Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria Port is a significant tourist destination that attracts over 3 million visitors a year. Named in honor of Queen Victoria, Victoria port of call became a supply base and outfitting center for miners and the capital of the province of British Columbia.
Bring along a light sweater as the temperate climate and mild summers provide moderate summer temperatures of around 20°C. Most of the rain generally falls in the winter months of December through February.
The Bay Centre, located on Douglas Street in the downtown area, has 90 stores covering an entire city block. Search for the latest fashions at one of the many boutiques such as Jacob, Melanie and Esprit, to name a few. Take a rejuvenating break on the 4th level patio or relax beside the fountain.
While docked at the Victoria cruise terminal, take a stroll the Government Street Market to see local Vancouver Island products, crafts and services. Every Sunday, from 11 until 5, you can visit with local craftspeople to see their wares. Rings, necklaces and silver from Nick Silver; locally made jams and jellies from Made at Home; Rustic Wood Works; T-Shirts; Georgies home baking; and Bee Bahs Baby hats are just a few to see.
Things to Do
With so much to see and do at in Victoria, your itinerary can be fully scheduled with whale watching adventures, strolling along the boardwalk, or visiting one of the many fabulous museums.
Art galleries are all over town. You won't want to miss the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, located at 1-40 Moss Street in a historic Victorian building. Just take note that the gallery is closed on Mondays.
Children will enjoy a beach walk to discover the local marine life. Top that off with an invigorating excursion via Victoria’s first whale watching company, Seacoast Expeditions. Investigate the inlets and bays that punctuate Victoria’s coastline with an overnight or daily kayaking tour from Blackfish Wilderness Expeditions.
Travel back into the days of pirates and shipwrecks with a trip to the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Located on 28 Bastion Square, you can use an antique bird cage elevator or relax as you watch a video of sailing ships.
Restaurants and Bars
While docked in Victoria, you won't want to miss Pagliacci Restaurant. This lively location offers character and quality food. No reservations are taken so get there early for a seat at one of the trendy cozy tables.
While in the Market Square area of Victoria, relax and enjoy the funky, vibrant and casual flavor of Café Mexico. Serving time honored Mexican food, enjoy the open section that offers a view of the enclosed Market Square.
For a formal dining experience, you should take in the grand ambiance at the Empress Hotel. Located on Wharf Street, right on the waterfront. The traditional Victorian charm features spectacular views of the harbor.
For a cold beer or mixed drink, try some of the old pubs the city has to offer. They include Swan's Pub and the Sticky Wicket. And if you're in the mood for some dancing, try Legends nightclub.