Victoria

The Cradle of the Craft Beer Revolution

This is the cradle of the "craft beer revolution," 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. Sip, savour, experience and explore everything Victoria has to offer.

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 realized 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 the city was “dry” for just a couple of years until Canada’s first brewpub, Spinnakers, opened in 1984. Swans Brewpub opened in 1989, and several breweries followed, opening every few years. Today, 13 separate breweries operate in the Greater Victoria area, each with its own unique style and approach, along with several excellent tap houses and numerous restaurants that offer strong beer menus.

Stroll the Beer Mile, a ring of four brewpubs and four breweries that surround the Upper Harbour. Take the Victoria Harbour Ferry on the Pickle Pub Crawl or join a bicycle tour with the Pedaler. West Coast Brewery Tours also offers van tours and operates a hop-on-hop-off shuttle bus that visits all of the downtown breweries.

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Day 1

Travel Info

Ferry from Vancouver (Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay)
Drive from Nanaimo

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Fol Epi/Agrius
732 Yates Street, Victoria, BC

Cafe with organic bread and pastries. Focus on local producers, farms and foragers to ensure the freshest and highest quality.

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The Pedaler
321 Belleville St, Victoria, BC

Enjoy the Hoppy Hour Ride – a 3 hour tour including craft beer tastings at 3 different locations, a snack, and a chocolate truffle beer pairing!

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450 Swift St, Victoria, BC

Craft beer goes perfectly with heritage architecture and one of the best patios in the province.

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506 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC

An early craft beer pioneer, Swans continues to anchor Victoria’s downtown beer scene.

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2200 Unit C Keating Cross Rd, Victoria, BC

What will Victoria’s beer scientist brew up next?

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761 Enterprise Crescent, Victoria, BC

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

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The Strathcona Hotel
919 Douglas St, Victoria, BC

A stunning Victorian landmark that dates back to the historic gold rush era of the region. Beautifully renovated with some of the most unique activities in the city!

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Soak in the beauty of the Saanich Peninsula as you explore and discover all that it has to offer. With several wineries, cideries and distilleries in the region, you’ll have the opportunity to meet local farmers and brew masters; an experience that every beer lover is sure to enjoy.

Day 2

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Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC

Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Preserving and sharing the human and natural histories of British Columbia since 1886.

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The Drake Eatery
517 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC

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

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2010 Government St, Victoria, BC

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

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450 Hillside Ave #102, Victoria, BC

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

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2330 Government St, Victoria, BC

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

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Find out what events are happening around town!

Victoria is a hub of activity 365 days of the year. The summer months bring Great Canadian Beer Festival, Rifflandia and Phillips Backyard Weekender while the winter months offer up a plethora of events all across the city!

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Make a lunch stop at Wheelies Motorcycle Café where you’ll enjoy fresh, artisan bistro fare alongside a fresh pint of local craft beer from Hoyne Brewing (which is also just down the road next to Driftwood). You can also opt to take in some of Victoria’s finest boutique shopping; we recommend a stop at Baggins Shoes and Russell Books.

Day 3

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The Breakwater

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

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Garrick's Head
66 Bastion Square, Victoria, BC

Nestled in Victoria’s historic bastion square. One of the oldest English pubs in Canada.

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836 Devonshire Rd, Victoria, BC

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

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308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC

Canada’s original brewpub is still leading the craft beer revolution more than 30 years later.

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350 Bay St, Victoria, BC

The Moon Under Water is named after a George Orwell essay describing his ideal fictional pub.

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A visit to the Victoria Public Market is always a good idea, whether you’re in need of lunch on the go (may we suggest a sandwich from Roast) or you’re looking to pick up some local produce for dinner. Make your way to the Inner Harbour and spend some time at the Bateman Centre, which celebrates one of Canada’s finest wildlife artists. Afterward, grab a pint and a bite to eat with a view at the Breakwater Café and Bistro. It’s located at Ogden Point and often has live music in the evenings.

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Fol Epi/Agrius
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The Pedaler
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Canoe Brewpub
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Swans Brewpub
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Category 12 Brewing
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Victoria Caledonian Brewery & Distillery (Twa Dogs Beer)
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The Strathcona Hotel
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Royal BC Museum
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The Drake Eatery
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Phillips Brewing & Malting Co
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Driftwood Brewery
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Vancouver Island Brewing
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Garrick's Head
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Lighthouse Brewing Company
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Spinnakers Brewpub
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Moon Under Water Brewpub
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Tourism Victoria

Welcome to Victoria, B.C.’s Craft Beer Capital!

Victoria is fast becoming famous for its locally-made beers, ciders, wines and spirits. From Victoria Beer Week to the Great Canadian Beer Festival, the city is host to several annual beer-focused events that showcase, celebrate and educate Victoria’s residents and visitors about craft beers. With thirteen craft breweries right in town and several handfuls of unique restaurants whose menus are built to showcase local beer, it is clear that a dedication to high-quality, locally-made brews is a key component of Victoria’s distinctive culture.

A year-round destination, Victoria boasts the mildest climate in all of Canada with gardens that bloom all year. The wild beauty of the Pacific Northwest and adventures in the great outdoors are within city limits and ocean and mountain vistas follow you wherever you go. With an energetic and vibrant atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Victoria, B.C. is one of the world’s favourite destinations.

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tourismvictoria.com/events

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