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A couple cycling the Galloping Goose Trail in Victoria.

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Outdoor Adventures in Victoria

Victoria is a city balanced on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, where adventures await on the sea and along rocky coastline. Jump in a kayak and explore the Inner Harbour, head out on the water in search of resident pods of Orcas or jump on a bike and explore BC’s bike capital on two wheels.

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Victoria's Inner Harbour

Be charmed by Victoria’s Inner Harbour: stroll along the harbour causeway, browse for crafts and watch street entertainers as floatplanes, yachts and whale watching boats come and go against a backdrop of19th-century architecture. Or clip-clop your way through historic Victoria from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. There’s lots to explore at the Royal BC Museum including a real Big House which is a traditional northwest coast First Nations building. After the museum head to nearby Old Town, where eclectic independent shops fill century-old storefronts.

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Whale Watching in Victoria

Fancy seeing a whale breaching in the wild? From the Inner Harbour, head out to sea to meet some of the Orca pods residing just offshore. Choose from a fast-moving inflatable Zodiac or comfortable covered boat; either way, you’ll probably see sea lions, seals and sea birds as well as whales in nearby waters.

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Prince of Whales Whale Watching - Victoria

Prince of Whales Whale Watching has been sharing premiere whale-watching & marine-wildlife experiences with the world for over 20 years! With year-round departures from Vancouver & Victoria, we have welcomed more than 250,000 guests to our local w...
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SpringTide Whale Watching & Eco Tours

SpringTide's 18 m (61') 84 passenger Ocean Cruiser "Marauder IV" provides the perfect platform for whale viewing & photography with 360° viewing decks. Expert biologists provide informative lectures while you enjoy free hot beverages, comfortable ...
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Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf is a 10-minute scenic walk from the Inner Harbour, or you can hop on a ferry from one of many Inner Harbour pick-up spots. It’s a good place to meet harbour seals, have fish and chips on the dock, and check out the houseboats and fishing boats.
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Ocean River Adventures

Ocean River Adventures, one of Victoria's premier adventure companies, has been "getting you out there" for over 30 years & it has never been easier or so much fun.

Tour options with a certified guide include three hour Harbour Kayak & St...

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Cycling in Victoria

In Victoria, join locals for a pedal along the car-free Galloping Goose and Lochside regional... Read more trails or the Seaside Touring Route. BC’s island capital is, after all the cycling capital of Canada with more riders per capita than any other city in Canada. And no wonder: the trails are flat and easy and the landscape is delightful (think rustic trestles, farmland, lakes, forests and seashore). Need some wheels? Cycle BC, Sports Rent, and CycleTreks in downtown Victoria, can set you up.

The Pedaler Bicycle Tours and Rentals

You are just a bike ride away from feeling like a kid.

Victoria's year round temperate climate means a bike tour is the best way to experience the city & neighbourhoods. The Pedaler's guided bike tours reinforce the simple pleasures in li...

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Cycle BC Rentals & Tours - Motorcycle, Scooter & Bicycle

Cycle BC Rentals & Tours offers everything you need for your 2-wheeled adventure in Victoria & Vancouver. Our exhilarating product range include motorcycles, scooters, & bicycles.

Guaranteed best rates on new, quality equipment. We'll s...

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Surfside Adventure Tours

Surfside Adventure Tours is Victoria's top rated professional private tour guides and transportation service. We offer luxury transportation in a seven passenger SUV or a 14 passenger touring Van. We offer narrated sightseeing tours in and around ...
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Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Located 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria, these adjacent national historic sites offer acres of meadows & spectacular views of Esquimalt Harbour & the Juan de Fuca Strait.

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Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park is an urban oasis that draws both locals and visitors alike with its open vistas of Juan de Fuca Strait and a wide variety of landscapes and activities. A favourite spot for stormwatching when the weather gets wet and wild, this park offers hours of exploration. Check out wildflower meadows, cliff-lined beaches and rare Garry Oak trees and totem poles; explore the kids water park and watch courtside activities like tennis, lawn bowling and cricket.

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Goldstream Provincial Park

Goldstream Provincial Park attracts visitors to see massive trees, majestic waterfalls & a meandering river that meets the sea. Come see the flowers, birds, bald eagles, fish & annual salmon spawning run. Trails range from easy, wheelchair accessi...
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Festivals and Events in Victoria

Festivals abound in Victoria. If you’re here on Labour Day weekend, celebrate Victoria... Read more with a splash, when the Victoria Symphony plays from a floating stage in the Inner Harbour; some music fans even take in the show from kayaks. Music lovers can also groove to the beats of the Vancouver Island Blues Bash, while the 10-day Victoria International JazzFest will be sure to get your toes tapping.

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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Victoria

Getting to Victoria is a big part of the adventure. From Metro Vancouver, choose from ferry,... Read more plane, floatplane, helicopter or whale watching boat. Options from Seattle include commercial flights direct to Victoria, floatplanes or the foot passenger-only Victoria Clipper ferry.  The journey, through the scenic Gulf or San Juan islands, can take 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on your mode of transport. Car ferry service is available from Port Angeles, a 2.5-hour trip.

Victoria Clipper

Clipper Vacations is a locally owned, full-service travel provider based in Seattle, WA. Since 1986, we have been your experts for travel in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, offering transportation, hotel packages and group travel. The Vi...
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Black Ball Ferry Line

Black Ball Ferry Line operates the MV Coho providing daily vehicle & passenger ferry service with a scenic 90 minute crossing between Victoria, BC & Port Angeles, WA. Enjoy the views from the Strait of Juan de Fuca & Olympic Peninsula from our exp...
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BC Ferries

From the countless inlets of the Southern Gulf Islands to the untamed wilderness of the rugged North, BC Ferries is the gateway to your next coastal BC journey. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard one of our modern, well-appointed vessels, ser...
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Flying to Victoria by Floatplane

Floatplanes, or seaplanes, provide harbour to harbour service and can be one of the most... Read more memorable parts of a trip to BC.  Floatplanes fly from downtown Vancouver, taking off from a dock near Canada Place, and from the Vancouver International Airport, where they moor in the Fraser River. Either way, the 30-minute flight to Victoria’s Inner Harbour offers a breathtaking eagle’s eye view of Vancouver, the North Shore mountains, and the island-dotted Strait of Georgia, before splashing gently down in front of Victoria’s grand Fairmont Empress hotel.  It’s an unforgettable way to arrive.

Helijet

One of a kind, spectacular, scenic helicopter service.

While the Strait of Georgia reaches out below you, majestic mountains and towering skyscrapers beckon on the horizon, Helijet's spacious helicopters fly you to your destination in som...

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Kenmore Air

Fly with Kenmore Air from Seattle to over 45 spectacular Northwest destinations. Year round daily scheduled seaplane flights leave from Seattle's downtown Lake Union to Victoria's Inner Harbour. Our seasonal flights (April to September) fly from S...
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Victoria Harbour Ferry & Water Taxi

Get a whale’s eye view of Victoria on Victoria Harbour Ferries. This fleet of tiny foot passenger ferries criss-crosses Victoria’s harbour, with stops at the Fairmont Empress hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and more. Take a short hop, or stay aboard for a narrated tour of the waterways. The ferries run every few minutes, daily, year round; private water taxi service is also an option. On summer Sundays, the ferries, affectionately known as pickle boats, gather for a water ballet, manoeuvering to music in the Inner Harbour.
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Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10 busiest airport in Canada with over 1.5 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights.

The airport is situated approximately 25KM (15.5...

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