Victoria, BC is the perfect DayTripping destination. Why? Simply, it can be done in a day or over many days—and still leave you wanting to come back for more. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria has it all in one compact area for which most places to visit are only a quick 15-20 minute drive away. We truly believe this destination has something for everyone, regardless of the type of DayTripper you are, or whether you are a single, couple or a family.
Following are our suggestions for making the most out of your day trip to Victoria:
Well-Rounded Adventure DayTripper-
Murchies for coffee/tea and a pastry
Springtide Whale Watching at 10am
Pick up picnic provisions
De Vine Vineyards for picnic and wine tasting
Butchart Gardens (if a SATURDAY)…relax and stay for the nighttime fireworks show…and be sure to go to the Sunken Garden to see the water fountain show at night
Beachcomb at sunrise
Mt. Douglas hike to the top
Springtide Whale Watching 2pm tour
Bike ride along the Canadian Trans trail/Galloping Goose Trail/Dallas Rd
*Option 2-Reverse Mt. Douglas with bike riding to enjoy a glorious sunset from the top of Mt. Douglas
(Light Breakfast) Murchies for coffee/tea and pastries
(Brunch–and yes, you will have a tough time deciding between breakfast or lunch here) Spinnakers
Afternoon Snack-Beaver Tails
Dinner-Pagliacci’s for an amazing casual Italian dinner you’ll never forget!
See the Sights DayTripper-
Best bet: Hang out all day around Victoria Harbor and Government Street. Tons to see, tons to do, for as little or as much as you want.
Visit the Visitor’s Center. It is one of the best we’ve ever seen!
Empress Hotel is worth walking in to check out (we hear the cheesecake is excellent)!
Stroll the Parliament building grounds
Walk along the harbor
Check out the shops down Government Street and pop in for a yummy chocolate treat at Rogers’ Chocolates
(The Royal BC Museum is across the street from both Parliament and the Empress Hotel. We did not go there, but locals say we can’t miss it next time, and at the time of this writing, the Wooly Mammoth exhibition is there)!
Party People DayTrippers-
A Pub Crawl is in order, be sure to use the water taxis!
Irish Times…have a cup (or a VAT) of the famous West Coast Seafood Chowder while you are there!
or Option 2
Wine Tasting-Linger around both Devine and Church & State
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