Victoria is often called the 'City of Gardens'. Due to our mild climate, Victorians are able to work in their gardens almost all year round. There are many beautiful public gardens and some of the private gardens are open to visitors by appointment or at special fundraising events.
Victoria has many interesting neighbourhoods that are fun to walk through. There are even organized history tours, cemetery and ghost walks. If you prefer to organize your own walking tour, you will be able to find walking tour maps at the Tourist Information Centres and some stores throughout the city.
Victoria BC is fast becoming a bike-friendly city. The city is small, easy to navigate and there are bike lanes on the main arterials. The beautiful Galloping Goose Trail takes cyclists from downtown to Sooke to the west. A mountain bike trail at Hartland Avenue is very popular. The Lochside Regional Trail stretches from the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay to Victoria. Rental bicycles are available per hour, a day or longer. Check it out and enjoy the outdoors.
Classic Car Tours
Just for something different, you can tour the city in a classic car or vintage convertible.
If you don't have the time to walk or bike to the different sights around Victoria you will find several companies that offer guided city tours by bus. Some are in modern air-conditioned coaches and others are in old fashioned double decker buses.
Grayline, Pacific Coach, Big Bus Victoria
Did you get tired shopping or walking around the city? For a fun way of moving around, just flag down a Kabuki cab (rickshaw
type bicycle or pedicab, as they are called here) and get a tour of the city or be dropped off at your destination.
For a totally different look at our beautiful city, you can take a plane and see it from the air. Several companies offer plane tours over the city, the gulf islands or further up the island.
Sea Kayak, Canoe and Sailing Tours
See our island from the water and experience being in a kayak, canoe, sailboat or motor boat. Many companies offer daytrips or longer excursions around Victoria's Inner Harbour or tours through the Gulf Islands. One such company is Blackfish Tours.