Whether you’re interested in exploring British Columbia’s historical roots, discovering its artistic genius or celebrating its rich heritage, an arts and culture adventure awaits in Victoria.

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Whether you’re interested in exploring British Columbia’s historical roots, discovering its artistic genius or celebrating its rich heritage, an arts and culture adventure awaits in Victoria. Here are a few of our favorites.

Festivals

Regardless of when you visit Victoria, chances are there is a festival going on — from Fringe Festival to the Great Canadian Beer Festival to the International Chalk Art Festival. This summer, check out the 26th annual Victoria Symphony Splash — Canada’s largest outdoor-symphony event. Taking place at Victoria’s Inner Harbour on Aug. 2, it showcases a concert by the Victoria Symphony — perched on a floating stage — and is capped off with an impressive fireworks display.

Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada

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Take an audio tour of Fort Rodd Hill. Built in the late 1800s, you can learn about life on the fort while exploring its gun batteries, command posts and barracks. Discover the treasures inside the Fisgard Lighthouse — Canada’s oldest lighthouse on the West Coast — and see if you can steer a vessel into the harbor thanks to state-of-the-art video games. Afterward, tour the picturesque grounds boasting acres of meadows, resident wildlife and stunning ocean views.

Discover the Past tours

Take a walk back in time with Discover the Past. Author, historian and lecturer John Adams and his team introduce you to Victoria’s fascinating — and sometimes sordid — past through four walking tours: Ghostly Walks, Gold Rush Tales, Chinatown Walks and Discovery Walks.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria/Robert Bateman Centre

Explore the local arts scene at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and The Robert Bateman Centre. Browse the Art Gallery’s impressive collection throughout its contemporary spaces and then pick up some art to take home for yourself in the Gallery Shop, located in the adjacent 1889 mansion. Be sure to check out the Gallery Garden, which features the only authentic Japanese Shinto Shrine in North America. The Robert Bateman Centre celebrates one of the world’s greatest wildlife artists and includes more than 100 original pieces spanning an astonishing seven decades of work.

Royal BC Museum

The largest museum in British Columbia, the Royal BC Museum allows you to step back in time — way back in time. Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs, learn how the fur trade forever changed the lives of B.C.’s First Peoples, climb aboard Captain Vancouver’s ship as she anchors in the Nootka Sound or stroll through a coast forest to learn more about the region’s endangered ecosystem and the efforts to protect it.

Cross into the wild and explore British Columbia. Plan your journey at HelloBC.com/tripideas