Best Shopping in Victoria BC


No matter the location, one thing that people love to do on vacation is shop. The visitors of Victoria BC are no exception, and in fact the locals also love to participate in retail therapy too! While it is sometimes great to visit the most popular shopping locations, make sure to keep an eye out for the lesser known spots that could turn out to be the perfect shopping stop. If you are heading out for a day of shopping in Victoria soon, make sure to put one (or all!) of the places below on your list:

The Bay Centre

The Bay Centre is a favourite stop for anyone visiting downtown Victoria, and it is easy to see why. Its stunning architecture, 90+ stores, and proximity to places such as the Inner Harbour and the Victoria Convention Centre make for a great day of shopping that is easily accessible. If you are a visitor in town, you are even eligible for exclusive discounts courtesy of the Bay Centre’s Guest Services.

Market Square

Who doesn’t love a market? If you are looking for a unique item while visiting Victoria, be sure to check out the boutique shops and outdoor market at Market Square. Support local store owners as you browse their merchandise or grab a bite to eat, and check out the Sunday flea market in the centre of the square for great deals! Market Square is also located conveniently downtown, so it is easy to stop by if you are visiting Chinatown or the Inner Harbour.  

Victoria Public Market

For those seeking local produce, foods, and goods in the shelter of the indoors, the Victoria Public Market has you covered. Here you can pick up some local made goodies for an afternoon picnic, or take your kids to the children’s play centre onsite while you enjoy live music. This is where the community gathers to celebrate local artisans and have fun doing it! Our Feast For The Senses tour includes a stop at the Victoria Public Market.

Uptown Mall

If you are heading just outside of Victoria, it might be worthwhile to check out the Uptown Mall in Saanich. This open air shopping area features all kinds of places to shop and eat, and it is easy to spend a full day browsing here. This mall has a great mixture of stores from high end boutiques to practical department stores.

Lower Johnson

In downtown Victoria, you’ll fall in love with the colourful and quaint buildings of Lower Johnson. Lower Johnson offers visitors boutique shopping accompanied by charming surroundings, and even if you are only window shopping, the walk down the street is very much worth it. Here you will get a small-town feel right in the heart of the city!

Robert Bateman Centre  

Art and nature fans will love the shop at the Robert Bateman Centre as it celebrates the beauty of nature and allows you to take a piece of it home with you! Visitors can browse the gallery of this Canadian legend and purchase his books, prints, and handmade artisan goods by other local artists. Not only is this a fun day out for the entire family, but it also offers the chance to shop for unique, local gifts.

A trip to Victoria BC offers much more than just stunning views and whale watching– the locations above and others will give you a unique and memorable shopping experience too! For more suggestions on things to do or places to shop while in Victoria, contact CVS Tours today or learn more about our sightseeing tours.

Unique 2018 Victoria BC Events & Conferences


Many people know that Victoria offers stunning views and landscapes, but it is a little known fact that Victoria is also a hub of activity for many visitors and locals! As the capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a popular place for gatherings and conferences of all kinds. 2018 brings many reasons to visit Victoria besides the usual attractions, and these include a variety of special events and conferences. If you would like to be a guest in Victoria this year, check out these unique events and conferences below:

2018 BC Women’s Scotties Curling Championship

This January the province’s best women curlers will gather in Victoria to curl in a province wide tournament that is sure to be tons of fun. The teams will compete for a spot at the national level competition, which will take place at the end of the month in Penticton. The Victoria curling club is excited to host this event in the lead up to the 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea, and if you love curling it is a great time to catch a few games either on TV or in person!  

Capital City Comic Con

From March 16-18, comic book lovers, gamers, and tech wizards will be at the Victoria Conference Centre and Crystal Garden for three packed days. See everything to do with comics, toys, games, family fun, science fiction, special guests and pop culture, and maybe even meet your favourite character or actor. Don’t forget to wear your best cosplay! Whether you want to attend a panel, grab an autograph, or just pick up some memorabilia, check out the Capitcal City Comic Con website.

