Victoria attractions from a bed and breakfast in Victoria BC
Victoria attractions downtown and in surrounding areas - here are some suggested places to visit when staying at our bed and breakfasts.
Victoria BC attractions
Many of Victoria's principal heritage attractions, museums and gardens can be seen at www.heritagevictoria.org.
Robert Bateman Centre overlooks the Inner Harbour, containing an impressive selection of the artists wildlife paintings.
Miniature World - "The Greatest Little Show on Earth" has over 80 miniature exhibits with tiny treasures at 649 Humboldt Street, Victoria.
While in the Inner Harbour enjoy a stroll along the walkways, either south from the end of Belleville Street to Fisherman's Wharf (there to enjoy whale-watching and Barb's Fish and Chips), or north from the blue Johnson Street bridge to the West Bay Marina. Look out for seals, otters and herons. In summer evenings the Causeway in front of the Empress Hotel comes alive with local artists and the lights of the Parliament Buildings are impressive.
A wide variety of walking tours are available, select from www.discoverthepast.com, www.walkabouts.ca and www.dandahumphreys.com.
Regally overlooking them all is The Empress Hotel, worth poking around to enjoy the magnificent carved wood and stained glass from Edwardian times - use the southern entrance. One of several venues in Victoria for high tea.
Walk north past the Information Centre to the Maritime Museum of BC with its galleries related to the seafaring life. It is at 28 Bastion Square, the original heart of Victoria when it was a fur-trading fort, built in the 1840s before Gold Rush fever in the later 1800s. The Hudson's Bay Co. fort disappeared to be replaced by neighbourhoods such as Chinatown, a living museum in itself – look out for tiny Fan Tan Alley.
The most magnificent home of all is on a hill overlooking Victoria's downtown. Craigdarroch Castle (above) furnished lavishly by the Dunsmuir family in the 1890s is a striking example of what money can buy. 1050 Joan Crescent.
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