip options, perfect for escaping the city for a few hours.

View Our Family Fun Map

Adult Tasting Map

Perfect for date night or an evening on the town, our Adult Tasting Map highlights local wine, beer and cocktail lounges. Don't worry about finding a cab, all featured establishments are within walking distance from The Parkside Hotel & Spa. 

View Our Adult Tasting Map

Biking Guide

Looking to explore Victoria on two wheels? Visit our recreation desk to check out one of our complimentary bikes, and follow along our three distinct Biking Guides to experience the city's charm from a new vantage point. With dedicated bike lanes covering downtown, Victoria is one of the easiest cities to cycle through. 

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Historic Places Map

As British Columbia's capital, Victoria is filled with a fascinating history. From heritage buildings to arts and culture attractions, our Historic Places Map covers both nearby and distant landmarks that have shaped our city into what it is today.

View Our Historic Places Map

The Butchart Gardens

Built on the site of a 19th-century limestone quarry, The Butchart Gardens represent a vibrant oasis of renewal and endless beauty. First envisioned by Victorian Jennie Butchart in 1904, the Gardens were developed by Jennie and her family over several generations, eventually blooming into the breathtaking spectacle they are today. In addition to fragrant explosions of colorful plant life, the Gardens also host fireworks displays, as well as several other seasonal celebrations.