Activities for a Rainy Day in Victoria

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Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Victoria

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  • Julia C
    Fredericton, Canada124 contributions
    Great natural history museum with a strong focus on BC and it’s history - very well planned and interesting exhibit.
    Written October 28, 2022
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  • Karen S
    3 contributions
    A look into the past. Take an hour and explore this amazing castle. 5 sets of stairs, 5 floors to explore.
    Written November 23, 2022
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  • MississaugaBee
    Toronto206 contributions
    The BC Legislative Building is a terrific lesson in both architecture and history. The building and grounds sparkle during the day and light up at night. This isn’t a stuffy old edifice; instead, it brings the history of BC to life from portraits of BC legislators to murals on the ceiling.

    We spent about 1.5 hours looking around and then had a delightful lunch in the old school dining room. Don’t miss the Legislature’s dining room, likely the best in the city, even if you have to cut back on seeing the Legislature itself.

    The grounds are thoughtfully landscaped and the statues from a bygone era are exceptional. There are free tours of the building however, a self-guided tour is very informative.

    We visited just after Queen Elizabeth died and the Legislature had a tasteful memorial with the opportunity to prepare a letter of remembrance. The many photos of Her Majesty taken during her visits to BC and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Window stained glass window were poignant given her passing.
    Written November 6, 2022
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  • MississaugaBee
    Toronto206 contributions
    Miniature World consists of many different dioramas, model replicas of things such as historic London, circus life, doll houses, the tall ship era, fairy tales, Camelot, and the railway coast to coast in Canada. By and large, the detail and workmanship is excellent throughout.

    Project yourself mentally into the dioramas and you know what it must have felt like to be there.

    The best exhibits in my view were the BC portion of the model railway, the extensive circus, the old cities and ships, Camelot, the auto diorama, and the dollhouses. There was a tremendous amount of skill demonstrated by the creators. The varied lighting was interesting.

    The worst part was the space exhibit when you enter; it was inferior to the others and made a poor first impression as did the dark and unimaginative foyer. The other downside was excessive room given to world war 1 and 2 dioramas; they were nicely constructed but did not really fit the overall theme of the rest of the displays. The order of the dioramas needs improvement.

    Was it worth spending time here? Yes, very unique place but you have to enjoy dioramas. Would I go back? No, not unless there was some new material. Was it a good value? The tickets should have been lower cost but still reasonable.
    Written October 18, 2022
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  • Caroline C
    North Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
    The place is really small (2 rooms), but you get to see a variety of spiders and insects. I went with my 12 year old and she felt too old for the place. I thought it was pretty cool. We stayed for about 45 minutes, so it felt a bit overpriced for our experience, but I imagine going with a younger child and definitely getting my money’s worth. Tour guide Emma was very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm for the zoo residents was contagious. A great visit for younger (<10) children.
    Written October 2, 2022
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  • longhaulfromlondon
    Teddington, UK416 contributions
    This place is worth a visit even if it's only to meet the gorgeous golden labrador who lives with the concierge in reception!
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • Lyncroft
    Quebec287 contributions
    Small gallery showcasing different exhibits. Check their calendar first. At the time of our visit, it was showing Robert Bateman's work. Lucky us since we both admire his works.
    Written July 8, 2022
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  • Dr Tim T
    Sarasota, FL916 contributions
    Enjoyed visiting this cathedral! Make sure you look back and see the organ console! We were lucky to hear the organist practicing! Beautiful stained glass and architecture!
    Written August 31, 2022
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  • Marianne G
    Bellevue17 contributions
    A hidden gem that brings history to life. Knowledgeable staff that link Emily Carr and her family’s past to who she became. Tours were by appointment and were well worthwhile. Gardens were great and it was interesting to see them linked with Emiliy’s quotes and paintings.
    Written August 15, 2021
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  • BelaN74
    Mississauga, Canada4,131 contributions
    Great tasting of local beers. The service was friendly and the atmosphere was great. It’s a must visit for all beer drinkers.
    Written April 2, 2022
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  • chirop99
    Seattle, WA163 contributions
    We attended a Gordon Lightfoot show and the theater was great. It's older but sight lines are all good and it's small enough you don't have to worry about spending half an hour getting out after the show.
    Written October 27, 2022
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  • Sunshine6988
    Calgary, Canada35 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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  • Don L
    Chilliwack, Canada318 contributions
    I love to visit outstanding churches and St.Andrew's did not disappoint. Built in 1890, the beautiful interior with giant organ placed up the center. Rear stained glass windows were donated by the widow of Robert Dunsmuir, the coal baron. Drop by, you will be most impressed.
    Written March 3, 2020
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  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,744 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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  • 47SLS
    Southampton, UK142 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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