11 Unique & Super Fun Places In Victoria That Locals Actually Love To Visit

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11 Unique & Super Fun Places In Victoria That Locals Actually Love To Visit
Staff Writer

If you’ve ever been to Victoria then you know how gorgeous and diverse it is. Even though B.C.'s capital city may not seem that big, it would take you a lifetime to discover everything it has to offer. To make things easier, we created a list of 11 hidden gems in Victoria B.C. that you need to hit up. Some of these spots are well-kept secrets by locals for a reason.

When you think B.C., Victoria might be one of the first places that come to mind. This city is synonymous with all the beauty the province has to offer.

From dining and entertainment to botanical gardens and hikes with sweeping island views, Victoria in itself is one of Canada's not-so-hidden gems that tourists from all over the world come to see.

Locals in any city like to keep their secrets secret, and while we can understand why, we have to share at least a couple of them with you. Whether you love to relax in a cozy cafe, grab a drink in a unique bar or get outside and explore, this list has a hidden gem for everyone.

If you're new to the city or are planning to visit, this list will surely make your time in Victoria memorable.

Wheelie’s Motorcycles and Café

Address: 2620 Rock Bay Ave, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: This cute little restaurant has some of the best sandwiches on the island. The live music and vintage chopper shop make for a unique atmosphere, and the amazing cocktails definitely draw a crowd.

Mount Douglas

Address: 4500 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: This may be one of the more touristy places we mention, but it is worth the visit. It is the largest park in the Saanich area, but accessible for hikers of all levels. Any local will tell you that Mount Douglas is the place to go for breathtaking 360 views of Victoria.

Sea Cider

Address: 2487 Mt St Michael Road, Saanichton, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: This ten-acre farm has over 1,300 apple trees. Stop by for a drink or two and maybe a snack as you overlook the gorgeous orchard.

The Gardens at the Horticulture Centre

Address: 505 Quayle Road, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: These breathtaking gardens are the perfect place to waste away an afternoon with the ones you love.

Willows Beach

Address: Dalhousie Street & Beach Drive, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: Did someone say white sand beaches? This beach is a Victoria gem that doesn't get too crowded with tourists. Even in the colder months, this beach is a gorgeous and must-do activity.

Little Jumbo

Address: Down the Hall, 506 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: This speakeasy-style bar is hard to find but it is worth it when you do. The inside is beautifully crafted exposed brick, dimly-lit and cozy. Its laid back style pairs perfectly with their one of a kind cocktails.

Dragon Alley

Address: 532 1/2 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC

Why You Need To Go: Dragon Alley flows right down Chinatown and it will lead you to tons of hidden gems. Their address is 532 ½ and it's so narrow, you might just miss it! Each stall is its own little boutique and it's fun to come here and browse.

Victoria Bug Zoo

Address: 631 Courtney Street, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: This lesser-known gem is a great way to get up close with the creepy and crawly. Some of the tours are free, which is ideal if you're travelling on a budget.

Empire Donuts

Address: 230 Cook Street, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: With two locations in Vitoria, you know the treats are good. They also have fried chicken. If you have yet to try this sweet and salty duo, now is your chance.

Caffe Fantastico

Address: 965 Kings Road, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: The cafe has been making coffee for over 20 years and it's a local favourite. Sit back and sip on some of the best brew this city has to offer.

Walbran Park Lookout

Address: 141 Denison Road, Victoria, B.C.

Why You Need To Go: This is a wonderful place to see views of the Pacific Ocean, Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker, and the Victoria skyline. All you need to do is park near Walbran Park and walk along Denison Road until you see a small rock staircase on the right leading up to the Walbran Park Lookout.

These hidden gems are bound to make your next trip to the island amazing. But if anyone asks, you didn't hear it from us.

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Stephanie Hilash
Staff Writer
Stephanie Hilash is a guest staff writer