Capital Area

Vancouver Island
Capital Area
Southern Vancouver Island is not only spectacularly beautiful, it’s also a great place to visit and live. Whether you like the city life and all that it has to offer or you’re an outdoor enthusiast, there is something here for you. The area is rich in art galleries, museums, lodging, shops, restaurants, and theatres. It’s also a great place to learn how to kayak, bicycle, scuba dive, sail, row, beachcomb, and skydive.


Victoria Located on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria has the best climate in Canada and offers visitors plenty of opportunities to enjoy it. Paddle a kayak or go rowing. Windsurf, sail, take a ferry, ride a bike, or go diving for a view of the Victoria’s underwater life. This provincial capital has lots of indoor activities too. Take a...


Your gateway to ecotourism adventures, Sooke is located a short 35-minute drive from downtown Victoria. As well as boasting spectacular beaches, Sooke offers some of the finest fishing, whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and golfing on Vancouver Island. The West Coast Trail, Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, and Galloping Goose Trail can all be accessed...


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If you enjoy being close to nature, then head to Saanich. A 15-minute drive from downtown Victoria, this residential community is packed with parks, beaches, and bike trails. The largest park in the area, Mount Douglas Park is one of Vancouver Island's prime migratory bird stopovers. Over 380 species have been spotted in the region. It’s also a...


The municipality of Esquimalt, located just west of Victoria, is known for two things-–its many beautiful parks and its navy base. You’ll get a unique view of the Inner Harbour when you walk the seawall that runs from Victoria, past historic homes and a tempting pub, to the heart of Esquimalt. Another place you won’t want to miss is Highrock...

Oak Bay

When visitors say Victoria is “a little bit of old England” what they’re really describing is its suburb, Oak Bay. Located just a few minutes east of Victoria, Oak Bay Village consists of quaint streets lined with flowers and twee shops. Here the pace slows right down. You could, with little or no difficulty, spend your whole afternoon here sipping...


Colwood has many significant historical landmarks within its boundaries. These include the Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park, Fisgard Lighthouse (the oldest working lighthouse on the West Coast), and Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University. While you’re in the area, be sure to visit the Esquimalt Lagoon. It’s a great place to picnic, hang out...


Langford ’s many small lakes and pristine parks make it ideal for swimming and hiking. On a hot summer’s day there is nothing better than taking a dip in Thetis Lake. On cool days it’s a great place to canoe, kayak, and hike. Goldstream Provincial Park is one of the area’s most impressive parks.


The beautiful, pastoral countryside of Metchosin offers many pleasures including numerous hiking trails, beachcombing, native petroglyphs and idyllic picnic spots. Metchosin is also home to Pearson College of the Pacific, some outstanding golf courses, and fishing at Pedder and Becher Bay.

View Royal

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Many historic sites await visitors to View Royal. Tour Craigflower Farm, which boasts B.C.'s oldest standing school building. Treat yourself to a beer and some excellent pub food at one of the area’s historic pubs. Or ride your bike along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail that runs for 26 miles through View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and...


The charming seaside town of Sidney is about 35 minutes north of Victoria. Sidney offers her visitors long walks along the ocean, breathtaking views, and some surprisingly good shopping – especially if you like bookshops. This quaint town also sports several marinas and some great restaurants and galleries. Sidney attractions include the Sidney...


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If you want to explore an area that is completely off the beaten path, head to the Highlands. It’s relatively unpopulated, and there are no stores and or buses. However, if you’d like to experience nature at its purest then this is the place. Here you’ll find Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, Mount Work Park, Lone Tree Regional Park, several small...

Western Communities

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The Western Communities provide a welcome respite from the downtown crowds or an agenda that is jam packed with activities. The region is comprised of five distinct areas--View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, and the Highlands.

Saanich Peninsula

Unpack your walking shoes and prepare for an adventure--there’s a whole other world to experience just 20 minutes north of Victoria.

Journey to the Saanich Peninsula and you’ll experience the quiet pleasures of country life. Here you’ll find beaches for beachcombing, marinas for boating, ponds and wetlands for bird watching, countless...

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