There are many reasons to visit Victoria, BC, but its natural beauty, moderate climate and abundance of local activities will undoubtedly make it a visit you’ll remember fondly. Your trip to Victoria should allow at least a couple of days for sightseeing. At Abigail's you'll be within walking distance of most of the popular attractions and restaurants and we're located just an 8 minute walk from the Inner Harbour.
The Abkhazi Garden is an exquisite heritage home and garden. Prince and Princess Abkhazi began creating their garden in 1946. This was the year they married and settled in Victoria, after living separate lives touched by both privilege and tragedy. They immediately began to develop their one-acre property, and continued to maintain and improve the garden throughout their lives together.
Since 1904, the world famous Butchart Gardens is fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display, offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. Estimated duration: 3h. Estimated admission fee: $28 high season
Designed and built specifically to showcase the life cycle and free flight of tropical butterflies and moths. The 12,000 sq ft enclosure is a riot of tropical colour, aroma's and personalities. Stars of the show are the butterflies themselves - 3000 of them fluttering amongst the flora! Enjoy up close the stunning beauty and colour of exotic butterflies, tropical ducks, flamingos, other rare tropical birds and Koi swimming in the stream and pond.
The Emily Carr House, located at 207 Government Street (approximately a 15 minute walk from Abigail's) is a National and Provincial Historic Site dedicated to the art, writings and life of renowned Canadian icon, Emily Carr. Seasonally opened to visitors.
One of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. Founded in 1886 the museum has collected artifacts, documents and specimens of BC's natural and human history and sharing them with the world. Located approximately 3 blocks from Abigail's Hotel, this attraction is wonderful for people and children of all ages and has a fantastic blend of interactive and informative exhibits. Estimated duration: 3 hours. Estimated admission fee:$30/person
Located inside the Royal BC Museum, IMAX Victoria lets you climb the daunting heights of Everest, experience the weightlessness of space or dive into the undersea world to see incredible creatures in just 45 minutes without leaving your seat or spilling your popcorn. With crystal clear images and wraparound digital surround sound, IMAX Victoria lets you feel like you're really there.
Constructed in 1893 by a 25 year old creative architect, Francis Rattenbury, in honour of celebrating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Completed in 1915, this historic and architectural masterpiece runs visitor tours daily during the summer months. Estimated duration: 30 to 60 mins. Admission is free
Craigdarroch Castle is a beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion, built in the 1890s by wealthy BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. It is now owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and is almost totally funded by its 150,000 annual visitors. Estimated duration:1h. Admission fee $13.75 per adult
Victoria Harbour Ferry tours are renowned for their informative tours, friendly skippers and being lots of fun. Discover Victoria's waterfront and enjoy their 45 minute tours. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Estimated Cost: $5 - $26. Just launched, their H20 Taxi Service will take you where you need to go on the Inner Harbour. (Seasonal)
Victoria's largest park is just three blocks south of Abigail's Hotel at the foot of Quadra Street. Wander around the beautiful flower gardens, duck ponds and wild daffodil fields. Cross Dallas Road for wonderful oceanfront walkways.
Old Town was built up between the 1860s and the 1890s. This is the oldest section of Victoria. It encompasses a number of popular shopping districts, including Market Square, lower Johnson Street, lower Yates Street, Chinatown and Bastion Square. Market Square is a block of particularly charming heritage shop fronts surrounding an open public square where festivals and other events are held throughout the year.
An amazing world of insects and spiders. See these creatures up close and personal with over 40 fascinating species. Knowledgeable "Bug Guides" will treat you to a hands on experience including a 400 leg millipede, tarantulas and scorpions. Estimated duration: 1h. Admission fee: $9 adult
Opened in 1951, the gallery possesses notable works by artists such as Emily Carr, and has Canada's most significant collection of Asian art. It is also home to the only authentic Japanese Shinto Shrine in North America. Estimated Duration 1.5h. Admission Fee $13 per adult
The BC Forest Discovery Centre is a 100-acre, open air museum with an operational railway in Duncan, British Columbia (about 1 - 1.5 hours away from Abigail's by car). The Centre features forest and marsh trails with excellent bird watching opportunities. The story of BC's forest industry is shared through exhibits, heritage buildings, and logging artifacts. Special events are offered throughout the year that include family activities and workshops for adults and seniors.