Social Media Camp

In a world where everyone uses social media, why would anyone need to learn about using it? This conference will change perspectives on how to use social media effectively and intelligently in our ever changing world. Not only is this a great opportunity for marketing and communications professionals and beginners, but the conference will also touch on cultural impacts such as changes in politics and security issues too. No matter your sector, you may find this informative conference useful through new knowledge and new contacts. Check it out this May!

NATGEO Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Due to the stunning landscapes and wildlife around Victoria, this exhibition is a tourist favourite as it gives a new way to experience the natural beauty of Canada and the world. The top award winning photos are on display here along with the work of young photographers and special categories. This exhibition runs from December 2017-April 2018 at the Royal BC Museum, and it is well worth a visit. Come and see some of the best nature photography in the world and feel as if you are right there in the photos too.   

Have the events and conferences of Victoria this year snatched your attention? There is plenty more to see in British Columbia’s capital city and CVS Tours can help you see the amazing sights in and around Victoria.

Best Photo Spots In Victoria BC


Vancouver Island is a photographer’s dream. From the stunning mountain scapes to the ocean views to the dense forests, there is a little bit of natural beauty everywhere you look. Add in the historic buildings and sights of Victoria, and the photos become even better. Whether you are a professional photographer, or just like to snap photos for your Instagram, you will love taking pictures in Victoria. Below are some of the best photo spots that you won’t want to miss on your next visit:

Ogden Point Breakwater

A popular location for locals and tourists to walk and take in many beautiful sights and sunsets. It’s a cement structure that runs from Dallas Road out towards on the Juan de Fuca Strait to a lighthouse on its furthest end. You will have an opportunity to see Victoria’s busy harbour traffic as cruise ships, ferries, sailboats, float planes, helicopters and as we already mentioned some beautiful sunsets.

Swan Lake

Located right in the city, the Swan Lake Christmas Hill nature sanctuary offers a place for wildlife and photographers to gather. The lake and natural area around it is home to many birds and small animals, and you can take some great pictures while strolling around the trails that circle the lake. Even if you are not there to photograph wildlife, the lake itself offers a beautiful backdrop for a photo.

Clover Point

Stroll the waterfront path near downtown and you will reach Clover Point, a popular photo spot that does not disappoint. Photos taken here have a triple threat: the mountains, the ocean, and a gorgeous pebbled beach all in one photo! The location of this point is perfect for capturing a sunset or some fantastic photos of shore birds or seals in their natural habitat.

Cattle Point

If you are looking for panoramic views of the Olympic mountain range, look no further than cattle point. Although a small park, Cattle Point houses lots of tourist and wildlife activity. This is a great spot to come if you cannot walk long distances or have kids, as the walking trails are very easy to navigate. From Cattle Point you can catch snap of a sunrise, see river otters in the evenings, or see many other types of wildlife too, all with the mountains in the background.

Goldstream Provincial Park

If you are willing to head just outside of the city, it will be worth it for the photos you can get at Goldstream Provincial Park. Visit in the fall and winter to see salmon swimming upriver, or take one of the many hiking trails (with different levels of difficulty) up to see temperate coastal rainforests and rocky outcroppings. These magnificent environments make for a fantastic photo!

Esquimalt Lagoon

This lagoon is a hot spot for bird watchers and many migratory birds make a stop here as they head away for winter and back in the spring. Although these times of the year will be most popular for seeing wildlife, the lagoon offers gorgeous sunset and landscape views all year long. Stop by to take in the sparkling waters and grab a picture alone or with a friend!

Butchart Gardens

This really shouldn’t come to anyone as a surprise as Butchart Gardens has so many amazing spots for photos. A Google image search of Butchart Gardens will give you plenty of places you can take some world class photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.

While these are some of the most popular places to go for photos in Victoria, don’t forget that there are many more great spots around Vancouver Island to snap a picture. Don’t be afraid to explore and get off the beaten track as it may lead you to a breathtaking view and a stunning photo to help you remember your trip for life. If you need help planning your perfect Victoria getaway complete with great photos to remember it by, contact us at CVS Tours today or learn more about our sightseeing tours.

