(Malahat Skywalk)

It’s that time of the year again!

If you know Victoria, you know Be a Local Tourist—and for its 2022 return, it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Happening from March 7th to March 13th, Be a Local Tourist partners with Victoria businesses who offer one of their products or services at a discounted rate—or for free!

The amazing deals are all offered for a week long event called Be a Local Tourist week, where locals can use the event wristbands they have purchased to gain access to a long list of incredible experiences.

This year, Be a Local Tourist is offering a massive 44 deals and freebies you can take part in, and you can grab your wristband online—even better, we’re offering a chance to win some—you’ll find those contest details below!

Though it’s hard to choose, here are just a few deals and freebies you can score at this year’s Be a Local Tourist:

Free wine tasting at Rathjen Cellars

Rathjen Cellars is a local farm-based winery specializing in low-intervention wines and ciders that showcase our unique coastal climate.

With your wristband, you can enjoy three free samples of their locally-grown, low-intervention wines. Rathjen Cellars is a farm-based winery located on the Saanich Peninsula.

  • Where: 334 Walton Place
  • When: March 11th-13th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

50% off Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Enjoy discounted admission with your Be A Local Tourist Wristband to Butterfly Gardens, where you’ll see thousands of tropical butterflies (up to 70 species) fly through their large facilities – the size of almost 3 basketball courts.

  • Where: 1461 Benvenuto Avebue
  • When: March 11th & 12th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

20% off Victoria Carriage Tours

Receive 20% off the iconic Victoria Carriage Tours, which include horse-drawn carriage tours the James Bay Neighbourhood and Beacon Hill Park. Can only be used for rides 45 minutes and longer.

  • Where: 469 Belleville Street
  • When: March 7th-March 13th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free Guided Tours at the Legislative Assembly of BC

  • Where: 501 Belleville Street
  • When: March 7th-March 12th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Visitors are welcome to join the Legislative Assembly of BC for free guided tours and to learn about the history of their beautiful buildings!

20% off single-day admissions at Malahat SkyWalk

Malahat SkyWalk is Vancouver Island’s newest outdoor experience providing the ultimate natural high, and they’re offering 20% on single-day admission tickets at the time of entry for wristband holders.

  • Where: Malahat SkyWalk, Trans-Canada Highway
  • When: March 7th-March 13th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

25 % off admission at Butchart Gardens

With a valid Be A Local Tourist wristband, adults an receive discounted admission of 25% to enjoy the indoor Spring Prelude display, explore the early spring blooms in the gardens, and take a ride on the Rose Carousel ($2 per person, per ride).

  • Where: 800 Benvenuto Avenue
  • When: March 12th and 13th ONLY (Saturday & Sunday), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

15 % off Afternoon Tea & Take-out Lunch at Pendray Inn and Tea House

The Pendray Inn and Tea House, ideally located near Victoria’s Inner Harbour, offers a delicious selection of afternoon teas in a beautiful 19th-century Victorian setting.

Enjoy a 15% discount off their Afternoon Teas and Take-out picnic lunch menus with your Be a Tourist Wristband!

  • Where: 309 Belleville Street
  • When: March 9th-13th, open Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


For a chance to win 4 Be a Local Tourist wristbands (2 adult & 2 youth!), please do one or more of the following:

  1. LIKE Be a Local Tourist on Facebook, and comment below to let us know you have (1 entry)
  2. FOLLOW Be a Local Tourist on Instagram, and comment below to let us know you have (1 entry)
  3. SHARE this post on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)

Contest entries will be accepted from time and date of publishing until 11:59 p.m. PST on March 4th, 2022. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they enter within 24 hours of the contest closing. Good luck!


Be a Local Tourist in Your Town 2022

  • When: March 7th-13th 2022
  • Where: All around Victoria!
  • Tickets: Wristbands are $17 for adults and $11 for youth and are available for purchase online and at all 7 Victoria Save On Foods locations.


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