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Royal BC Museum

James Bay 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is, hands down, one of the world’s best regional museums, and a terrific way to learn about the peoples of coastal British Columbia. — Frommer's

This excellent museum, one of Victoria's leading attractions, traces several thousand years of British Columbian history. — Fodor's

Start in the natural-history gallery on your visit to the province's best museum. — Lonely Planet

The jewel in the crown of Victoria’s museum and gallery scene is the Royal BC Museum, which covers the region’s natural and cultural history. — Condé Nast Traveler

This eminent institution, opened in 1968, focuses on the natural and cultural heritage history of British Columbia and welcomes more than 850,000 visitors annually. — Michelin Guide

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Craigdarroch Castle

Victoria 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Craigdarroch Castle boasts a porch large enough to shelter carriages in bad weather and a staircase with a landing where the musicians would sit to play during lavish receptions. — Michelin Guide

This resplendent mansion complete with turrets and Gothic rooflines was built as the home of one of British Columbia's wealthiest men. — Fodor's

An opulent, extravagant, must-be-seen-to-be-believed “bonanza” castle built in the 1880s. — Frommer's

Don't miss this elegant turreted mansion... a handsome, 39-room landmark built by a 19th-century coal baron with money to burn. — Lonely Planet

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Butchart Gardens

Victoria 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This stunning 55-acre garden and National Historic Site has been drawing visitors since it was planted in a limestone quarry in 1904. — Fodor's

If there is one attraction to visit above all others in Victoria, this is it. — Frommer's

Flower-carpeted 55 acres complete with traditional Japanese, Italian, and English rose sections. — Travel + Leisure

Expanded to approximately 20ha/50 acres, the gardens were started by Jennie Butchart to beautify the limestone quarry pit resulting from her husband's cement business — Michelin Guide

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Miniature World

Downtown 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Most people walk through in 30 minutes, but dollhouse collectors, model-train builders, and preschoolers can be absorbed for hours. — Fodor's

A famous hotel houses an impression collection of mini dioramas and giant doll houses.  — Atlas Obscura

Located within the Empress Hotel complex, on the Humboldt Street side, is Miniature World featuring a host of small-scale recreations ranging from the Battle of Waterloo to the Canadian Pacific Railway. — Michelin Guide

Miniature World is a collection of dozens of dioramas featuring teeny-tiny figures enacting scenes from famous battles, novels, fairy tales, outer space, and more. — Frommer's

Tucked along the side of the Empress Hotel, this old-school hidden gem is a must-see, especially if you appreciate the craft of extremely intricate model-making. — Lonely Planet

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Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada

Downtown 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the grand château-style railroad hotels that grace many Canadian cities. — Fodor's

If you can, try to peek into the Palm Court with its ornate Tiffany-style glass ceiling. — Frommer's

This elegant, ivy-clad grande dame regally commands what is undoubtedly the best location overlooking the Inner Harbour. — DK Eyewitness

An icon of Victoria, this imposing hotel bristling with turrets and covered in Virginia creeper has reigned over the town for many years. — Michelin Guide

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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Rockland 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Attached to an 1889 mansion, this modern building houses one of Canada's largest collections of Asian art. — Fodor's

Housed in a Victorian mansion (1889) to which several modern additions have been made, the gallery offers an eclectic blend of East and West, ancient and modern — Michelin Guide

Head east of downtown on Fort St and follow the gallery street signs to one of Canada's best Emily Carr collections. — Lonely Planet

One of the best places to discover the work of Victoria’s legendary artist Emily Carr, this cool little gallery combines a contemporary exhibition space with a historic 19th-century mansion. — Frommer's

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British Columbia Parliament Buildings

James Bay 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This dramatically handsome confection of turrets, domes and stained glass is the province's working legislature and is also open to history-loving visitors. — Lonely Planet

Officially the British Columbia Provincial Legislative Assembly Buildings, these massive stone structures are more popularly referred to as the Parliament Buildings. — Fodor's

A highly decorated arch beneath the dome marks the entrance. At dusk thousands of small lights outline the buildings' exterior, adding a romantic flair. — Michelin Guide

Grand as it is on the outside—especially when it is all lit up at night—inside it is equally impressive, with fine mosaics, marble, woodwork, and stained glass. — Frommer's

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The Maritime Museum of British Columbia

Victoria 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chronicle the province's seafaring history, from its early explorers to whale hunters to pirates. — Fodor's

If you love boats and boating history, this is a must for you. — Frommer's

The Maritime Museum explores the region's salty past and present. — Lonely Planet

The old law court which now houses the Maritime Museum of British Columbia conserves documents relating to Pacific Coast explorers, scale models and navigation instruments — Michelin Guide

