Explore Victoria, BC

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Conveniently located, 1403 West is close to Victoria’s fabulous restaurants, markets, sports/concert arenas, Chinatown, the inner harbor, government buildings, Imax theatre, Beacon Hill park, the Galloping Goose Trail, lots of unique local retail shops as well as the many other attractions for which the capital city of British Columbia is known.

Victoria's inner harbour at night


The Victoria Public Market and Yates Street Market are within short walking distances, and can provide all your culinary needs with much to choose from for you vegans and gluten-free folks too. Yates Street Market will deliver groceries as well.

Yates Street Market

Victoria Public Market


Breakfast is an event in Victoria. See our Breakfast Restaurant page for our suggestions and maps to our favourite places.

If you decide to stay in for breakfast, make it in your well-stocked kitchen while looking out at the inner harbor, and the coastal range mountains listening to your favourite music playing in the entertainment centre.

Galloping Goose Trail

For you runners, hikers and bikers, explore the Goose, the world class Galloping Goose Trail begins just a few blocks away at the Johnson Street Bridge. In addition to its urban and suburban beginnings, it offers 60 km of fantastic sights along the meandering trail from coastal waters to forest. And, heading northward from downtown, the Lochside Trail offers bikers another 30 km of trails to explore.


Cycling rentals are available in Victoria from May to the early part of October. Bring your saddle and pedals to personalize a rental bicycle. If you choose to bring your own bike, the parking space for 1403 West has a bike storage rack attached to the wall suitable for 2 bikes. You will need to bring a security cable, chain or U-lock type devices to lock up the bikes. The building does not allow bikes in the lobbies or elevators. You may also want to take a cycling tour, another great way to see the Victoria’s cycle-friendly city.

the pedaler

victoria cycle


For you hikers wanting to explore Victoria's trails, check out Hikevictoria.com or click the link below. The owner, Mark Vukobrat, knows all the best places for each season of the year. Be sure to tell Mark you are staying at 1403 West.

Hike Victoria



If you like climbing or want to try it out, Victoria’s premier climbing wall is just around the corner.

Beacon Hill Park

If you are walkers, Beacon Hill Park is for you. A beautiful park with ponds, flowers, peacocks, ducks, and deer on occasion, Beacon Hill has miles of paths that lead you down to the sea at the southern most point of the island. This urban jewel is just a short walk away. Be sure to bring your camera as the park abounds with picturesque photo opportunities year-round.


And for you water sport enthusiasts, kayaking and canoeing opportunities abound. From coastal kayaking the Juan de Fuca Strait with its whales and orcas to the Haro Strait and to the calmer experience of inner harbour and the Gorge Waterway, there are no shortages of experiences awaiting you.


In addition, there are wonderful and spectacular golf courses to choose from around Victoria. In fact, you can see 1403 West from the Bear Mountain course.


1403 West’s expansive deck is a great platform for photographers. You can shoot snow-covered Mt. Baker off to the northeast, the picturesque Gulf Islands towards the north, the Olympic Mountains in the southwest, not to mention Victoria, the harbour sights and sunsets to the west. Make sure to bring your favorite lenses and a tripod.


Enjoy a walking tour of Victoria, BC, with a local historian. A great introduction to the city.


If you want to get a great bird’s eye view of Victoria and its environs, be sure to hop on a float plane for that special experience. Bring your camera.


The character of a city is defined by its architecture, and the architecture of a city is a reflection of its history. That makes history and architecture the perfect combination for a walking tour.


Feel the wind in your hair and explore the Salish Sea in search of majestic wildlife that flood our waters.


From Art to Aviation, from Bug Zoos to Canada’s most visited museum - The Royal BC Museum and IMAX, there is no shortage of fascinating places to indulge the mind.

Victoria Bug Zoo 

Royal BC Museum & IMAX 

The Maritime Museum of B.C. 

BC Aviation Museum 




Victoria is known for it’s amazing gardens... from the free Government House, to Hatley Castle to the amazing 100+ year old Butchart Gardens.

butchart gardens

victoria homes 

abkhazi teahouse


One of the city’s most treasured attractions, Victoria Harbour Ferry is the fastest and most convenient way to get around Victoria's Inner Harbour.


1403 West is conveniently located near several venues for movies, music and theatre productions.

IMAX Theatre 

Cineplex Odeon Movie Theatre 

Capital 6 Movie Theatre 

Live Music Guide

Royal Theatre & McPherson Playhouse

Save On Foods Memorial Centre

There are other businesses offering these same services in Victoria. Links here are services we’ve used or are familiar with. No endorsement is implied.

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