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Travel & Tourism

Please Note:

-Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, and is not directly accessible via Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The local airport is Victoria International Airport (YYJ)

- It may be cheapter for U.S. and International travelers to fly to Seattle and take the ferry to Victoria.

All non-Canadian Citizens must have a passport/passport card to enter/exit Canada.


Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, a short distance off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Despite the island's name, it is not actually that close to Vancouver. If you choose to travel through Vancouver, there are a number of transportation options to take you from there to Victoria, but you should allow yourself at least 4-5 hours if travelling by land. Please note, the only overland access from Vancouver or Seattle to Victoria is by ferry, there is no bridge.

Flights into Victoria are available, but if you choose to take some extra time, you will find that travel to Victoria from Vancouver or Seattle is very scenic.

Air travel directly to Victoria:

Victoria is serviced by the Victoria International Airport (YYJ), which is located on the island, approximately 25 km from downtown. A number of major airlines fly into YYJ, including Air Canada and their Star Alliance partners, Westjet, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. There are a number of smaller airlines that service the west coast, including Pacific Coastal, which flies between Victoria and Vancouver.

A taxi downtown from the airport will cost approximately $40 CAD.

There is a shuttle bus from the airport to downtown, but it requires advance booking. Please find fare and booking details at

There is limited public transportation from the airport to downtown. The 83 bus will take you from the airport to the McTavish Park n Ride, where you must transfer for service to Victoria. Buses 70, 71, 72, 73 all travel to downtown Victoria - number 70 is the express. Transit schedules, maps, and fares are available from

From Vancouver:


Air Canada and Pacific Coastal Airlines both offer regular flights between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Victoria International Airport (YYJ).

Harbour Air runs a float plane from either the YVR South Terminal or the downtown Vancouver harbour to Victoria's Inner Harbour, which is directly in front of the conference hotel.

West Coast Air offers float plane service from downtown Vancouver harbour to Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Helijet flies a passenger helicopter from either the YVR South Terminal or the downtown Vancouver harbour to Victoria Harbour at Ogden Point, a short distance from downtown. Helijet offers free shuttle service from their terminal to any downtown hotel.


The only way to get from Vancouver to Victoria by land is on a ferry from Tsawassen Ferry Terminal, south of Vancouver, to Swartz Bay Terminal on the island. The trip is about 1h 35min. For schedules and fares, please see the BC Ferries website at

From Vancouver International Airport or from downtown Vancouver, there is regular public transit service to Tsawassen Ferry Terminal. For schedules, fares, and an easy-to-use trip planner, please see

You can also take a coach directly from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria (includes the ferry trip). For details, please see the Pacific Coach Lines website at

From Seattle:


Alaska Airlines offers regular flights between Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport (SEA) and Victoria International Airport (YYJ).

Kenmore Air runs a float plane from either Sea-Tac or downtown Seattle's Lake Union Terminal to Victoria's Inner Harbour, directly in front of the conference hotel. Please note, Kenmore operates from their own terminal at Sea-Tac, so you must take a shuttle from the main terminal.


You can take a passenger ferry called the Clipper from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria, arriving just around the corner from the conference hotel. The trip is about 2h 45min. Fares and schedules can be found at . If you are thinking of going this route, please be aware that the Clipper only runs once per day. Make sure the trip times work for you before you book a flight.

It is possible to take a ferry from Anacortes, north of Seattle, to Sidney, north of Victoria. For details, please visit the Washington State Ferries website at . You can also take the Coho ferry ( ) between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria. These are only viable travel options if you are driving.

Train (from all departure points):

For those wishing to travel by train, there is no rail access to Victoria from anywhere on the mainland. Via Rail ( ) has service from across Canada to Vancouver, and Amtrak ( ) runs across the US to Seattle and Vancouver, BC.

Sample Travel Costs:
Please note: All flight costs listed were found on various online travel agency websites. You may not find these exact fares when you book - our intention is simply to give you a general idea of what your travel costs may look like. The prices listed include all applicable taxes and fees.
All routes listed represent the total cost of a return journey.

Departure City

Fly to Victoria (incl. airport shuttle)

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Travel costs: Click here for a PDF chart mapping travel costs to Victoria.


