Fairmont Empress : You don’t need to be a guest at this famous hotel to admire its grandeur. Plan on eating a meal here for the full effect.
Royal British Columbia Museum : If you only visit one museum on Vancouver Island, make it this one, which tells the story of the province’s natural and human history.
Goldstream Provincial Park : Escape the city in this slice of wilderness, which is laced with hiking trails. If you’re visiting in late fall, make a trip to the park to view the spectacle of spawning salmon.
Butchart Gardens : Even if you have only one day in Victoria, make time to visit Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s most delightful gardens.
Galiano Island : Each of the Southern Gulf Islands has its own charms, but a personal favorite for kayaking is Galiano Island.
Pacific Rim National Park : Canada isn’t renowned for its beaches, but this national park protects some magnificent stretches of sand.
Telegraph Cove : It’s worth the drive to Telegraph Cove just to wander around the postcard-perfect boardwalk village, but you’ll also want to take a tour boat in search of orca whales.
Alert Bay : This tiny village on Cormorant Island is a hotbed of native history. A cultural center and some of the world’s tallest totem poles are highlights.