TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN DOWNTOWN VICTORIAFind the best spots around town for the month of August
Welcome to Victoria! A city full of beautiful beaches, historic architecture, and restaurants galore. This post lists some of our favorite under-the-radar tidbits as well as some of the most popular tourist hotspots. Be sure to view each venue’s website for the most up-to-date information, safety precautions, pricing, and more.
Check out our list of top 10 things to do in Victoria for our favourite top family-friendly activities in Victoria, sunny patios to drink a beer on in Victoria, work colleague activities, some awesome date night ideas, and Victoria’s top tourist activities.
1. DISCOVER JAMES BAY ON A SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR.
Off The Eaten Track – 470 Belleville Street
WHY DO IT: A fun and easy way to explore one of the city’s oldest neighbourhood on your own time with no big groups.
WHO IS IT FOR: The adventurous traveller who has a tight schedule and isn’t keen on joining a tour group. Also fun for school groups and work mates.
VISIT WEBSITE: www.selfguidedfoodtours.ca
2. GET TROPICAL WITH A TIKI COCKTAIL
Tora Tiki – 714 Cormorant Street
WHY DO IT: Recently opened and Victoria’s only tiki bar! Truly live like an Islander and have some killer traditional tiki cocktails
WHO IS IT FOR: Adults looking for a fun and tasty cocktail experience, a great date night experience and an after work idea.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://www.toratiki.ca/
3. FLOAT THE INNER HARBOUR IN A HOT TUB
Hot Tub Boat Victoria – 450 Swift Street
WHY DO IT: A super unique way to see the coastline of the city from the water. But in a hot tub!
WHO IS IT FOR: Adult groups looking for a fun time together, can take up to 6 people over the age of 12.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://hottubboatcanada.ca/
4. TAKE A SIGNS OF THE LEKWUNGEN TOUR
City of Victoria – various locations along inner harbour
WHY DO IT: Learning about the Indigenous culture is a must-do when visiting Victoria. This self-guided walking tour takes you to 7 important cultural sights around the waterfront.
WHO IS IT FOR: Families and anyone interested in Indigenous culture and history.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://www.victoria.ca/
5. EAT WELL AT THE VICTORIA PUBLIC MARKET
Various vendors – 1701 Douglas Street
WHY DO IT: Explore multiple small foodie businesses under one roof including Italian, local coffee, tacos, Japanese, and much more!
WHO IS IT FOR: Anyone with an appetite and a desire to try something local.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://victoriapublicmarket.com/
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8. DRINK LOCAL BEER ON A PATIO
Shown here is the Whistle Buoy Brewing and The Drake patios at Market Square. We would also suggest Herald Street Brewing and Phillip’s Brewery.
WHY DO IT: Victoria is considered the craft beer cradle of Canada and we have some pretty awesome local beer. Not to mention some sweet patios.
WHO IS IT FOR: Beer lovers and patio-hoppers. Mostly 19+ but some allow youth such as Spinnakers and Canoe.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://bcaletrail.ca/
6. RENT A SCOOTER AND CRUISE
Cycle BC – 685 Humboldt Street
WHY DO IT: An exciting and fun way to see most of the city. We suggest cruising along Dallas Road and stopping for a picnic at the beach.
WHO IS IT FOR: Makes a fun date or grab a group and make it a party for anyone over the age of 21.
VISIT WEBSITE: www.cyclebc.ca
7. PET A GOAT AT BEACON HILL PARK
Beacon Hill Children’s Farm – Circle Drive
WHY DO IT: It’s an institution and has been open since 1985. Plus the small admissions fee goes towards the farm and education.
WHO IS IT FOR: Families and animal lovers. And a visit to Beacon Hill is perfect for garden lovers!
VISIT WEBSITE: https://beaconhillchildrensfarm.ca/
9. SHOP ON LOWER JOHNSON STREET
Various locations –
Some of our favorite shops include the Regional Assembley of Text, Flavour Vintage, Little Gold, and Rook & Rose.
WHY DO IT: Johnson Street includes one of the highest concentrations of independent boutiques in Canada, several world-class hair salons, and specialty shops.
WHO IS IT FOR: Anyone looking to spend some money on some great local goods. Also a great street to visit some heritage buildings and grab a bite to eat.
VISIT WEBSITE: https://downtownvictoria.ca/precincts/lower-johnson/
10. TAKE A WALKING FOOD TOUR OF CHINATOWN
Off The Eaten Track – online tickets
WHY DO IT: Victoria has the oldest Chinatown in Canada and it is full of awesome hidden gem foodie businesses, history, and interesting architect including the famous Fan Tan Alley.
WHO IS IT FOR: Families, foodies, and history buffs.
VISIT WEBSITE: www.offtheeatentracktours.ca