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The historic Parliament Buildings in Victoria
(Brendan van Son photo)

Victoria

Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

Victoria, Western Canada's oldest city, was founded in 1843 as a Hudson's Bay Company trading post.

Victoria's roots have been carefully preserved, and can be seen in its lovingly maintained historic and heritage sites.

Check out the historic Empress Hotel and Parliament Buildings in the Inner Harbour, and tour Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Don’t miss downtown Victoria’s cathedrals or the hilltop Craigdarroch Castle.

Victoria is Canada’s most British city, laden with reminders of its colonial past. Discover elegant Victorian and Edwardian-era mansions, stately hotels, and impressive architecture around every corner.

From national historic sites to Aboriginal art displays, Victoria satisfies history lovers. It’s easy to get around on foot, by horse-drawn carriage, or on a British-style double-decker bus tour.

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10 Historic & Heritage Sites in Victoria

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Craigdarroch Castle - Victoria

1050 Joan Cres
Victoria, British Columbia
V8S 3L5
Websitehttp://www.thecastle.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-592-5323

Victoria's legendary landmark. Experience the lifestyles of the rich & powerful at the end of the 19th century. Completed in 1890, the Castle is now a historic house museum. Lavish Victorian era furnishings & decor, exquisite stained glass & detailed woodwork carved by artisans of days gone by... These all combine to create a warm & expansive entertainment experience. When you're finished, take time to browse the Gift Shop & relax in the newly restored (2010) grounds before moving on to your next destination. Open daily for self-guided tours.

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Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site - Victoria

603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd
Victoria, British Columbia
V9C 2W8
Websitehttp://www.pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill
Toll-free
Phone250-478-5849

Located 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria, these adjacent national historic sites offer acres of meadows & spectacular views of Esquimalt Harbour & Juan de Fuca Strait. Stroll along the ramparts of 3 coast artillery gun batteries built over 100 years ago. See original guns, intriguing underground magazines & camouflaged searchlight emplacements. Step inside Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse. Play with its brand-new interactive exhibits. While the kids investigate our tide pools or enjoy our new hand held spy game program, it's time to sit back & enjoy the moment. Check out our many special events throughout the year.

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Point Ellice House - Victoria

2616 Pleasant St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8T 4V3
Websitehttp://www.pointellicehouse.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-380-6506

Historic house museum built in 1861; home of the O'Reilly family for 3 generations. Original furnishings & personal effects displayed as in the 1890-1920 period. Early Victoria pioneers. Heritage garden presently being restored to original plan. Afternoon tea served on the lawn overlooking the water 5 days a week May-August. Visitors can arrive by Harbour Ferries from Inner Harbour to our dock for $5. Admission to house & gardens is $6 (adults), $4 for students, $3 for those 6-12. Tea includes tour; $25 plus tax. Site available for wedding & other special event rentals.

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St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site - Victoria

835 Humboldt St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1N8
Websitehttp://www.stannsacademy.com
Toll-free
Phone250-953-8829

Former girls school & convent, St. Ann's Academy National Historic site is located just 1 block from the Inner Harbour. St. Ann's features 2.5 ha (6.25 ac) of restored grounds & historic interiors featuring the 1858 restored chapel, Victoria's original Catholic cathedral. Self-guided tours available in Interpretive Centre. Restored grounds are open dawn to dusk daily; great for a break from shopping with the kids & the dog. Bilingual outdoor interpretive signage new in 2012. Seasonal programing include Christmas concert series & ghostly walking tours for Halloween.

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Websitehttp://www.butchartgardens.com
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local products & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.

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CVS Sightseeing - Victoria

721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 2X2
Websitehttp://www.cvscruisevictoria.com
Toll-free877-578-5552
Phone250-386-8652

CVS Sightseeing offers multiple daily departures to world-famous Butchart Gardens & the very best in Deluxe City Sightseeing.

The Butchart Gardens tour includes a fully narrated 35 minute ride with interesting facts & history of the area. For city sightseeing, travel around in a seasonal Open air & Open Top Double Decker buses or enclosed bus during the winter months (90 minute tour) with live narration about the past, present & future of Victoria. The Hop-On, Hop-Off trip offers 5 unique stops (Chinatown, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay Village, Cook Street Village & Beacon Hill Park) + locations like Mt. Tolmie & The University Of Victoria! We also offer other discounted add-ons to select attractions. Seasonal Holiday Tours also available!

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EV Tours - Your personal tour guide in Victoria BC - Victoria

Websitehttp://www.evtours.ca
Toll-free877-358-7374
Phone778-433-5357

Choose from a selection of wonderful EV Tours of Victoria BC and the Gulf Islands and select what you would like to see and do. Our private tours are customized just for you, your family, and friends. We pick you up at your door and you travel in comfort with a tour guide/driver in a new vehicle. Discover historical Victoria, the magic of Salt Spring Island, go wine tasting, or visit the world famous Butchart Gardens. Our personalized tours will suit your travel interests, pace, and schedule. Whether you are looking for seaside excursions, walking through gardens and historical buildings, an art tour, or artisan food markets and farms, EV Tours has a special, personalized tour that is just right for you. See our website.

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Maritime Museum of British Columbia - Victoria

28 Bastion Square
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 1H9
Websitehttp://www.mmbc.bc.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-385-4222

Explore British Columbia's rich maritime history through themed galleries where you will learn about explorers, fur traders and pirates. Discover the adventure of whaling and seal hunting and relive an era of graceful travel aboard Canadian Pacific ocean liners. A family friendly Museum, children can pick up their scavenger hunt and discover hidden treasures through this 20,000 square foot museum.

Visitors can also feel the history of the building in the restored Vice-Admiralty Courtroom where Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie once presided as Chief Justice of BC and take a ride in the ornate birdcage elevator.

Want a more personalized visit? Check out our tour schedule for public tours available on a variety of topics or host your event at the Maritime.

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Royal British Columbia Museum - Victoria

675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W2
Websitehttp://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
Toll-free888-447-7977
Phone250-356-7226

See all of BC at the Royal BC Museum. Experience galleries & immerse yourself in the tales of where we've been & where we are going. Discover things & people you never knew before. Experience authentic artifacts in highly realistic immersive settings - from Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world, to a trip on the tar-scented HMS Discovery. Stroll through Old Town's wood-cobbled street, enjoy its shops, cinema & railway station. May 16, 2014-Nov 11, 2014 the Viking Invasion begins. With more than 500 artifacts - jewellery, swords, axes & clothing -some rare & many which have never before been shown outside Scandinavia. Providing insights on domestic life, death rituals, the significance of craft, the power of mythology & the symbolism of ships, some of which challenge our commonly held beliefs about Vikings.

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Sightseeing Victoria - Gray Line - Victoria

4196 Glanford Ave
Victoria, British Columbia
V8Z 4B6
Websitehttp://www.sightseeingvictoria.com
Toll-free855-385-6553
Phone855-385-6553

Experience Victoria aboard one of our authentic British Double Deckers! Sightseeing Victoria tours are designed to allow you the flexibility of exploring the many points of interest Victoria has to offer. Our experienced driver-guides promise a personal, informative, and entertaining experience. We offer Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off tours hourly (evenings thurs/fri/sat only) and an express coach to the Butchart and Buttefly Gardens, every two hours.

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