Things To Do In Victoria

$52 for a Three-Hour Wildlife/Whale Watching Tour from Five Star Whale Watching Ltd. ($105 Value)

Five Star Whale Watching Ltd.

Downtown

Humpback whales and seals play backup in a sea that draws one of the largest killer-whale gatherings in the world

C$105 C$52

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Milk-Paint or Chalk-Paint Class, or Private Workshop at Frosty by Design (Up to 53% Off)

Frosty by Design

Victoria

Learn how to upcycle old furniture with chalk style paints, or experiment with several finishes

C$125 C$59

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Half-Day Salmon-Fishing Charter for Two or Four from Good Time Dave’s Fishing Charters (Up to 50% Off)

Good Time Dave's Fishing Charters

Victoria

Experienced guide leads a half-day salmon-fishing excursion on a 23 ft. Sea Sport vessel, with catches often ranging from 5 to 50 lb.

C$280 C$149

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$31.50 for Golf Package with 10 Buckets of Range Balls and a Drop-In Group Lesson ($63 Value)

Highland Pacific Golf

Victoria

Buckets of 45 balls each equip players for practice; drop-in group lessons focus on techniques and development

C$63 C$31.50

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Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

C$129 C$64

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$37 for Weekend Full-Day Paintball for Two at Victoria Paintball Adventures ($74.90 Value)

Victoria Paintball Adventures

Victoria

Players prowl a wooded paintball field stacked with mazes, towers, catwalks, and hideouts

C$74.90 C$37

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Four or Eight 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at The Music Box School of Music (Up to 51% Off)

The Music Box School of Music

Victoria

Private music lessons provide one-on-one instruction for piano or voice

C$96 C$49

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Taekwon-Do Classes with Uniform for One or Two Kids at Westcoast Taekwon-Do (Up to 84% Off)

Westcoast Taekwon-Do

Victoria

Black-belt martial artists teach students taekwon-do fundamentals in a safe, supportive environment

C$197 C$35

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10 or 20 Boot-Camp Sessions from New You Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

New You Fitness

Oaklands

At parks, playgrounds, or the ocean, certified instructors lead boot campers through ever-changing cardio and strength-training exercises

C$125 C$49

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One Month of Yoga Classes at Bikram Yoga Westshore (69% Off)

Bikram Yoga Westshore Hot Yoga

Victoria

Certified instructors lead 60 & 90-minute yoga classes in a heated, state-of-the-art studio that fosters deeper stretching

C$129 C$39.99

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One, Three, or Five Glass-Working Classes at Victorian Art Glass (Up to 63% Off)

Victorian Art Glass

Burnside

Seasoned instructor helps students create intricate glass art during artistic experience; includes jewelry, windchimes. lampshades, and more

C$80 C$35

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$49 for Two Private Lessons, One Group Lesson, and One Supervised Lesson at Arthur Murray - Victoria ($100 Value)

Arthur Murray - Victoria

Burnside

Aspiring beginners or intermediate dancers sharpen their skills through private and group lessons

C$100 C$49

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$33 for a Month of Kids' Group Kenpo Karate Classes at Victoria Professional Self Defence ($99 Value)

Victoria Professional Self Defence

Harris Green

Kids learn discipline and self-defense through a month of unlimited Kenpo Karate classes plus two private one-on-one classes

C$99 C$33

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Billiards for Two or More at Peacock Billiards (Up to 60% Off). Two Options Available.

Peacock Billiards

Downtown

Players rack up on 30 high-quality pool tables, surrounded by plush couches and attractive artwork

C$20 C$10

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5 or 10 One-Hour Fitness Training Sessions Active For Life Fitness (Up to 69% Off)

Active For Life Fitness

Victoria

Trainers rely on resistance training to bolster muscle tone, improve posture, strengthen core muscles, and encourage weight-loss

C$225 C$78

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Personal-Training Sessions or Boot-Camp Classes at Definitive Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Definitive Fitness

Studio 4 Athletics

Trainers work one-on-one with clients or motivate groups through outdoor workouts designed to build strength and endurance

C$260 C$80

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10 or 20 Kids' Martial Arts Classes with Private Lesson at Kids Love Martial Arts Canada (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Victoria

Kids’ martial arts classes teach kids self-respect and self-discipline, as well as how to focus and set goals

C$236 C$25

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Four Group Horseback-Riding Lessons with Private Lesson or Eight Lessons at Freedom Equestrian (Up to 63% Off)

Freedom Equestrian

Victoria

Group lessons teach English and Western–style riding; private lessons introduce newcomers to horseback fundamentals

C$250 C$105

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Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Yana Hempler Fitness (Up to 67% Off)

Yana Hempler Fitness

Victoria

Certified personal trainer tailors workout regimens to clients' goals, from losing weight to training for a 10k

C$225 C$78

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As golfers line up tricky, round-deciding rolls on the green of the signature 17th hole at Olympic View Golf Club, they might have to block out an unusual sound. Just behind the green, water crashes earthward for more than 60 feet over one of the course’s two waterfalls. The dramatic feature generates a roaring din as well as a beautiful backdrop for players as they near the end of their scenic golfing excursions.

Such tranquil scenes are common on the 6,600-yard course framed by the dense forest of south Vancouver Island and the looming profiles of Olympic Mountains peaks. But the calm can be deceptive, as the Bill Robinson–designed layout aims to challenge. Twelve lakes are interspersed throughout the site, and numerous bunkers intimidate golfers with their depth and walls etched with tally marks. This signature mix of beauty and difficulty earned the club a four-star rating from Golf Digest in 2008, as well as a ranking of 10th Best Public Golf Course in British Columbia by Score Golf in 2011.

