If a trip to the British Columbia area is coming up in the near future, then your visiting itinerary must include the beautiful city of Victoria. Located on Vancouver Island, the capital or British Columbia is a great provider of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities that people of all ages will enjoy. Without further ado, here are the top 5 must see attractions in Victoria BC.
The quintessential Victoria BC attraction, this was once an old quarry that over time was converted by Jennie Butchart – hence the name – into the massive and diverse themed gardens that are today. Flowers in Victoria bloom as early as late March, making this place the most pristine flower gardens in all of Canada.
Royal British Columbia Museum
This is one of Victoria’s premier attractions and the most visited museum in Canada. The Royal BC Museum is dedicated to teaching about the land and people of coastal British Columbia. The Natural History Gallery, Modern History Gallery and First People’s Gallery are the museum’s highlights. You will also find here an IMAX theater showing National Geographic films.
Victoria BC is home to several pods of killer whales that migrate back and forth in both the Strait of Jaun De Fuca and the Strait of Georgia. There are many whale watching guided tour companies that will gladly take you on an expedition to see these magnificent creatures, so don’t miss this unique experience.
Victoria Bug Zoo
The most popular attraction in Victoria for kids, the Bug Zoo is home to creepy-crawling creatures such as glow-in-the-dark scorpions and ultra-industrious leaf-cutter ants. Informative ‘bug guides’ wander around explaining how the insects eat, mate and give birth. You can even handle a few critters, including a large 400-leg millipede.
Pacific Undersea Gardens
The Pacific Undersea Gardens is a wonderful place located at the Inner Harbour of the city, so you also have the chance to visit Victoria’s beautiful harbor while you’re at it. The 150-feet vessel was built on the waters of the harbor and gives visitors the chance to descend 15 feet beneath the ocean to look through many viewing windows of the aquariums surrounding the vessels and to admire the various marine life of coastal BC in their natural environment.
These are the top 5 attractions you absolutely must see when coming to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. These attractions will impress and delight people of all ages, so it would be a great idea to take your kids with you. Of course, Victoria is home to many more landmarks, including architectural icons, beautiful parks and many other museums, but these are the five most important sights in the city.