5 Things to Do in Victoria if You’re Not So Into Nature

Go to the spa, visit an art gallery and explore a castle.
 

Craigdarroch Castle, photo by Autumn Sky Photography

If your idea of fun is cocooning inside, this gorgeous B.C. city has got you covered. Here are the top things to do for the urban escapist in Victoria.

1. Stay at Abigail’s Hotel

Believe fresh air is overrated? Then book a room at the luxe Abigail’s Hotel, light the wood-burning fireplace, and put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. 

2. Visit the Craigdarroch Castle

When you venture out—and really, you must—admire the lovingly restored Victorian and Edwardian homes in the neighbourhood around Abigail’s. Step inside the imposing Craigdarroch Castle for a sumptuous glimpse at high society, Canadian-style, circa 1890 (think antiques and stained glass).

3. Wander around the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Nearby, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Japanese art in Canada, as well as the works of Victoria-born artist Emily Carr. 

4. Eat pizza and small plates

Hungry? Tuck into authentic Neapolitan pizza at Pizzeria Prima Strada in the Cook Street Village, or small-plate options at Bodega Bar located in Trounce Alley.

5. Pamper yourself at Silk Road Spa

In Chinatown, indulge in a Green Tea Facial at tiny Silk Road Spa, located one level below the teashop of the same name. Lie back and let the pitter-patter of shoppers’ feet remind you how you’ve wisely escaped the urban rush.

[A version of this article appears in the March 2015 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]

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