To plan your trip to Victoria and learn more about what to see and do in our beautiful city please visit Destination Greater Victoria.
Millions visit our city every year and enjoy the natural beauty, temperate climate and heritage charm Victoria offers its citizens every day. The juxtaposition of old world ambience and architecture in a small urban city is part of what makes Victoria one of the most uniquely special places in Canada.
The Capital City of British Columbia, Victoria is well known for its climate, natural beauty and gardens. Located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, Victoria enjoys the mildest climate in Canada. This, combined with spectacular outdoor setting adorned with ocean views and mountain vistas, encourage year round recreational opportunities including hiking, golfing, cycling, gardening and kayaking.
Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Victoria is made for strolling, with downtown hotels, restaurants, shops and parks close to each other. Take a self-guided walk using the Heritage Walking Tour map app on your mobile device. Choose from four experiences; a journey into Mysterious Chinatown, Rollicking Boomtown, Haunted Victoria, and Victoria's Law & Order. Printed copies are available at the Tourism Victoria Information Centre on Wharf Street and the Downtown Victoria Business Association.
Our vibrant arts and culture community includes world famous museums, performing arts, festivals, local authors, artisans and performers. Foodies will be drawn to the region's dynamic culinary scene, variety of dining choices, locally-sourced food, craft beer producers, and more.
Victoria boasts an average of 2,183 hours of sunshine yearly, and an eight month frost free season. Average annual rainfall is 26.2 inches (compared to over 50 inches in New York). The average monthly rainfall in winter is 5 cm (2 inches) and in the summer is less than 2.5 cm (1 inch). Victoria has a very low humidity ratio, and almost constant offshore breezes which keep summer days from becoming too hot, yet summer evenings can cool off; therefore a sweater or a light jacket is recommended. Although winters are mild and rarely include snow, warmer clothing is recommended between the months of November and March.
Rudyard Kipling wrote of Victoria, “Real estate agents recommended it as a little piece of England – the island on which it stands is about the size of Great Britain – but no England is set in any such seas or so fully charged with the mystery of the larger ocean beyond… I tried honestly to render something of the colour, the gaiety, and the graciousness of the town and the island, but only found myself piling up unbelievable adjectives, and so let it go with a hundred other wonders.”