Did you miss out on last weekend’s Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown festivities?

Don’t fret, because you still have a chance to experience all of the free and discounted activities that this annual event has to offer!

This weekend, from March 1 to 3, indulge in everything that it means to be a tourist in Victoria – without the hefty price tag! You can check out 7 reasons why you can’t miss out on this popular event here and grab your VIP passes here.

As a resident of our fair city, are there things that are truly ‘Victorian’ that you have yet to experience? The Be a Tourist event offers up activities that should be on everyone’s bucket list if you’re lucky enough to live here!

Here are 8 uniquely Victorian things you may have never done (and probably should!):

1. Visited Butchart Gardens

With over 100 years in bloom, these beautiful gardens are a staple of Victoria, and if you’ve never been, you’re truly missing out! This March 2nd and 3rd only, Butchart Gardens is offering FREE admission on both dates.

2. Taken a historical tour at Market Square

Maybe you’ve walked by them countless times, but do you know the history behind a lot of Victoria’s most infamous hot-spots? Join local historian John Adams for the riveting Gold miners, Gamblers & Ghosts Tour and get your learn on! To take part, meet at Market Square, 560 Johnson Street at 1:00 p.m and 2:00 p.m. No reservations required, just show up!

3. Visited Butterfly Gardens

Conveniently located just five minutes from the aforementioned Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family. With their ever-changing tropical rain forest environment, there is always something new for everyone of all ages to discover. They’re offering free admission March 1st, 2nd and 3rd!

4. Experienced a proper high-tea

How positively Victorian is a proper high afternoon tea? Pendray Inn & Tea House is serving up a Traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea with delicious house made seasonal scones, sandwiches & desserts – and you can snag 25% off! The Pacific Restaurant is also offering $10 off of their own afternoon tea, as well.

5. Indulged in an authentic Beaver Tail

Everyone loves a Beaver Tail!

If you’ve never experienced the otherworldly delight that is a true Beaver Tail, we don’t need to tell you; boy, you’re missing out! At BeaverTails Pastry, they’re offering 50% off one of their tasty treats – now is the perfect to try one!

6. Tried zip-lining

Do you live for adventure? Adrena LINE opens its season on March 1st specifically to coincide with Be A Tourist and is offering its biggest discount of the year – 40% off one of their zip-line tours!

7. Gone on a horse-drawn carriage ride 

These beautiful horse-drawn carriages are a staple of Victoria’s backdrop, and you’d be hard-pressed to walk down any of our city’s streets without one catching your eye! This March 2nd and 3rd only, Tally-Ho Carriage Tours is offering 25 % off of their 45-minute Beacon Hill tours – now is the time to take advantage!

8. Explored Shaw Center for the Salish Sea

The Shaw Center offers a fun, interactive and informative experience of science and culture to young and old – welcoming over 75,000 visitors a year. March 2nd and 3rd only, they’re offering 50% admission!

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

  • When: March 1 to 3
  • Where: All around Victoria!
  • Tickets: VIP cards are only $15 and available for purchase online and at all 7 Victoria Save On Foods locations, the Bay Centre or Destination Greater Victoria

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