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If you are looking for old-school charm meets new-school charisma, Victoria is just the place to visit. The capital of beautiful British Columbia does not disappoint with the beauty of the ocean and a climate to adorn the city with eclectic flowers and greenery all year long. Sitting on the southern end of Vancouver Island, Victoria is filled with an abundance of parkland, outdoor activities and historic architecture. Bring your camera as you connect with nature and discover this vibrant city.
There is no shortage of amazing things to do when visiting Victoria, but we asked our Instagram audience to vote on some of the best, and here is what we found out!
Best Historical Site
An absolute must to visit, this legendary Victorian mansion, built between 1887 and 1890 on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada. This statement is evident in the exquisite stained-glass windows, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian-era furnishings.
Hard to just pick one amazing local spot for curing that hunger after a day of site seeing, but 10 Acres was voted in as the best! There are four unique locations to dine at and they feature ethically raised and grown items in a twice-weekly harvest, guaranteeing that the freshest and often most innovative ingredients are used to prepare your meal. Can’t stay for a meal? No worries! You can visit their market for farm fresh groceries and ready-to-go meals.
Best Date Night Stroll
A perfect place to spend an afternoon of strolling, Fisherman’s Wharf is a treasure to be discovered. Snack on some local food choices, shop the unique vendors, buy some fresh seafood and take in the scenery. If an excursion is in your plans, you can set sail on your next tour here.
Looking at the photos will just give you a glimpse into the amazing experience you will partake in when you visit The Butchart Gardens. Over 100 years in bloom have warranted the gardens to be designated a National Historic Site of Canada, and for good reason. Over 55 acres of year-round strolling will give you mind blowing, insta-worthy memories. There are statues, a quarry, a reflecting pool and a plethora of gardens. Save yourself a day and plan to be wowed.
Best Family Fun
Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours
Although there is plenty to do land-side, you cannot deny the appeal of the ocean. Where else can you see whales, sea lions, marine birds, and more! Eagle Wing focuses on thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime sightings and brings a wealth of knowledge of the different whales of the Salish Sea. They actively work to protect the marine ecosystem and it shows in their educational and entertaining tours.