In Canada’s first Chinatown and the second oldest in North America, Victoria is a hub for rich Chinese culture. Visitors can explore the Chinese Canadian Museum, which honors the history, contributions and heritage of Chinese Canadians. Holding the record as the narrowest street in Canada, Fan Tan Alley is another central piece of Victoria’s Chinatown and home to a variety of Chinese businesses and restaurants.
Take a tour with the Pedaler Victoria Bike Tours, which offers a variety of bike rentals and tours for visitors to easily and sustainably tour the city. The two foodie tours include the Eat, Drink, Pedal Guided E-bike Tour and the Hoppy Hour Guided Tour for the ultimate way to try a little bit of everything.
For a different tour offering, Victoria Pedicab Company takes a personalized and unique approach to exploring the city with a knowledgeable tour guide for an interactive and entertaining experience.
Celebrating 120 years in 2024, The Butchart Gardens is a world-famous, 55-acre privately-owned visual masterpiece. No matter the season, visitors can see out-of-this-world blooms, florals and foliage at this family-run green oasis and National Historic Site of Canada.
Perfect for families, Puzzle Lab is a unique local shop that provides high-quality, locally-made puzzles for puzzlers everywhere. The company also partners with artists across Canada to showcase original work on their unique puzzles.
Eagle Wing Wildlife and Whale Watching Tours is an industry leader in conservation and sustainable tourism, offering experiences to get out on the water to see the bustling wildlife found in Victoria’s waters, which Include Orcas and Humpback Whales.
Steps away from Victoria’s spectacular Inner Harbour, 10 Acres Bistro + Bar offer a unique West Coast experience showcasing the freshest foods from Vancouver Island, including seafood and cheese, along with the finest seasonal produce, meats and eggs direct from their farm on the Saanich Peninsula.
As a leader in sustainable fishing practices, Finest at Sea is a ‘boutique-style’ seafood market in Victoria and provides 100% wild products. Their tartar sauce is not to be missed!
Facing the Inner Harbour is Canada’s Castle on the Coast – The Fairmont Empress. For more than a century, Fairmont Empress has been a beloved spot for afternoon tea, having served famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike in the Lobby Lounge. Or, indulge in an inspired cocktail made with locally produced Empress 1908 Gin at Q Bar. Blending history and innovation, the Fairmont Empress launched “Summer Sips” in 2023, an evening, adult-oriented tea service featuring tea-infused cocktails and appetizer-inspired bites.
End your visit by decompressing and relaxing at the Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour, where Samantha and crew stayed during her visit. This property is an oasis for visitors in the heart of downtown Victoria and easily walkable to many of the top attractions and restaurants!
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