Fly To Victoria, Canada
Victoria, Canada is picture perfect. It offers bohemian shops, innovative restaurants and wood-floored coffee bars and it’s easy to get around on foot too, or bicycle if you prefer. Add to that, museums to explore, a park on the seafront and loads of outdoor activities like kayaking and whale-watching and you have a Canadian city that every type of visitor loves.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Victoria do need a Visa for Canada. Be sure to leave ample time for Visa applications and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Canada is located in Ontario at 15 Sussex Drive, K1M 1M8, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: +1-613-744-0330.
See and do
Beacon Hill Park offers a waterfront on the south end and walking path across the strait. There is also a children’s farm in the park with a goat petting area. Butchart Gardens is located in what was once a limestone quarry. There are fireworks in the summer along with music, and in winter the gardens are lit up. Chinatown is worth a visit too. There are some fantastic restaurants and fresh produce stores as well as bubble tea and coffee shops. You’ll also find the smallest road in Canada – Fan Tan Alley.
The Inner Harbour is alive in summer and filled with buskers, artists and all sorts of entertainers and its fun to watch the float planes landing and taking off. The Royal British Columbia Museum is open daily and offers great exhibits and three permanent galleries.
Another must-visit is the Craigdarroch Castle Museum. The castle was built in 1890 and the architecture is superb. For a fun outing, visit Victoria Bug Zoo and get the chance to handle some weird and wonderful little critters!
For more things to do, take a harbour tour, rent a bike and go on the Galloping Goose Trail, go whale watching and indulge in some wine tasting. When you’re ready to do some shopping you’ll find plenty of little shops tucked away throughout the centre. There are plenty of souvenir shops around the Inner Harbour and if you’d like, you can pick up a Cuban Cigar! The biggest shopping area is Government Street. It’s rather touristy but great for a wander around and there is often live music in Market Square in the summer time.
Walking is easy in Victoria and a good way to explore the downtown area. You can amble between museums and shops, stop for coffee, check out the harbour and even grab a pint and fish and chips. There is a very good bus transit system with regular fares set at $2.50. Children under five can travel for free and you can buy tickets in books of ten. You can also grab a day pass for $5. If you’d prefer, you can rent a car from one of the several car hire companies or even rent a bicycle and go exploring. For something a little different, tour Victoria with a pedicab tour guide.
Victoria International Airport – YYJ
Victoria International Airport (code YYJ) serves Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is 22km north northwest of the city, in North Saanich, quite close to the town of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula.
Like most airports that are run by local authorities in Canada, Victoria Airport charges an Airport Improvement Fee for each outgoing passenger. As of March 2013, it is $10.00.
Food and beverage: Tim Hortons, Starbucks, White Spot at the Airport Restaurant, Airside Café.
Currency Exchange: There are several ICE kiosks in the airport that operate from 8am-6pm.
Airport Hotels: None onsite. Nearby: Victoria Airport Travelodge, Super 8 Saanichotn, Best Western Emerald Isle.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Hertz, National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent a Car.