Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Alert Bay

U'mista Cultural Centre

This must-see longhouse-like facility proudly displays dozens of culturally priceless indigenous artifacts confiscated when potlatch ceremonies were outlawed in Canada. Distributed to museums and collections around …
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Miniature World

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. Lined with dozens of diminutive diorama scenes, divid…
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle

One of Canada's finest stately home attractions, this elegant turreted mansion illuminates the lives of the city's Victorian-era super-rich. Lined with sumptuous wood paneling and stained-glass windows, the rooms ar…
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Royal BC Museum

Start in the natural history gallery of BC's best museum and say hello to the hulking woolly mammoth exhibit. From there, wander alongside evocative dioramas, then head up to the First Peoples exhibit with its fasci…
Aquarium in Ucluelet

Ucluelet Aquarium

This excellent catch-and-release facility on the waterfront focuses on illuminating the marine critters found in the region's local waters, which can mean anything from alien-looking sea cucumbers to a squirming, an…
Park in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Wave-whipped beaches and brooding forests make this a must-see for anyone interested in BC's raw wilderness. Comprising the northern Long Beach Unit, between Tofino and Ucluelet; the Broken Group Islands Unit in Bar…
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 …
Museum in Port Alberni

Alberni Valley Museum

Don't be put off by the unassuming concrete exterior: this is one of Vancouver Island's best community museums. Studded with fascinating First Nations displays – plus an eclectic array of vintage exhibits ranging fr…
Zoo in Victoria

Victoria Bug Zoo

The most fun any kid can have in Victoria without realizing it's educational. Step inside the brightly painted main room for a cornucopia of show-and-tell insect encounters. New owners have spruced the place up with…
Park in Port Alberni

Cathedral Grove

Between Parksville and Port Alberni, this spiritual home of tree huggers is the mystical highlight of MacMillan Provincial Park. It's often overrun with summer visitors – try not to knock them down as they scamper a…