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Beacon Hill Park

Victoria 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The biggest, most treasured green space in the city is a lovely place for the whole family to spend a day. — Frommer's

Fringed by crashing ocean, this waterfront park is ideal for feeling the breeze in your hair – check out the windswept trees along the clifftop. — Lonely Planet

Beacon Hill includes ponds where you can feed ducks, cycling, jogging and walking paths, flowers and gardens, a cricket pitch, and a petting zoo (open daily 10–4). — Fodor's

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Goldstream Provincial Park

Victoria 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Eagles, bears, and three species of salmon thrive in this 477-hectare (1,180-acre) wilderness park 16 km (10 miles) north of downtown Victoria. — Fodor's

A 20-minute drive from the city, this breathtaking forested swathe includes some delightful hiking and wildlife-viewing (especially birdlife) opportunities. — Lonely Planet

The park also features several exceptional hikes, including the trek up Mt. Finlayson and another to Niagara Falls, which is actually higher than its eastern namesake. — Frommer's

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Emily Carr House

James Bay 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The childhood home of the great artist and writer Emily Carr. — Frommer's

Emily Carr... lived in this extremely proper, wooden Victorian house before she abandoned her middle-class life to live in the wilds of British Columbia. — Fodor's

The birthplace of BC's best-known painter, this bright-yellow gingerbread-style house has plenty of period rooms, plus displays on the artist's life and work. — Lonely Planet

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Victoria Bug Zoo

Downtown 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Local kids clamor to visit this offbeat minizoo, home to the largest collection in North America of live tropical insects. — Fodor's

Let the knowledgeable bug guides introduce you to more than 40 fascinatingly squiggly species of insects and spiders. — Frommer's

The most fun any kid can have in Victoria without realizing it's educational. — Lonely Planet

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Abkhazi Garden

Gonzales 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Be on the lookout not just for gorgeous trees, rock formations, and flowers, but also animals—there are usually cute turtles sunning themselves on nice days. — Condé Nast Traveler

If you're a nature lover, you'll love discovering this .4-hectare (1-acre) jewel box of a garden and the romantic story behind its creation. — Frommer's

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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Victoria 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A simulated ride underwater in a deep-sea elevator is just the beginning of a visit to this fun and educational marine interpretive center. — Fodor's

Learn all about what’s going on under the waters off Vancouver Island’s shores at this remarkable, if small, aquarium and marine education center. — Frommer's

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BC Aviation Museum

Victoria 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Out by the Victoria International Airport, you’ll find a small hangar filled with a quirky collection of aircraft, engines, and historical artifacts — Frommer's

A 1957 Vickers Viscount, one of the world's first commercial turbo-prop airliners, a 1970s kit-built helicopter, and a model of Leonardo da Vinci's Ornithopter are among the many aircraft displayed. — Fodor's

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The Bengal Lounge

Victoria 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This high-ceilinged colonial room is so comfortable, with its palm trees, deep leather chairs, and mementoes of the Raj, you might find it becoming your favorite hangout. — Frommer's

Victoria's most elaborate and most expensive afternoon tea is served, as it has been since 1908, in the ornate lobby of the Fairmont Empress Hotel. — Fodor's

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Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Victoria 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A tropical paradise filled with butterflies—your kids will love it, sure, but so will you. — Frommer's

The butterflies, which are bred for the center and not captured in the wild, are most active on sunny days. — Fodor's

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Robert Bateman Centre

Victoria 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Start with the five-minute intro movie, then check out the dozens of achingly beautiful paintings showing animals in their natural surroundings in BC and beyond. — Lonely Planet

Opened in 2013 in a historic waterfront structure, this gallery displays more than 100 works—from etchings to paintings—spanning seven decades in the career of Canada's best-known wildlife artist. — Fodor's

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East Sooke Regional Park

Victoria 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

About a 40-minute drive east of Victoria, you’ll come to this rugged wilderness area that at 1,422 hectares (3,512 acres) is the largest in the Capital Regional District. — Frommer's

Hiking trails, tide pools, beaches, and views of the Olympic Mountains draw visitors to this more than 3,500-acre park 2½ km (4 miles) east of Sooke on the south side of Sooke Harbour. — Fodor's

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Fan Tan Alley

Victoria 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Twinkling neon signs add a dash of nighttime excitement, while Fan Tan Alley - a narrow passageway between Fisgard St and Pandora Ave - draws daytime explorers. — Lonely Planet

Mah-jongg, fan-tan, and dominoes were games of chance played on Fan Tan Alley, said to be the narrowest street in Canada. — Fodor's

The narrowest street in Canada was once a spot for dastardly doings, now a historic piece of Chinatown.  — Atlas Obscura

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