Beacon Hill Park, bounded by Dallas Rd on the south, and Douglas St. on the west. The south end is on the waterfront, with walking path and a view of the Olympic Mountains across the strait. Here you can see wild peacocks running around. Beacon Hill Children's Farm, which features a goat petting area, is located within Beacon Hill Park .
Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Ave. in Brentwood Bay, at the westernmost point of Keating X Rd, 866-652-4422, . A large garden planted in what was formerly a limestone quarry. Quite remarkable. During the summer they have fireworks set to music and during winter evenings, the gardens are lit up and include displays illustrating the twelve days of Christmas. You can reach Butchart Gardens from Vancouver and Victoria on several bus tours and also by public transit from Victoria or the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.
British Columbia Aviation Museum1910 Norseman RoadIn Sidney on the north edge of the Victoria International Airport, +1 250 655 3300. Open 10AM-4PM (May 1- Sept 30) and 11AM-3PM (Oct 1 - Apr 30). Admission $8 Adults, $6 Seniors and $4 Children 12-18.
Chinatown, Fisgard St. between Store St. and Government St. The street is decorated with Chinese ornaments including The Gates of Harmonious Interest. There are some great Chinese restaurants, Chinese fruit and vegetable stores, bubble tea and coffee shops and Canada's smallest 'road', Fan Tan Alley!
Emily Carr House207 Government StreetPhone: +1 250 383-5843Fee $5, students $3.50, families $15. Emily Carr is one of Canada's greatest and most loved artists. Her house is within walking distance of the Inner Harbour and Beacon Hill Park.
Inner Harbour In the summertime the Inner Harbour is full of artists, buskers and other entertainers. The music performers are not permitted to stay in one place for very long, so the entertainment is constantly changing. It still may seem too long with some of the Bagpipers. Many find it fascinating to watch the float planes taking off and landing also. In the springtime, the inner harbour is filled up with many beautiful flowers.
Miniature World,649 Humboldt StPhone: +1 250 385-9731An extensive display of miniature landscapes, cities etc., some rather bizarre or at comically mismatched scales. Includes the world's smallest working saw mill at a scale of 1:12. Royal British Columbia Museum675 Bellville St.Phone: +1 250 356-7226Hours: Daily 9AM5PMPrice: $15 adults, discounts for students and seniors, prices vary for special exhibitionsThis tell's BC story, especially from 1850 to 1920. It has amazing exhibits, and is easily worth half a day. There are three permanent galleries: Modern History, story of the European settlement; First Peoples, pre-contact and post-contact; and Natural History, mainly oceans, large animals, and climate. All are explained with phenomenal immersive exhibits. This is one of two museums in Canada holding the 'Royal' designation. IMAX Theatre,675 Bellville StPhone: +1 250 953-4629A variety of shows on the IMAX screen. $9.75 adult admission, $7.50 for seniors, students and youth, $5 for children. Tickets are not included with regular museum admission but discounted combo tickets are available. Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum,1050 Joan Crescent (in the Rockland area), +1 250 592 5323. This castle was built in 1890 by a wealthy and powerful Scottish family who at that time owned a quarter of Vancouver Island. Great architecture. About 25 minutes' walk from the downtown core, or else take buses 11 or 14 up Fort St. Victoria Bug Zoo,631 Courtney StreetPhone: +1 250 384-2847Open daily except Christmas and New Years, 10AM-6PM (extended summer hours). Fee $8 (several discounts). Looking at bugs while on holidays doesn't sound like it'd be appealing, but this is a fantastic little place filled with very knowledgeable and friendly guides, and where else would you get the chance to hold so many crazy creatures? Abkhazi Gardens1964 Fairfield RoadPhone: +1 250 598-8096. Love affairs make great stories, and this one resulted in a great garden. Prince and Princess Abkhazi along with designer John Wade came together and created a garden that took over 40 years to come together on a beautiful property overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains.