It’s easy to fall in love with Victoria (or rediscover why you fell so hard in the first place). Though our province’s capital has a sophisticated vibe—with its historic buildings and elegant gardens—the city has an easygoing feel, as breezy as the ocean air that whispers through the Inner Harbour. Doesn’t a laid-back escape to an old favourite sound enticing?
Set against the backdrop of dramatic West Coast landscapes, Victoria is an old soul with a youthful heartbeat. Enough buzz to keep you energized without running you off your feet. Here, you can choose your own adventure: wander the historic neighbourhoods; explore patios, galleries, and gardens (with COVID-19 safety measures in place); or venture to the city’s wide-open spaces, where physical distancing is kind of the point. And, with fewer international visitors this year, there’s more room to enjoy the restaurants, attractions, and activities that contribute to the city’s winning trifecta of culture, cuisine, and historic character.
Here are just a few ideas for your next visit to this beloved oceanside city. Bonus: there are plenty of deals to be found, too.
Note: This story (originally published in July, 2020) was updated specifically for the unique travel circumstances of 2021. Information is accurate at the time of publication; we recommend you contact businesses directly to confirm availability and familiarize yourself with their COVID policies.