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Victoria, British Columbia

Legislature Buildings, Victoria


Victoria is the capital of the province of British Columbia in Canada and is known for its English charm. Alaskan cruises often stop here to satisfy requirements for foreign registered ships to stop at a foreign port when doing a roundtrip from a US port.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at Ogden Point approximately 1km south of the downtown area. http://victoriacruise.ca/page/cruise-schedule

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Money and Tipping

Canada's currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Coins are used for denomination $2 and under and Canada is phasing in polymer plastic notes similar to the notes used in Australia. The penny was eliminated in 2013. US dollars are widely accepted though you may get a poor exchange rate and your change back in Canadian money. When dining in restaurants, tips between 15-20% are expected since restaurant workers typically make minimum wage. Taxi drivers should be tipped the same.

Local Transportation

A private bus shuttle service is usually provided to take you the scenic route downtown with commentary ($10 return, USD accepted, 2014). Alternatively, it is an easy 35 minute walk on any street heading north through pleasant residential neighbourhoods. Walking along Oswego St is probably the most direct route and following the harbour the most scenic. You can also take the harbour ferry at Fisherman's Wharf. Sharing a taxi should also be cheaper than taking the shuttle since it will only be around $10 CAD one way. https://www.victoriaharbourferry.com/


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  • BC Legislature Buildings - Free public tours are available or you can explore on your own. https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/visiting-the-legislature
  • Royal BC Museum - Has three main galleries featuring First Nations, modern, and natural history. Entry $16. https://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/
  • Inner Harbour - There is a parkway around the harbour, the Undersea Gardens attraction, a tourist information office and whale watching tours.
  • Butchart Gardens - These expansive gardens are 20 km north of downtown. CVS Sightseeing operates an express shuttle from in front of the Empress Hotel. http://www.butchartgardens.com/

Shopping & Restaurants

There are tourist shops and restaurants along Government St and Bastion Square. Bay Centre Mall is located off Government Street as well. The Market on Yates is a downtown supermarket with London Drugs pharmacy located in the same block. Tim Hortons, Canada's favourite donut and coffee chain, can be found on Blanshard (at Johnson St). There is a Chinatown centered around Government and Fisgard St. Boutique stores can be found in Market Square on Johnston St as well as WannaWaffel for Belgian style waffles. Have afternoon tea at the Empress hotel. Upscale casual dining chains include Cactus Club (Fort St and Douglas St), Earls (Bay Centre) and Milestones (Inner Harbour). Sit on the pier with fish and chips at Red Fish Blue Fish next to the seaplane terminal at Wharf St and Broughton. Recommended places for breakfast include Jam Cafe (542 Herald St), John's Place (723 Pandora), Blue Fox Cafe (#101-919 Fort St) or Shine Cafe (1320 Blanchard St). Be prepared for lineups during peak periods.

Post Office

The downtown post office is located at 706 Yates at Douglas (Meat and Bread sandwich shop is a couple of shops down). Closest post office to the pier is at the Pharmasave on 230 Menzies St (at Simcoe). There is a Thrifty's supermarket here as well.


Restaurants and cafes may provide free wifi for customers. The downtown public library has free wifi and computers (735 Broughton St).

Maps (right-click to save)

PDF map here http://www.3dmobimaps.com/images/maps/pdf/mobimaps-VICTORIA-2012.pdf

Walking into town map


Victoria Weather Forecast


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