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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…
Top Choice Seafood in Victoria

Red Fish Blue Fish

On the waterfront boardwalk at the foot of Broughton St, this freight-container takeout shack serves fresh-made, finger-licking sustainable seafood. Highlights include jerk fish poutine, amazing chowder and tempura-…
Top Choice Bar in Victoria

Drake

Victoria's best taphouse, 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 yoursel…
Top Choice Pub in Victoria

Garrick's Head Pub

Great spot to dive into BC's brilliant craft-beer scene. Pull up a seat at the long bar and you'll be faced with 55-plus taps serving a comprehensive menu of beers from Driftwood, Phillips, Hoyne and beyond. There a…
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 Victoria

Beacon Hill Park

Fringed by crashing ocean, this waterfront park is ideal for feeling the breeze in your hair – check out the windswept trees along the cliff top. You'll also find a gigantic totem pole, Victorian cricket pitch and a…
Stationery in Victoria

Regional Assembly of Text

The satellite of Vancouver's charming hipster stationery store is socked into a quirky space resembling a hotel lobby from 1968. You'll find the same clever greeting cards and cool journals, plus the best Victoria p…
Breakfast in Victoria

Jam Cafe

The locals won't tell you anything about this slightly off-the-beaten-path place. But that's not because they don't know about it – it's because they don't want you to increase the line-ups for Victoria's best break…