How To Spend 48 hours in Victoria BC


If you are lucky enough to visit beautiful Victoria, you may feel unlucky if you only get to explore for a short amount of time. Many people underestimate how many activities and sites the city and surrounding area has to offer, and as a result book too little time in this picturesque capital of British Columbia. While it is best to spend at least three to four days in Victoria, if you are on a time crunch and only have 48 hours take a look below at the best way to spend your limited time:

Stay at the Chateau Victoria

You will love this four star hotel in the downtown core as it is near many major attractions so you don’t have to travel far. They also offer complimentary downtown shuttle service for those who can’t walk or don’t want to walk! The Chateau Victoria is one of the best hotels in Victoria and offers comfortable accommodations as well as many great additional services such as highly rated restaurants.

Get a Rental Vehicle

If you are only in Victoria for a short time, it is highly recommended to pick up a rental car so that you can quickly get around and even visit some of the attractions just outside the city. Luckily if you are staying at the Chateau Victoria there is a rental vehicle pick-up point right around the corner!

Visit National Historic Sites

Once you have your car it is a great idea to visit the Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse historic sites. These two beautiful locations offer a glimpse into history and are exciting to explore. At Fort Rodd Hill, you can tour the coastal fort located in Esquimalt Harbour, while at Fisgard Lighthouse you can explore the interior of the lighthouse and snap a stunning photograph outside with this unforgettable backdrop. Between May and October it is even possible to book a tented cabin and camp at Fort Rodd Hill!

Experience Fine Dining at Cafe Brio

If you are looking to indulge while visiting Victoria, check out Cafe Brio for lunch or dinner. The entire menu is made from scratch using fresh local ingredients, and they even offer half portions for lighter meals.

Have an After Dinner Drink at Clive’s Classic Lounge

While staying at the Chateau Victoria, take a stroll down to Clive’s Classic Lounge for an award winning cocktail that is steps from your room.

Take Advantage of Chateau Victoria’s Restaurants

Whether you choose to stay at the Chateau or not, you can still enjoy the fine food and stunning views of their Vista 18 restaurant. This rooftop restaurant and lounge offers a scrumptious brunch menu including eggs benedict with crab!

Head out of the City for Sightseeing

Victoria has many attractions to see within the city, but some of the best sights lie only a 20-30 minute drive away. Take some time to stroll through Butchart Gardens, or enjoy a craft cider sample with a charcuterie plate at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse.

Take a Whale Watching Tour

Head down to the docks at Fisherman’s Wharf to experience fresh fish and chips, a village of floating homes, the fresh ocean air, and of course: whale watching! Eagle Wing Tours operates from here, and with this family run business you can see orcas, sea lions, marine birds, and many other stunning sights. While taking your whale watching tour, you will also learn about conservation and the company’s efforts to protect the wildlife of Victoria.

Experience the Diversity of Victoria

It is a little known fact that Victoria is a diverse city, and the restaurants certainly reflect that! Whether you visit Chinatown for authentic cuisine, or stop by La Taquisa for reasonably priced mexican meals, you will be shocked at the many flavours Victoria has to offer.

Grab one Last Breakfast Before Hitting the Road

While Victoria has many wonderful places to grab a bite, check out Willie’s Bakery and Cafe for all day breakfast, or just a small bite. This is British Columbia’s oldest bakery, and you can tell they are very practiced at making great food.

As you can see, it is tough to experience Victoria in all of its glory in just two days. If you need help booking or extending your getaway now that you’ve seen how much is on offer, contact us today or learn more about our sightseeing tours.

Best Christmas Activities in Victoria BC


Once again the most wonderful time of the year is approaching. Christmas is a very special time in Victoria, and many residents and visitors take the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. This usually includes visiting one of Victoria’s many festive events, Christmas fairs and markets, and light displays. Don’t let the weather get you down this holiday season – whether you like to feel the snow fall on your face or enjoy it from inside, Victoria has a holiday attraction for you! Check out the 10 best Victoria Christmas activities below:   

The Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens

From December to January enjoy the spectacular light display at Butchart Gardens. This popular summer attraction comes to life on a winter’s night where you can enjoy classic festive displays, ice skating, carolers, and seasonal dining!

