Southern Vancouver Island attractions

Gardens in Brentwood Bay

Butchart Gardens

A 30-minute drive from Victoria, the farmlands of Brentwood Bay are also home to this immaculate, green-thumbed attraction. Divided into separate gardens where there's always something in bloom, the tour buses roll …
Gardens in Brentwood Bay

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

These gardens offer a kaleidoscope of thousands of fluttering critters, from around 75 species, in a free-flying environment. As well as watching them flit about and land on your head, you can learn about ecosystem …
Aquarium in Sidney

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Sidney's kid-luring highlight, you'll enter this aquarium through a dramatic Disney-style entrance that makes you think you're descending below the waves. Then you'll step into a gallery of aquatic exhibits, includi…
Distillery in Sidney

Victoria Distillers

Relocated to Sidney from its original small-scale site and now with new owners, the manufacturer of Victoria Gin has branched out to vodka, whisky and beyond. Take a tour of the fancy new facility and spend some tim…
Park in Sooke & Around

Sooke Potholes Provincial Park

A 5km drive from Hwy 14 along River Rd (the turnoff is east of Sooke), this relaxed park has been a favorite natural hangout among the locals for generations. With rock pools and potholes carved into the river base …
Farm in Sidney

Sea Cider

A rustic farmhouse and cider producer where tours, samples and ocean views are available, this is a tasty pit stop if you're a red-nosed cider fan. Make sure you choose a designated driver before you stop or some un…
Museum in Sooke & Around

Sooke Region Museum

Sharing the same building and hours as the visitors center, this fascinating community museum illuminates the area's rugged pioneer days. Check out Moss Cottage in the museum grounds: built in 1869, it's the oldest …
Park in Sooke & Around

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

A rough and rugged wilderness swathe with a wave-crashing coastline where whales, otters and a multitude of marine life thrives. Old-growth forest, waterfalls and log-strewn beaches add to the appeal while camping i…
Sculpture in Sidney

Seaside Sculpture Walk

A dozen or so photo-friendly sculptures dotted around the town's waterfront, look out for the skateboarding bulldog (you can buy it for a cool $10,500).