Everyone loves visiting new places, and Victoria, BC is one of the most popular new cities for tourists to come and see. Like most destinations, once you factor in hotels, food, travel costs, and souvenirs, visiting Victoria can get expensive and there may not be much left in order to see attractions in the area. A great way to get the most out of the city you are visiting while also staying on budget is looking for free activities to do with your family or travel partners. For those looking to visit Victoria soon, below we have listed some of the top free activities in Victoria that both you and your wallet will enjoy:
Stroll the causeway
One of the most appealing places in Victoria is the inner harbour. The harbour is a hub of activity when the weather is warm, and it offers plenty of places to stop when the weather is cold. The causeway is a walkway circling the inner harbour that is lined with shops and restaurants, and one that offers beautiful ocean and city views. Go for a stroll, enjoy the city views and snap some pictures of the British Columbian parliament buildings.
Beacon Hill Park
Set in the heart of downtown, Beacon Hill Park is 183 acres of sprawling natural paths. Beacon Hill Park brings to life the natural beauty of British Columbia that many people travel far to see. Not only can visitors enjoy the gardens and duck ponds year round, there is also a playground, putting green, and water park right on site. If you don’t mind spending a small amount of cash, a petting zoo is also open to the public in the summer months.
Take in the docks at Fishermans Wharf
For those visitors looking for an aesthetic photo, Fisherman’s Wharf is the place to be. Take in the fishing boats, floating houses, and recently built playground, or just enjoy the sea breeze on the docks. Local stands also offer fish and chips or ice cream.
If you are visiting the inner harbour, take a few minutes to walk to the breakwater in order to experience the city from a different view. The breakwater is also a great place to be at sunset. Visitors can walk or sit by the water as well as view the Unity Wall, a piece of art depicting the history of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations peoples.
See the view from the mountain top
Victoria is a city full of fabulous views! For those that love a challenge, parks such as Lone Tree Hill Regional Park offer tougher hiking trails, while Mill Hill Regional Park offers an easy 200m climb to the peak that is close to the city and great for families. Whichever path you take, all end at a gorgeous panoramic view that is absolutely free.
We all know vacations can be expensive, especially when there are a few children in tow. But luckily now your next Victoria vacation doesn’t have to break the bank- and you can still have a great time! Happy travels and be sure to learn more about our Victoria BC sightseeing tours.