Activities for a Rainy Day in Victoria

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Victoria on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Victoria

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  • Amnon M C
    Tel Aviv, Israel62 contributions
    Real fine Museum to visit, near the center of Victoria at its old city and its Parliament Buildings plus Harbor, an half a day of getting to know the original and heritage of the Province of British Columbia.
    Very busy and popular area for global visitors.

    A must visit if you are on the island and in the city.
    Written February 19, 2024
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  • Odyseey
    New York City, NY53 contributions
    Really great looking building in the middle of Victoria downtown we walked around for about 20 minutes then it became boring
    Written January 5, 2024
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  • Treker650
    Kaysville, UT162 contributions
    Be sure to read all you can to gain a better understanding of the family dynamics and their legacy. The castle nicely restored.
    Written November 21, 2023
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  • cymry
    Montreal202 contributions
    I hesitated over whether to visit but am very glad I did! This place is a little ridiculous, very whimsical, and overall a great experience! There are approx. 85 different dioramas and models, ranging from the space age (the first room, which made me think of a cheap sci-fi show), to war-times (the standard Civil War, etc. dioramas but some truly stunning WWII recreations of bombed-out cities), the history of Canada, fairy-tale land, and everything in between. The dioramas were done by various people so range in scale and style, and were overall just really interesting. The entire place is set up with a carnival-type feel, which suits the atmosphere perfectly.
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia45,296 contributions
    The Empress Hotel is a magnificent looking, architecturally beautiful building. It is situated in a prime location, overlooking the inner harbour. Its gardens are lovely and the interior is absolutely beautiful.
    Written December 8, 2023
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  • Julie L
    Victoria, Canada38 contributions
    Hah I went here when I was like 10 and I still remember the experience. I got scared when a snaked hissed at me lmao...hey I was trying to say hi to it but it kept ignoring me so I tapped on the glass...."me not seeing the sign that says no tapping on glass"
    Written January 25, 2024
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  • Julie L
    Victoria, Canada38 contributions
    I love the Royal Theater because I performed a dance here with my school group when I was in middle school, and I am a graduate now! It is a large theater and well maintained.
    Written January 25, 2024
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  • rarhode
    Finger Lakes, NY65 contributions
    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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  • Sandra’s impressions
    London, UK36 contributions
    Great brewery with lots of tasty beers. Very comfortable tap room with reasonably priced beer and the ability to taste them all in a flight for a really good price! Would highly recommend!
    Written July 9, 2023
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  • 47SLS
    Southampton, UK155 contributions
    My review is somewhere between 3 and 4. The art gallery is small but well laid out and the exhibits we saw were interesting.. I felt the garden at the back has almost become an afterthought and need a a little work.
    Be aware there is no cafe here so have a drink down Fort Road or elsewhere before coming. If you walk, as we did, and want a glass of water on arrival you will be out of luck. There are plenty of eateries about 10 min walk on Fort Road.
    Written September 22, 2022
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  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,990 contributions
    The museum occupies a relatively small space on Humboldt Street, having left the old courthouse on Bastion Street some years ago. It does not seem to be well-funded and is closed half of the week. However, at present it has an interesting exhibition on lighthouses on the West Coast of B.C. Even more interesting is the series of small films on the sinking of the S.S. Princess Sophia in the Lynn Canal, en route from Skagway to Victoria, in October 1918. Still the most costly maritime disaster in the North West Pacific in human terms — everyone on board, some 350 people, drowned — the way it developed makes a gripping tale. There are also some very attractive models of ships that operated along the coast over the decades.
    Written March 7, 2020
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  • Elsbeth D
    13 contributions
    Our guide Pascal gave us a thorough and entertaining tour through this Victoria mansion and home of one of Canada’s greatest artists. While not many of the furnishings or decor pieces are original to the home, great effort has been made to recreate the atmosphere , the furnishings, and possessions within to represent the time period and the Carr family’s station in Victoria’s society. Many anecdotes of Emily Carr’s life and that of her sisters created a rounded view of life in Victoria during Emily’s childhood and later life as a female artist. The re-creation of the wall coverings and paint colours true to the time period shows the dedication of the society committed to preserving this home. Well done.

    An observation, a query was, why is there no caretaking, simple sweeping or vacuuming to keep the entry, the hallways, carpets, and stairway free of gravel, leaves and dirt tracked in by guests. The time period rugs and lovely painted canvas flooring certainly will suffer from the accumulation winter debris,
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • Brenda K
    Vancouver, Canada1,512 contributions
    I came here last week before wrapping up my Alaska cruise trip. My sister said this place sells good beers so we went here. I can imagine Homer drooling at Duff Beer or donuts, the first world problem if he wants his beer or donuts.

    So much variety of flavours here. I can also see how beers are packaged the next door which is cool. There’s one funny name of beer especially Gangster’s Parroteyes. We did a tasting flight ($9) consisting 4 flavours of beer. Philips know how to make their beers here. I don’t really like drinking, but liked Leosaurus out of all of them. Something citrusy refreshing to drink on a scorching summer day.

    We wanted to bring dad here for beer sampling it didn’t work out. Fast friendly service. Great place to chill with friends. I saw Dinosaur soap which smelled heavenly it was tempting. They also sell some cool merch in the store. It’s totally worth visiting Philips Brewing.
    Written August 21, 2023
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  • Sunshine6988
    Calgary, Canada36 contributions
    It was my Birthday trip with my Dad and while we waited for our hotel room we checked out the Visitor Centre and were welcomed by Komal Lapasia! She was so knowledgeable about what we could do during our timeframe and suggested excellent restaurants! She also made our dinner reservations for my Bday at Aura which was excellent! We also bought Butchart Gardens tickets and Hop on Hop off bus tickets also! We asked about the casino and she recommended taking a bus and buying the $5 all day pass to which we used that evening and found it very easy to find! She was so patient and didn’t rush us although there were other people in line! We were so thankful we stopped in and would highly recommend everyone to stop in!
    Written October 10, 2022
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  • Bill2025
    Surrey, Canada212 contributions
    Beautiful grounds and a lot of history going back to the late 1800’s. There is no admittance cost but they will accept donations. This is a must stop rain or shine for everyone. The museum and the historical house is located minutes from downtown Victoria and there is free parking on site.
    Written October 7, 2021
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