Marina Light Up

On this special night take a stroll down to the Inner Harbour where the streets and boats will be alight with Christmas joy. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Victoria’s gorgeous waterfront in a new way!

Annual Gingerbread Showcase

Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase is an attraction that you do not want to miss this holiday season! Held at the Inn at Laurel Point, this showcase features both professional and amateur bakers with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.

The Festival of Trees

Located at the Bay Centre and the Fairmont Empress, the festival of trees has over 80 trees on display in true holiday fashion. Enjoy trees decorated by local businesses and sponsors which not only showcase the Christmas spirit, but the community too. Over 80 trees will be included this year for the festival’s 25th anniversary from  November-January. Visitors can also vote on their favourite tree with all proceeds benefitting the BC Children’s Hospital.

Christmas at the Royal BC Museum

This December, Santa will be visiting the Old Town and the Royal BC Museum. Bring your family and friends to experience Christmas in a new way. This festival offers Christmas traditions from the past, and the chance to sing along with the bells of Carillon Tower.

Santa’s Light Parade at Island Farms

Guests come from near and far to enjoy this famous parade at Island Farms. Kids and adults will love the floats, music, entertainment, and dancing that will pass by and get you into the Christmas spirit. After the parade, meet santa for refreshments at Centennial Square where donations will also be accepted for local food banks.

Ogden Point Light Up, Christmas Market and Truck Convoy

This bustling event is a must see for families or those with young children. Visitors can enjoy holiday music, children’s crafts and activities, food trucks and a local Christmas market. At dusk, the spectacular holiday truck convoy arrives decked out with thousands of lights and ready to leave the city.

Christmas Starlight Cinema

Who doesn’t dream of watching their favourite holiday movie under the stars with a mug of hot chocolate? Thanks to the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe, you and your family can! This attraction offers flexibility as movies are played every Tuesday and Wednesday evening in December, and admission is free!

Centennial Square Ferris Wheel

From the top of the festive ferris wheel at Centennial Square, you can take in all of the holiday beauty in the surrounding area. Take a ride on the ferris wheel, meet Santa, and enjoy holiday entertainment and food vendors.

Uptown Christmas Parade and Light Up

The Uptown Shopping Centre will be hosting its annual tree lighting ceremony this November accompanied by a parade, performances such as live music, and of course shopping! Spend some time soaking up the Christmas cheer and giving back to the community through donations.

While in Victoria, be sure to enjoy one of our sightseeing tours this Christmas.

Best Winter Activities in Victoria BC


Winter in Victoria is nothing to be afraid of! While many people choose to hide inside during the winter months, this is actually a great time to experience some of the activities Victoria has to offer. Due to the milder winters of the west coast, you don’t have to be afraid of turning into an ice cube while trying to see the city. Since peak tourist times are in the summer, take advantage of the quieter times and lower costs this winter. Whether you are a local or a visitor, consider spending your winter at some great Victoria winter attractions. Below are some of our top picks for winter activities in Victoria:

Arts and Culture

If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, Victoria is the place to be. The winter months offer light shows, markets, performances, parades, and fun for people of all ages. Take a stroll by the Inner Harbour to experience thousands of magical Christmas lights, or attend a parade to see Santa Claus. Notable holiday events are the Festival of Trees taking place at the Bay Center, Christmas at Butchart Gardens, or Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle. For more information on these fantastic events, see our blog on the best Christmas activities in Victoria BC. In addition to the many holiday themed events around the city, many local performance venues offer traditional winter performances such as the Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol.

Music and Film

Every February movie lovers flock to the Victoria Film Festival, a ten day display of top quality films and directors from all over. People of all ages will enjoy the vast array of different genres and themes. For music lovers, many restaurants and pubs offer live music throughout the winter, so cozy up with a beverage and enjoy some local talent!

Food and Drink

The winter months and holiday season is the perfect time to indulge in some of Victoria’s finest cuisine. Many local restaurants and bars feature seasonal menus that have the perfect winter treat. A favourite food event is the Dine Around and Stay in Town event, which features deals on three course meals at over 60 restaurants in Victoria in February and March! Pair your meal with a classic drink from one of the many local microbreweries popping up around Vancouver Island.

