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What to See Victoria

The Sunken Garden – Victoria, British Columbia


Sunken Garden—Victoria, BC

“The Sunken Garden” by TOTORORO.RORO

You can practically smell the flowers as you gaze at this wonderful shot of the Sunken Garden part of Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. The photograph captures the depth and vastness of the surrounding environment while exploring the shapes and sizes of various types of plant life. Using creative positioning and various types of line—the steps, the railings, the winding paths—”The Sunken Garden” engulfs viewers with intricate details.

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10 Ways to Celebrate Autumn in Victoria

Things get Spooky at Galey Farm
While Victoria earns deserved accolades for its early spring and easy-living summer, the Island’s long, easy transition to fall has a beauty all its own. Here are excellent opportunities to fall for a Victoria autumn.

The Best 8 New Summer Attractions in Canada

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: Calgary

Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2013: A shot of Calgary’s winner

Each year, the editors of Where from across Canada release their picks for the summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones. From graceful sports temples to rich explorations of science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the winners of the Best New Summer Attractions Awards for 2013 »

20 Things to Do With Kids in Victoria

Things to Do WIth Kids in Victoria

Things to Do WIth Kids in Victoria: boys play at the Maritime Museum of BC, #5 on our list (Photo: roy.luck)

Entertaining kids in an unfamiliar city is never easy. For your next family trip to Vancouver Island, our local travel experts have made it easy on you by putting together this list of 20 wonderful things to do with kids in Victoria. There are activities here for every kind of young traveller, from the the science lover (see #1 and #4) to the adventurer (see numbers #13 and #20) to the sports nut (#17 and #9). There are more than enough things to do with kids in Victoria to keep the little ones engaged—and maybe even spark the interest of a few adults. Come explore!

See the list of 20 things to do with kids in Victoria »


The Best Victoria Beer: A Beer-Lover’s Guide to Victoria’s Top Brewpubs and Beer Tastings

Victoria Beer

Victoria Beer: a set of pints served up at Canoe Brewpub (Photo: sashafatcat)

Think Victoria is best known for its afternoon tea? Think again! For the last decade, the Victoria beer scene has been expanding at a exponential rate. The burgeoning craft brewing industry has been earning rave reviews across North America, blending the finest traditional practices with local recipes and seasonal ingredients. For all lovers of beer, Victoria has become a destination city—so much so that we decided to compile a guide to the greatest ways to sample Victoria’s best beer.

 See our guide to the best beer in Victoria »


Free Things to Do in Victoria: 20 Activities That Will Cost You $0

Free Things to Do in Victoria

Free Things to Do in Victoria: visit the Fisherman’s Wharf (Photo: Madeleine_H)

Among the things to do in Victoria, the world-class attractions are worthy of a prominent place on your travel itinerary—Butchart Gardens, say, or the Royal BC Museum. For visitors on a budget, however, there are plenty of free things to do in Victoria. Here are some of our $0 favourites:

See the list of 20 free things to do in Victoria »


Hannah Georgas Tours Canada: Q&A With Vancouver’s Irrepressible Singer-Songwriter

Vancouver’s Hannah Georgas on tour

With her self-titled new album and tour, Hannah Georgas is turning over a new leaf. Gone are the acoustic guitar-tinged folk melodies of the Canadian indie darling’s previous efforts The Beat Stuff and This Is Good; on Hannah Georgas (and on her current tour), you will find catchy melodies and synth-infused electronic beats. But though the album’s influences seem endless – everything from Foals to John Maus to Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen – the songs are still undeniably Hannah. They may indicate a slightly darker and more self-assured musician, but the impeccable musical and lyrical stylings that earned her a 2011 Juno nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” remain perfectly intact. Where Ottawa‘s Erica Eades sat down with Hannah Georgas on day three of her cross-Canada tour in support of fellow Canadian five-piece Mother Mother.

Read the full Q&A, in which Hannah Georgas discusses her tour, her process and her inspiration »


Locally Produced Spirits: 5 Amazing British Columbia Distilleries

Just some of the ingredients used by Victoria Spirits


Along with a renewed interest in locally made, artisanal foods has come a revival in craft spirits. In British Columbia, home to many high-quality base ingredients, a number of small-scale distilleries have opened their doors to make tasty drinks out of fruit, organic grains, even potatoes and hemp seeds. Most products are not available in stores, so if you want a taste, you’ll just have to visit. Here, a slide show of our picks for five of the best »