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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 International in Nanaimo

Gabriel's Gourmet Café

An expanded new location for Nanaimo's best farm-to-table eatery (check out the tables made from old bowling-alley wood) means a larger menu of international-influenced comfort dishes. But some things never change, …
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 Pub in Nanaimo

Crow and Gate

With Nanaimo's decidedly underwhelming bar scene, it's worth heading out of town (with designated driver, of course) to BC's best Brit-style pub. With a dark, wood beam interior and a lip-smacking menu of housemade …
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 Bar in Victoria


Victoria's best taphouse, this redbrick hangout has more than 30 amazing craft drafts, typically including revered BC producers like Townsite, Driftwood and Four Winds. Arrive on a rainy afternoon and you'll find yo…
Canadian in Victoria

Legislative Dining Room

One of Victoria's best-kept dining secrets, the Parliament Buildings has its own subsidized, old-school restaurant where both MLAs and the public can drop by for a silver-service menu of regional dishes, ranging fro…
Fusion in Victoria

The Mint

This loungey hang-out is especially popular with bar staff winding down after their late-night shifts. But they don't just come to bitch about their non-tipping customers; Mint offers an eclectic, finger-licking men…
Vegetarian in Victoria


A beloved local fave with new monochrome-painted exterior (although the same riotously colorful tablecloths inside), this is the best place in town for vegetarians and carnivores to dine together without one side fe…
Theater in Victoria

Belfry Theatre

A 20-minute stroll from downtown, the celebrated Belfry Theatre showcases contemporary plays in its lovely former-church-building venue.