Victoria Restaurants Guide:

EAT Magazine:
Epicure and Travel is a comprehensive and interesting magazine about food and drink in BC. It includes local listings for restaurants, pubs, cafes, bakeries, farmers markets, shops, and many other food related businesses, complete with descriptions, price ranges, hours and locations. Please note, when searching EAT Magazine's Marketplace for listings ( ), make sure to select only "Victoria" from the regions down the left-hand side of the page; otherwise, you'll be going through listings for the entire province.

There is no shortage of places to eat in downtown Victoria. Although you'll find options in every direction, there is a concentration of restaurants and cafes just north of the Empress Hotel, within the blocks between Humboldt & Fisgard and Wharf & Blanshard. If you wander around, you'll inevitably find something good.

Here is our list of some of the best places to eat in downtown Victoria:

  • Pagliacci's - 1011 Broad St. - A Victoria institution, Pagliacci's serves a variety of original pasta dishes, variations on other Italian entrees, and baskets of bread that you can't refuse. Be prepared to wait in line, but it will be worth it (according to fans).
  • Rebar - 50 Bastion Square - Excellent vegetarian cuisine.
  • Ferris' Oyster Bar and Grill - 536 Yates St. - The city's best oyster bar, with plenty of other food on the menu. Downstairs has a larger menu; upstairs is swankier.
  • The Reef - 533 Yates St. - Authentic Carribean cuisine and great atmosphere. Try the Johnny Cakes.
  • Yokohama Sushi - 980 Blanshard St. - There are plenty of sushi restaurants in Victoria, but this one is the most reliably delicious and the prices are standard.
  • The Tapa Bar - 620 Trounce Alley (in between Government and Broad St.) - A bit expensive, but worth it for delicious tapas and pitchers of Sangria.
  • Milestones - 812 Wharf St. - Directly in front of the Empress, in the Inner Harbour, Milestones has a good all-around menu and a great location.
  • Pink Bicycle - 1008 Blanshard - A gourmet burger joint that uses only seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. More burger options, both meaty and vegetarian, than you could imagine.
  • Fort Cafe - 742 Fort St. - Only serves lunch, but good for light, affordable dining.
  • Black Olive - 739 Pandora - Mediterranean
  • Green Cuisine - 5-560 Johnson (lower level of Market Square) - Cafeteria-style vegetarian dining. Very affordable and tasty, uses high-quality ingredients.
  • Noodle Box - 626 Fisgard - A funky noodle house where you can eat in or take out. Serves a variety of Asian noodles and rice dishes and is great value for money.
  • Brasserie L'Ecole - 1715 Government - Fine French dining. Has been nominated for numerous local restaurant awards and shouldn't be missed. Expensive but worth every penny.
  • Cafe Brio - 944 Fort - Fine dining. Contemporary Italian and French food, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients. Expensive but fantastic.
  • Il Terrazzo - 555 Johnson (in the alleyway) - Fine Italian dining.
  • Superior Cafe - 106 Superior - Serves tapas and desserts.
  • Lotus Pond - 617 Johnson Street - Excellent Chinese vegetarian cuisine.
  • Zambri’s - 110-911 Yates Street - Arguably the best Italian food in town. Expensive and not much atmosphere, but terrific food.
  • Vista 18 - 740 Burdett Avenue - Great view from the top of a hotel; fine dining.
  • Camille's - 45 Bastion Square - Outstanding French cuisine with a West Coast twist, and the best wine list in Victoria.
  • Matisse - 512 Yates St. -  Old-fashioned French with a dusty elegance.  Great service.

Notable Seafood restaurants:

  • Nautical Nellie's - 1001 Wharf St.
  • Chandler's - 1250 Wharf St.
  • Pescatore's/The Oyster Bar - 614 Humboldt - Pescatore's is Victoria's finest seafood restaurant. The Oyster Bar next door is a nice place for drinks and also has excellent food to snack on besides oysters.
  • Red Fish, Blue Fish - 1006 Wharf St. - This is a fantastic fish and chip outlet, on the wharf itself and serving up some of the best fresh seafood in Victoria.
  • Ferris' Oyster Bar and Grill - 536 Yates St. - The city's best oyster bar, with plenty of other food on the menu. Downstairs has a larger menu; upstairs is swankier.

