Winter in Victoria
Explore the page below to find things to do in Victoria!
Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada, located as it is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in a temperate sub-Mediterranean climate zone. With moderate temperatures and an average of 308 days with sunshine, it is among the sunniest cities in Canada.
Average temperatures during the winter are a high of 8 degrees with an average low of 4. The city will have more rainfall, and occasionally sees a dusting of snow.
Festivals & Events
Moss Street Winter Markets
Every Saturday from November 4 – April 2024
Shop 80 vendors selling bath products, cards, clothing, purses, jewelry, pottery, woodworks, glassworks, art, toys, preserves, baked goods, winter vegetables, cheese, oils, chocolates, fish, hot food, wine, cider, and so much more.
Festival of Trees at the Bay Centre
November 16 – January 3
The Bay Centre, 1150 Douglas St
Festival of Trees, presented by Scotiabank, features up to 100 trees sponsored by local businesses that will be spruced up and on display at the Bay Centre for the community to vote on and enjoy over the holidays.
Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Showcase
November 25, 2023 to January 4, 2024
This year’s Habitat for Humanity Victoria fundraiser theme is Family Traditions. View these enchanted creations at Hotel Grand Pacific at 463 Belleville St from November 25, 2023 through January 4, 2024.
Lights of Wonder – Downtown Victoria
December 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Downtown Victoria is transforming the square into a holiday wonderland. This outdoor event features themed light exhibits, four interactive light tunnels, and a 40-foot festive tree. With free admission and for all ages, Lights of Wonder offers live entertainment, warm nibbles, and magical light displays
The Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens
December 1, 2023 to January 6, 2024
The Magic of Christmas at The Butchart Gardens is back! Take in The Gardens’ spectacular display of lights and traditional carolers while indulging in copious amounts of hot cocoa.
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle
December 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023
See one of Victoria’s most iconic castles all done up for the holidays! Get a glimpse into the past on a self-guided tour and see authentic Victorian toys & traditions or enjoy the classic Christmas tale – A Christmas Carol starting December 15!
The Dickens Fair
December 2nd, 2023 10:00am – 4:00pm
James Bay Community Centre – 140 Oswego St
Now in it’s 42nd year, The Dickens Fair is Victoria’s oldest winter craft fair! Browse handmade products from over 50 Vancouver Island vendors and creators or stop by The Dicken’s Café for comfort food and drinks.
WinterFest at the Royal BC Museum
December 2 & December 3, 2023 11:00am-7:00pm
Arts, culture and community collide with all things festive and fun at this highly anticipated winter event! Shop local wares from over 30 vendors, indulge in tasty treats from 8 food trucks and enjoy entertainment all weekend long!
Moss Street Holiday Market
Saturday December 9 & Sunday December 10 from 10am – 4pm
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association, 1330 Fairfield Rd
The Holiday Market features over 70 vendors offering locally-made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewelry, household items, PLUS meat, fish, winter vegetables, coffee, apple cider and much more!
The Courtney Room’s Brunch with Santa
December 10, 2023
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s heading straight for The Courtney Room! Enjoy a brunch with the big guy himself this year featuring music from Mister Mojo, goodie bags and of course, photos with Santa!
Children under 12 $25
Gardens & Vistas
With 55 acres of gardens, 900 bedding plant varieties, there is always beauty at Butchart Gardens. The gardens are in full bloom in Summer and there is so much to take in, from the stunning beauty of the Sunken Garden, to the serenity of the Japanese Garden and the vibrant colours of the Rose Garden to the sunny Italian Garden.
Tucked behind a hornbeam hedge, discover Prince & Princess Abkhazi’s garden that love built. Gardens flow around dramatic glaciated rocky slopes, magnificent native Garry oaks and gorgeous vistas. Drive, or borrow our Norco Cruiser bicycles.
Located about 40 minutes north of Victoria, the Malahat SkyWalk is an accessible 600 m TreeWalk through a beautiful arbutus forest leading to a spectacular gentle spiral ramp that takes you up 32m to a sightseeing lookout offering views of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Peninsula, Mount Baker and the distant Coast Mountains.
Victoria’s Inner Harbour
Take a stroll along Victoria’s beautiful inner harbour, just steps away, to watch ships, boats and seaplanes and harbour seals coming and going. This working harbour is part of the traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.
Just 5 blocks from the inner harbour, Beacon Hill Park is 740,000 square meters of parkland. This park boasts manicured gardens, meandering footpaths, ponds, a Garry Oak ecosystem, and open vistas across the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor and the ceremonial home of all British Columbians. The grounds embrace 36 acres, including formal gardens and a rare Garry oak ecosystem.
Just 13km from downtown, you will find this fascinating Edwardian estate, with Japanese, Rose and Italian Gardens on 565 oceanfront acres with an amazing view of the majestic Olympic Mountains.
Check at the front desk for a copy of our Beautiful Boutiques curated map.
Take a walk down Government Street to view beautiful heritage buildings and quaint shops with handmade gifts. Peruse Munro’s Books, Rogers Chocolates, handcrafted jewellery, gift shops and designer boutiques. Stop for delicious snacks along the way.
Local boutiques, one-of-a-kind merchandise, dining, coffee & craft beer eatery all in a beautiful heritage square!
Lower Johnson Street has many independent boutiques and specialty shops, many with a fashion focus, situated amongst the colourful heritage buildings.
Canada’s oldest Chinatown is characterized by heritage buildings, beautiful Gate of Harmonious Interest, small shops and restaurants. Check out the little shops in Fan Tan Alley.
Peruse local artisans, farmers, butchers, bakers, cheese-makers and more! Dive into pasta or tacos, sip tea, or delight in a meat or fruit pie.
