Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Victoria to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre

If you're interested in Native American art and culture, you'll definitely want to plan a trip up to Duncan to visit the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre. On the premises is the Khenipsen Artisan Centre, the largest carving house in the world, where...  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

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Hundreds of colorful butterflies and moths flutter freely through this tropical greenhouse. The Garden provides an identification chart, and then allows visitors to explore on their own. Naturalists are also available to explain butterfly...  Read More

Victoria Bug Zoo

Love bugs? This museum has over 30 species of insects and arachnids including live scorpions, tarantulas, beetles and grasshoppers. The tour guides will even let you hold some of the gentler insects on display. After your tour be sure to stop in...  Read More

In 1946 the exiled Georgian Prince Nicholas Abkhazi and his new wife Marjorie (Peggy) Pemberton-Carter began what would become an ever-evolving landscape masterpiece. The grounds consist of a series of "rooms," each with its own distinct...  Read More

Great Canadian Casinos View Royal

More than 400 slot machines. Numerous games, like roulette, blackjack, poker and mini baccarat. Lots of space (35,000 square feet to be precise). A restaurant, a deli and more than 350 parking spaces. What are you waiting for?

University Of Victoria
Finnerty Gardens

The University of Victoria's amazing collection of rhododendrons is a must see for any amateur gardener or plant lover. There are more than 500 species and hybrids here, many started from seed. The 6-acre site is beautifully landscaped with an...  Read More

Elk Lake / Cordova Bay
Glendale Gardens and Woodland

A registered non-profit organization, the HCP manages acres of demonstration gardens and greenspace in addition to an accredited university, the Pacific Horticulture College. The site is comprised of about 100 acres, but only about five acres...  Read More

Inner Harbour
Miniature World

If you happen to be in Victoria during one of its rainy spells, this is the ideal attraction to visit. Spend a couple of hours examining dozens of tiny exhibits depicting scenes from all over the globe. You'll visit the Great Canadian Railway,...  Read More

The Butchart Gardens
Photo courtesy of David Markham

When the limestone quarry on the Butchart family estate was exhausted, Mrs. Butchart decided a bit of landscaping would spruce up the area. A few years later in 1904, the magnificent Sunken Garden was opened to the public. Since then the family...  Read More