For a great slice of late-night (or even mid-day) pizza:

  • The Brickyard - 784 Yates St.
  • The Joint - 1219 Wharf St.

Victoria has a number of pubs and brewpubs that also serve excellent food:

  • Canoe Club - 450 Swift - Great location right on the water, fantastic craft and micro-brewed beers and food.
  • Swan's - 506 Pandora Ave. 
  • Spinnaker's - 308 Catherine St. - Outside of downtown but an easy cab ride away, Spinnaker's sits right on the water and has a wide variety of their own delicious beers and good food.
  • Hugo's - 726 Courtney St.
  • Irish Times - 1200 Government St. - A bit expensive for a pub, but the food is great and the building is beautiful.
  • The Bard and Banker 1022 Government St. - Same owners as the Irish Times, similar menu. Worth dropping into, even if only to see inside the beautiful building

If you're looking for after-dinner drinks, there are a number of places to enjoy a quiet drink or an upbeat night out. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Vista 18 - 740 Burdett Ave. - On the top floor of Chateau Victoria, enjoy the view along with a nice cocktail and delicious appetizers.
  • Solomon's - 542 Herald St. - Boasts an astonishing variety of original cocktails and micro-brew beers.
  • Smiths - 777 Courtney St. - An Irish pub with a little bit of class, gets quite busy and loud on weekends but is one of the nicest pubs in the downtown area.
  • Stage - 1307 Gladstone Avenue - off the beaten path in the Fernwood neighborhood; excellent tapas and wine bar in a stylish environment.
  • Herman's Jazz Bar - 753 View St. - Live jazz bands on the weekends.
  • The Garrick's Head - 1140 Government St. (entrance in Bastion Square) - A good Scottish style pub for a casual cheap pint.
  • The Sticky Wicket - 919 Douglas St. - The biggest pub in Victoria so there's always somewhere to sit. Some rooms are English pub style, others are more sports bar, and there's beach volleyball on the rooftop.
  • Big Bad John's - 919 Douglas St. - For cheap beer, peanut-shells on the floor, some classic country music, and some of Victoria's most colourful characters. Not the place for a quiet drink.


Royal BC Museum
Discover the Royal British Columbia Museum and its famous First Peoples, Natural History and Modern History Galleries. Three-dimensional displays offer the senses a feast of the sights, smells and sounds of British Columbia. Walk through a rainforest, sit among aboriginal poles and stroll down the street to window-shop in Old Town.
675 Belleville Street Victoria, Tel. 250-356-7226

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Located in the historic neighbourhood of Rockland, Victoria's public art museum is home to BC's largest public art collection and features a world-respected Asian art collection, including an authentic Japanese Shinto Shrine located outside in the Asian Garden. The Art Gallery offers a diverse presentation of exhibitions, ranging from Asian art, European and Canadian historical works and leading contemporary artists from across the country. The Art Gallery is often chosen to participate in national tours of important block-buster exhibitions. Permanently on exhibition at the Art Gallery are the paintings, writings and historical artifacts of BC's premiere landscape artist, Emily Carr.
1040 Moss Street Victoria, Tel. 250-384-4101

Carr House
The birthplace and childhood home of Emily Carr, one of Canada's most famous artists and authors, is located in historic James Bay. Built in 1863, Carr House is just minutes away from the Inner Harbour. It is restored to accurately depict the Victorian household and lifestyle of the Carr family.
207 Government Street Victoria, Tel. 250-383-5843

Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum
Craigdarroch Castle is an 1890's mansion with exquisite stained-glass windows, woodwork and period antiques. Built by wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, Craigdarroch Castle is a stunning example of the finest architecture, materials and craftsmanship available in the Victorian era.
1050 Joan Crescent Victoria, Tel. 250-592-5323

Deluge Contemporary Art
Housed in the top floor of the city's first fire hall and named to reflect the history of this building and its original inhabitants, Deluge represents a vanguard of visual and media arts in Victoria.
636 Yates Street Victoria, Tel. 250-385-3327 Hours: Noon-5:00pm Wednesday-Saturday

