How to be a tourist for free in Victoria

I will be adding ideas of things you can do in Greater Victoria as a tourist for free and here are a few to start

Outdoors
Heritage
Tour of the Legislature - they are free and it is an interesting building to see.  If the house is in session, you can go watch them debate.  Odds are you can meet with your local MLA.  If the house is not in session, go check out the Legislature library.

Heritage Walking Tours
Cemeteries
Museums
Buildings
Culture
Art Galleries
Bookstores
Free Lectures at UVic
Ship Point Night Market - Friday and Saturday nights at Ship Point from June to September

Free Festivals

Music
  • Music in the Park - Tuesday evenings in July and August
  • Jazz Fest - free concerts in Centennial Square June 20th=29th
Foodie
Hidden City
Transit
Not quite free but cheap is a BC Transit day pass.  They cost $5 and allow you to ride the buses for the whole day with up to four kids 12 or younger.   The normal one way fare is $2.50.   

You have to buy your day pass ahead of time - they do not sell them on the bus.  You should be able to buy them at most convenience stores and most drug stores.

With the day pass you can hop and hop off the buses as much as you like which makes for a cheap way to tour the whole city.   Here in Victoria a lot of double decker buses are used so you can sit upstairs at the front and get a good view of the city.

Bus Routes for good sight seeing
  • #2 will take you from Downtown to Oak Bay Village
  • #3 Will take you from the west side of Beacon Hill Park to Gonzales Bay passing by the Legislature, the Empress, and Cook Street Village along the way
  • #6 will get you from Downtown to CFB Esquimalt 
  • #7 The section from Downtown to Ross Bay Cemetery lets you see the heart of Fairfield 
  • #11 The Downtown to UVic section - it passes very close to the Victoria Art Gallery and Crigdaroch Castle
  • #30 will take you from Downtown to the Odgen Point Breakwater.   It is a good bus for anyone on a cruise ship to catch
  • #39 Will take you out to the campus of Royal Roads University, a wonderful place to go walking.  It starts at UVic and goes via Mount Doug and Royal Oak.
  • #61 Will take you out to Sooke, a great place to explore for an afternoon.  Sooke Harbour House and Wiffen Spit are just under a 1.5 km walk from the nearest bus stop
  • #75 This bus will take you out to Buchart Gardens and get you close to a number of the wineries and Victoria Spirits
  • #83 Monday to Friday you can catch this very small bus at the Royal Oak Exchange and ride it out to Sidney.  The bus follows West Saanich Road, the rural heart of the Peninsula, from Royal Oak to Pat Bay, from there it crosses over to Sidney


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