2 Days in Victoria: Ultimate 2-Day BC Itinerary

2 Days in Victoria: Ultimate 2-Day BC Itinerary

Are you going to BC soon and are you looking for places to discover?

After doing Vancouver and Whistler, why not stop in Victoria, the provincial capital, before heading to Tofino?

The pretty little town is almost unanimous with travelers who stop there. Victoria will charm you with its colors, its flowers, its beaches and its seafood! Here are some ideas for activities, restaurants and accommodations for your two days of fun in Victoria.

So, let’s start our 2 days Victoria itinerary!

Day1: Craigdarroch Castle and Rockland

To get to Victoria from Vancouver, you will need to take BC Ferries from Tsawwassen (about 40 minutes by car from downtown Vancouver).

It’s safer to book in advance, but by showing up the same day, you risk finding a place on one of the ferries (maybe not at the time you want though). Don’t forget that you have to arrive between 30 minutes and 1 hour before your departure time.

The 90-minute ferry ride is super nice, as you go around several islands in front of Vancouver Island. Go out on deck to get some fresh air and admire the view during your ride, it will make the time pass faster.

Bring a jacket, it’s windy! Arriving at the Swartz Bay terminal, you will drive 30 minutes before arriving in the heart of Victoria.

2 days Victoria Itinerary

Stroll through the Rockland neighborhood before heading to Craigdarroch Castle. You will want to buy a house there, it is guaranteed, even if they are not at all affordable!

Then visit Craigdarroch Castle, a historic site designed by Baron Robert Dunsmuir in the late 1800s. Fun fact : the Baron died before he could even see the final result of his home.


Chinatown, 2 days Victoria Itinerary, CanadaCeremonial entrance arch of Chinatown in Victoria

Victoria’s tiny Chinatown is truly charming. It’s time to enjoy dumplings, dim sum or bubble tea!

Go through the Fan Tan Alley, a small alley crushed between two buildings, which hide several pretty shops. You’d think you’re a bit like in Harry Potter!

Bordered by a dozen shops , it was once the favorite place for opium buyers.

2 days Victoria ItineraryView of Fan Tan Alley

Don’t worry, today you will find more gourmet products , clothes and other variety items.

Government Street

Government Street, Victoria Itinerary, BC

Government Street is so full of life, day and night! You can stop at an antique store as well as at a candy store or restaurant. It’s also a no worse commercial artery if you want to go shopping (let’s say your suitcase wasn’t already overflowing).

Tea Time

Murchie's Tea & Coffee , things to do in 2 days Victoria Itinerary

The city of Victoria has a very “ British ” side, so take the opportunity to have tea (or coffee) with a pastry at tea time, around 4 p.m.

Several restaurants or cafes offer the option. If you have big means, you can go to the Empress, otherwise, Murchie’s Tea & Coffee on Government Street is more than enough!

Miniature World

2 days Victoria Itinerary

Well, this activity is not essential, but if you have free time, or it’s raining, it’s worth the detour. Miniature World stages several historical events in miniature format models. It’s super well done, really cute and you can spend hours looking at every little detail.

Day 2: Visit of the Parliament

Parliament, Victoria Itinerary, 2 daysParliament of Victoria

The Parliament of Victoria, also the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, is a magnificent building that you can visit for free!

Every day of the week, guided tours are offered on site between 9:20 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. Arrive early, as it’s first come first served.

Beacon Hill Park

Beacon Hill Park, one things to do in Victoria, Canada

Don’t underestimate Beacon Hill Park. The place is beautifully landscaped and super nice for a walk. You can have fun looking for the Moss Lady, this work representing a woman lying in the greenery. Flower gardensfunky trees and a small farm are among the attractions at Beacon Hill Park.

Completely south of the park, you can go from Finlayson Point to Clover Point Kite Park via Spiral Beach. There, sit down to admire the kites doing their show in the wind. You can even see the American mountains in the distance with their snow-capped peaks.

