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Things to do in Victoria + Vancouver Island

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Victoria + Vancouver Island. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Victoria + Vancouver Island attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Victoria + Vancouver Island to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Victoria + Vancouver Island.

  • Christ Church Cathedral

    Engagingly out of place among the skyscrapers of downtown, this 1895 Gothic-style cathedral features some of the most expertly crafted stained-glas... More
  • Duncan Farmers’ Market

    Sample local products at the Duncan Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday in Duncan, the valley’s workaday hub. More
  • Merridale Ciderworks

    Hike through the orchards of Merridale Ciderworks, seven miles south of Cowichan Bay. Rick Pipes and Janet Docherty make their cider from English a... More
  • Silk Road Aromatherapy & Tea Co.

    Inspired by ancient Chinese tea traditions, this shop sells a wide variety of loose-leaf organic teas flavored with all-natural ingredients. Behind... More
  • The Butchart Gardens

    Share a gelato while strolling the flower-carpeted 55 acres complete with traditional Japanese, Italian, and English rose sections. More
  • True Grain Bread & Mill

    Seemingly every resident makes a daily pilgrimage to True Grain Bread & Mill, whose organic loaves you’ll smell from blocks away. More
  • Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery

    Stop in at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery to sample the excellent honey and strong mead. More
  • West Coast Trail

    A man-eating trifecta of bears, wolves, and cougars call the woods around this trail home. Yet adventurers come from all over the world to hike the... More

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