There is also the Be A Toruist In Your Own Hometown event as well which takes place during two weekends in late February and early March. Enjoy discounts on many restaurants and attractions throughout the city and feel like a local!

History and Heritage

Victoria is a city filled with heritage and interesting history, and summer is not the only time to enjoy this! From Craigdarroch Castle to the Royal BC Museum, attractions are open year round and are often much more enjoyable without lineups. The city is also home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown which celebrates Chinese New Year every winter. This special event features the dragon parade, live music, cultural attire and cuisine, and traditional dancing. Victoria’s Chinatown brings the feel of being in China without the long trip to get there.

As winter 2017 approaches, you may want to skip the beach vacation and consider taking a trip to Victoria instead. The city offers two vastly different experiences in the winter and summer months, and this is just an excuse to visit twice! While in Victoria, be sure to enjoy one of our sightseeing tours this winter.

Coastal Landmarks in Victoria BC


You may know that Victoria is one of the world’s best places for whale watching, but there is so much more to discover out on the beautiful waters surrounding the city. No matter what time of year you visit, Vancouver Island offers unmatched natural beauty. One of the best parts about whale watching is seeing this beauty from a different angle! See below for some landmarks and features to watch out for next time you are on the water outside of Victoria:

Fisgard Lighthouse

At the mouth of Esquimalt harbour lies Fisgard lighthouse, a white and red brick beacon that is hard to miss. This lighthouse is the oldest in western Canada, and is a popular national historic site that is beautiful from the sea or the land.

Olympic Mountains

Directly south on the Washington Olympic Peninsula, the Olympic mountains offer a gorgeous backdrop to a relaxing boat ride. Take in the snowy peaks and impressive height of these monster mountains.

Trial Islands

Just past the breakwater you will see the Trial Islands, an ecological reserve that protects endangered plant species. Although the public cannot access it, you can take in the beauty of the wildlife and lighthouse (located on the largest island) from the water.

Mt. Rainier

On the clearest days you can see Mt. Rainier from the water, even though it is 87km outside of Seattle! Although from Victoria it may seem like just a small peak, this volcano is actually massive up close.

Race Rocks Lighthouse

This lighthouse is hard to miss because of its distinguishable 24 metre black and white tower. For 150 years it has been guiding boats through the Juan de Fuca strait, and this makes it the second oldest lighthouse on the west coast. If you want to check out the lighthouse up close, there are 3 live webcam feeds that bring to life the ecological reserve surrounding the lighthouse. Be sure to check out the variety of seals and sea lions who live on the reserve!

Discovery Island

Discovery Island is known for its panoramic Olympic Mountain views and status as a Marine Provincial Park. Many visitors come to the island to kayak, hike, and check out the variety of wildlife. At the eastern end of the island lies the Sea Bird Point lighthouse, which marks the Canada-United States border.

Ogden Point Breakwater

Seeing the Ogden Point Breakwater from the water is not a view that many get to see, as it is mostly popular as a half mile stroll from land. If you get the chance to stroll on the breakwater or see it from a boat, it will be well worth it.

Mt. Baker

If the weather is clear, be sure to look out for Mt. Baker. Both impressive and terrifying, this active volcano is about 100km east of Victoria in Washington State, and is known to be one of the snowiest places in the world.

Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands are a grouping that stretch from Victoria to Nanaimo along the eastern coastline. Each island is unique, with scenery from the forested hills of Salt Spring Island to the sandy bluffs of James Island. Since its purchase in 1994 by billionaire Craig McCaw, James Island is strictly off limits to the public as it houses many treasures such as a western village and electric cars.

Clover Point

If you pass by Clover Point, you might see windsurfers, kiteboarders, or kite flyers as it is a popular destination for these sports. If you think this point is spectacular from the water, be sure to check it out off of Dallas Road and get yet another great view of the Olympic Mountains.  

Mt. Douglas

Just a short drive north of Victoria you will find Mt. Douglas. This peak is a great accessible option for families or those who cannot walk far as you have the option of hiking, biking, or driving to the top. The lookout point offers a full view of Victoria and the Juan de Fuca strait.  

