Victoria is a popular vacation destination for the adventure traveller, the arts and culture enthusiast, the culinary-inclined and those looking for a unique antique shopping experience.
Victoria is located on Vancouver Island which offers a vast array of landscapes and terrains including sandy beaches and old-growth rainforests. One of the greenest Canadian cities, Victoria has 48 parks covering over 7,600 hectares.
For those wanting to enjoy the outdoors, May - September are the most popular times to visit Victoria but activities and events are available year-round. Whenever you plan to visit, you'll likely have a lengthy itinerary and lots you want to do.
Read on to discover tips for minimizing your vacation costs so you can enjoy all those activities. Do more with your dollar on your Victoria vacation!
The day of the last minute deal is now a distant memory. Most airlines offer better deals the earlier you book your flight.
Do a quick cost comparison of multiple airlines on consolidator websites such as kayak.com. Do a little extra internet sleuthing to find charter companies that may offer better deals but not show up on the consolidator sites.
Check out our Victoria accommodations for rates free from commission charges or middle agent fees. When you pay the owner directly, you know you're getting a fair rate and who's getting your money.
Keep in mind that many hotels in Victoria charge for parking which most owner-direct rentals do not. Compare the total cost, not the base cost when weighing a hotel room against a direct condo or home rental.
When you book Victoria accomodations on alluraDirect.com the price is per property, not per person. Rent a bigger place and bring more people to split the cost. You'll still have lots of space as most vacation rental properties dwarf hotel rooms on square footage.
Learn about the history of BC and its political process while touring the beautiful interior of the provincial legislature building on a free guided tour.
The Victoria Estate Winery and Vancouver Island Brewery also offer free tours for those looking for a bit of refreshment.
Butchart Gardens is definitely a must-see for those that appreciate great gardens, but there are some other beautiful garden walks in Victoria without an admission fee. Be sure to check out the University of Victoria and the Governor's mansion on Rockland Avenue.
Order the Vancouver Island Entertainment Book for a nominal price and get thousands of dollars in discount coupons for restaurants, attractions, shopping, movie tickets and more. Remember to allow for shipping time prior to your departure for Victoria.
Victoria has an extensive public transportation system that operates 365 days/year. Fares are very cheap and you can travel as far as you like on a single ticket (no zone restrictions). Save even more money by purchasing 10 tickets in advance or if you're planning a busy day with lots of sights to see, consider a day pass option.
The most beautiful things in nature are free - and the Goldstream Park salmon run is no exception. Goldstream Park is located 16 km northwest of Victoria just off Highway 1. If you're visiting Victoria late in the year don't miss seeing the millions of brightly-coloured Pacific salmon charging upstream.
If you haven't booked your Victoria accommodations yet, start your research on our direct reservation site, featuring Victoria lodging offered by the owner. View the exact Victoria condo or home you will stay in before you book it online (as opposed to a "example" of what you might get!). Reserve your favourite instantly online with a secure credit card payment.