DISCOVER THE BEST OF VICTORIA, BC
Perfectly located in the heart of Victoria, BC, Abigail’s Hotel is the perfect gateway to experiencing the diverse range of attractions, events and things to do throughout the city.
The Royal BC Museum
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.
The Provincial Legislature
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 $13.95 per adult.
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.
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.
Lower Johnson Street
If you’re looking for some retail therapy, Johnson St has some of the best boutique shops in the city! You can find everything from handmade soap and eco-friendly products, vintage to high end clothing stores, Mountain Equipment Coop, LuLu Lemon, Baggins shoes for the latest and best styles and candy shops.
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.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
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.