Victoria

The Cradle of the Craft Beer Revolution

This is the cradle of the "craft beer revolution." Victoria, BC, is home to Canada’s first brewpub and some of British Columbia’s most popular breweries. Visionary trailblazers nurtured craft beer here alongside the local food movement, and today BC’s capital city is home to some of the country’s best restaurants and breweries.

Beer has been brewed in Victoria longer than anywhere else in British Columbia, dating back to 1858 when Victoria Brewing was founded by a German man who came north from San Francisco during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. William Steinberger quickly decided that rather than panning for gold he would brew liquid gold for the thirsty hordes of prospectors.

Apart from the Prohibition years (1916-1920) brewing was a constant in Victoria until 1982 when the city’s single remaining Labatt plant was demolished. But Victoria was “dry” for just a couple of years until Canada’s first brewpub, Spinnakers, opened in 1984 and several breweries followed, opening every few years. Today, more than a dozen separate breweries operate in the Greater Victoria area, each with its own style and approach, along with several excellent tap houses, quality liquor stores, and numerous restaurants that offer strong beer menus.

Stroll around “Brewery Bay,” a walkable ring of brewpubs and breweries that surrounds the Upper Harbour in downtown Victoria. Take the Victoria Harbour Ferry or the Pickle Pub Crawl or join a bicycle tour with the Pedaler. West Coast Brewery Tours also offers bus tours to help you explore this dynamic beer community. The neighbouring district of Esquimalt is home to two more breweries as well. 

Drive or cycle up the Saanich Peninsula to check out five dynamic and very different breweries, or visit nearby Sooke to discover another terrific trio of breweries.

The Southern Gulf Islands, Pender, Mayne and Salt Spring, are an idyllic archipelago accessible by ferry from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal half an hour north of Victoria, and are home to two unique breweries along with a plethora of cideries, restaurants, artisans, parks, and other activities.

Sip, savour, experience and explore everything the Victoria Ale Trail has to offer.

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Day 1

Travel Info

There are many ways to travel to Victoria:

Ferry:
From Vancouver via BC Ferries (Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay)
From the United States via:
Washington State Ferries (Anacortes-Sidney)
Coho Ferry (Port Angeles-Victoria)
The Clipper (Seattle-Victoria).

Air:
Victoria International Airport is serviced by Westjet, Air Canada, Alaska/Horizon, Pacific Coastal Airlines and more.
Fly right into downtown Victoria via seaplane or helicopter with:
Kenmore Air
Harbour Air
Helijet

You can also drive south down Hwy 1 from Nanaimo (approx 90 mins.)

activity
Explore Chinatown
538 Fisgard St, Victoria , BC

Visit the oldest Chinatown in Canada, featuring the iconic Gate of Harmonious Interest. Browse historical buildings, shops, restaurants and grocery stores, or learn more about the history of the neighbourhood with a walking tour from Discover the Past. Don't miss walking down Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada.

brewery
506 Herald Street, Victoria, BC

Herald Street's focus is always on quality: no corners cut, no exceptions made.

brewery
2010 Government St, Victoria, BC

Phillips has grown from humble origins to become BC’s biggest craft brewery.

liquor-store
2670 Fifth St, Victoria, BC

Known for their surprising product range with a focus on local, organic, and hard-to-find products from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

activity
Shopping on LoJo

LoJo (Lower Johnson) is the spot for the best boutique shopping in the city. Lined with independent stores, coffee shops and restaurants with lots of nooks and crannies to explore like Market Square, Waddington Alley and the Paperbox Arcade.

brewery
Unit 63 - 560 Johnson St., Victoria, BC

This small brewery in historic Market Square has a welcoming tasting room and a sun-drenched patio.

tap-house
517 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC

Local food, relaxed atmosphere and fine craft beers, all from the West Coast.

liquor-store
#3 -435 Simcoe Street, Victoria, BC

With over 500 BC Brews, this is your one-stop BC beer stop.

accommodation
Find a place to stay in Victoria

Find a perfect room with an even better view, and explore ideal spaces to stay in the heart of the city and surrounding areas. From historic hotels to charming B&Bs and incredible camping, search for lavish and luxurious or convenient and cost-conscious. Browse over 6,000 rooms and hundreds of locations for all types of travel and groups to experience Victoria your way.

