Victoria boasts a varied selection of attractions from historic buildings to beautiful outdoor gardens. Some of the most important historic Victoria attractions are the St. Anne’s schoolhouse which was built in 1845, the Helmcken Home constructed for the first physician in 1852 and Temple Emanuel. The latter dates to 1863 and is the oldest synagogue in Canada.
Parks and Gardens
Of the most visited Victoria attractions is Beacon Hill Park. Its 185 acres of breathtaking nature is home to exotic varieties of plants and animals, a petting zoo for the children, manicured lawns and scenic panoramas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It’s an ideal place for a picnic or to watch a game of cricket. During the summer months, tourists can enjoy the festivals and outdoor concerts.
When you see Butchart Gardens, you’ll understand why Victoria is nicknamed “city of gardens.” Its splendorous grounds are breathtaking Victoria attractions, which are covered with streams, roses, sunken gardens, and fountains. The park is a century old and was built on an old quarry. It’s even beautiful during winter when the crocuses are in full bloom. And if you visit in the fall you’ll witness the most amazing tree colors ranging from deep orange to ruby red.
Tip: If you’re in Victoria in the summer time, you’ll want to visit the park after 3:00 p.m. to enjoy the flowers by day light. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to watch firework displays as well as the lighting of the gardens. It’s one of the most amazing Victoria attractions.
Museums and Galleries
Art, nature and history lovers will be glad to have a venue like the Royal British Columbia Museum among the Victoria attractions. Its three galleries will take you to the last ice age and back to the present. There’s an ocean exhibit where guests may see a recreation of a submarine voyage through the mysterious depths of the waters. There’s a history section displaying ceremonial artifacts, totem poles and other items relating the life of the region’s people.
Another must see of Victoria attractions is the Maritime Museum. Tourists will get a chance to discover that the Pacific Coast of North America has a rich history. It’s all represented in the collection of navigational instruments through the galleries, the engine room, the ship building area and the whaling and fishing exhibits.
A most unique venue and among the most popular of Victoria attractions is Miniature World. It’s housed inside the Empress Hotel and showcases 80 miniature displays of very interesting subjects. Among them is the largest doll house in the world featuring 50 rooms, each of them beautifully furnished. Others show the Canadian Railway from the 1800s, European castles and Time Travel to Space.
Art lovers will have a superb time at the Gallery of Greater Victoria. This Victoria attraction is housed in a building from 1889 and presents great works of pottery, jewelry and crafts by local artisans. There’s also a vast collection of masterpieces by famous Canadian painters.