Things to do in Victoria
Known as the "city of gardens," British Columbia's capital city is full of lush greenery and remarkable landmarks. Four Points Victoria Gateway is about a short 10 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Victoria. Head up island for the day or step back in time and check out one of our many historical Victoria BC attractions. Explore the many great things to do in Victoria, and view our recommendations below.
- Goldstream Provincial Park - Goldstream Provincial Park is located only 3 miles from our hotel and is a great place to see native Canadian wildlife. August through November, you'll find annual salmon runs in the Goldstream river as well as a large number of feeding bald eagles. The Park is almost 4 kilometres long and is the perfect place for your next outdoor adventure.
- Butchart Gardens - Take a 30-minute scenic drive along the beautiful coastline and farmland of Greater Victoria to Butchart Gardens. The 55 acres of gardens are indescribable. There is something spectacular to see during any season. The gardens have over 50 gardeners to maintain its yearly beauty and can always be seen hard at work. Be sure to visit the ancient trees including the Cathaya Argyrophylla - one of only two known in Canada. Enjoy lunch at one of their three restaurants or take an eco-friendly electric boat tour.
- Victoria Tea Festival - Experience the excitement of the Victoria Tea Festival - the largest tea exhibition in North America. The Tea Festival is a two-day festival in February featuring all types of tea from more than 40 exhibitors. The Festival benefits the Camosun College Child Care Services program that aids parents who are trying to pursue a college education with the childcare that they need. The festival also hosts a presentation series where tea experts from around the world share their knowledge and expertise.
- Hatley Park - Historic Site - Hatley Park is one of Canada's most memorable historic sites, with 17 buildings dating as far back as 1837. The gardens throughout the park are traditional cottage gardens of the 19th and 20th century. Hatley Park is a great place to have a romantic picnic or take the family on a guided day tour. This historic landmark is one of the first preserved remnants of Blue Mountain rural settlements.
- Victoria Dragon Boat Festival - If you're visiting us during the month of August, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival needs to be on your to-do list. The only dragon boat festival in Canada that takes place in a harbor, the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival hosts 90 teams from all over North America. Each team will try their luck at the 500-metre course and only one will be declared the winner. Unleash your inner dragon with 3 days of exciting cultural entertainment.
- Fisgard Lighthouse Historical Site - Fisgard Lighthouse was Canada's first lighthouse on the West Coast and is still in operation today. The lighthouse was built by the British in 1860 and is now used by the Canadian Navy. The brick lighthouse offers two floors of nautical and shipwreck exhibits. Be sure to take in the movie dedicated to the life of the lonely 19th-century keeper. Enjoy a quiet picnic on one of their 12 picnic tables or hit the water for some recreational scuba diving. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this breathtaking monument.
- Craigdarroch Castle - Welcome to the Craigdarroch Castle, one of Victoria's legendary landmarks. The Castle has over 39 rooms decorated lavishly with Victorian elements. Take a self-guided tour and enjoy beautiful stained glass windows and great views of Victoria. Craigdarroch was built around 1887 for a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal. Don't forget to check out their guided audio tour so you can see all that this 20,000 square foot space has to offer.
- Coast Collective at Esquimalt Lagoon - The Coast Collective at Esquimalt Lagoon is a community centre that showcases local culture and art. Home to the Coast Collective Art Centre and gift shop, tourists and locals alike can experience the original art of local artists and emerging talent and celebrate Victoria's rich culture. The centre is uniquely located between a migratory bird sanctuary and urban forest land.
- Bear Mountain Arena - Bear Mountain Arena is host to year-round sporting events and concerts alike. This arena was built in 2004 and is home to the Victoria Shamrocks Lacrosse team as well as the Victoria Grizzlies Hockey team. Bear Mountain Arena has all the appeal of a large venue but with their innovative interior design, there isn't a bad seat in the house. Visit Bear Mountain Arena for a sporting event, tradeshow, or concert.
- Victoria Film Festival - Calling all film lovers. Stay on top of all the latest movie making trends and independent films at the annual Victoria Film Festival in February. Enjoy the talent of filmmakers young and old, entertainment and good food.
- Royal Roads University - This public university is located in Colwood and was first established as a military college in 1940.
- Western Speedway - Explore western Canada's oldest speedway that seats up to 3,000 fans and hosts everything from stock car races, to car and truck demos, drag races, and monster trucks.
- View Royal Casino - hit the slots and blackjack tables, or even catch a live show at View Royal Casino.