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse are national historic sites just 20 minutes from Abigail's Hotel. Fort Rodd Hill is a coast artillery fort built in the late 1890s to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base. Fisgard Lighthouse, built in 1929, is Canada's first lighthouse on the west coast. Estimated Duration: 1h. Admission fee: $3.90.
Built in 1908 by former BC Premier and Lieutenant Governor James Dunsmuir, the Castle has been a dormitory for cadets, military college and training facility for the RCMP. It is now home to Royal Roads University and has beautiful Italian and English gardens. Estimated Duration: 1.5h. Admission fee: free.
Enjoy over 80 miniature dioramas including the Great Canadian Railway, the Circus, Great castles of Europe, Fantasy Land, the World of Dickens and much more. It's a miniature experience which will delight the whole family. Estimated Duration: 1h. Admission fee: $12 Adult
Conveniently board a whale watching tour boat in the Harbour. There are many companies to choose from, whether you wish to take a Zodiac, covered boat or Scarab boat. Estimated duration: 3h. Estimated cost: $90-$120.
Sooke PotHoles Regional Park is a swimmers paradise located on the banks of the spectacular Sooke River. Enjoy the views, explore the trails or take a refreshing dip on a hot summer day! A 30 minute car ride from Victoria.
Just 25 minutes from Abigail's Hotel, Goldstream Provincial Park lies amid the splendour of Southern Vancouver Island's old-growth temperate rain forest and is home to the salmon run October-December. Hardy hikers can enjoy a rugged climb to the top of Mount Finlayson for a magnificent view.
Guided Kayak Tours. Experience sea kayaking at its best. Paddle outside the harbour and along the coastline to see harbour seals and river otters, or sit back and enjoy a leisurely kayak while you explore the protected waters of the harbour and Selkirk waterway. Tour the city from a new perspective and have chance encounters with great blue herons, bald eagles and many species of migrating seabirds.
Just around the corner from Victoria's Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This unique marine destination offers food kiosks, unique shops and eco-tour adventures in the heart of the working harbour. Wander down the docks with your lunch, buy seafood fresh off the boat, see moored pleasure vessels and float homes, and watch as fishing vessels unload their wares.
Sports Rent has a large selection of bicycles for rent year round! Along with bike rentals, they also have trail-a-bikes, child trailers, baby joggers and other bike accessories. Bike maps and directions for the Galloping Goose Trail and Lockside Trail are available. Surfboards, wetsuits, backpacks, tents, hiking and camping gear are alos available for rent.
Pacific Coach Lines runs an exceptionally convenient bus service from either Whistler, downtown Vancouver's Bus Depot, Vancouver's Cruise Ship docks or the Vancouver International Airport to downtown Victoria (landing 3 blocks away from Abigail's and a short 5 minute cab ride). These buses actually board the ferry and run straight through from city to city. Alternatively, if you have a ride to the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal outside of Vancouver, you may also purchase a Pacific Coach Lines bus ticket once on a BC ferry, for transportation from the Schwartz Bay Ferry terminal to downtown Victoria.
CVS offers the finest motor coaches and sightseeing tours available with year round daily scheduled tours and charter coaches for any sized group or team. Whether you are looking for a trip across town or across Canada and the United States - CVS has you covered.
West Coast dining with Italian influences. Very close to Abigail's Hotel, this small elegant restaurant has friendly staff and excellent food – a winning combination that makes for a great experience. The owners Greg and Sylvia have won numerous awards.
One of Victoria’s latest entrants to the fine dining arena and touted as one of the best. Understated décor, excellent and knowledgable service and a warm ambiance. The food is fresh, artistic and dynamic.
Fish and Chip take-out in the Inner Harbour. Red Fish Blue Fish prides its business in offering sustainable 100% Ocean Wise seafood and an earth friendly re-use and recycle system. You’ll know you’re close when you see the line-up a mile long. (open seasonally)
At Fort Street and Oak Bay Avenue junction about 2 miles from Abigail's Hotel. "A delightful Scottish Experience" open for breakfast, Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. Order one of the set tea menus or a la carte. Reservations recommended.