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Consider exploring the Victoria Ale Trail by bicycle: The Pedaler offers a three-hour tour, which includes craft beer tastings at three different locations, a snack, and a chocolate truffle beer pairing.

Victoria is a hub of activity 365 days of the year. The summer months bring Great Canadian Beer Festival, Rifflandia and Phillips Backyard events while the winter months offer up a plethora of events like Victoria Beer Week! Check the city’s events calendar when planning your trip to see what is happening!

Day 2

activity
Whale Watching

Majestic mammals and marine wildlife abound in the waters surrounding Victoria. Cruise with local certified naturalists and experts for a guided marine adventure to discover, observe and learn about these enchanting creatures up-close.

brewery
2330 Government St, Victoria, BC

One of a trio of breweries that kicked off the craft beer revolution in BC in 1984, VIB is still going strong today.

brewery
2740 Bridge St, Victoria, BC

Hoyne’s beers are always excellent examples of their styles, brewed with high quality ingredients, including malts sourced from traditional regions to reflect the type of beer, such as the UK, Germany and the Czech Republic.

activity
Harbour Ferry Tour

Offering harbour tours, water taxi service and even a Pickle Pub Tour, it's a great way to explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

brewery
2960 Bridge Street, Victoria, BC

Île Sauvage translates to “wild island,” a nod to both its home on Vancouver Island, as well as the sophisticated beer lineup, which always includes a range of sours, saisons and hazy ales, as well as any styles that are new and cutting edge.

tap-house
832 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

This cozy spot features craft beer, cider, spirits, and wine from Vancouver Island and southern BC. Check out the courtyard patio out back.

liquor-store
1609 Fort Street, Victoria, BC

Vessel is a locally owned and operated liquor store, supporting authentic wine, spirits and ales, as well as the people who make them. The craft beer selection here is outstanding, including a wall of single tall cans that allows customers the chance to mix-and-match their own 4-packs.

accommodation
Find a place to stay in Victoria

Find a perfect room with an even better view, and explore ideal spaces to stay in the heart of the city and surrounding areas. From historic hotels to charming B&Bs and incredible camping, search for lavish and luxurious or convenient and cost-conscious. Browse over 6,000 rooms and hundreds of locations for all types of travel and groups to experience Victoria your way.

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Victoria is a book lover’s dream with several excellent independent bookstores, including the historic Munro’s Books and the largest new and used book store in town, Russell Books. Downtown also boasts excellent comic book stores like Legends Comics and the Canadian Toy Museum located within Cherry Bomb Toys.

Day 3

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Ogden Point Breakwater

Stroll along the breakwater with the magnificent Olympic Mountains in the distance. 850 metre sea walk off of Dallas Road.

brewery
308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC

Canada’s original brewpub is still leading the craft beer revolution more than 35 years later.

liquor-store
130-176 Wilson Street, Victoria, BC

A wide selection of BC craft beers makes this the perfect place to stock up.

brewery
836 Devonshire Rd, Victoria, BC

Ahoy matey! Follow the beacon to visit Esquimalt’s own brewery.

brewery
836 Viewfield Rd, Victoria, BC

Consistently on the cutting edge, Driftwood is one of the leaders of BC’s craft beer industry.

activity
Explore Beacon Hill Park

With roughly 740,000 square metres of parkland, Beacon Hill Park is an amazing urban oasis. There are natural areas, manicured flower beds, footpaths, water features, a band shell for music performances, fields for cricket, tennis, golf and baseball. Plus an adorable children's farm featuring a daily "running of the goats"!

brewery
199 Island Hwy, Victoria, BC

Built in 1858, the Four Mile House was originally a roadhouse for stagecoaches and later automobiles, then a cabaret with a notorious brothel upstairs.

liquor-store
1505 Admirals Rd # 101, Victoria, BC

A full-service liquor store, specializing in local products, wines, spirits, and craft beer and locally owned & operated, part of 4 Mile Brewpub

brewery
2323 Millstream Rd, Victoria, BC

This Langford brewery offers a rotating selection of house-brewed beers on tap plus a weekly cask each Friday.

accommodation
Find a place to stay in Victoria

Find a perfect room with an even better view, and explore ideal spaces to stay in the heart of the city and surrounding areas. From historic hotels to charming B&Bs and incredible camping, search for lavish and luxurious or convenient and cost-conscious. Browse over 6,000 rooms and hundreds of locations for all types of travel and groups to experience Victoria your way.

