Local Area Attractions
Royal British Columbia Museum/Imax Theatre
At the Royal BC Museum, you'll see the actual items that shaped our history, all brought to life in 15 carefully recreated galleries and exhibits. With a collection of more than 7 million authentic objects, there's no better place to learn the true history of Canada's most remarkable province.
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Stroll through a stunning indoor tropical garden while witnessing the entire life cycle of the butterfly. Over 35 imported species of butterflies fly free amidst hundreds of tropical plants, including an exquisite orchid exhibit and carnivorous plant section. Enjoy the rare birds and cascading waterfalls. Visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens website for more information.
Goldstream Provincial Park
Just 17 kilometers from downtown Victoria, Goldstream Provincial Park lies amid the splendour of an old-growth temperate rain forest. Hike the many trails or stroll among the giant western red cedars along the stream to the Visitor Centre where you will learn the life cycle of Pacific salmon that returns each year to spawn.
Falconry At Pacific Northwest Raptors
When you first enter the Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre near Duncan, B.C., you'll be forgiven if you feel you've stepped into Middle Earth. The centre flies birds six days a week from April through October. If you want to do more than watch, you can take a half-day or full-day falconry course.
Sooke, Jordan River and Port Renfrew
Follow highway 14 along the Juan de Fuca straight to the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy northwest beaches and the tidal botanical beach at the end of the trail in Port Renfrew.
Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni
Follow Highway 1 north and explore the marinas of Nanaimo, the beaches of Parksville, then take highway 4 west past the lovely Cameron Lake, the majesty of Cathedral Grove in Macmillan park to the inland waterway of Port Alberni.