This charming city is home to some of British Columbia’s oldest heritage buildings, spectacular world-renowned gardens, cultured and captivating museums, art displays and galleries just to name a few! With bohemian market stalls, live music, daily tours, and numerous outdoor patios to enjoy delicious meals and refreshing cocktails, there is always something to do in Victoria – day or night. We have put together a list of our favourite things to do in Victoria this summer!
SpringTide Whale Watching and Eco Tours
What better way to enjoy a perfect summer’s day then to spend it on the ocean! SpringTide’s Whale Watching Tours will take you through some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Keep your camera clicking as our on-board naturalists share their knowledge of the ecology of the beautiful environment that surrounds us.
Whale watching tours are 3 hours in length and you can choose from one of our purpose built boats to suit your experience. Join us on Marauder IV, our 61ft MotorYacht, for a relaxing and comfortable cruise or, for a more adventurous ride, hop aboard one of our high speed open Zodiacs. Whale Watching tours run throughout summer with several tours departing daily. Please visit our tour info page for more details about the different types of tours that we offer and what to bring with you!
- Adults: $115
- Seniors (60+): $105
- Students/Youths (13-17): $95
- Children (3-12): $85
1119 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1T4
(250) 384-4444 or toll free 1-800-470-3474
The Robert Bateman Centre
Explore the magic of nature in the heart of the city at the Robert Bateman Centre located at the Steamship Terminal. The Canadian born artist has spent his life travelling the world as a naturalist and painter. The Centre displays a distinctive collection of Robert’s work, unveiling major themes of Robert’s life expressed in the form of intriguing abstract art, paintings, drawings, sculptures, sketches, and lithographs. Visit the “Migrations: Travellers of the Salish Sea” featured exhibition from June 29th — October 8th 2017.
- Adult: $10.00
- Senior (65+): $8.50
- Student (19+ with student ID): $8.50
- Youth (6-18): $6.00
Daily 10am – 5pm
Public Tours Every Tuesday & Saturday 2pm
470 Belleville Street
Victoria, B.C. V8V 1W9
Royal British Colombia Museum
Looking to escape the summer heat and learn about the natural and human history of British Colombia? Then you can’t go past one of Canada’s greatest cultural treasures – the Royal British Colombia Museum. The Royal BC Museum strives to inspire curiosity and wonder in all those who visit. There is always something to learn with bold collections including artifacts, documents and specimens of BC’s natural and human history. Current feature exhibitions include Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada, Modern History Galleries, Natural History Galleries, and First Nations Collection to name a few!
Museum Admission Price
- Adult (19+):$22.00
- Senior (65+): $16.00
- Youth (6-18): $16.00
- Student (19+ w/ ID): $16.00
- Child (3-5): Free
7 days per week, 10.00am – 5.00pm
675 Belleville Street,
Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
Known as one of the most stunning collections of floral gardens in the world, Butchart Gardens is an attraction not to be missed! Take a stroll through the colorful 55-acre gardens which is situated just 35 minutes from Victoria via car. With an impressive history, you can explore the Sunken Gardens, Concert Lawn, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and Mediterranean Garden. Summer time offers spectacular evening entertainment from July onwards including a stunning night illumination display, evening entertainment, boat tours, and an exciting display of fireworks on Saturday nights. With all this and more, it’s no wonder why Butchart Gardens has been named a National Historic Site!
June 15 – September 2 8:45 am – 10:00 pm
September 3 – 15 8:45 am – 9.00 pm
September 16 – 30 8:45 am – 5.00 pm
800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, Victoria