Best Free Things to Do in Victoria

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Best Free Things to Do in Victoria

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  • Bohemian_me84
    Calgary, Canada1,958 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It just never disappoints . My trip to Alaska got canceled , 3 days into being stucked in a boat , so I came to Victoria . Always good choice . City is very pedestrian friendly , view is always incredible , food is good and blooming flowers smell amazing.
    Written April 30, 2024
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  • ccriderYVR
    Vancouver, Canada4,698 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We never miss a visit to Beacon Hill park when we are in Victoria. It’s a great place to walk about and also encounter peacocks, ducks, owls and lots of squirrels.

    Spring time is beautiful with all of the flowers and trees blossoming.

    You can connect to the beach and walk and explore for some time if you want.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • tdsuperstar
    Toronto, Canada18,850 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a great tour with Ryan, the architecture and history of building was brought to life. The forty or so minute tour really makes you appreciate the effort it took to get the building built, but at the same time recognizes that it was built at a different time, using different labour laws and taking advantage of a native family. The free tour is worth every moment. The gift shop is also well priced and has some good food offerings. Learn some history, learn about democracy, enjoy the grounds and restaurant!
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • Jody O
    New Baltimore, MI34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting little venue with quirky little houseboats, some good food venues, scenic spot and a couple of nice shops. Just stake out a table and let your folks roam! Nice park next to it, for those restless little legs!
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • Nan M
    Chipman, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely drive, some wildlife, driftwood, solitude when you want it, beautiful views, great place for a walk too
    Written June 2, 2023
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  • patriciae648
    Vancouver Island, Canada229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    @ Oswego Hotel overnight to walk to Ogden Point Terminal to meet up with our friends on the ship. Well laid out, signs and helpful staff made it easy to find one another for a visit in Victoria. It’s a stunning view and easy access for all!
    Written April 5, 2024
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  • RoBe
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In a city known for its gardens, the Government House Gardens remain basically unknown. Maintained by volunteers, these gardens are lovely, diverse, and inspiring. A guided tour is worth the expense, and I can recommend Arthur and Leslie as guides with great knowledge and a passion for the gardens.
    Written July 24, 2023
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  • Travel25346533585
    893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Government Street and the Waterfront are a Must see when visiting Victoria in the Summer. From the Extraordinary Architecture to the Tranquility of the Water and of course the wonderful Patios and Cafes.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • rarhode
    Finger Lakes, NY58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful church, historic and very well preserved. It is well worth stopping in if you are in the area. The acoustics are superb. We were made to feel very welcome by the docent near the entrance.
    Written December 4, 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia48,754 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Victoria Pier is a lovely area to walk around and take in the fresh air and the wonderful views. There are plenty of boats, there is a range of eateries and other shops as well. A place to relax and enjoy.
    Written December 9, 2023
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  • Mark T
    Aberdeen, WA3,018 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Westsong Walkway is a paved walkway starting near the Delta Hotel along the other side of the harbor and ending at the historic Esquimalt marina where you can take a water taxi back to the inner harbor .It's a great place to walk your pets or get in your steps for those fitness-minded. The views of the harbor are top notch especially great for those wanting great pics of the harbor
    Written January 14, 2024
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  • tdsuperstar
    Toronto, Canada18,850 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You get to quickly go down this notable alleyway in Chinatown in Victoria. Fan Tan Alleyway is worthwhile if you’re in Chinatown, but not worth a special trip to see it, I’d say. Neat shops to check out, a quick pic stop. It was a quiet day when I was there, so not much was open. It’s a unique part of Victoria and Canada, so check it out if you’re in the vicinity!
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • Stacey Ness
    Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Came to see the view with family and run the Clover Point Park Run. Loved this area ❤️ Highly recommended. The view does not disappoint 🙌
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • tdsuperstar
    Toronto, Canada18,850 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The great thing about Wharf Street is that it connects great parts of Victoria together. Getting in between the Inner Harbour to Chinatown is a great experience with lots of excellent options for food, pictures or a rest along the way. Red Fish Blue Fish is right on Wharf, which for my money is some of the best fish and chips I've had anywhere, so definitely check that out. The Johnson Street Bridge and the art installation is also worth a look. There life on Wharf Street and is an integral part of the Victoria experience. You may not have to see Wharf street, like the Inner Harbour, but why would you not want to get the full experience while in this great city!
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada14,261 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It had been well over 7 years since I last ambled about Ross Bay Cemetery. As such, I felt it was high time I re-visited one of the province’s most important heritage cemeteries. These grounds have much to teach us if we have but the eyes to see and the ears to listen.

    When most attend Ross Bay Cemetery, it’s usually just to partake in a peaceful and serene walk along the old carriage pathways or admire the intricate monuments to the dead. Indeed, that’s all well and fine, but there’s so much more to this place than a calming stroll. With over 20,000 graves, this 150 year old site is, in many ways, a physical record of British Columbia’s political, social, cultural and economic history. Think about it. There are a number of notable individuals buried here: James Douglas, BC’s first governor, founder of Victoria and “Father of BC;” Amor De Cosmos, BC’s second Premier and a rather curious individual; Billy Barker, a key player in the Cariboo Gold Rush who subsequently had a town named after him (Barkerville); and, Emily Carr, an artist who needs no introduction. There are, of course, many other “worthies” at Ross Bay, but these few illustrate the larger point: The cemetery provides a clear history and record of the province on numerous fronts. For that reason alone it should be on any history buff’s “must do” list when visiting Victoria.

    When we attended, I’d hoped to scope out a few notable graves, but the weather deteriorated rapidly into a torrential downpour. A leisurely stroll quickly turned into a fast-paced walk (with many a quizzical deer looking our way). As a result, we limited ourselves to locating Emily Carr’s resting place and called it a day.

    Despite the quick turn in weather, it was nice to re-visit this site after so many years. The site is peaceful and calming, yes, but it’s also rich in culture, history and Victorian-era tradition.
    Written December 29, 2022
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