Here are eight award-winning short videos to give you plenty of reasons to stay a while in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. These videos explore whale-watching, native culture, the great outdoors of Vancouver Island, the climate in Victoria, food and drink, golf courses, and the glorious gardens.
The No. 1 regret of visitors to Vancouver Island is that they didn't allow for enough time to take it in. The No. 1 promise they make is to come back. These videos will help you plan to make the most of your visit to “Vancouver Island - small in size, big in nature.”
Most visitors to Vancouver Island just don't realize
how much there is here to see and do. It runs the
gamut, from rugged wilderness to refined cities
and towns, from primitive camping to luxurious
5-star hotels, from adrenaline-charged sports to
fascinating explorations of native culture. The
No. 1 regret of visitors to Vancouver Island is,
they didn't allow for enough time to take it in.
The No. 1 promise they make is to come back.
One of the benefits of the pleasant mediterranean
climate of Victoria and Vancouver Island, of its rolling
countryside and its coastal setting is the variety of
local food and drink. There are vineyards on the
Saanich Peninsula (where Victoria is located)
where you can savour our local wines, even cider
or mead. This video also showcases local breweries
and, of course, venues for traditional afternoon tea.
Victoria has the second highest number of restaurants
per capita in North America offering whatever you
may desire, often focussing on local produce from
land and sea.
Native culture is proudly on display in many venues
on Vancouver Island, whether at the Royal BC Museum
in Duncan at the Native Heritage Centre or many
locations further north on Vancouver Island.
This Victoria video describes one of the highlights for
many of their visit here: whale-watching. There are
resident pods (families) of orcas / killer whales as well
as transitory pods which conveniently pass by during
our tourist summer and you can be sure to see many
other marine mammals. As this video says, "Vancouver
Island - small in size, big in nature".
Here's a taste of how great the great outdoors
is on Vancouver Island. Here, you can
experience the best of surfing sailing,
trail hiking (for example, on the famed
West Coast Trail), fishing, kayaking, boating,
white water river rafting, scuba diving, wind
surfing, or bungy jumping.
Victoria and Vancouver Island have
the mildest winters in all of Canada. And it's much
milder here in winter than in most of continental
United States. Here's an idea of how we spend
our winter. There's skiing, to be sure, but below
the mountain elevations, there's surfing, Pacific
storm-watching and even golf during the
Golf courses abound in Greater Victoria - over a dozen
courses open all year round and all surrounded by
lovely views. All are within a short drive (excuse the
pun) of your bed and breakfast.
Imagine a place where 8.5 billion floral blooms were
counted - in February! This Victoria BC video features
not just the famous Butchart Gardens; there are so
many others including Hatley Gardens, Glendale
Gardens and Abkhazi Gardens. Your Victoria bed
and breakfast hosts will be glad to tell you more
These videos have been produced by Tourism Vancouver Island.