Victoria Off The Beaten Path

  • The top of Mount Douglas, BC
    The top of Mount Douglas, BC
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  • From the top of Mount Douglas, BC
    From the top of Mount Douglas, BC
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  • Picnic at Sooke PotHoles Regional Park
    Picnic at Sooke PotHoles Regional Park
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Victoria

  • 1. Parks

    Come at the right time of year (late April to late May) and see spectacular, huge rhododendrons in bloom in this known-mostly-to-locals park. To get here take the number 6 bus (catch it across from...

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  • 2. Downtown

    If you follow the pathway along the inner harbor west past the undersea gardens for a couple of blocks, you’ll come to Fisherman’s Wharf. This is where some of the local fishing boats land their...

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  • 3. Outlying Communities

    There are mzny great hiking trails in Victoria and all over Vancouver Island. You can go for an Easy stroll, a Day Hike or an Overnight Hike. Easy Stroll If you park anywhere along the inner harbour...

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  • 4. Water/Ocean

    The Ogden Point Breakwater is a great place to go for a walk whether it's a sunny, calm day or a windy one. Use your common sense however - if the waves are too big don't venture out on to the...

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  • 5. Butchart Gardens

    Go there and see it yourself! There is also Rose Garden, beautiful too. The pst time to got here is in the summer Jule and August, when most of the flowers are in bloom and watch the fireworks! More...

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  • 6. University of Victoria

    These gardens are beautiful, free and not crowded with tourists. The 36 acre gardens are open every day from dawn to dusk. The Victorian homes on Rockland Avenue are well worth seeing too. Government...

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  • 7. Climbing Mount Douglas

    Mount Douglas Park is on the east side of Saanich Peninsula on Cordova Bay Road and Shellbourne Street, maybe a 20 minute drive from central Victoria. There are...

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  • 8. Swimming at Sooke PotHoles Regional Park

    The park is about a 45 minute drive west of downtown Victoria. There are hiking trails, one of which is part of the Galloping Goose Trail; there are waterfalls;...

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  • 9. Royal Roads University

    Royal Roads University is located about 30 minutes from downtown. After parking, we walked about two kilometers among the forest and ponds (I was told it has 15...

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  • 10. Big Painting Party!

    Every summer since 1987 the Victoria Art Gallery has held its Moss Street Paint In. During this event - typically held in July - Moss Street from Fort Street to...

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  • 11. Esquimault's Songhees or Pallastis Point..

    If you want to take a stroll across the Johnson Street Bridge....at the point of land that stands out over the entrance into Victoria's Inner Harbor on the...

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  • 12. Sidney-by-the-Sea....Pier Bistro and Eggs Benny..

    This tiny cafe is found at the end of the Beacon Avenue Wharf...its a smallish but brightly lit restaurant that we hit up upon our arrival to the Island after...

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  • 13. BIG BAD JOHNS....The "Darkside"...

    This could really fit under "nightlife" I suppose....but in fact I think any trip to Big Bad Johns is likely a jaunt "off the beaten path" but certainly its an...

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  • 14. Finnerty Gardens, It's beautiful and free

    Finnerty Gardens is a lovely garden full of rhododendrons in May, but well worth the visit any time of the year. You will often see ducks in the ponds and some...

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  • 15. Painted Ladies

    Though an architectural purist would hate to hear me use such common language, Victoria is full of "painted ladies". This term describes Victorian-era homes...

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  • 16. The original "Hillbilly Bar"

    "Big Bad Johns" hillbilly bar, is a local legend here in Victoria, with a reputation that has been carried the world over by travellers for nearly 50 years now....

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  • 17. Wake the dead

    In the James Bay area, you can easily find the Ross Bay Cemetary. Located within mere blocks from The Royal BC Museum, The Parliment Buildings, and many...

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  • 18. Ross Bay Cemetery

    I don't know that I would go out of my way to visit this cemetery, especially if you are not Canadian as you probably won't recognize any of the names, but we...

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  • 19. Spirit Bears

    Although the majority of the Spirit Bears are on display in Vancouver, Victoria and Vancouver Island have quite a few Bears hanging around. They are on display...

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  • 20. Government House

    It was getting rather late so we just had a glance at the Government House and didn't wander into the gardens. The Lieutenant Governor resides here when she...

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  • 21. Government House

    In Canada, the Queen of England is the ceremonial Head of State. Canada's Governor General acts as her official representative. And each Province has a...

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  • 22. Holland Point Park

    A 10 minute walk down Government Street in the opposite direction of the shopping district will take you to lovely Holland Point Park. Located on a bluff...

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  • 23. James Bay

    The James Bay neighborhood in Victoria is an undiscovered gem that begins just one block from the Inner Harbour, directly behind the Parliament Building. It is...

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  • 24. Emily Carr House

    Emily Carr, Canada's most acclaimed artist, was born here in 1871, when British Columbia had only been a new province within Canada for a few months.Before this...

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  • 25. Search & Rescue Technician Graduation

    As I said at the beginning - the purpose of the trip was to attend the annual graduation ceremony of the Canadian Search & Rescue Technicians. Only ~12 of these...

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