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29 May, 2024

Top Summertime Attractions Near Victoria BC

Victoria, British Columbia, is a vibrant city on Vancouver Island with a wealth of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. If you're wondering about things to do in and around Victoria today or planning your summer itinerary, here are the top things to do this summer near and within the stunning city.

Malahat Skywalk

Lukes Lane at the Malahat Skywalk

The Malahat Skywalk provides stunning vistas and an exceptional canopy walk experience. Stroll through the Douglas Fir and Arbutus forest on raised walkways, taking in sweeping views of the lush forests and distant peaks. Along the way, admire "woodland" creatures intricately crafted by artist Tanya Bub, or head to Luke's Lane and try your hand at the nature-based scavenger hunt to win a reward from the gift shop. Take a whirl down the exhilarating spiral slide for a dose of excitement. Relax by the outdoor fire pit, let the kids play in the playground, or find a cozy spot in the seating areas. Discover why the Malahat Skywalk is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the top attractions in Victoria, BC.

Royal BC Museum

Royal BC Museum Mammoth

The Royal BC Museum is a welcoming gateway to BC's captivating natural and human history, offering engaging experiences. Visitors can explore diverse collections, marvel at feature exhibitions, encounter a life-size mammoth from the ice age, stroll through old town reconstructions, and enjoy interactive experiences. Through these offerings, the museum showcases BC's past and aims to inspire understanding, curiosity, and reflection, serving as a dynamic platform for discussion and learning.

Prince of Whales

The Prince of Whales Whale watching tour.

Prince of Whales offers convenient access to world-class whale watching in Victoria's Inner Harbour on Vancouver Island. Just steps away from top-rated accommodations, restaurants, and local attractions, their hourly departures allow visitors to choose a time that fits their schedule, ensuring a timely return for other activities. The waters surrounding Victoria teem with marine wildlife, including orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, otters, harbour seals, bald eagles, and dolphins. With a wildlife sightings guarantee, visitors are promised an unforgettable experience that perfectly complements their Victoria adventure.

Butterfly Gardens

The Butterfly Gardens.

Your jungle adventure awaits among the lush tropical gardens, carnivorous plants, and fruits of the world. Prepare for surprises at every turn as you make new tropical friends like the vibrant butterflies, free-flying tropical birds, a dwarf caiman, a fly river turtle, poison dart frogs, iguanas, a flamingo, and so much more!

Softys

Softys Dairy Free Ice cream Truck.

Softys is a renowned dairy-free brand in the soft-serve ice cream world, offering a delectable array of frozen treats to satisfy dessert cravings. Their signature soft serve is known for its creamy texture and rich flavours, crafted from high-quality ingredients to ensure a delightful taste experience. With a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, Softys continually introduces new flavours and toppings to tantalize taste buds and keep customers returning for more. Whether enjoyed on its own or as part of a delicious sundae or cone, Softys' soft serve ice cream is a beloved treat for people of all ages, perfect for any occasion or craving. With multiple locations, including The Malahat Skywalk, Softys makes indulging in their irresistible ice cream convenient and enjoyable for visitors and locals alike.

Exciting Summer Additions

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens.

The Butchart Gardens, a renowned 55-acre display garden, has been enchanting visitors for over 120 years in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. Founded by Jennie Butchart and still run by the family today, this iconic garden has earned the National Historic Site of Canada distinction. Wander through the vibrant floral displays, indulge in delicious gelato from their shop, or dine at on-site restaurants. On Saturday evenings in July and August, bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display with loved ones. During these summer months, the Concert Lawn hosts live performances for guests.

The Vancouver Island Golf Trail

Golf Vancouver Island.

Golfing on Vancouver Island is a must-do for golf enthusiasts eager to experience the sport and the island's charm. With 12 exceptional golf courses spread across four regions, players can explore multiple award-winning courses during their visit. Whether you opt to play in one region or venture to all four, Vancouver Island offers a variety of accommodation and experience packages to enhance your getaway. You'll find yourself eager to return for another round in no time, embracing the laid-back island pace.

Sea to Sky Gondola

Before you head to the island, another incredible attraction to check out is The Sea to Sky Gondola. This spectacular attraction in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastal mountains and Howe Sound fjord. Visitors embark on a scenic gondola ride to the summit, greeted by panoramic vistas of rugged landscapes and lush forests. At the top, guests can explore various outdoor activities, including hiking trails, suspension bridges, and viewing platforms. The gondola base also features amenities such as a cafe, gift shop, and interpretive center, providing a memorable experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Whether enjoying the stunning scenery or participating in recreational pursuits, the Sea to Sky Gondola offers an unforgettable escape into the beauty of British Columbia's wilderness.

WildPlay

WildPlay in Victoria, BC, is your destination for thrilling outdoor adventure! Situated amidst the stunning natural beauty of Vancouver Island, WildPlay offers a range of exciting activities that let you challenge yourself while having a blast. From zip lines and aerial courses to bungee jumps and giant swings, there's something for every adrenaline seeker. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or trying something new, WildPlay provides safe and exhilarating experiences that create lasting memories.

Peak Summer Fun: Events Lineup at Malahat SkyWalk

Enjoy fantastic events like Tower Top Yoga, The Raptors Birds of Prey, Summer SkyWalk Music Series and more, all summer long!

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