The GBC Golf Academy at Olympic View Golf Club aims to prepare golfers mentally and physically for playing the most enjoyable golf of their lives. Located on 14 acres, the academy features nine large grass driving areas with target greens as far as 330 yards. In three short-game areas, players practice putts, pitches, and fake surprise at finding the ball in the cup. The amply appointed grounds complement a teaching philosophy that encourages development of a repeatable swing tailored to the individual’s physical capabilities.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,600 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole

643 Latoria Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

Bikram Yoga Saanich

"I love the way Bikram Yoga makes me feel happy, energized, and healthy. I didn’t love the heat at first, but now I need to sweat everyday."

—Anastasia Magdalene, Bikram Yoga Saanich Instructor

It only took 26 yoga postures and a heated room to rid Anastasia Magdalene of her chronic back pain. That winning combination—the foundation of Bikram Yoga—has changed the lives of many of Bikram Yoga Saanich's instructors. Abbey Lee found a sense of community, while Owl won relief from anxiety, spinal issues, and other problems. Read more about the instructors, who were each trained personally by Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury.


Their Studio

Bikram Yoga Saanich's studio features rubber flooring made with recycled materials, low-flow shower heads, and no plastic water bottles. The hot studio of Bikram Yoga Saanich makes for a happy planet Earth and a jealous planet Mars. Find out all the ways the studio stays eco-friendly.


Tips for First Time Students

Classes at Bikram Yoga Saanich accommodate all levels, including first-timers. Here are some tips for new students:

  • Drink lots of water on the day of the class, and continue drinking during the session to stay hydrated.
  • Dress in clothes that accommodate stretching and sweating.
  • Take your next class as soon as possible.
  • Read more tips on Bikram Yoga Saanich's website.

1620 Garnet Road
Victoria,
BC
CA

A tiny ripple glides along the smooth-as-glass water, alerting captain Pete to the fact that he and his passengers are about to have company. Sure enough, within seconds a group of glossy black fins breaks through the sea in a silent, synchronized ballet. A native Washingtonian who has spent his entire life on the water, captain Pete orchestrates San Juan Excursions to grant guests the chance to go head-to-head with nature in moments such as these. As marine naturalists certified by the Whale Museum?s Naturalist Training Program, captain Pete?s crew of passionate guides take to the peaceful waters of the Puget Sound to entertain boatloads of guests with informative facts about area wildlife witnessed during excursions.

The team?s passion for nature informs its low-impact approach to whale and wildlife watching, which is exemplified in the Odyssey, the company's tour boat. Originally a U.S. Navy search-and-rescue vessel forged in 1941, the craft is fueled by biodiesel when possible and maintains a low propeller RPM to minimize the Bono moans it releases into the water column. Though San Juan Excursions specializes in whale watching, it also sends adventurers forth to explore the waters on their own steam during sea-kayak tours.

65 Spring St
Friday Harbor,
WA
US

Founded in 2001 by photographic pair Mike Byrne and Gavin Young, Clock Tower Images initially abetted educational publishers, such as Disney and Discovery Channel, by supplying them with still and moving images. Since then, the ever-expanding business has recruited shutterbug Isobel Springett and fashioned a wealth of new programs geared around the trio's interests. In addition to its portraiture program, Clock Tower Images expertly frames horses ?a passion of Isobel's?and a massive array of sporting events, including, in Mike's case, events at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Mike and Isobel instill their image-capturing expertise into students at hands-on workshops and courses in Victoria and Courtenay, where up to eight apprentices at a time learn the ins and outs of landscape, portrait, wildlife and sports photography. For pupils eager to break out of the classroom, Clock Tower Images arranges a number of guided field trips and international photo tours that capture North America's west coast landscapes and wildlife, as well as numerous African locales, and into the dreams of slumbering migratory birds.

3989 Quadra Street
Victoria,
BC
CA

After a trek down the Panama Canal, visitors stop for a brief sojourn under the Matterhorn before journeying on to the Eiffel Tower. This trip around the world comes courtesy of All Fun Recreation Park's miniature-golf course, whose 18 globally themed greens are littered with water traps and austerely dressed customs officials. Elsewhere, eight cages hurtle baseballs and softballs toward batters at 40?75 mph, and drivers accelerate across a 1,400-foot go-kart track's over and under bridge or hug the turns of a smaller oval track designed for parents and youngsters.

For more racing action, patrons can head over to Western Speedway each Saturday night in May?September for stock-car competitions on an oval track or drag strip. Westshore Motocross rents entry-level dirt bikes to riding and racing novices, and 75 RV and tenting sites give guests opportunities to yodel freely in nature. Guests can then practice licking techniques on the flower-filled patio at Mr. Tubbs Ice Cream Parlour and Family Fun Zone, or explore the Swap & Shop each Sunday, where vendors dispense copious household goods and collectibles.

2207 Millstream Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

Cadence Fitness

At Cadence Fitness, guests can tone their bodies in core workouts, sultry pole-dance spins, and aerial circus arts without leaving the building. However, the women-only studio isn't a training spot for acrobats?its expert staff invites ladies of all backgrounds and body types to their classes. Owner Amie set out to create a safe and compassionate haven where guests can experiment with movement, whether they are spinning six feet from the ground aboard a lyra or stretching into atmospheric yoga's midair splits. Her programs have been featured on Shaw TV's "The Daily" for their accessibility and benefits, which include having enough strength and balance to tightrope walk while tearing phonebooks in half. Amie and her team also host workshops, parties, and teacher-training seminars, inspiring groups to shed their insecurities and twirl toward empowerment.

2455 Millstream Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA