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10 Things To Do At Night In Victoria, Canada - Updated 2021

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Gillian
Gillian
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The capital city of British Columbia, Canada, Victoria is a charming city that’s home to 90,000 residents. However, millions of visitors are drawn to its spectacular shores annually, and it’s not hard to see why. An urban enclave with quaint, European-style architecture, the city is surrounded by the vast blue ocean and also blessed with a great view of the Olympic Mountains in the far distance. It’s also small enough that you can visit most of its attractions on foot. Explore the many natural wonders of Canada, learn about the city’s rich history or mingle with friendly locals in its many bars. There are so many things to see and do here; daytime exploration isn’t enough. Here are 10 things you can do at night in Victoria to fully experience BC’s very own Garden City.

1. Explore Beacon Hill Park on a horse-drawn carriage tour (from USD 135.0)

What better way is there to explore Victoria’s oldest park than on a horse-drawn carriage? This 45-minute tour will bring you on a relaxing excursion around the park, past famous landmarks such as the Church of Our Lord - Victoria’s oldest church - and the Empress Hotel, the most famous hotel in the city. At night, it might be hard to admire the scenery and spot the elusive wildlife in the park; however, the dimly lit streets make for good mood lighting with a date.

45-Minute Beacon Hill Park Carriage Tour

Duration: 45 minutes

3 reviews

2. Spot some whales in the Salish Seas

British Columbia, Salish Sea, Canada - panoramio
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user MARELBU used under CC BY 3.0

British Columbia is a beautiful place teeming with wildlife, but to see all of it you’ll have to go off the coast. Marvel at the amazing whales with these tours, organised by this locally-owned, family-operated agency. With guaranteed sightings during winter seasons (or you’ll get another free tour!), Eagle Wing Tours promises to get you up close and personal with the incredible wildlife off the coast of BC. You’ll also be pleased to know that 1% of tour fees go towards conservation efforts, so just by signing up for the tours, you’re also helping save these magnificent creatures and their environment. After this once in a lifetime experience, you’ll definitely gain a newfound appreciation for the wonders of nature.

Eagle Wing Whale & Wildlife Tours

Address: 12 Erie St #15B, Fisherman’s Wharf, Victoria, BC, Canada

Website: Eagle Wing Tours

Opening hours: Open daily from 7AM - 11PM

Price: 70 - 120 USD per person

3. Catch the sunset at Mount Tolmie Park

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user JustSomePics used under CC BY-SA 4.0

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Mount Tolmie Park is located in the heart of Victoria, and offers a beautiful vantage point of the city. On clear days, you can even spot Mt Baker and the Olympic Mountains all the way in Washington. At an elevation of 45 meters (147 feet), you can easily hike to the peak in the late afternoon and watch the evening view as the sun sets over the cityscape. However, take note that parking can be limited (especially during sunset), so be sure to head up early if you want to secure a good spot.

Mount Tolmie Park

Address: 3486 - 3492 Mayfair Dr, Victoria, BC, Canada

Website: Victoria Trails

Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily

Price: Free!

4. Road trip along the Pacific Marine Circle Route

Nature Road Trip
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Photo is only for illustrative purposes

No trip to Canada is complete without a road trip! One of the quintessential drives in British Columbia, the Pacific Marine Circle Route is a loop that cuts through much of the Canadian wilderness. You can finish the route in a day, or if you so prefer, make a few stops along the way to take in the amazing scenery. You can hike through the park (if you intend to go hiking, it’s best to bring a physical map!), go camping at Sookes River Campground, take a relaxing stroll along the beach, or visit the wineries in Cowichan. It might be better to do this in the day, when you can admire the changing landscape and rugged coastline, but we reckon that a night drive along in the ocean breeze will be a uniquely therapeutic experience like no other.

Pacific Marine Circle Route

Address: Pacific Marine Rd, BC, Canada

Website: Tourism Victoria

Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily

Price: Free!

5. Tour around Historical Chinatown (from USD 16.0)

Being the oldest Chinese enclave in Canada, Victoria’s Chinatown is steeped in history. This 90-minute walking tour through the vibrant, decorated streets of Chinatown will immerse you in the culture and history of the Chinese immigrants who first set foot in the city more than a century ago. At night, the streets of Chinatown come alive, with the Chinese lanterns suspended above providing a lively atmosphere.

Historical Chinatown Walking Tour

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

8 reviews

6. Journey to the Past in St. Ann's Academy

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michal Klajban used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Although St. Ann’s Academy doesn’t open past 4pm, you can always request for a customized tour for a more intimate exploration of the place. It’s an impressive building with a very rich history. Once a Catholic chapel, walking around the colonial church will bring you on a journey back through time. At night, the place is dimly lit, which makes it hard to fully admire the well-kept grounds - it’s best to come in the evening and enjoy the tranquility of the gardens in the sunset before heading in for your night tour of the convent.

St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site

Address: St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC, Canada

Website: St. Ann’s Academy

Opening hours: Summer hours (Mid-May - Labour Day): 10AM - 4PM from Tuesday - Sunday, closed on Monday. Winter hours (September - Mid-May): 1PM - 4PM from Thursday to Sunday.

Price: Call to enquire

7. Explore Fisherman's Wharf Park

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michal Klajban used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Situated next to the Fisherman’s Wharf, the park harbors great views of the wharf itself and the ocean. There are several trails and verandas for you to sit in and enjoy the view beautiful, brightly-lit night view of the wharf, as well as a children’s play area and even an herb garden where you can try various locally-grown herbs. After strolling through the park, head on over to the wharf for a delicious seafood dinner, and admire the quaint, colorful boathouses by the docks.

Fisherman's Wharf Park

Address: 12 Erie St, Victoria, BC, Canada

Website: Fisherman’s Wharf Park

Opening hours: Open from 11AM - 6PM from Sunday to Wednesday, 11AM - 8PM from Thursday to Saturday

Price: Free!

8. Wander down the Historical Streets of Bastion Square

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michal Klajban used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Although most of the shops in Bastion Square close after dinner, it’s still well worth a walk down its cobbled streets at night. Hop into a bar for some evening entertainment or if you prefer, wander around and soak in the European-style architecture. There are often events going on in the square as well - if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch some street performances or art exhibitions.

Bastion Square

Address: 50-60 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC, Canada

Website: Bastion

Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily

Price: Free!

9. Go shopping at Johnson Street

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Joe Mabel used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Shop till you drop along Johnson Street! Although it spans merely one block (it ends at Government Street), it’s a vibrant street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and cosmetics shops, and you can easily spend a whole day here. At night, it comes alive with live music and other street performances at Market Square, an open courtyard that’s also a nice place to rest from the walking. Architecture buffs can also admire the vibrant, Victorian-style buildings along the way.

Johnson Street

Address: Johnson Street, Victoria, BC, Canada

Website: Johnson Street

Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily

Price: Free!

10. Take a romantic stroll down Ogden Point Breakwater

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Florian Fuchs used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Ogden Point is actually a popular date spot for lovebirds. It doesn’t get more romantic than a slow stroll into the sunset, with the salty ocean breeze all around you! At the end of the trail, there’s a lighthouse where you can sit and admire the view. There’s also a ton of wildlife that you can see during the walk, including sea lions resting on the rocks nearby.

Ogden Point Breakwater

Address: 211 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC, Canada

Website: Ogden Point Breakwater

Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily

Price: Free!

Have a whale of a time in Victoria, BC

Victoria, BC is a beautiful city. Friendly locals, rugged wilderness, historical landmarks, stunning coastline - Victoria has it all. There’s a plethora of activities and views for you to enjoy, even at night. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to BC’s capital city now.

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