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Vancouver Island
Refer to Vancouver Island as Victoria Island and risk a chorus of eye-rolls from the otherwise-friendly locals. Yes, Victoria is the main city on the island, but there are many distinct flavours to its logging and fishing settlements. Food and wine enthusiasts flock to the Comox Valley farm region, while the more outdoorsy types get their fix along the remote, forested beaches of North Vancouver Island. Visit the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Clayoquot Sound and you’ll return full of cocktail-party factoids.

All things to do » Things to do

Nearby recommended attractions:

Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens(Central Saanich)
Owner description: These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens, and National Historic Site of Canada, started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family. Jennie Butchart... more Owner description: These internationally acclaimed floral display gardens, and National Historic Site of Canada, started over 100 years ago and remain privately owned by the family. Jennie Butchart wanted to make her husband's depleted limestone quarry look better and the result is the Sunken Garden. Other gardens include the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden. The gardens are meticulously maintained and provide a riot of colour for much of the year. During the summer, special lighting subtly illuminates the gardens, musical entertainment takes place on the Concert Lawn, and there are ten spectacular Saturday night Firework Shows. The Magic of Christmas season also has beautiful lighting and evening entertainment, and an outdoor skating rink. Spring offers hundreds of thousand flowering bulbs and Autumn is the time for dahlias, chrysanthemums and fall colours. The Gardens is open daily, year round. less
Attraction type: Gardens; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Wild Pacific Trail
Wild Pacific Trail(Ucluelet)
Owner description: The Wild Pacific Trail is located in Ucluelet and is a seven phase trail system skirting the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barkley... more Owner description: The Wild Pacific Trail is located in Ucluelet and is a seven phase trail system skirting the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Overlooking Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands to the east and the open Pacific Ocean to the south and west, it offers spectacular shoreline panoramas and seaward vistas through ancient cedar and spruce-framed viewing platforms constructed on the best headlands along the route. less
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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Royal BC Museum
Royal BC Museum(Victoria)
Owner description: Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC Museum has preserved and shared the human and natural histories of this province. Discover the famous First... more Owner description: Step inside and experience British Columbia. Since 1886 the Royal BC Museum has preserved and shared the human and natural histories of this province. Discover the famous First Peoples, Natural History and Modern History Galleries – a feast of sights, smells and sounds of British Columbia. The Royal BC Museum is also home to a cultural precinct including the BC Archives, Helmcken House, St. Ann's Schoolhouse, the Netherlands Centennial Carillon, Thunderbird Park and Mungo Martin House/Wawadit’la. less
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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Inner Harbour
Inner Harbour(Victoria)
Owner description: This scenic patch of waterfront is the location of Victoria's many tourist attractions, recreational activities, restaurants and shopping. For a special treat, have afternoon tea... more Owner description: This scenic patch of waterfront is the location of Victoria's many tourist attractions, recreational activities, restaurants and shopping. For a special treat, have afternoon tea at the grand Empress Hotel or board a ferry for a harbor tour. less
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Piers & Boardwalks; Bodies of Water
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Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park(Victoria)
This park holds a tree planted by Winston Churchill in 1929.
Attraction type: Neighbourhoods; Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Nearby recommended restaurants:

Bistro 694
Bistro 694
Price: US$ 10 - US$ 16
Cuisines: International, Seafood, European, Canadian
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Saveur Restaurant
Saveur Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1,185 Restaurants in Victoria
Price: US$ 7 - US$ 41
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, European, Canadian
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Nubo Japanese Tapas
Nubo Japanese Tapas
Ranked #2 of 1,185 Restaurants in Victoria
Price: US$ 2 - US$ 22
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Shirley Delicious
Shirley Delicious
Ranked #1 of 50 Restaurants in Sooke
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Canadian, Soups
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Kuma Tofino
Kuma Tofino
Ranked #1 of 52 Restaurants in Tofino
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Asian
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Crystal Cove Beach Resort
Crystal Cove Beach Resort
US$ 48 - US$ 410
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
Tofino Trek Inn
2.0 of 5
Tofino Trek Inn
US$ 18 - US$ 70 (CA$ 25 - CA$ 95)
Ranked #1 of 42 Tofino B&B and Inns
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Point-No-Point Resort
Point-No-Point Resort
US$ 52 - US$ 118 (CA$ 70 - CA$ 160)
Ranked #1 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Sooke

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn
2.5 of 5
Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn
US$ 109 - US$ 160 (CA$ 147 - CA$ 216)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chemainus
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Comfort Inn & Suites
3.0 of 5
Comfort Inn & Suites
US$ 112 - US$ 134
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Campbell River
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Ocean Village Beach Resort
2.5 of 5
Ocean Village Beach Resort
US$ 117 - US$ 191 (CA$ 158 - CA$ 258)
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Tofino
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Abigail's Hotel
4.0 of 5
Abigail's Hotel
US$ 151 - US$ 296
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Victoria
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Magnolia Hotel And Spa
4.5 of 5
Magnolia Hotel And Spa
US$ 222 - US$ 390 (CA$ 300 - CA$ 527)
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Victoria
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Oak Bay Beach Hotel
4.5 of 5
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
US$ 230 - US$ 451 (CA$ 311 - CA$ 610)
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Victoria
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.