Legacy Art Gallery & Café
The Legacy fulfills the vision of Victoria businessman Michael C. Williams, who bequeathed most of his estate, including more than 1,100 art works, to the University of Victoria after his death in 2000. Williams passionately believed his art collection should become a shared treasure, to be enjoyed by everyone, free of charge. We invite you to visit, enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat, and view the stunning art in the Michael Williams collection.
630 Yates Street Victoria, Tel. 250-381-7670250.381.7670

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery
Located at the University of Victoria, the Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery hosts a varied program of as many as 12 exhibitions a year.
University Centre Building Room B115  Tel. 250-721-6562

Maritime Museum of British Columbia
Western Canada's oldest Maritime museum is located in an 1889 heritage building in historic Bastion Square. Experience yesterday today as you travel back in time to the days of pirates, shipwrecks, exploration and discovery.
28 Bastion Square Victoria, Tel. 250-385-4222

Open Space
Open Space is non-profit artist-run centre. For over thirty years, Open Space has supported professional artists who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to media, art, music and performance. As an exhibition and performance centre, Open Space reflects the wide diversity of contemporary art practices in Victoria, across Canada and beyond.
510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Tel. 250-383-8833  Hours: Noon-5:00pm Tuesday-Saturday


Tourism Victoria Link:

Beacon Hill Park
Beacon Hill Park is one of downtown Victoria's crown jewels. The 200 acres was officially established as a park in 1882, after being set aside in 1858 by James Douglas, governor of Vancouver Island. The park is beautifully landscaped and manicured with bridges, lakes and ponds, and an alpine and rock garden. It is home to numerous species of ducks, birds and wildlife.
Southern-most point of Downtown Victoria

Butchart Gardens
Enticing visitors to Vancouver Island since the early 1900s, these breathtaking gardens are now a designated National Historic Site. Starting with the Sunken Garden, once a limestone quarry, The Butchart Gardens offers 55 acres of spectacular beauty in every season.
800 Benvenuto Avenue Brentwood Bay, Tel. 250-652-5256

Centre of the Universe
The Centre of the Universe is the new interpretive centre at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. Treat yourself to spectacular views of Victoria and the Cosmos! Our interactive exhibits and talented staff will introduce you to the amazing world of astronomy. Tour the awesome 1.8 metre Plaskett Telescope. Travel the constellations in our Starlab Planetarium. Experience a special theatre presentation or one of our entertaining multimedia shows.
5071 West Saanich Road Victoria, Tel. 250-363-8262

Hatley Park National Historic Site, Home of Royal Roads University
Hatley Park National Historic Site offers a world of opportunities to visitors of all ages to discover heritage treasures, stroll through glorious gardens, and explore the scenic beauty of this seaside estate. Discover the 565 acre Edwardian estate containing a grand castle, formal period gardens, an old growth forest with walking trails, plus a seaside lagoon with bird watching opportunities.
2005 Sooke Road Victoria, Tel. 250-391-2666

Parliament Buildings of BC
The Parliament Buildings are open year round for free guided and self-guided tours. Throughout the year, the Parliament Buildings are open to visitors Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (excluding holidays).
Room 144 Parliament Buildings Victoria, Tel. 250-387-3046

Victoria Bug Zoo
Get up close and personal with LIVE giant walkingsticks, alien-eyed praying mantids, hairy tarantulas and glow-in-the-dark scorpions, to name a few. Discover over 40 fascinating species including Canada's largest ant farm. The knowledgeable "bug guides" will reveal the exotic secrets of this hidden kingdom and provide a safe animal handling experience for the more adventurous.
631 Courtney Street Victoria, Tel. 250-384-BUGS

Victoria Chinatown Walking Tours
Step through The Gate of Harmonious Interest for an unforgettable walking tour of Canada's Oldest Chinatown. Victoria's Chinatown was the stopover, playground, and temporary home for prospectors and adventurers during the heydey of the 1858 West Coast Gold Rush. At its height, Victoria's Chinatown had about 3,500 permanent Chinese residents!
Tour Guide: Les Chan; Victoria, Tel. 250-383-7317

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Live Music
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Peacock Billiards
Visit Victoria's best billiards hall. There is a restaurant/cafe attached, where you can enjoy a meal and a pint between rounds.
1175 Douglas St. Victoria, Tel. 250-384-3332