Downtown Victoria hosts not only the world-renowned Inner Harbour, The Fairmont Empress hotel and Legislature Buildings, but also Canada's oldest Chinatown, and a wonderfully charming Old Town district. See images of our downtown, here.
Our downtown is without a doubt one of the reasons why Victoria is consistently rated as a premier travel destination across the country, and around the globe. It is picturesque, featuring waterfront paths, charming shops and restaurants, stunning heritage buildings and picture-perfect locations.
Downtown Victoria serves as the employment and entertainment hub for the 360,000 residents of Greater Victoria. It is also home to a growing number of residents, and a community in and of itself.
Oak Bay is a picturesque suburban community located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. With a population of approximately 18,000, it forms part of the Greater Victoria urban area, and, along with 12 other municipal governments, comprises the Capital Regional District.
The municipality is bordered by the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south, Haro Strait to the east, the District of Saanich to the north and north-west, and the City of Victoria to the south-west. Along with other adjoining bodies of water, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Haro Strait were officially renamed the Salish Sea in 2010; however the old names are also still in use.
The geographic coordinates are: 48°25′35″N 123°19′22″W. Oak Bay occupies an area of 10.53 km2 (4.07 sq. miles) and the population density is 1710.3 per km2
The Corporation of the District of Oak Bay was incorporated in 1906 in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
The municipality operates under the provisions of the Province of British Columbia Local Government Act, which sets out all powers, duties and functions for municipal governance across the Province.
Oak Bay falls within the Provincial BC Electoral District of Oak Bay/Gordon Head, and the Federal Elections Canada District of Victoria.
With our 13 vessels, locations in both Victoria and Vancouver, and close to 100 staff in peak season, Prince of Whales is one of the largest whale watching and eco-adventure companies in British Columbia. As such, we are proud to be a leader in responsible whale watching and to have served as teaching platforms for whale research.
We are committed to customer service excellence from the moment we welcome you as our guest to the time we wave good-bye. Our team of guest service guides are Worldhost trained and certified; meaning, we are dedicated to doing everything we can to ensure that your time with Prince of Whales is nothing short of spectacular. In order to make your time with us more enjoyable, we try simplify things rather than complicate them, we will guide you rather than direct you, and finally we will provide you with enough time on the water to really relax and enjoy the viewing experience.
From the very beginning, we have been committed to hiring only the best guides. Some of our earliest staff members are still with us and have set the tone for the quality of our tours. To this day we operate above and beyond Transport Canada crewing regulations to ensure your experience with us is always a personal one.
As an industry front-runner, Prince of Whales is committed to safe, environmentally conscientious whale watching. We work with other members of the eco-tourism industry to continue conservation efforts, and to make sure that the whales’ habitat remains pristine for years to come.
Butchart Gardens, established in 1904, treat visitors to an enchanting floral show that changes with the seasons. Covering 55 acres (22 hectares) on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the botanical space is intricately laid out into separate themed gardens with landscaping that impresses and inspires gardeners and nature lovers alike.
Step inside and explore The Gardens’ reaches, from the depths of a former quarry to the sweet scent of roses.
Go behind the scenes at The Gardens: With 26 greenhouses spanning 0.8 hectares (2 acres), our gardeners are kept busy year-round, growing and nurturing plants for each seasonal display. Led by a staff gardener, your one-hour tour will introduce you to the greenhouses and cover topics ranging from plant propagation and production to pest management.
With a former quarry as a canvas, Jennie Butchart envisioned transforming this space into a beautiful garden haven, overflowing with lush greens and colourful blooms. The result of her vision is The Gardens, which are still family run to this day.
The Royal British Columbia Museum offers visitors a comprehensive introduction to the region's history and culture. Exhibits include tribal artifacts from the First Nations, natural history displays and even replicas of Colonial-era settlements. The museum also boasts an IMAX theater and rotating special exhibits.
Recent visitors said this museum is a must-see when in Victoria as it offers a far-reaching look at the region's geography and indigenous people. Reviewers also praised the museum's layout, which is situated in chronological order. Some reviewers even said this was one of "the best museums" they've ever visited. Plus, if you're hungry, don't miss the museum's year-long food truck festival, which takes places in the building's back courtyard.
The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday from mid-May to early October. Admission costs CA$26.95 (about $21) for adults 19 and older and CA$16.95 (about $13) for kids ages 6 through 18. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children 18 and younger. Keep in mind entrance to the IMAX costs extra. The museum is located on Belleville Street, at the border between downtown Victoria and James Bay. If you're arriving by bus, several routes stop within walking distance of the museum. You'll also find bike racks outside the museum and parking on surrounding streets (the museum doesn't have its own parking lot). For more information, visit the Royal British Columbia Museum website.
Victoria Butterfly Gardens, in Greater Victoria on Vancouver Island, offers a unique opportunity to experience the warmth, beauty and romance of a tropical rainforest. In the climate-controlled environment (25 Degrees Celsius and 80% humidity), you will wander through a lush jungle of plants native to tropical rain forest environments.
Thousands of exotic, tropical butterflies (up to 70 species) fly free through our large facilities, the size of almost 3 basketball courts, as you meander along the trails, passed organic vanilla beans growing on the vine, papaya trees, pineapple, coffee beans, ginger and many other foods of the world growing in the organic soil. Witness the entire life cycle of these amazing butterflies.
Stroll through this indoor tropical wonderland, where Caribbean flamingos walk through the streams and ponds among the beautifully coloured koi, goldfish, jack dempseys, albino oscars, tetras, barbs, jaguar cichlids, plecos, Australian whistling tree ducks and red-eared slider turtles. The carefully planned combination of trees, bushes, vines and creepers is a balanced jungle-like eco-system that flourishes without the use of herbicides and pesticides. Stroll through and marvel at our lush gardens including tropical flowers, carnivorous plants and fruits of the world. Wander in our newest Exhibit, the Insectarium, full of impressive insects and invertebrates from around the world. Your jungle adventure awaits. This a photographer’s paradise, and a truly memorable experience for the entire family.
The Victoria Butterfly Gardens are located in Brentwood Bay, Victoria, just 5 minutes from Butchart Gardens.