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Often, it's the people living in a city that make it unique. In this part of Vancouver Island, you'll find 290,000 of them.
A trip to Miniature World or Langford Lanes is a terrific opportunity for some quality family time. If that isn't enough to tire the young ones out, why not make the trip to Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre and Panorama Recreation Centre as well?
Take a dive into an underwater world that's filled to the brim with sea creatures at Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. Come to think of it, you might be safer to stay on dry land. Some of these sly critters aren't to be meddled with!
Meet some extraordinary animals and learn about the importance of the environment on a family excursion to the Victoria Bug Zoo.
Appreciate your wine? Then stop by the Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery and the Church and State Wines, where you can learn about winemaking techniques and try a drop or two.
See the splendour that's created when man and nature come together at the Butchart Gardens. If you weren't already an avid gardener, a stroll through its vibrant floral displays should be enough to convert you.
Lay out a blanket and watch the clouds drift over your head at an oasis of greenery like Iroquois Park and Rotary Park. Alternatively, get some exercise and keep the kids on the go by roaming around Beacon Hill Park or the Victoria Butterfly Gardens.
To truly get under the skin of a destination, there's nothing like arming yourself with a bit of local knowledge. Whatever you're looking for, the welcoming team at Greater Victoria Visitors & Convention Bureau will be able to put you on the right track.
The combination of clean, fresh air and still water make Barnes Creek and Princess Louisa Inlet charming places to spend time at.
Slip on some comfortable walking shoes and get set for an adventure. There are a range of nature reserves around here that are just waiting to be explored. The fresh, clean air and natural surroundings at Goldstream Provincial Park and French Beach Provincial Park are as rejuvenating as they come. Two more areas to check out are All Fun Recreation Park and Havenwood Park.
Walk the calm halls, study the engaging exhibits and chat to the accommodating staff. Mercurio Gallery and Victoria Police Historical Society Museum are leading places to compose yourself and discover something new. The CFB Esquimalt Naval and Militiary Museum and the British Columbia Aviation Museum are also top options for museum nerds.
Boat building and navigation techniques have played a massive role in shaping many countries throughout the world. To discover more about the maritime history of the region, set course for the Maritime Museum.
Feed your imagination with a visit to Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, where you'll witness the latest and greatest in science discovery and innovation.
Nowadays you don't need to traverse the seven seas to experience the wonders of the natural world. You can just pay a visit to places like the Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum and the Royal BC Museum instead, where an incredible variety of weird and wonderful specimens and items are on display all in the one place.
Whatever style of art you're into, there's a good chance you'll find it in Victoria. Why not kick off your day of exhibition hopping at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Robert Bateman Centre? The Emily Carr Gallery and the Red Art Gallery shouldn't be skipped either.
If you like to think of yourself as a history enthusiast, explore the engrossing exhibits that bring to life the events and characters of the past at the Sooke Region Museum. The Craigflower Schoolhouse and the Sidney Museum and Archives are also dedicated to relaying the story of the region's rich heritage.
Time spent remembering history is never wasted. Let British Columbia Parliament Building and Government House help you gain a deeper understand of the area's past. If that doesn't satisfy your inner history nerd, keep going to Emily Carr House and Ross Bay Cemetery.
Live like a king and queen, even if it's just for an hour, at Craigdarroch Castle and Hatley Castle.
Set off on a journey of enlightenment, even if it's only for an hour or two, at Christ Church Cathedral.
When you're venturing to new lands, keep in mind that it's sometimes the less popular sites that you'll most fondly recall once you arrive back home. Two such places here are the Open Space Arts Center and Oak Bay Marina. You'll also find plenty to keep you happy at Victoria Fisherman's Wharf and WildPlay West Shore Victoria.
Dreaming about your Victoria hotel? It's time to dibs a room. With more than 114 accommodations to choose from, you can hit the hay in the provincial capital in any way you please.
If you're hunting for a cosy room without all the extra bells and whistles, the Helms Inn, located at 600 Douglas St, is your best bet. Another place that offers its guests excellent service at a low price is the Island Travel Inn, which can be found at 1850 Douglas St. But then again — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live the high life while you're here, we don't blame you! The friendly staff at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and The Fairmont Empress are specialists in life's finer things.
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