Rockland / Fairfield
Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch is Gaelic for "rocky oak place" and this Victorian mansion does afford beautiful views of the Olympic Peninsula. After he worked his way up from indentured servitude to be the richest man in British Columbia, Robert Dunsmuir built...  Read More

Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site

Fisgard Lighthouse has been in operation since 1860, though the beacon is now automated. Several floors in the restored lighthouse recount the tales of its keepers, and the over 2000 shipwrecks that have given this area its nickname, "The...  Read More

Descend 15 feet to the lower level of this glass-enclosed observatory and you can watch over 5000 species of marine life in their natural habitat. Sharks, eels, starfish, salmon, and "Armstrong" the giant octopus are all visible as they go about...  Read More

Crafted by skilled artisans this historic marvel of stone, marble, mosaic and stained glass was designed by Francis Rattenbury and built in 1898. The Parliament buildings are complete with beautiful grounds, sculptures and fountains. During...  Read More

Rockland / Fairfield
Beacon Hill Park

Tired of shopping and sightseeing in downtown Victoria? Get a lunch-to-go and walk a short way to Beacon Hill Park. This hilly 200 acres of land boasts fabulous mountain and ocean views, and has been popular with Victorians since it was...  Read More


This 6-block area is the oldest Chinatown settlement in North America, having been founded in 1858. Narrow Fan Tan Alley (just four feet wide at each end), is historically important as the center of 19th century Chinatown's legal opium industry....  Read More

Market Square

One of Victoria's best shopping spots has a history of its own. Built during the late 19th century, this three-level building was where sailors, lumberjacks and whalers went looking for fun on their days off. Now you will find more than 45 shops...  Read More

North Victoria
Point Ellice House

Built in 1862, Point Ellice House was the O'Reilly family home until 1977. This Italianate villa overlooks Upper Harbour and the Gorge Waterway. To enhance the romance of your visit, arrive by water on the Victoria Harbour Ferry. Take an audio...  Read More

Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse

This early farming community was organized by a subsidiary of the Hudson's Bay Company to transform the area into a permanent settlement and to reduce the need for imports from abroad. Established in 1853 along the Victoria Gorge Waterway on the...  Read More

Emily Carr House

Born in 1871, she called her family's house in Victoria home until leaving at age 17 to study painting in the United States and Europe. She returned to Victoria in 1913 and her love of nature and animals led her to remote corners of British...  Read More