55 acres of magnificent gardens on a 130 acre estate that
was reclaimed from a barren limestone quarry starting in 1904.
Located on the Saanich Inlet, south of
Over 35 species of imported butterflies fly free amidst
hundreds of tropical plants; cascading waterfalls and streams
that house fish and tropical ducks.
5 minutes south of
West Saanich Road
As featured on A&Es
s Castles, this is a beautiful
historic Victorian-era mansion, built in the 1890s by wealthy
BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. Located at
1050 Joan Street
, just off of
BC Museum (www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca)
Bring the past to life with a tour of the rich cultural
and colourful history of
along with special exhibits of the wonders of
the world. Eternal
is showing until
October 31, 2004
at the corner of
and Douglas Streets in downtown
- This 406 seat
theatre features the 2-D IMAX Experience; with a projected
area more than 6 stories high and 70 feet wide, up to 10 times
larger than conventional screens, filling the viewer's entire
field of vision. The theatre gives you the most powerful and
involving film experience, bringing images to life with 12,000
watts of IMAX Digital surround sound.
Attached to the Royal BC Museum at the corner of
and Douglas Streets in downtown
(4629) for recorded information on shows.
- Descend . . .
into a world where
's reputation as the "City of
" extends beneath the tide-line! Home of the largest
collection of local marine life to be found anywhere! You
will come face to face with the excitement, the wonder, the
magic and mystery of the underwater world.
s inner harbour at
490 Belleville Street
to the Coho Ferry Terminal). 250-382-5717.
Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse
(www.pc.gc.ca) Step inside
s first west coast lighthouse and the century old fortifications
of Fort Rodd Hill. Parks
Canada Historic sites, they are located 15 minutes north of
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road
Called the Greatest Little Show on Earth.
See the worlds smallest sawmill, two of the worlds
largest doll houses and much, much more.
Located in the Empress Hotel at
649 Humboldt Street
Fairmont Empress Hotel (www.fairmont.com/empress)
- Rising regally on the banks of
, The Fairmont Empress showcases the spirit
and energy of Vancouver Island
in grand style. Lovingly restored to her
turn-of-the-century beauty, The Fairmont Empress captures
the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era.
Located right on the
721 Government Street
of the Universe Observatory (www.hia-iha.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/cu)
- The Centre of the Universe is the public interpretative
centre at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in
, BC ,
. Treat yourself to spectacular
views of Victoria
and the Cosmos! Our
interactive exhibits and talented staff will introduce you
to the amazing world of astronomy.
Located on the top of Little Saanich Mountain at
5071 West Saanich
London Wax Museum (www.waxworld.com)
- Open year-round,
this premiere exhibition of over 300 life size wax figures
(and much more) is conveniently located in the heart of downtown,
on Victoria's Inner Harbour, across from the Parliament Buildings
at 470 Belleville Street.
three complete floors of exhibits that document the history
of ships and shipbuilding in BC and
. Located at
28 Bastion Square
in the heart of downtown
and Wildlife Watching One
of the most popular and awe inspiring activities that you
can undertake in Victoria
is a whale and wildlife watching tour.
There are a number of knowledgeable tour operators
that can provide you with the opportunity to see some of the
approximate 80 Orca whales that inhabit the region,
or some of the killer, humpback or grey whales that travel
through the area on their annual migrations.
You will also be lucky enough to see dolphins, sea
lions, harbour seals and numerous varieties of birds.
in and around Victoria
provide perfect conditions for kayaking.
They range from calm inlets and bays to more challenging
open water opportunities.
Harbour and Gorge
Waterways are the more popular paddling locations, but many
other opportunities abound as well.
The waters around
Victoria offer some of
the best saltwater fishing opportunities in the world.
Salmon, halibut, crabs and prawns are plentiful and
there are a number of charter operators who can not only provide
boats, but also all of the tackle and an abundance of local
operators are Its All Good Adventure Tours (www.itsallgoodadventures.com)
250-480-5900; Springtide Charters (www.springtidecharters.com)
Vancouver Island are world-renowned for their
There are a number of diving sites in and around
Victoria , inshore and
offshore, including two artificial reefs up the
; the Ogden Point Breakwater near
Park ; Race Rocks, a protected
marine park, and the waters of the
A number of tour operators and dive companies will
provide information about locations, as well equipment rentals
Saanich Commonwealth Place
has a wave pool and a 160 foot water slide in addition to
an Olympic size swimming pool, weight rooms and more.
Fun Recreation Park(www.allfun.bc.ca)
at 2207 Millstream Road, 7 miles north of downtown Victoria,
this complex includes a ¾ mile waterslide complex, 2 mini
golf courses, a driving range, with 25 covered stalls, 2 go-kart
tracks, batting cages, concession and gift shop.
In addition, it has a 95 site RV park and is home to
Western Speedway , Western
Canada s largest racing oval and includes a 500
foot drag strip. 250-474-3184.