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Abkhazi Gardens is one of Canada’s most significant garden creations. Prince and Princess Abkhazi created their garden in 1946.
Partially because of the English heritage, Victoria is fortunate to have several brew pubs as well as Victoria’s own Vancouver Island Brewery. Vancouver Island Brewery is the maker of several superb lagers and ales located on Government St.
The Bug Zoo is very popular with children; it features hundreds of insects from around the world. Entomologists are on hand to answer questions. Not to worry, the insects are behind glass.
This is perhaps Victoria’s most well known attraction. It is a must see for anyone who needs proof that Victoria is the city of gardens. Themed gardens such as the Japanese, Italian and the English rose garden showcase some of the world’s finest landscaping talent. Absolutely immaculate in every way, this will surely be an inspiration to anyone who has even the slightest of green thumbs. Also features fountains and sculptures, as well as a spectacular show and fireworks display (Saturdays in summer season). Restaurants and gift shops completes the experience.
Stroll amidst hundreds of exotic butterflies flying free in an indoor tropical rainforest. Witness the entire life cycle of these amazing insects! See spectacular flowering plants and foliage, fascinating birds, waterfalls and a stream. This is a photographer's paradise and a truly memorable experience for the entire family.
A ride in an elegant, white horse drawn carriage provides memories to treasure forever and offers the opportunity for a leisurely look at some of Victoria’s finest scenery. Tours depart from the corner of Belleville and Menzies.
This is the original castle built by Robert Dunsmuir. At the time of construction, Mr. Dunsmuir was the richest man in British Columbia. The castle boasts 39 rooms and 5 floors of antiques, stained glass and woodwork from the 19th century. The castle allows visitors a chance to turn back the hands of time and experience what life was like for the very rich in the early years of Fort Victoria. Guided tours are available throughout the day.
This is the home and birthplace of controversial artist Emily Carr. Carr, who was shunned in her time as being a radical who’s art was often criticized, has now become one of Canada’s most renowned artists. Carr became known for her vivid, life capturing water colours of early BC life. These works featured west coast scenes and images of Early First Nation life that was rarely seen by the average person.
A fun and economical way to see the harbour from the water, the harbour ferries are jaunty little tugs which briskly tour the waterways, stopping at pubs, Point Ellis House and Fisherman’s Wharf. Ferry stop signs line the harbour at many of the piers.
Built in 1908 by James Dunsmuir this castle is a must see. This was the second castle built by the Dunsmuir family. The first, Craigdarroch Castle was built by James father, Robert Dunsmuir. The grounds are beautifully maintained and feature beautiful Italian, Japanese and Rose Gardens as well as a military museum.
Home of the B.C. Legislature, this massive structure, built in 1897 is the focal point of the Inner Harbour. Seen in postcards around the world, the Legislative Buildings are a sight to see at night, when they are outlined with over 3,000 lights. Guided tours run daily and showcase the buildings unique design features and construction, and allow visitors to sit in on a question period to see the BC Legislature at work.
Come and explore the exciting world of maritime history. It has everything from pirates, to shipbuilding and shipwrecks.
Featuring a mini golf course, farmer’s market, shopping and ice cream, Matticks Farm has something for the whole family!
Where else can you pan for gold in 2 pools? Plenty of gold pans to share.
Located on the north side of the Empress Hotel, Miniature World is a unique display of intricate scenes in extreme detail. Accompanied by special sound and lighting effects, this makes for an enjoyable experience that you will be sure to tell your friends at home about.
National Geographic Theatre is owned and operated by Destination Cinema Canada Inc. Our 408 seat theatre features the 2-D IMAX Experience. The most powerful and involving film experience which brings images to life on a screen over six stories tall with 12,000 watts of IMAX Digital surround sound. Everything else is just a movie!
Located in the lovely Inner Harbour of downtown you can see live fish, as well as many other things that live in the sea. Don’t forget to check out the live dive shows.
This world class museum is home to many exhibits and displays which allow visitors an opportunity to understand what BC was like decades ago. Exhibits include the natural history gallery which explores the last ice age and showcases a full size woolly mammoth. Other displays include the Open Ocean where visitors can explore the west coast waters by means of a simulated submarine tour. The rich heritage of the First Nations People is also featured through displays of artifacts, potlatch ceremonies and an impressive selection of masks and totems. The Modern History Gallery explores BC history from the 1700's until the present day, with displays of lumber mills, the gold rush, and the fur trade industry, all of which played a pivotal role in the formation of BC as a province.
The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre is designed to provide visitors of all generations an opportunity to gain new insight into the ocean and what we can each do to cherish and respect the ocean ecosystem. Visitors will come to understand the ocean in a new way. The Centre is a place of wonder and exploration and a gateway to nature.