Top things to do in Victoria

Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Royal BC Museum

Arguably the finest museum in British Columbia and carrier of a ‘royal’ prefix since 1987, Victoria’s flagship sight mixes the cream of BC’s provincial exhibits with a revolving lineup of world-class temporary exhib…
Top Choice Museum in Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle

More ostentatious country mansion than fortified castle, Craigdarroch, with its turrets, stained-glass windows and palatial interior, looks like it might have been teleported over from the Scottish Highlands. Beauti…
Top Choice Breakfast in Victoria

Jam Cafe

No need to conduct an opinion poll: the perennial lines in the street outside Jam suggest that this is the best breakfast spot in Victoria. The reasons? Tasteful vintage decor (if you'll excuse them the moose's head…
Top Choice Italian in Victoria

Il Terrazzo

Authentic Italian flavors melded with a laid-back Victoria spirit make a devastatingly good combo. If you don’t believe us, come to Il Terrazzo, a restaurant that’s as much about its atmosphere and service as it is …
Top Choice French in Victoria

Brasserie L'École

Bonsoir! You may have just arrived at the best restaurant in Victoria, a small but wonderfully elegant bistro discreetly furnished in la mode français, but without any of the infamous Parisian pretension. Service is…
Top Choice Books in Victoria

Munro's Books

The name is no coincidence. Victoria's cathedral to reading was established in 1963 by Nobel-prize-winning Canadian author Alice Munro and her husband Jim. Encased in a heritage building on the city's famous Governm…
Top Choice Bar in Victoria

Drake

Victoria's best tap house, this redbrick hangout has more than 30 amazing craft drafts, typically including revered BC producers Townsite, Driftwood and Four Winds. Arrive on a rainy afternoon and you'll find yourse…
Top Choice Pub in Victoria

Garrick's Head Pub

A great spot to dive into BC's brilliant craft-beer scene. Pull up a seat at the long bar with its 55-plus taps – a comprehensive menu of beers from Driftwood, Phillips, Hoyne and beyond. There are always 10 rotatin…
Historic Building in Victoria

Parliament Buildings

This dramatically handsome confection of turrets, domes and stained glass is British Columbia's working legislature and is also open to visitors. You can go behind the facade on a free 45-minute guided tour then sto…
Zoo in Victoria

Victoria Bug Zoo

It’s not big, nor are its resident critters (although some of them are alarmingly colossal by insect standards); however, this diminutive indoor ‘zoo’ is a small marvel thanks to the enthusiasm and knowledge of its …