Things to Do in Victoria, British Columbia
Discover the Wild West Coast and the variety of things to do in Victoria, BC, just steps from the Hotel Grand Pacific’s front doors. The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is an exciting destination that brings together historic neighbourhoods, outdoor adventures, and a rich culture. Discover the island lifestyle, where life slows down as you breathe in the fresh air and take in some of Canada’s most picturesque scenery.
Located right on the Inner Harbour, the Hotel Grand Pacific is perfectly situated just a short stroll from all that Victoria has to offer. Enjoy the great outdoors with a hike, a round of golf, fishing, or sea-kayaking. Borrow one of our bicycles and explore Victoria on two wheels, or go whale watching with one of the many local expert companies for a guided marine adventure to discover, observe and learn about these enchanting creatures up-close.
There’s simply no end of things to do in Victoria and opportunity for exploration around the Saanich Peninsula!
Golf Year Round on Vancouver Island
A 250-kilometre golf trail of Pacific paradise from Victoria to Campbell River awaits golfers on Vancouver Island – consistently ranked in the Top North American Islands by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. From the breathtaking beauty of Bear Mountain Resort and Olympic View Golf Club in the South, to the opulence and luxury of Crown Isle Resort in the North, there is “plenty of gold medal-worthy golf” on Vancouver Island according to GOLF Magazine with a selection of 13 destination golf courses, exceptional golf packages, convenient transportation options, world-renowned island hospitality and a multitude of apres golf activities!
Visit golfvancouverisland.ca to find out more.
Boasting a moderate climate and fresh ocean air, Victoria is an outdoor playground begging to be explored. Head up the wild west coast for a day of scenic old growth forest hiking or venture to one of the many spectacular ocean beaches and soak in the true west coast island vibe.
Other great outdoor activities around Victoria include paddle boarding, sailing, and kayaking, all easily accessible within a short walk from the front door of the Hotel Grand Pacific.
Overlooking Victoria's majestic Inner Harbour, the Parliament Buildings are open to the public year-round. Visitors are invited to discover the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings and learn about British Columbia's Legislative Assembly.
A scenic attraction in Victoria, the Parliament Buildings are open for tours seven days a week during the summer season, including statutory holidays. The guided tours are free and last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The Parliamentary Dining Room is also open to the public year round and be sure to stop in at The Parliamentary Gift Shop for that special something to bring home with you.
Get a true taste of Victoria through our vibrant dining scene, browsing a farmers’ market, or with some of the best shopping on the island. Put on your walking shoes to wander downtown’s charming shopping district, rich with Market Square’s historic buildings and some of the country’s favourite retailers.
Lose yourself amongst Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park; boasting manicured flower beds, towering native Garry Oak trees, and winding footpaths. Located in downtown Victoria, the park is within easy walking distance from the Hotel Grand Pacific.
With over 200 acres of park land, Beacon Hill Park is the crowning jewel in Victoria's park system. From sports fields to large natural native species areas to wide open vistas of the Salish Sea, Beacon Hill Park has it all, including the Beacon Hill Children's farm!
Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, and a short 10-minute walk from the Hotel Grand Pacific, Fisherman's Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers an abundance of exciting activities in Victoria, including food kiosks, unique shops, and eco-tour adventures in a working harbour setting.
Wander down to the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, check out the unique array of commercial, pleasure vessel, and float home moorage, view wild seals, and so much more!
Island Time Tours
Local experts in tours & transportation on Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands, Island Time Tours is here to be your guide. We are renowned for our high level of customer service and absolutely unique offerings. We design tours for the individual traveler or any sized group, from sightseeing to wine and culinary tours to unique island destinations.
A year-round tour operator, we offer tours keyed to each season. Winter Season, we provide Long Stay Senior Programs, and refresh products annually to encourage repeat customers!
Popular tours include Wine Tour of the picturesque Cowichan Valley and Butchart Gardens.
At the end of your day, return home to the Hotel Grand Pacific, where you’ll be welcomed with a smile. Along with all of the traditional comforts and services that our guests have come to expect—room service, top-notch fitness and pool facilities, a knowledgeable concierge, and tempting dining options—what sets us apart from the rest is our service and expert local recommendations for the best things to do in Victoria, British Columbia.