This fall, rediscover BC’s beloved capital city. From its historic architecture to its youthful energy, Victoria makes for a fun and relaxing coastal city escape. Book a hotel in the heart of downtown Victoria, where you’ll be within walking distance of eclectic markets, boutiques, and galleries. Take a guided walking or bike tour to discover hidden gems and fascinating tales from the past, or experience Indigenous culture and and the popular orca exhibit at the Royal BC Museum.
The vibrant dining scene is brimming with eateries serving West Coast fare and farm-to-table menus. As the home to Canada’s first brewpub, Victoria is also deemed the “cradle of craft beer revolution” and has been brewing it since 1858. There are plenty of innovative breweries to explore along the Victoria Ale Trail. Try Whistle Buoy Brewing in Market Square, which recently released a first-of-its-kind crypto-beer (purchased via non-fungible tokens or NFTs).
Drive 45 minutes northeast of Victoria to the Cowichan Valley, where you can sample wines in BC’s newest official wine region. Saanich (just a 20-minute drive from the city) is another daytime excursion, where you can enjoy radiant fall gardens at The Butchart Gardens and visit Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse. Stay in the heart of the action at the Parkside Hotel or book a rejuvenating getaway at Oak Bay Beach Hotel, located just outside the city.