Top things to do

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

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.
Cinema in Victoria

Cineplex Odeon

The city's main first-run cinema.
Live Music in Victoria

Logan's Pub

A 10-minute walk from downtown, this no-nonsense pub looks like nothing special from the outside, but its roster of shows is a fixture on the local indie scene. Fridays and Saturdays are your best bet for performanc…
Theater in Victoria

McPherson Playhouse

One of Victoria's main stages, McPherson Playhouse offers mainstream visiting shows and performances.