Art & Culture
With over 20,000 objects, the AGGV collection represents significant works produced in this region and art that represents our histories. Since its founding, we have been assembling work from around the Pacific Rim and have established one of the finest collections of Asian art in the world.
The Royal BC Museum, founded in 1886, is one of Canada’s greatest cultural treasures, collecting artifacts, documents and specimens of BC’s natural and human history.
- Dinosaurs of British Columbia. April 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024
- Sacred Journey: Travelling Exhibition May 5, 2023 – October 29, 2023
- Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia June 2nd 2023 – January 14, 2024
Built by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir, this legendary Victorian mansion was built 1887-1890. The architecture showcases the Romanesque revival taking place at the time, and has been meticulously restored, giving visitors a glimpse of privileged life in the 1890s.
Located in the heart of downtown Victoria, the historic Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse have been connecting world class performing arts and entertainment with our community for over a century. Discover What’s On-stage
We are dedicated to producing contemporary plays, with an emphasis on Canadian work, and to promoting artistic, cultural, and educational events in the Greater Victoria Region. What’s On
The Langham Court Theatre Society (has been producing engaging and high quality theatre with dedicated actors and creative teams for more than 90 years! The theatre itself is a charming surprise tucked away in the residential Rockland neighbourhood, seats 175 people and offers a licensed lounge for intermission. What’s On
Bounty of the Harvest
For a true sense of place, taste! Engage all of your senses when you visit and taste at local farms, wineries, breweries, distilleries and more! See the front desk for our Saanich Flavour Trail or Cowichan Flavour Trail to explore the region at your own pace.
Ask the front desk for our Craft Brewery Trail!
Inspiration through fermentation. See what some beer nerds can accomplish with creativity and a welding torch.
A tiny brewery with big ideas, we make small-batch, experimental beers with high quality ingredients in the heart of Downtown Victoria. Pick-up window, taproom, and patio are located on the courtyard level of historic Market Square.
French for “Wild Island” the name is a reference to the wilderness of Vancouver Island and our focus on Belgian-style wild ales and sour beers. We make use of Kveik, Lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces fermentation, as well as secondary fermentation with fruit.
A craft brewery since 1984, we are committed to producing fun, authentic, sharable brews.
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, Saanichton
An award-wining farm-based cidery focused on producing traditional artisan ciders from organically grown apples.
Merridale Cidery & Distillery, Cowichan Valley
Merridale makes farm-crafted Cider, Spirits, and Fortified Ciders. Visit their Tasting Bar, Eatery and retail shop.
Symphony Vineyard, Saanich
Wines true to the region, 100% Saanich grown. Patio is open Fridays & Saturdays to enjoy a bottle of wine, though tastings are not yet available.
Rathjen Cellars, Saanich
A farm-based winery committed to using 100% Vancouver Island fruit, we draw inspiration from Old World traditions to create wines that reflect our coastal climate and pair beautifully with our local food.
Averill Creek Vineyard, Cowichan Valley
Averill Creek is built into the side of Mt. Prevost, and our state-of-the-art facility incorporates three buildings structured together, allowing wine to flow down from one stage to the next without the need for pumps. This gravity flow method allows for gentle handling of delicate varietals – helping to retain their subtle characteristics.
Blue Grouse Winery, Cowichan Valley
Family-owned, sustainably-farmed Blue Grouse Estate Winery produces award winning wines. Reserve ahead for a tasting, they often have several experiences available!
Unsworth Vineyards, Cowichan Valley
Tradition meets artisanal wine-making in this family owned winery. Stop for a tasting or reserve for lunch or dinner in the restaurant.
Best known for Ghostly Walks, Discover the Past also offers a range of fun and insightful History and Chinatown tours. John Adams, Victoria’s pre-eminent historian, leases a team of exceptional storytelling guides.
If you prefer to discover the city on your own, download one of our digital walking maps: Welcome to Victoria, Historical Victoria or Foodie Adventure.
Magnolia’s Curated Trails
Ask the Front Desk for one of our printed curated trails: Tapa Trail, Craft Brewery, Beautiful Boutiques for shopping, see the sights with Everything Victoria, discover Adventures, or check out Notable Dining. Explore a little further with our bikes and take one of our thee bike maps: Rockland & Cook St Village, Beacon Hill Park & James Bay or Bikes, Blooms & Brews. Runners can choose from a scenic 5.8km, 7.5km or 10.2km route.
Whale & Wildlife Tours
Kayak & SUP Tours & Rentals
The Pedaler offers a range of guided bike tours that showcase Victoria; its scenic views, its history, and its artisan food and drink.
Victoria is a cyclist’s dream, with many great places to ride. Bring your bike or borrow one of our bicycles and use one of our three curated bike maps to tour the city.
More than 25 kilometres of trails, varying in degree of difficulty, offer spectacular views, as well as the chance to view animals in their natural environment. In spring and early summer, the moss-covered rocky knolls come alive with a carpet of colourful, vibrant wildflowers.
188 hectares of forest and 21km of trails, take a leisurely stroll, explore the beach or hike to the summit.
Just 17 kilometers from downtown Victoria, Goldstream Provincial Park lies amid the splendour of an old-growth temperate rain forest. See massive trees, majestic waterfalls, a meandering river that meets the sea, and a world class salmon-spawning stream with thousands of Chum Salmon returning between October and December. Hike to the top of one of the highest points in Greater Victoria, Mt Finlayson. Another trail leads you to Niagara Falls, higher than its namesake – a truly exquisite discovery buried deep in Goldstream’s forests.
Boasting beautiful views of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, Olympic View Golf Club is located just 20 minutes outside of downtown and is rated ‘Top 10 Best Public Golf Facility’ in British Columbia by ScoreGolf Magazine.
18 Championship Golf Course and 9 Hole Par 3 Ridge course with massive fairways, huge greens and a course for every level of player.