Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia and is easily accessible from the Lower Mainland. The most common form of travel to Victoria is by ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay in North Saanich. You can take your car on the ferry or catch a double decker bus which will take you through Saanich, Uptown Victoria and right Downtown Victoria. Float planes and helicopters (Helijet) go directly from Vancouver harbour to Victoria harbour allowing you to save time and enjoy some scenery from above.
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia. The BC Parliament Buildings are located right downtown Victoria in the harbour. The buildings are eye catching and have beautiful grounds. They are definitely a site to see while you are there. Located adjacent to the parliament buildings is the Empress Hotel which is a National Historic Site of Canada. The Empress is famous for its traditional high tea which started in 1908 and has served English royalty many times over the years.
Whale Watching is commonly enjoyed year round by visitors to the area. There are a couple of Orcas pods local to the southern tip of Vancouver Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You may also see Humpback whales, Minke wales, Sea Lions, Seals and Porpoises while you are on the water. Seals and Otters can also be seen at Fisherman’s Warf from time to time.
If you enjoy gardens, the Buchart Gardens is also a beautiful place to see. It is located slightly outside the downtown core but is well worth the drive!
If you are looking to stay indoors, the Royal BC Museum is a great option. The museum, which is now over 130 years old, was founded in 1886. While you are there you may want to also check out a movie on their 4K IMAX which is the largest IMAX screen in BC.
If you happen to need insurance while you are in Victoria or you just want to stop in a say hi, Westland Insurance has three offices in the greater Victoria area; Colwood, Uptown Victoria and Downtown Victoria.