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For more beer tastings, check out the 4 Mile Brewpub in nearby View Royal or V2V Black Hops in Langford.

Day 4

Travel Info

Drive up the Saanich Peninsula to check out four diverse and creative breweries. There are also several wineries, distilleries and a cidery in the region, along with farm markets and cafés.

For cyclists who like longer rides, hit the Lochside Trail, which runs all the way from Downtown Victoria to Swartz Bay. All three breweries are located near the dedicated bike trail.

brewery
761 Enterprise Crescent, Victoria, BC

This brewery and distillery on the outskirts of Victoria embraces its Scottish background wholeheartedly.

activity
Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC

A year round destination, featuring multiple themed gardens as well as musical events, The Butchart Gardens has been an iconic tourist attraction for over 100 years.

brewery
2200 Unit C Keating Cross Rd, Victoria, BC

What will Victoria’s beer scientist brew up next? Category 12's beer line-up is always spectacular, and its kitchen makes this the ideal lunch spot on an extended Saanich Peninsula tour.

activity
Butterfly Gardens
1461 BENVENUTO AV, BRENTWOOD BAY, BC

Encounter thousands of tropical butterflies, poison dart frogs, tortoises, large iguanas, flamingos, tropical ducks, free flying tropical birds and more. Dress for tropical weather as you stroll through these indoor gardens. Also includes the Insectarium, featuring impressive insects & invertebrates from around the world.

brewery
9829 Third Street, Sidney, BC

Seaside Sidney's first craft brewery!

brewery
9835 Third Street, Sidney, BC

This literary-themed brewery celebrates Sidney's famous bookstore culture.

brewery
1780 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC

A tiny brewery with an ultra-local focus and a love of history. This is definitely one of the smallest breweries you will ever visit! Situated next to the Fickle Fig Market just north of the Victoria International Airport.

accommodation
Find a place to stay in Victoria

Find a perfect room with an even better view, and explore ideal spaces to stay in the heart of the city and surrounding areas. From historic hotels to charming B&Bs and incredible camping, search for lavish and luxurious or convenient and cost-conscious. Browse over 6,000 rooms and hundreds of locations for all types of travel and groups to experience Victoria your way.

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The seaside village of Sooke has three local breweries, making for another great day trip or overnight getaway from Victoria. This small community is only about 45 minutes west of Victoria by car — it is also accessible by bicycle along the Galloping Goose Trail, which runs along a converted railway through forests with gorgeous views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Sooke’s breweries are: Bad Dog Brewing, Sooke Brewing, and Sooke Oceanside Brewery

If you are departing by air via the Victoria International Airport, be sure to visit Spinnakers on the Fly, a full service bar and restaurant inside security for a beer and a bite before your departure.

Day 5

poi
Travel on BC Ferries from Sidney to Salt Spring Island
11300 Patricia Bay Hwy, Sidney, BC

Take the ferry from Swartz Bay to Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island, approximately 35 minutes.

cafe
Treehouse Cafe
106 Purvis Ln, Salt Spring Island, BC

An eclectic cafe with a tree in the centre features wholesome breakfast fare in a cozy atmosphere.

poi
Ciderworks
529 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

Sip on traditional-style ciders made from 100% Salt Spring Island-grown organic apples with indoor and outdoor seating.

activity
Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
1930 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

This large protected park features old-growth Douglas fir and beautiful views of Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands from one of the highest points on the island, Baynes Peak.

brewery
270 Furness Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

Based in a converted barn nestled in the woods at the base of Mount Bruce, this brewery sources its water from a spring located on the mountainside above the facility. Head upstairs and enjoy their tasting room, which sits above the main brewery.

