Wednesday, February 28, 2024

5 best places to go people-watching in and around Victoria


People-watching is a low effort (and low budget) popular pastime that is perfect for a bustling city like Victoria. 

In case you’re on the lookout for a light hearted way to explore the city and its inhabitants, here are just some of our favourite spots to people-watch around Victoria.

The Patio at Swans Pub

The covered patio at Swans makes for a perfect rainy-day cover and provides a front row seat to the bustling intersection by the new bridge. This spot is perfect for a bit of lunch and some solid people-watching time. 

  • Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Location: 506 Pandora Ave

Butchart Gardens

All kinds of people visit Butchart Gardens every year. 

You can witness first dates, anniversaries, groups and individuals enjoying the flowers and trees, all while enjoying the flora and fauna yourself! 

  • Fall hours: October 1st – 30th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Location: 800 Benvenuto Ave

The University of Victoria

Check out Felicita’s pub or BiblioCafe at the University of Victoria and get the best view of the students bustling around campus. Can you guess what year everyone is?

  • Hours:
    • Felicitas: Monday – Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
      Thursday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
      Saturday 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
      Sunday and holidays closed
    • BiblioCafe: Mondays – Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
      Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Location: 3800 Finnerty Road

Moss Street Market

The Moss Street Market is an all-year market – hosted outdoor during summer and fall months and indoor in the winter – and is a great way to people watch AND support local businesses.

You get to see a plethora of interesting interactions and different types of people who frequent the markets! 

  • Hours: October Hours: Saturday at 10 a.m.
  • Location: Corner of Moss Street and Fairfield Road

Langford Lanes

Don’t miss your chance to watch people making memories at Langford Lanes. You can watch first dates, birthday parties, and just casual hangout nights all take place. Talk about variety!

  • Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    Thursday, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
    Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
    Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Location: 1089 Langford Parkway

Have another favourite spot for people-watching we missed? Let us know below in the comments. 


Stephanie Brown
Freelance writer for Victoria Buzz

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