East Sooke Park and Becher Bay

This coastal park is a true hidden gem of Vancouver Island. With 50km of trails, breathtaking views, and Mount Maguire (the highest point), it is easy to see why this park attracts many lovers of the outdoors. At the east side of the park you will find Becher Bay, a beautiful space that includes both a marina and a campground.

If you wish to see the best attractions on the mainland, be sure to learn more about our sightseeing tours in Victoria BC.

Lesser known attractions in Victoria BC

As Victoria becomes a more popular visitor destination, it may be difficult to explore some of the most well known attractions in the city. In peak times, tickets sell out and lines form for these places. Fortunately, Victoria is home to many other hidden gem attractions that are much lesser known, but still hold the same experiences. If you haven’t heard of the attractions below, make sure to make some stops on your next visit to Victoria BC.

Ghost Tours

Due to its age, Victoria is known to be one of the most haunted areas in British Columbia. If you want to learn the spooky secrets of the city, then taking a ghost tour is the right choice for you. You and your guide will visit some of Victoria’s most haunted sites, so watch out for ghosts! Since this tour was developed by historian John Adams, you can rest assured that these stories are not just made up to scare you – they actually reveal Victoria’s scary past.

Christ Church Cathedral

As one of Canada’s largest churches, this impressive gothic cathedral is a must see for lovers of great architecture. The Christ Church Cathedral is open to the public and contains a self guided tour to help you get the full experience and history of this sacred place.  

Dragon Alley

In the famous Chinatown in Victoria lies Dragon Alley, a unique street that connects Fisgard and Herald streets. While all the other visitors look for Fan Tan Alley, stop by Dragon Alley for shops, restaurants, studios, and a true Chinatown feel.

Thunderbird Park

Beside the Royal BC Museum you will find Thunderbird Park, an incredible tribute to First Nations peoples right in the heart of Victoria. The park boasts many totem poles and First Nations monuments along with its two historic buildings, Helmcken House and St. Anne’s Schoolhouse. Stop by for a glimpse into First Nations history.

Glass Sidewalks

As you stroll through downtown Victoria, keep your eyes peeled for the glass sidewalks… or you might just miss them. Back in the late 19th century, these translucent purple prisms were installed in a few spots to help sunlight reach the basements below them. Since many of the prisms have been removed or broken, these are a fading part of Victoria’s past and are a must see if you are in the area.

Ross Bay Cemetery

Although it may seem odd to visit a cemetery, the Ross Bay Cemetery is a truly special place to visit. As one of the most historical places in Victoria, it offers a look into the past as it is home to the graves of many famous Canadians and Americans. Visit the final resting place of Emily Carr, Sir James Douglas, or Billy Barker.  

Downtown Markets

Who doesn’t love a street market with fresh produce and artisan goods? Throughout the summer Victoria has many bustling markets that will be sure to have something for everyone. To find out dates and times, check before your trip as they are subject to change yearly. For year round visitors, check out the permanent public market located in the Hudson building!  

Government House

You can find this historic gem in the Rockland neighbourhood away from the main tourist path. Government House is known as the ceremonial house of every British Columbian, and is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. If you stop for a visit, you can take in the impressive 36 acre grounds that house many gardens and a rare Garry Oak. One of the best things about this attraction is it is free to the public all day long.

If you are visiting Victoria, be sure to check out our sightseeing tours which visit some of the best attractions in Victoria BC.  

Best Cideries, Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries in Victoria BC


No matter what time of year it is, it is always a great time to visit a cidery, brewery, or distillery in Victoria. Vancouver Island has much to offer in these categories including award winning beverages to quench any thirst. Whether you are looking to go on a brewery hop, or just spend an afternoon at one or two, take a look at the list below for your best options in Victoria:

Sea Cider

Sea Cider is a family-owned, community-minded orchard and ciderhouse. They grow organic cider apples and strive to produce award-winning cider each year. It’s located on a small farm with a big heart and aims to deliver an exceptional experience.

Hoyne Brewing Co.