The Water’s Edge

2 days Victoria Itinerary

Soak up the “maritime” side of Victoria as you walk along the waterfront from Steve Fonyo Beach to Fort Victoria. This path will take you all around the tip of James Bay, passing by beautiful viewpoints such as the Ogden Point Sundial (perfect for sunsets ), the Breakwater lighthouse, as well as Fisherman’s Wharf.

Many people also rent kayaks or paddle boards to sail around Victoria and see the city differently.

Fisherman’s Wharf

2 days Victoria ItineraryFisherman’s Wharf

Little Fisherman’s Wharf is a really sweet place to dine. The colorful little stilt houses will make you want to move on the water right away.

Mexican food, fish & chips, sandwiches, ice cream, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to take a look at the pretty craft shop 4 Winds Nest.

Orca Watching Cruise

Finally, end your day of exploration with an orca cruise on the Salish Sea, a maritime area renowned worldwide for its concentration of cetaceans .

2 days Victoria ItineraryThe Salish Sea is a maritime area renowned for its concentration of cetaceans

As the sun sets , set off aboard an open boat , for an authentic game-viewing safari , away from the tourist crowds.

Accompanied by a biologist guide , you will learn a ton of interesting facts about marine mammals, in addition to having the chance to discover the unique song of orcas.

2 days Victoria ItineraryZodiac Killer Whale Safari

This twilight excursion will leave you with lasting memories , that’s for sure!

Above all, don’t forget your camera!

Where to eat?

Red Fish Blue Fish

This small stand on the seaside is the perfect place for a lunch. Fish & Chips, salmon, sandwiches, salads, you will find your account at Red Fish Blue Fish if you are a fish lover.

Don Mee

Located in Chinatown, this restaurant offers a midday dim sum menu to fill your belly. Try new Chinese specialties, or stick to classic shrimp dumplings.

Finn’s Seafood Chops Cocktails

This waterfront restaurant is great for a fancy dinner. The heated terrace is pleasant in the evening and we even provide you with blankets! You can have a delicious cocktail to accompany your pasta with seafood or your fish fillet at Finn’sCheers!

10 Acres Bistro

This great local restaurant offers a delicious seafood platter to share for two. You can let yourself be tempted by the other dishes and desserts at 10 Acres Bistro, each as tempting as the next. Right next door, you’ll end your evening with a drink at 10 Acres Commons.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Of course, at Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll be spoiled for choice of places to eat and all options are good! Eating in the middle of colorful houses is still not worse.

If there are too many tourists for your liking, don’t hesitate to order “takeout” and eat at Fisherman’s Wharf park next door or on the David Foster Harbor promenade.

Accommodation in Victoria

  • Ocean Island Inn | Backpackers | Suites: Hostel located in the city center. Bed in dormitory from 30€, breakfast and dinner included. It is the cheapest accommodation in town. Ideal for backpackers.
  • Robin Hood Inn and Suites: Located 5 minutes drive from downtown Victoria. Spacious and very clean double room from 100€. The most: the pleasant staff, the geographical location, the calm.
  • Oak Bay Beach Hotel: Located on the seafront, 5 min drive from Victoria. Warm and comfortable double room with large bay window from €200. Most: the view, the heated outdoor swimming pool, the spa, the comfort and the standing of the hotel.
  • Hotel Grand Pacific: Located just 100 meters from Parliament and 5 minutes from Beacon Hill. Modern and bright double room from €250, breakfast at €15. Most: the large indoor pool, the view of the bay, the location.
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel: 5 star hotel located in the heart of Victoria. Elegant and tastefully decorated double room from €350, breakfast included. Most: the indoor pool, the Spa, the location.
2 days Victoria Itinerary
Fairmont Empress Hotel

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Jennifer Bringardner

Through BonAdvisor, I share my passion for travel since 2017. A hobby at first, I quickly realized that my articles could inspire travelers like you to better organize their trips. A question about a destination, a visit, a good plan? I'll answer in the comments.

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