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Activities in Victoria During the Winter Months

Victoria, British Columbia, offers a variety of activities to enjoy during the winter months. The city experiences mild winters compared to many other parts of Canada, and there are lots of ways you can make the most of the season. Here are some things to do in Victoria during the winter:

Whale Watching

As discussed in our previous blog post, winter is a great time for whale watching and wildlife tours around Victoria. You can see orcas, humpback whales, and other marine life such as seals, sea lions, otters, and a wide variety of bird species. Our Zodiac Adventure Whale & Wildlife Tours are available 1pm daily year-round! Join SpringTide on our fast and adventurous Zodiac style vessels for a thrilling experience and to witness whales & marine wildlife in the natural beauty of the Salish Sea and the Pacific North West.

Visit or call (250) 384 – 4444 to book your winter wildlife adventure!

Visit Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens are beautiful year-round. In the winter, you can see the gardens adorned with holiday lights and decorations. It’s a magical experience.

Explore the Inner Harbour

Take a stroll around the Victoria Inner Harbour, which is often less crowded during the winter months. Enjoy the festive decorations and the beautiful views of the Parliament Buildings. The exterior lights of the Parliament Buildings turn on each evening around sunset making for a wonderful nighttime display.

Visit Museums and Galleries

Spend some time indoors by visiting local museums and art galleries. Explore the Royal BC Museum, which features fascinating exhibits and is an excellent place to learn about the history and culture of British Columbia. There are other galleries and museums in the area to explore as well, such as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Maritime Museum of BC to name a few.

Festive Markets and Fairs

Victoria hosts various holiday markets and fairs during the winter season. Visit the website below to check out all of the holiday events happening in Victoria this year.

Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Enjoy a classic afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, which is beautifully decorated during the holiday season.

Outdoor Activities

While it may be chilly, you can still enjoy outdoor activities like going for a walk or hike in the nearby gardens and parks such as Mount Douglas Park, Beacon Hill Park and Goldstream Provincial Park among many others.

Enjoy Local Cuisine

Victoria is known for its culinary scene. Try local restaurants and cafes, and savor delicious dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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