Hoyne offers a variety of whimsical beverages that are perfect for different activities and seasons including a honey beer and an espresso stout. This brewery can be enjoyed across BC and Alberta as it is supplied in many liquor store locations, or you can visit their Victoria base and purchase a growler or keg yourself.  

Victoria Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery

As the second largest distillery of single malt whiskey in Canada, they know whiskey. All products at this distillery and brewery were founded by Scots, and if you visit their facility for a tour their Scottish pride will shine through. They are also the only brewery in town with a full lounge license, so your tasting can turn into an afternoon of drinks and good times.

Our Feast for the Senses sightseeing tour visits the Victoria Caledonian Distillery.

Driftwood Brewing Company

Although Driftwood brewery does not offer tours in person, you can take a unique virtual tour on their website. Since they began in 2008, they have had much success with their core and seasonal brews. See for yourself at the brewery where you can pick up a growler or a few bottles to try out.

Church & State Wines

Overlooking the vineyard in beautiful Brentwood Bay, Church & State Wines offers award-winning wines to taste. They strive to produce wines that over-deliver, and the results speak from themselves: the winery has been named producer of Canada’s Best Red Wine seven times since 2009, and received countless Gold medals, Best in Class awards and National trophies for both red and white wines.

Victoria Distillers

Victoria Distillers is one of Canada’s oldest, small-batch spirits companies. They’re influenced by history and driven by innovation. For the past 10 years they have been producing some of BC’s finest handmade spirits in their copper pot still under the name Victoria Spirits. To accommodate their growing business, in 2016, they moved to a unique location in Sidney, BC.
If you are interested in other things to do in Victoria during the fall, contact us today or learn more about our sightseeing tours.   

Best Victoria BC Fall Activities


Did you miss summer festival season, or just can’t get enough of it? If yes, there is good news for you: Victoria has some fantastic fall events too! Although many people don’t consider autumn as an event season, there is actually plenty to do for residents and visitors alike. These events offer some of the best ways to beat the cooler temperatures while also enjoying the spectacular colours of fall. Take a look at the list below for some of the must-see Victoria fall events:


if you love music and arts festivals, Rifflandia is the place for you. As Victoria’s largest music and arts fest, it offers a wide range of musicians and vendors to suit almost every taste. Another plus is this great festival happens right across downtown Victoria over 4 days in September, so it is easily accessible. The organizers also put an emphasis on diversity when selecting their lineup, but don’t worry if you aren’t enjoying an artist as there are multiple active venues during the festival!  

Brewery and the Beast

This isn’t your average meat and beer festival, Brewery and the Beast is a well known culinary fest that brings premium local meats and dishes to a brewery setting at Phillips Brewing Company. The festival features local chefs who teach the importance of consuming meats and other foods conscientiously. There is certainly lots to learn at a festival like this – but there is even more to eat and drink!

Art of the Cocktail

It’s easy to see why guests love this annual event as it features some of Victoria’s best bartenders and chefs. Enjoy watching intense bartending competitions and then relax at the Grand Tasting, where you can sip on a variety of cocktails and enjoy specially designed appetizers to match. This festival is great for a night out with friends, or a parents’ night out away from the kids!  

Salt Spring Island Apple Festival

If you haven’t heard of Salt Spring Island, it is well known for its 450 different organic varieties of apples! With a history in apples since 1860, you can trust that the Apple Festival coordinators know their stuff. This event has something for both adults and kids as you can tour the farm and learn about apple growing, enjoy the scenic orchards, or taste the apples and apple themed dishes prepared by chefs on site.

Vancouver Island corn maze

Everyone enjoys a classic autumn corn maze, and this particular one will not disappoint. Pendray Farms in North Saanich hosts this fun event that features over 10km of trails and 14 acres of corn!  Visitors can choose to visit by day to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, or by night to light up a flashlight and create a spooky feel. Other activities on site include treasure hunts, a smaller kid’s maze and a corn sandbox.

If you are feeling the end of summer blues, these are some great ways to get out and enjoy fall instead! Whether you choose to enjoy with friends, family, or alone, Victoria’s fall events will not disappoint. If you are interested in other things to do in Victoria during the fall, contact us today or learn more about our sightseeing tours.