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 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 the city 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 unique 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 three dynamic and very different breweries, or visit nearby Sooke to discover another trio of breweries.

Know Before You Go 

Before visiting, we recommend that you check directly with the businesses you are hoping to visit to get the latest on-the-ground information. Some businesses are seasonal, and some may have experienced closures due to COVID-19.

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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
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. Also features an Imax Theatre.

brewery
450 Swift St, Victoria, BC

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

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.

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Explore Downtown Victoria

Stroll back through the centuries. Victoria’s rich history is on full display in many downtown alleys, squares and important landmarks. They’re all well preserved and add a unique and distinguished sense of enchantment to Victoria’s modern, vibrant character.

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.

accomodation
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 Weekender while the winter months offer up a plethora of events all across the city! Check the city’s events calendar when planning your trip to see what is happening!

Day 2

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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.

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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.

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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.

brewery
350 Bay St, Victoria, BC

This popular brewpub has a great kitchen offering delicious options to go along with the excellent beers. Spirits fans will be excited to check out the Moon's own distillery next door.

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

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

accomodation
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.

Explore More

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.

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

liquor-store
310 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC

A great second location to buy your local BC products, including all the latest from 4 Mile brewing.

accomodation
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.

Explore More

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 a trio of 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
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.

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.

accomodation
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.

Explore More

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.

activity
Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville St., Victoria, BC
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brewery
Unit 63 - 560 Johnson St., Victoria, BC
tap-house
517 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC
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brewery
2740 Bridge St, Victoria, BC
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2960 Bridge Street, Victoria, BC
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Ogden Point Breakwater
brewery
308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC
brewery
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liquor-store
1505 Admirals Rd # 101, Victoria, BC
liquor-store
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
1780 Mills Rd, North Saanich, BC
tap-house
832 Fort Street, Victoria, BC
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