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Victoria attractions - the Inner Harbour

Victoria Inner Harbour


There’s so much to do, and so many Victoria attractions, as you will be pleased to discover when you stay here.

Victoria Attractions

Explore some of these Victoria attractions when you stay for your family reunion or vacation rental. These are just the highlights so we’ll be happy to tell you more while you are at Victoria Garden Estates. Throughout the year there are festivals and special events in the area too.

  • A narrated bus tour of Victoria is a good introduction to your trip.
  • Visit downtown Victoria for shopping and the Inner Harbour. Walk on its causeway past entertainers and moored boats, perhaps take a harbour ferry trip.
  • Craigdarroch Castle will impress - does its staircase remind you of ours? (If you enjoy grand homes and/or gardens then consider driving west to Craigdarroch’s “sister”, Hatley Castle, which is near the Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill.)
  • The Royal BC Museum with its IMAX theatre is one of the best museums in North America.
  • The children will enjoy Pacific Undersea Gardens, Victoria Bug Zoo and Miniature World.
  • Walk along Government Street to the oldest Chinatown in Canada.


Visit nearby Butchart Gardens


The Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens are the most popular of Victoria attractions for our guests, a short scenic drive from here. You’ll long remember the 55 acres of magnificent floral displays; from the dramatic Sunken Garden with the Ross Fountain to the masses of blooms in the Rose Garden, and from the character of the Japanese Garden to the elegance of the Italian Garden. In the summer, don’t miss the evening illuminations and the concerts, with fireworks on Saturday nights. And then there’s The Magic Of Christmas - the lighting is a favourite of many locals. Several dining options are available including high tea.

We should add that “The Garden City” has many other gardens you can visit.

 Visit country markets and vineyards


Saanich Peninsula and Sidney

A handy introduction to the area is to drive up Mount Douglas for a 360 degree panorama of the Saanich Peninsula.

The Saanich Peninsula is great for touring where you’ll see fruit orchards, organic vegetable and herb gardens, vineyards, roadside stands and dairy farms. Savour tastings at the wineries. At its centre is Elk Lake / Beaver Lake, good for a long but flat walk around its shore, and near it is Saanich Commonwealth Place, a top rate recreational centre with superb swimming pools. Do visit Butterfly Gardens, a jungle wonderland of butterflies, moths and birds. There are many fine restaurants in the area from casual to five star dining.

The Peninsula is 20 miles (30km) from Sidney in the north to the city of Victoria in the south. Much of it is gently rolling farmland interspersed with woods, parks and occasional lakes. Being surrounded by the ocean you can enjoy beaches and marine recreational pursuits - our home is a ten minute walk from a beach.

Sidney and, to a lesser extent, Brentwood Bay are the two towns of the Saanich Peninsula you will visit most for groceries, restaurants and shopping.  Sidney is a friendly “book town” offering many fine shops, restaurants and grocery markets. The Shaw Ocean Discover Centre and Mineral World will entertain and educate. Do visit Sidney-by-the-Sea on summer Thursday evenings when the large street market sells home-grown produce and handcrafted items from local artists from all neighbouring islands.

A short ferry trip takes you to the Gulf Islands, with a favourite visit being to the Saturday artisans market in Ganges on Salt Spring Island.


Vancouver Island fishing

Vancouver Island fishing

Victoria Recreational Suggestions

  • Go hiking and be delighted by the wildflowers, wildlife and the ocean and mountain views of the rugged beauty of southern Vancouver Island. There are over 160 parks in Saanich alone! Other favourite parks include Goldstream, East Sooke, Gowlland Tod, Witts Lagoon and Sooke Potholes. The 60 km Galloping Goose Trail is part of trails from Sidney to Sooke for biking and walking. The Peninsula has many safe areas for cycling.
  • Play golf year-round on over a dozen courses.
  • Fishing - we have contacts for a successful trip.
  • Whale-watching is a memorable experience.
  • Warm, protected Brentwood Bay is perfect for kayaking and canoeing.
  • Laze around on a beach or at a lake.
Be exhilarated by zip-lining or conquering world championship climbing walls.

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