Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fun free things to do in Victoria

  • Botanical Beach
  • Galloping Goose - Lochside Trail
  • Sooke Potholes
  • Gorge swimming - yes, it is clean enough to swim in and has some nice beaches and places to jump into the water
  • Tillicum reversing falls - underneath the Tillicum bridge, just check the tide times
  • Becaon Hill Park - there are many nice places for a picnic, you can watch cricket, enjoy the waterfront or get wet under the giant watering can (if it is actually warm)
  • Cadboro Bay - to watch the sailing and enjoy the sandy beach
  • Mount Doug Park - there is an old mine shaft you can explore
  • Downtown walking tours
  • Hang out in Market Square
  • Explore the nooks and crannies of the Old Town
  • Capital Iron basement
  • Legislature tour
  • Vancouver Island Brewery tour
  • Browsing Antique row on Fort Street - you can go to a live auction at one of two auction houses
  • Take a double decker bus out to Sidney or to Sooke
  • East Sooke Park - I really like starting at Ayland Farm
  • Beaches that are hidden away such as Hollydene
  • Fleming beach for rock climbing
  • Saxe Point Park - a wonderful spot to hang out and watch the water
  • Coburg Peninsula beach - beach fires are no longer allowed, but it is long and sandy
  • Whitty's Lagoon
  • Fishing off of the Sidney pier 
  • Government House for the gardens
  • Legacy Art Gallery and Cafe 680 Yates Street
  • Ross Bay Cemetery - many well known early BC people are buried here including Emily Carr, Bill Barker, James Douglas and Matthew Begbie
  • Old Chinese Cemetery at Harling Point 
  • Thetis Lake park - for the hiking
  • Royal Roads grounds
  • Ogden Point Breakwater
  • Mount Finlayson
  • Mystic Beach/China Beach/French Beach
  • Niagara Falls in Goldstream park
  • Esquimalt Naval Base tours
  • Munro's Books a temple to books
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