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Explore an old Canadian city from Victoria vacation rentals

Visit stately, enduring Victoria and you can almost imagine you're in the mother country, thanks to its elegant Victorian architecture and fondness for that most British of traditions – afternoon tea. But look a little closer and you'll see another, more dynamic side to the city, one full of youthful energy and bohemian style, where you can down a brew in a colourful, hipster bar or see some world-class modern art, then head out along the bay for some high-octane fun on the water, with spills and thrills for kids and grown-ups alike!

History

Victoria was home to First Nations people for hundreds of years before the first settlers arrived in the late 18th century. By the mid-19th century, it was a tiny settlement of 500 people. The small settlement became a big city, and was declared the capital of British Columbia in 1871. As well as strolling the Victorian streets, you can visit historic sites such as Craigdarroch Castle, or head down to the Royal BC Museum to learn about both First Nations people and the European settlers and Chinese immigrants who spurred on the city's expansion.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Victoria

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Victoria a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Victoria Bug Zoo (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Victoria Fisherman's Wharf (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Gorge Vale Golf Course (2.1 mi / 3.3 km)
  • Henderson Park Golf Club (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Victoria Golf Club (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Victoria

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Victoria is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Butchart Gardens (10.4 mi / 16.8 km)
  • Pioneer Square (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Thunderbird Park - Royal BC Museum (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Fisherman's Wharf Park (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Beacon Hill Park (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Topaz Park (1.2 mi / 2 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Victoria

Fly into Victoria, BC (YWH-Victoria Inner Harbour), the closest airport, located 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.), which is 15 mi (24.1 km) away.

How to get around

Getting around from Victoria vacation rentals

You don't need your own vehicle to make the most of Victoria vacation rentals – the city has an extensive bus network that's cheap and convenient for travellers, as well as a public water taxi service that ferries people along the bay in brightly coloured boats. If you're the active sort, this is perhaps the best city in Canada for cyclists, with plenty of bike trails going across the city and beyond, and good-value bike hires available from several spots downtown. It's also a great walking city, and the compact and flat downtown core is especially easy to navigate on foot.

Food & drink 

Take in foodie highlights from Victoria vacation rentals

If you're looking for a dynamic and varied food scene with a healthy respect for homegrown produce, then Victoria's your gal. Restaurants and cafes here are all over the local food movement, and can easily tell you from which waters your sustainable, line-caught fish was pulled! It's not all about sit-down dining though – there are gourmet food shops aplenty, from organic bakeries to artisan cheesemongers to chocolatiers. Head out of town and you can taste full-bodied reds and sparkling whites at the vineyards of nearby Okanagan Valley and Cowichan Valley.

Essential info

Essential info for a Victoria vacation rental stay

Victoria has a population of 360,000. It's the state capital of British Columbia and sits on the southern end of Vancouver Island, just across the water from both Vancouver and Seattle. It's a safe city, and violent crime is rare, though do watch out for pickpockets and bag snatchers in busy areas. In an emergency, you can call 911, but for non-emergencies, you can call the city police force on 604 717-3321. Just as in the US, you should tip around 15 to 20% in bars and restaurants, as service is not usually included in the bill.

How many vacation rentals are available around Victoria?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,158 house rentals around Victoria. From 541 Houses to 438 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Victoria is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Victoria?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Victoria:

  • Downtown: 330 vacation rentals
  • James Bay: 415 vacation rentals
  • Bear Mountain Resort: 25 vacation rentals
  • Cordova Bay: 29 vacation rentals
  • Fairfield: 359 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Victoria?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Victoria. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club: 1,206 home rentals
  • University of Victoria: 1,104 home rentals
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital: 1,112 home rentals
  • Victoria Fisherman's Wharf: 1,137 home rentals
  • Fisherman's Wharf Park: 1,132 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Victoria listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Victoria?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 541 Houses in Victoria. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Victoria include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 438 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 53 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 53 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Victoria?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 155 vacation homes with pool available in Victoria.

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