Whether it's hiking, touring, golfing horseback riding, sailing, swimming or the arts, you will be sure to find something fun and exciting to do in Victoria.
- Parklands and Gardens: The Victoria has more than 10,000 hectares of regional, provincial, and national parks. There are also several public and private gardens that are open for visitors. Beacon Hill Park, Abkhazi Gardens, Thunderbird Park, John Dean Provincial Park, Fisherman's Wharf Park and Goldstream Park are just a few of the possibilities.
- Craigdarroch Castle: Plan a tour of this landmark castle. It is a beautiful, historic, Victorian-era mansion built in the 1890s by wealthy BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. A self-guided tour takes you up through the 5 stories. You can visit each of the 39 rooms, most of which are furnished lavishly in the style of the 1890s–1900s period.
- Butchart Gardens: Visit world renowned Butchart Gardens. Its 130 acres includes many highlights: the Sunken Garden which was once a limestone quarry, the Ross Fountain's night lighting display, magnificent floral displays, and a Japanese Garden. Stay into the evening for the music and fireworks show that starts at dusk.
- Art Galleries: Take some time to visit the many art galleries in and around Victoria. Whether you are looking for oil, acrylic or water colours, pottery, wood carvings or jewelry, you are sure to discover something you like, much of it made by BC artists.
- Symphony and Opera: Victoria is home to a local symphony and opera company as well as theatre and dance troupes. Classical, jazz, folk, ethnic and world beat music fill a variety of venues throughout the year.
- Shopping: And if shopping is more your thing, spend time browsing through the many delightful shops downtown or in the neighbouring villages that offer one-of-a-kind products.
- On the Water: For fishing, whale watching or something more adventurous, be sure to book a charter with one of the many tour groups in the area.
- Golf Courses: Play a round of golf at one of the many golf courses in the area. Travel and Leisure magazine has voted Vancouver Island the #1 Island destination in North America. On the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is home to some of the best golf courses available.