There are many fun attractions in Victoria, British Columbia. Many of these attractions are not far from Victoria Airport hotels.
British Columbia Museum
British Columbia MuseumDistance from Victoria Airport: 27 km
For those who prefer sightseeing on land, there is the Royal British Columbia Museum tracing the natural history of the province of British Columbia from pre-Ice Age to the present day. Also located at the Royal B.C. Museum is the National Geographic Theatre where you can experience the incredible world of IMAX. See our Calendar of Events for current attractions. Maritime history of the area is preserved in the Maritime Museum in Bastion Square. A great family attraction complete with pirates, shipwrecks, treasure maps and three floors of nautical exhibits.
Downtown VictoriaDistance from Victoria Airport: 26.2 km
Visit the Legislative Buildings and be sure to see the buildings at night when they are outlined by thousands of tiny lights. Many specialty shops, can be found along Government Street, Antique Row on Fort Street and several interesting and unusual shops in Victoria’s Chinatown along Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada. Market Square features over 40 different shops and restaurants on two levels around an inner courtyard.
Art Galleria of Greater VictoriaDistance from Victoria Airport: 27.5 km
Visit the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and other galleries displaying the works of local and internationally renowned artists. Government House on Rockland Avenue, east of downtown, is closed to the public; however, you may tour the gardens which have been maintained for over a hundred years. Also of interest are the many elegant mansions along Rockland Avenue, built in the 1880’s and 1890’s. Craigdarroch Castle, the 39-room mansion built by B.C.’s first millionaire, is open to the public for tours.
EsquimaltDistance from Victoria Airport: 28 km
A short drive over the Johnson Street bridge leads to Esquimalt which features The CFB Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum, several historic military sites and a number of scenic walking paths. Originally established as a British Naval Base in 1865, modern Esquimalt has the second largest Canadian Forces Base in the country after Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill ParkDistance from Victoria Airport: 27.4 km
James Bay, just south of downtown is bordered by water on three sides with Beacon Hill Park on the fourth. A short walk from Government Street, the park consists of acres of gardens, paths to wander and picnic areas, lakes with swans, ducks and a petting farm for children.
District of SaanichDistance from Victoria Airport: 22.5 km
The District of Saanich, north of downtown, encompasses several residential areas and recreational parks. One of the most popular is Mount Douglas Park which offers a birds eye view of the city from its drive-to summit. Swan Lake/Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary has two distinct ecological areas, walking trails and a floating boardwalk allowing close-up looks at the lake’s ecosystem. To enjoy excellent public recreation facilities, visit the Saanich Commonwealth Place which offers a variety of programs and services for all ages. The Olympic-sized pool has water slides, a wave pool, a dive tank, steam rooms and sauna.
Saanich Bicycle Tourist RouteDistance from Victoria Airport: 22.5 km
The Saanich Bicycle Tourist Route circumnavigates the Municipality of Saanich. Where possible, it follows the Galloping Goose Trail and the Lochside Trail; elsewhere it uses rural or residential roads. The eastern section offers spectacular ocean views; the northern section passes Elk and Prospect Lakes, both with excellent swimming and picnic facilities; to the west are rural undeveloped forested areas and farms; the southern section follows the Galloping Goose trail which overlooks the Portage Inlet. The total circle route is approximately 45 km, but cyclists preferring a shorter route may follow a smaller loop by taking any of the many other bicycle routes within Saanich. Bicycle symbols on a bright yellow background clearly mark the route direction as it passes through Saanich.
Hartland Mountain Bike ParkDistance from Victoria Airport: 19.3 km
Hartland Mountain Bike Park is accessed via Hartland Road in the Saanich northwest corner. Detailed information and maps for this superb mountain bike park are available at most bike shops and also from the South Island Mountain Biking Society.
Galloping Goose TrailDistance from Victoria Airport: 22.5 km
West of Victoria along the Island Highway you’ll find the West Shore Communities of View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and Sooke. One of the best ways to explore this area is by cycling or hiking on the Galloping Goose Trail. Named after an old 1920’s passenger train and built along the former rail bed, this 70 kilometre ( 43 mile) linear park stretches from the Selkirk Trestle in downtown Victoria all the way to Leechtown, an abandoned mining town north of the Village of Sooke. The trail is accessible at numerous points along the route with two sections being the most popular. The first is the short distance between Roche Cove Regional Park, off Gillespie Road in Metchosin, and Matheson Lake Regional Park; the other, a section which leads to the Sooke Potholes, a series of rock pools along the Sooke River that are perfect for swimming.
Goldstream Provincial ParkDistance from Victoria Airport: 35.8 km
See the spawning salmon during the fall months at Goldstream Provincial Park, a truly spectacular sight which can be viewed from bridges and pathways along the river. Eagles make an annual stop in the park to feed on the salmon and can also be seen at this location. The biggest run of salmon is generally between late October and the end of November. A great place for the whole family any season, the Nature Hut at Goldstream features exhibits on salmon, eagles, and other area inhabitants and often offers guided hikes and nature walks. Visit Mill Hill Park for a spectacular view of Victoria and Esquimalt Harbours and Thetis Lake Regional Park, a family favourite with beaches, hiking trails and a playground area.
MetchosinDistance from Victoria Airport: 40.4 km
Metchosin is a predominantly rural area, crisscrossed by winding country roads and lovely parks such as Albert Head Lagoon Park and Devonian Regional Park. Both parks are nature sanctuaries with beaches and gentle trails. Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park is a beautiful lagoon ideally suited for picnics and birdwatching. Matheson Lake Regional Park is a favorite for canoeing, swimming and hiking. See Directions to CRD parks.