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

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

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

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 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 →

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

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

Built by Robert Dunsmuir, this former centre of Victoria's society (one Dunsmuir son became premier of the province and later lieutenant-governor) once stood amid 11ha/27 acres of... — Michelin Guide

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Butchart Gardens

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

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

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

Expanded to approximately 20ha/50 acres, the gardens were started by Jennie Butchart to beautify the quarry pit resulting from her husband's cement business. Don't miss the floral... — Michelin Guide

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

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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 →

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

Envisioning a rush of tourists to the Pacific Coast, city boosters at the turn of the 20C struck a deal with the Canadian Pacific Railroad to establish fast ferry service from the... — Michelin Guide

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

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

That’s their official name; everyone else just calls them “The Leg,” short for BC Legislative Assembly. The seat of provincial government is a striking neo-baroque building designed by a... — Frommer's

On the south side of James Bay stands a long, squat stone building, whose central dome is topped by a gilt statue of Capt. George Vancouver. Designed by Francis Rattenbury (1867-1935) and... — Michelin Guide

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

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Miniature World

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

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

At this charmingly retro attraction, more than 85 miniature dioramas—including space, castle, and fairy-tale scenes, and one of the world's largest model railways—are housed in kid-height... — Fodor'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

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

Sure, it sounds cheesy, but it’s actually kinda cool. The kids will love it—and it’s a guilty pleasure for many grown-ups, too. Miniature World is a collection of dozens of dioramas... — 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 →

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

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

A lighthouse beacon stands in front of the old law court which now houses the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Of special interest are the Tilikum, a converted First Nations dugout... — Michelin Guide

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

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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 →

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

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. Included in the permanent... — Michelin Guide

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

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

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Beacon Hill Park

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

This 154-acre park links downtown Victoria to the waterfront. Its rambling lawns overlook the Pacific Ocean, the Olympic Mountains, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Kite-fliers, hang... — Fodor's

The biggest, most treasured green space in the city is a lovely place for the whole family to spend a day. The park dates back to the 1880s and covers 75 hectares (190 acres) of manicured... — 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

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Victoria Bug Zoo

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

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

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

During the gold rush of the 19th century, this quiet valley was flooded with optimistic prospectors. Sadly, you’re not likely to find any gold nuggets these days, but you will find a... — Frommer's

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

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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

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

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

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The Bengal Lounge

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

One of Victoria’s favorite meeting places. The curry buffet is a well-loved local ritual, though it isn’t cheap, and it probably won’t be the best curry you’ve had, either. Still, you do... — 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. The tea is the hotel's own blend, and... — Fodor's

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Abkhazi Garden

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

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

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

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Robert Bateman Centre

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

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

Colonizing part of the Inner Harbour's landmark old Steamship Terminal building, this gallery showcases the photo realistic work of Canada's most popular nature painter, along with a... — Lonely Planet

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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 →

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

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

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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

Hundreds of butterflies—of 50 different species—flutter freely in an indoor tropical garden that's also home to orchids and carnivorous plants, koi, cockatoos, flamingos, tortoises,... — 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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Fisherman's Wharf

Downtown 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A waterfront walk from the Inner Harbour (or, even better, a short hop by mini ferry) delivers you to this floating, boardwalk-linked clutch of houseboats, shops and eateries (including... — Lonely Planet

Victoria Harbour Ferries stops at this fun nautical spot just west of the Inner Harbour. — Fodor's

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Bastion Square

Downtown 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

James Douglas, the former colonial governor for whom Douglas Street was named, chose this spot for the original Fort Victoria and Hudson's Bay Company trading post in 1843. In summer the... — Fodor's

On the old Fort Victoria site between Government and Wharf Sts, Bastion Square once held a jail, gallows and a brothel. — Lonely Planet

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