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Salt Spring Island Cheese
285 Reynolds Rd , Salt Spring Island, BC

This family-owned Salt Spring Island staple makes a variety of artisan goat cheeses using traditional methods and natural ingredients.

restaurant
Salt Spring Wild Cider House
151 Sharp Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

Creative small plates and larger meals made with organic ingredients. Enjoy a cider flight and some snacks in their tasting room overlooking the orchards.

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Indigenous Mural
129 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC

Head to the Salt Spring Island Public Library to see the mural created by young artists of local Indigenous communities.

restaurant
Oystercatcher Seafood Bar & Grill
110 Purvis Ln #201, Salt Spring Island, BC

This seafood restaurant overlooking the Ganges Harbour serves up fresh seafood, including succulent local mussels and crab.

accommodation
Find a place to stay on Salt Spring Island

Choose a luxurious resort, glamp in style, embrace cabin fever with your family, or retreat to the woods in a tent.

Day 6

poi
Travel on BC Ferries to Mayne Island
1000 Long Harbour Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC

Take the ferry from Long Harbour to Village Bay on Mayne Island, approximately 30 minutes to 1 hr 20 mins, depending on whether the ferry has a stopover or not.

cafe
Sunny Mayne Bakery
472 Village Bay Rd, Mayne Island, BC

A cozy cafe and bakery serving fresh baked goods and delicious specialty coffee. Be sure to try their cronut, a cross between a glazed donut and a croissant.

brewery
490 Fernhill Road, Mayne Island, BC

Focused on small brews, this cabin-in-the-woods-brewery uses local, seasonal ingredients such as salal berries, stinging nettles, and dandelion to create beers with unique flavours.

activity
Mayne Island Disc Golf
Dinner Bay, Williams, Mayne Island, BC

This 18-hole disc golf course has both technical and open holes. Located in Dinner Bay Park, it’s steps away from the Japanese Memorial Gardens.

poi
Japanese Garden
Dinner Bay, Williams, Mayne Island, BC

This beautiful garden is dedicated to the memory and legacy of the island’s Japanese-Canadian community who settled and worked on the island between 1900 and 1942 before the Internment during World War II. It is open to the public by donation year-round.

restaurant
Bennett Bay Bistro
494 Arbutus Dr, Mayne Island, BC

This bistro with views of the water serves dishes made with fresh ingredients, and a wide selection of wines and local beers.

poi
The Sea-Cuterie Specialty Shop
494 Arbutus Drive, Mayne Island, BC

This boutique seafood shop has sustainable and ethically sourced fresh local seafood & tasty smoked treats.

restaurant
Das Nest
454 Village Bay Rd, Mayne Island, BC

Feel right at home at this organic restaurant that works with local farmers, gardeners and foragers to produce an ever-changing seasonal comfort food menu.

poi
The Honouring Figure

Visit this sculpture carved with open, welcoming arms to honour Emma and Felix Jack and all other Coast Salish People that visited or lived on Mayne Island.

accommodation
Find a place to stay on Mayne Island

From luxury resorts to quiet small campgrounds, Mayne Island has plenty of options.

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Another recommended stop on Mayne is the Farm Gate Store. Stock up for a picnic with their selection of groceries, fresh local produce, baked goods, and excellent sandwiches made to order.

Day 7

poi
Travel on BC Ferries to Pender Island
Village Bay Road, Mayne Island, BC

Take the ferry from Village Bay to Otter Bay on Pender Island, approximately 30 minutes to 1 hr 20 mins, depending on whether the ferry has a stopover or not.

poi
Pender Women’s Unity Poles
4418 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island, BC

As you venture in-island for breakfast, be sure to stop at the Pender Island Community Hall to view the three carved Pender Women’s Unity Poles, created as part of an initiative by The Mother Bear Project.

restaurant
Jo’s Place
4605 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island, BC

Delicious breakfast fare such as a variety of bennies, sandwiches, and pancakes.

poi
Twin Island Cider
5601 Lupin Rd, Pender Island, BC

This quaint cidery crafts low-intervention cider and perry fermented only with native yeasts. Try a tasting out in their unique, old-growth orchard with ocean views.

