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  • 1 Royal British Columbia Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    675 Belleville St.

    This eminent institution, opened in 1968, focuses on the natural and cultural heritage history of British Columbia and welcomes more than 850,000 visitors annually. The Glass House showcases some of the oldest First Nations totem poles of the provinc..

  • 2 Scenic Marine Drive Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Scenic Marine Drive, a splendid panoramic oceanfront route, is a good way to appreciate the city of Victoria, its superb location on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its gorgeous gardens. Heading southward, the road crosses the verdant Beacon Hill Park..

  • 3 Thunderbird Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Next to the Royal British Columbia Museum, Thunderbird Park is dotted with American Indian totem poles by Kwakwaka'wakw sculptor Mungo Martin (1879-1962). The artist also created the large traditional Wa'waditla house with, painted on its façade, a s..

  • 4 Parliament Buildings Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    501 Belleville St.

    On the south side of James Bay stands a long, squat stone building, whose central dome is topped by a gilt statue of Capt. George Vancouver. Designed by Francis Rattenbury (1867-1935) and completed in 1898, the buildings house the legislative assembl..

  • 5 Fairmont Empress Hotel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    721 Government St.

    Envisioning a rush of tourists to the Pacific Coast, city boosters at the turn of the 20C struck a deal with the Canadian Pacific Railroad to establish fast ferry service from the mainland to Victoria and to build there another in its series of choic..

  • 6 Maritime Museum of British Columbia Interesting

    Museums and art

    28 Bastion Sq.

    A lighthouse beacon stands in front of the old law court which now houses the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Of special interest are the Tilikum, a converted First Nations dugout canoe that sailed from Victoria to England in the early 1900s, an..

  • 7 Craigdarroch Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1050 Joan Crescent

    Built by Robert Dunsmuir, this former centre of Victoria's society (one Dunsmuir son became premier of the province and later lieutenant-governor) once stood amid 11ha/27 acres of gardens. The house has been gradually restored to its 1880s grandeur. ..

  • 8 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Interesting

    Museums and art

    1040 Moss St.

    Housed in a Victorian mansion (1889) to which several modern additions have been made, the gallery offers an eclectic blend of East and West, ancient and modern. Included in the permanent collection are paintings of Emily Carr. Shown in regularly cha..

  • 9 Miniature World

    Museums and art

    The Fairmont-Empress-Hôtel - 649 Humboldt St.

    Located within the Empress Hotel complex, on the Humboldt Street side, is Miniature World featuring a host of small-scale recreations ranging from the Battle of Waterloo to the Canadian Pacific Railway

  • 10 Craigflower Farmhouse

    Museums and art

    1801 Admirals Rd.

    One of the oldest buildings of the town, this Georgian manor house (1856) was constructed by Kenneth McKenzie, bailiff of Puget Sound Agricultural Co., and was formerly at the heart of an immense farming estate. The largest part of the building, in i..

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