Lesser Known Tourist Attractions In Victoria B. C.
Victoria experiences thousands of cruise ship passengers and the number is increasing year over year. Ferries, planes and cars all bring more visitors as word spreads about this popular travel destination. This can mean long lineups, tickets sold out during peak seasons to see the more popular tourist attractions. Luckily Victoria has many other hidden treasures that visitors are sure to enjoy. You may not be familiar of some of the lesser known attractions listed here so be sure to check them out next time you stop in Victoria B C.
Ghost Tours – Victoria, being an older city rich in history is one of the most haunted cities in British Columbia. Taking a ghost tour is sure to be spooky as your guide regales you with stories at every stop.
Christ Church Cathedral – The architecture of this impressive gothic style and one of Canada’s oldest churches is a must see for lovers of great architecture.
Dragon Alley – Situated between Fisgard and Herald Streets this unique area has a true feel of Chinatown not to be missed with it’s restaurants, shops and studios.
Thunderbird Park – Right beside the Royal B C Museum you’ll find this park with many totem poles, a tribute to First Nations people. First nations monuments along with 2 historic buildings, St Anne’s school and Helmcken House are testament to B C’s history.
Glass Sidewalks – In the 19th Century translucent prisms formed part of sidewalks as a way to help sunlight reach the basements below them. Be sure to watch for these hidden gems as sadly they are disappearing.
Ross Bay Cemetery – Cemeteries in cities as old a Victoria are an interesting way to glimpse its’ past. Here you’ll find the final resting place of notables like Emily Carr, Sir James Douglas and Billy Barker.
Downtown Markets – Summer in Victoria is filled with many bustling markets to explore from farm fresh produce to local Artisan’s goods. A fun way to spend the afternoon browsing, be sure to check times and dates before your trip or visit the permanent public market located in the Hudson Building.
Government House – Tucked away in the Rockland neighborhood off the beaten track is Government House. Acknowledged as the ceremonial house of every British Columbian and the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Stroll the impressive 36 acre grounds with it’s gardens and a rare Garry Oak, grounds are open to the public and admission is free.