cafe
Truss Farm Food
5827 Schooner Way Unit B, Pender Island, BC

Stop in for lunch at this gourmet grocery store and food truck that collaborates with local farms to showcase the wonderful bounty of Pender Island and the surrounding areas.

activity
Beaumont - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

This National park has lots of opportunities for outdoor activities. Hike up the Mt Norman summit for a beautiful view.

poi
Pender Chocolates
4301 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island, BC

Satisfy your sweet tooth with creative, hand-crafted chocolates.

restaurant
HUB at Hope Bay
4301 Bedwell Harbour Rd #7, Pender Island, BC

An ocean-side Mediterranean Bistro, serving easy to share dishes in a relaxed atmosphere with a gorgeous view.

accommodation
Find a place to stay on Pender Island

No matter your preference, Pender has many options for resting your head. Discover their luxury camping, homey cottages, and relaxing resorts.

activity
Explore Chinatown
538 Fisgard St, Victoria , BC
brewery
brewery
liquor-store
activity
Shopping on LoJo
brewery
Unit 63 - 560 Johnson St., Victoria, BC
tap-house
517 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC
liquor-store
activity
Whale Watching
brewery
2330 Government St, Victoria, BC
brewery
2740 Bridge St, Victoria, BC
activity
Harbour Ferry Tour
brewery
2960 Bridge Street, Victoria, BC
tap-house
832 Fort Street, Victoria, BC
liquor-store
poi
Ogden Point Breakwater
brewery
308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC
liquor-store
brewery
brewery
activity
Explore Beacon Hill Park
brewery
liquor-store
1505 Admirals Rd # 101, Victoria, BC
brewery
2323 Millstream Rd, Victoria, BC
activity
Butchart Gardens
800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC
brewery
2200 Unit C Keating Cross Rd, Victoria, BC
activity
Butterfly Gardens
1461 BENVENUTO AV, BRENTWOOD BAY, BC
brewery
9829 Third Street, Sidney, BC
brewery
9835 Third Street, Sidney, BC
brewery
1780 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC
poi
Travel on BC Ferries from Sidney to Salt Spring Island
11300 Patricia Bay Hwy, Sidney, BC
cafe
Treehouse Cafe
106 Purvis Ln, Salt Spring Island, BC
poi
Ciderworks
529 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
activity
Mount Maxwell Provincial Park
1930 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
brewery
poi
Salt Spring Island Cheese
285 Reynolds Rd , Salt Spring Island, BC
restaurant
Salt Spring Wild Cider House
151 Sharp Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
poi
Indigenous Mural
129 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC
restaurant
Oystercatcher Seafood Bar & Grill
110 Purvis Ln #201, Salt Spring Island, BC
poi
Travel on BC Ferries to Mayne Island
1000 Long Harbour Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC
cafe
Sunny Mayne Bakery
472 Village Bay Rd, Mayne Island, BC
brewery
activity
Mayne Island Disc Golf
Dinner Bay, Williams, Mayne Island, BC
poi
Japanese Garden
Dinner Bay, Williams, Mayne Island, BC
restaurant
Bennett Bay Bistro
494 Arbutus Dr, Mayne Island, BC
poi
The Sea-Cuterie Specialty Shop
494 Arbutus Drive, Mayne Island, BC
restaurant
Das Nest
454 Village Bay Rd, Mayne Island, BC
poi
The Honouring Figure
poi
Travel on BC Ferries to Pender Island
Village Bay Road, Mayne Island, BC
poi
Pender Women’s Unity Poles
4418 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island, BC
restaurant
Jo’s Place
4605 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island, BC
poi
Twin Island Cider
5601 Lupin Rd, Pender Island, BC
cafe
Truss Farm Food
5827 Schooner Way Unit B, Pender Island, BC
activity
Beaumont - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
poi
Pender Chocolates
4301 Bedwell Harbour Rd, Pender Island, BC
restaurant
HUB at Hope Bay
4301 Bedwell Harbour Rd #7, Pender Island, BC
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