• Beaches and Butchart Gardens in Victoria
  • Exploring Victoria BC
  • Exploring Victoria BC
  • Beaches and Butchart Gardens in Victoria

Welcome to Victoria, BC

Known as the “City of Gardens”, Victoria is one of the most picturesque cities in Canada. As the capital of the province of BC, it’s also one of the most historic, home to Edwardian landmarks like the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the legendary Empress Hotel. The city attracts more than 3.5 million visitors per year, many of whom are drawn to the myriad attractions of Victoria’s inner harbour, the world-famous Butchart Gardens, the Royal BC Museum and local whale watching tours.

Our Location

The Econo Lodge Inn & Suites is located in Victoria West, 10 minutes from downtown Victoria. Our property overlooks the scenic Gorge Waterway and is just 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) from the entrance to Highway 1, offering easy access to the area’s top attractions.

Things to Do in Victoria

Victoria Inner Harbour

Victoria’s Inner Harbour is the hub of tourist activity in Victoria. It’s picturesque promenade walkway is flanked by the stately grandeur of the BC Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel and surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, gift shops, pubs, museums and galleries.

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens’ 55 acres of breathtaking flora attract more than a million visitors every year. These spectacular floral displays serve as the backdrop for a variety of special events and attractions happening at Butchart Gardens all year round.

Whale Watching Tours

Routinely named as one of North America’s best whale watching destinations, the waters surrounding Victoria are home to a variety of whales, the most prominent of which are the iconic Orcas or “Killer Whales”. Take a stroll around the inner harbour and you’ll find dozens of whale watching tours departing daily. Or, simply book one of our whale watching hotel packages!

View Royal Casino

Experience the thrill and excitement of View Royal Casino in Victoria, BC! With over 500 slot machines and table games such as, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em, Blackjack, EZ Baccarat, Roulette, Four Card Poker, and Fortune PaiGow, the View Royal is one casino experience you won’t want to miss out on.

Wildplay Elements Park

Discover your own "tall tale" at WildPlay West Shore Victoria! Book a Monkido® Aerial Adventure to explore dozens of tree-top obstacles, including high ropes, wobbly bridges, rope swings, monkey bars, and zip lines - suspended 2m to 18m above ground. Located less than 10 minutes from our hotel, WildPlay Elements Park Victoria is a perfect location for adults, teens, and kids to find fun and exciting ways to reconnect with nature and conquer a challenge amid towering tree-tops and rocky terrain.

Miniature World

Over 85 exciting miniature dioramas and displays, Miniature World offers small adventures, tiny treasures and little pleasures to all those who venture into Frontier Land, Fantasy Land, the Fields of Glory, the World of Dickens and Olde London Towne of 1670. Special effects in lighting, sound and animation are added to create this miniatured extravaganza that continues to thrill and delight the young and young at heart!

Royal British Columbia Museum

The Royal British Columbia Museum is a place of discovery. Through three unique galleries, the Museum showcases the human and natural history of British Columbia, and features
periodic exhibitions of international renown. Highly realistic and inviting displays, such as the Ice Age and Coastal Forest dioramas, provide visitors with a sense of having truly experienced the authentic settings of many exhibits.

Golf Vancouver Island

Golf Vancouver Island proudly offers BUYER DIRECT GOLF PACKAGES to Bear Mountain, Olympic View, Arbutus Ridge and the entire Vancouver Island Golf Trail. Owned and operated by the golf courses of Vancouver Island, Golf Vancouver Island offers the best pricing and selection for your Vancouver Island Golf Trail vacation in Pacific paradise. Golf Vancouver Island is your one-stop-shop for Vancouver Island golf packages, saving you time and money!

Arbutus Ridge Golf Club

Voted as the Best Destination Golf Course in British Columbia by readers of Golf Nerve Magazine in 2006,the Arbutus Ridge is owned and operated by the GolfBC Group and your first choice for a golf course in the Victoria and Cowichan area, on Vancouver Island.

Randle Golf

Randle Golf is a company formed by CPGA Teaching Professionals, John and Lori Randle. Located in Victoria, BC Canada, at the GBC Golf Academy at Olympic View, they offer golf lessons and golf schools 12 months of the year. Their Golf School is quickly becoming one of the most popular in BC and western Canada. Other
golf programs available include an international junior golf program for aspiring university golfers, "Golf University", designed for post-secondary golfers looking to play university golf or pursue a career in golf and a thriving Ladies-Only Golf Instructional program.

Local Events

Victoria International Buskers Festival | Mid July

British Columbia’s largest street performers festival happens right here in Victoria every July, featuring talented performers from around the world, doing everything from magic to music to flame throwing and fire breathing.

Victoria Symphony Splash | Early August

Victoria’s Inner Harbour is transformed into an outdoor concert stage for this spectacular musical event. The Victoria Symphony performs on a floating stage for an audience of more than 40,000 who can partake of food, souvenirs and all kinds of live entertainment throughout the day.

Victoria International Chalk Art Festival | Mid September

This colourful and creative annual event is Canada’s largest street painting festival, offering a rare opportunity to see some of the most talented street artists in the world at work. These chalk paintings will blow you away with their artistic detail and realism!

Victoria Points of Interest