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About Victoria

Victoria is the scenic capital of Canada’s British Columbia province. This vibrant city is populated by just under 100,000 people and is famed for its vast range of beautiful Victorian architecture and lush parklands. Victoria’s main tourist attractions include the Gothic-styled Christ Church Cathedral, the famous British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the beautiful Butchart Botanical Gardens.

Cheap flights to Victoria are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to explore the historically beautiful garden city! Victoria is home to the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. YYJ serves various airlines that include Air Canada, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines. Affordable connecting flights from South Africa to Victoria depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Victoria is approximately just over 24 hours.

Why visit Victoria

victoria butchart gardens

Natural Beauty

Drift into a magical world as you stroll through the vivid colours of floral arrangements, beautiful statues and impressive water features in the renowned Butchart Gardens.

vitcroria british columbia parliament 1

Inspiring Architecture

Admire the beautiful mix of architecture in this unique city, like the majestic British Columbia Parliament Buildings, the Gothic-styled Christ Church Cathedral and the Victorian Craigdarroch Castle.

victoria inner harbour at night

Vibrant City Life

Victoria’s inner harbour and downtown offers inviting restaurants, pubs and trendy night clubs to enjoy. Take a ferry ride along the water, pub hop, or just relax on the waterfront.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Canada
Currency Canadian Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.096 CAD
Language English
Hub Airport Victoria International Airport (YYJ)
Airline Air Canada
Time Zone GMT -8
Travel Adaptor Type A and B

Best time to visit Victoria

With its mild, warm Mediterranean climate, summertime (between June and August) is the peak tourism season in Victoria. It is a great city to visit in spring between the months of March and May, or in autumn between September and November. During spring, clear sunny skies light up the beautiful city landscape and everything is in bloom. This is the perfect time to visit the renowned Butchart Gardens, enjoy the floral arrangements, statues and water features or take a ride on the rose carousel. Between September and November, rainfall increases and temperatures begin to drop. But it is off-peak season in the city, therefore air fares, accommodation rates and tourist presence in the city is lower. The weather conditions will still be fairly pleasant and there are multiple annual events to enjoy, such as the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival and the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Both take place from August to September.

Weather & Climate in Victoria

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 2°C 3°C 3°C 5°C 7°C 9°C 11°C 11°C 10°C 7°C 4°C 3°C
High (°C) 7°C 8°C 10°C 13°C 16°C 18°C 20°C 20°C 18°C 14°C 10°C 7°C
Rainfall (mm) 118 80 55 38 26 22 17 22 35 72 112 121

Victoria is the incredibly scenic capital of the British Columbia province in Canada that is a modern, vibrant city and a hub for Victorian history and culture.

Explore the Gothic-styled Christ Church Cathedral and the astoundingly beautiful British Columbia Parliament Buildings or watch the Victorian era come to life on a tour of the famous National Historic Site, Craigdarroch Castle. Built by the wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, during the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1890s, the tour of this castle will give you a glimpse into the past lives of the privileged and wealthy.

Just a few kilometres out of the Victoria city centre, the renowned Butchart Gardens attracts over a million visitors. A stroll through the magical garden will transport you to a world of fantasy with the vivid colours of floral arrangements, statues and water features.

Victoria’s inner harbour and downtown hosts inviting restaurants, pubs and night clubs to enjoy. Take a ferry ride around the harbour and experience the amazing view of the city from the water or sit down and relax at the waterfront while you treat yourself to a local dish like shepherds-pie or other unique eats.

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South Africans do require a tourist visa to enter Canada. Ensure your South African passport is valid for at least six months beyond date of return and has at least two blank pages available for stamps. The High Commission of Canada is in Pretoria. The High Commission offices are open from 08:00am to 16:45pm from Monday to Thursday and 08:00am to 13:30pm on Fridays.

Address: 1103 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria

Tel: 012 422 3000

Email: pret@international.gc.ca

It is essential that your routine vaccines that include the MMR vaccine, DPT, Chickenpox, Polio and yearly flu shots are updated before travel.

Victoria is a fairly safe city, however, it is wise to practice normal safety precautions. Keep your valuables and important documentation safe and watch out for petty crimes like bag-snatching or pick-pocketing. Keep an eye out for aggressive begging tactics among vagrants and avoid confrontation with them.

Even though a major earthquake is unlikely, Victoria is still an active seismic zone. In the event of an earthquake remember to find cover, stay where you are throughout the quake and to only go outside once the shaking stops. It may be a good idea to take out travel insurance.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Victoria
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 157.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 63.00
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 43.00
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 20.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 119.00
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