Victoria, the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, is definitely a spot you should add to your list of places to visit. It’s one of the oldest and most historic cities in the Pacific Northwest; founded as a British settlement in 1843. The Greater Victorian Metropolitan Area has a population of about 400,000, and the city proper is one of the most densely populated cities in Canada, with a density of about 4,400 people per square mile. These wowing numbers make it the 15th largest metropolitan area in Canada! It is the southernmost major city in western Canada, giving it westerly winds from the Pacific Ocean that keep the climate mild with warmer winters and cooler summers, as compared to the rest of the Pacific Northwest. It also has considerably less rainfall than comparable cities in the area. The mild climate and myriad attractions make the area ideal for visiting in a Victoria RV rental.
The Great Outdoors
Victoria is a perfect area for those who love the ocean. There are multiple whale-watching cruises to choose from. Fishing charters and kayaking expeditions are available for all ages. Tubing trips on the Cowichan River are affordable and popular. Hikers have the option of several guided hikes through the Pacific rainforests or solo hikes along beautiful trails on Mount Douglas and in Goldstream Provincial Park. Children and adults alike will love the Victoria Bug Zoo or the Zombie Scavengers Game that takes place in downtown Victoria. Bicyclists may rent bikes or take their own and hit the trails in the scenic parks, or tour the historical areas of the city. Explore Victoria by traveling on ferries across the bays, or take a ride in an open-air horse-drawn carriage to see all the beautiful castles in the historic district. There’s lots to see and do here, and an RV rental in Victoria sets you up to experience a little of everything.
There are plenty of spots in the area to park a rental RV in Victoria, many of which are close to the waterfronts and beaches and more affordable and convenient than a hotel stay. Fort Victoria RV Park is conveniently located within the city limits and is only 8 km from downtown Victoria. There is also a bike trail nearby called the Galloping Goose, for anyone that enjoys cycling. If you’d prefer a place on the beach, Weirs Beach RV Resort sits on the oceanfront. All Fun RV Park is located near the Western Speedway and activities for those who like motorsports. Malahat Mountain Meadows RV Park is 25 km north of Victoria and would be perfect for exploring the natural wonders of the Cowichan Valley as well as the city. For travelers just looking for a quick overnight stay, try parking at the Walmart Supercentre on Saanich Rd. - just be sure to ask the manager first. Diesel fuel is readily available all over the peninsula and the RV parks are often pet-friendly as well as having play areas for children. No matter what it is you’re looking for with your RV rental, Victoria is the place that’ll have it.
Exploring the City
History buffs will find plenty in Victoria to enjoy.The Parliament Buildings and the CPR Steamship Terminal building date all the way back to the late 19th century. Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum was a private home built in the 1880’s in what is now a historically significant section of the city, and the Royal British Columbia Museum highlights the cultural heritage of Canada. You can go see the totems of Vancouver Island’s First Nations at Thunderbird Park and Beacon Hill Park. Art lovers may want to visit the Robert Bateman Centre as well as the many other art galleries in the city. Out of the Mist Gallery offers many examples of First Nation art. For those who love the beauty of nature, Butchart Gardens is a must-see. There are 55 acres to roam around in and the Victoria Butterfly Gardens are nearby as well! Canada’s oldest Chinatown is also in Victoria. After a busy day of sightseeing, you can take a break in Beacon Hill Park, 75 acres of greenery along the Juan de Fuca Strait with a water park, a petting zoo, and several playgrounds. Night time entertainment offers Hermann’s Jazz Club, various live theater shows, and an assortment of pubs and restaurants as well as a casino. The Victoria Jazz Festival features world-class musicians, so if you book your Victoria rental camper during the last week of June, you’ll be in town just in time for it.
Whatever your choice of RV to explore Victoria, rentals are affordable, private, portable, and convenient. You can stay in one place and explore via a well-organized public transportation system or move around to various places of interest. You can make your own schedule, cook your own meals, and bring your pets along. RV travel offers a unique view of the world not available with other ways of traveling. Explore, make memories, and have fun!
Victoria, BC is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
There are many popular rentals in Victoria. Outdoorsy's Victoria RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.