How to Spend 3 Days in Victoria BC

Victoria is a beautiful city with plenty of attractions to keep visitors occupied for days. It is a very popular weekend getaway in BC. 3 Days in Victoria BC is the perfect amount of time to get a bit of a feel for the vibe of the city and to really explore everything it has to offer.

Victoria is the provincial capital of British Columbia. It is known for its beautiful gardens, picturesque waterfront, and rich history. The city is home to several historic landmarks, including the iconic Empress Hotel and the stunning Parliament Buildings. Victoria is also a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and whale watching. With its laid-back vibe, friendly locals, and natural beauty, Victoria is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Canada’s west coast.

Here is the best way to spend your three days in Victoria.

3 days in Victoria British Columbia

How to Spend 3 Days in Victoria

Day 1 of your 3 Days in Victoria:

  • Start your day at the Inner Harbour, a picturesque location with stunning views of the Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings. There are often vendors on the waterfront and festivals at certain times of the year.
  • Take a tour of the Parliament Buildings and learn about the history of the province and its government. You may also run into a protest or two, but they are typically small and not obtrusive. If you are not into the history of the city, consider a Cowichan Valley wine tour for the day instead.
  • Head to the Royal BC Museum to learn about the natural and cultural history of British Columbia. You can see the list of current exhibitions as well as buy tickets online in advance.
  • Take a stroll through Beacon Hill Park, a beautiful green space with gardens, ponds, and peacocks.
  • Enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the many restaurants along the Inner Harbour.

Important Information:

Parliament Building Tour Information: From May 22nd – September 4th, 2023 the Parliament Buildings are open for guided tours seven days a week. On weekdays, visitors may join one of the regularly scheduled guided tours or take their own self-guided tour. Tours are free and last approximately 40 minutes. Advance booking is not required. On weekends and holidays, visitors must join a guided tour. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests for weekend tickets are not accepted in advance. More Info

Royal BC Museum Hours: Daily 10am – 5pm (Open until 10pm Fridays and Satrudays June 2nd to September 9th)

Day 2 of your 3 days in Victoria BC:

  • Take a bus or drive to the nearby Butchart Gardens, a stunning display of flowers and greenery that attracts visitors from around the world. Butchart Gardens also offers a high tea service that you can enjoy (you must have an entrance ticket to Butchart Gardens to have tea at their on-site tea house). For those who come to Victoria for just one day, this is the most popular thing to do.
  • Return to Victoria and explore the historic neighborhoods of James Bay and Fairfield, which are filled with beautiful heritage homes. Another option is to take a food tour to explore the diverse restaurant offerings in the city
  • Visit Craigdarroch Castle, a historic mansion that offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the wealthy elite in the late 19th century. If you are visiting Victoria with teenagers, a fun way to experience this is on a local castle bike tour!
  • End the day with a dinner at one of Victoria’s many excellent restaurants.

Day 3 of your 3-Day Itinerary of Victoria:

  • On your third day in Victoria, take a whale watching tour and see these majestic creatures up close in their natural habitat. There are two types of tours. You can go in a zodiac or on a large comfortable boat with indoor and outdoor decks. This is something you want to book online in advance.
  • Visit the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, which has a collection of more than 20,000 works of art.
  • End your day with a sunset dinner at one of the restaurants on Victoria’s waterfront.

Of course, this is just a suggested itinerary, and there are plenty of other things to see and do in Victoria at different times of the year.

If you are coming at a certain time of year, check out these seasonal activities: Things to Do in Victoria in October, Things to Do in Victoria in November, and Christmas in Victoria.

Where to Stay During your Three days in Victoria

LUXURY: Delta by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe or Fairmont Empress or Sheraton Victoria

MIDRANGE: Accent Inn or Best Western Inner Harbour or Hotel Zed

BUDGET: Island Travel Inn or Ocean Island Backpackers

You can also check out our list of the best hotels in Victoria.

How to Get to Victoria

Catch a BC Ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and then follow the highway south to Victoria. Takes about 30 minutes to drive from the Swartz Bay terminal to downtown Victoria. Or take a seaplane from downtown Vancouver with HarbourAir or fly from YVR to YYJ.

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