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Explore The Hands of Time in Victoria!

Enjoy spring weather in Victoria BC on The Hands of Time public art walking tour in downtown Victoria!

(April 2023)


The Hands of Time consists of 12 bronze sculptures that depict life-size hands engaged in activities symbolic of Victoria’s past. The three-dimensional hands vary in culture, age and gender, and quietly convey eras and stories of Victoria.


The artist, Crystal Przybille, created each unique piece depicting hands carving a canoe paddle, holding a railway spike, performing with a fan, carrying blankets, and our favourite, holding a mirror which you will find imbedded into the stone wall on the lower causeway below Government Street, on Inner Harbour walkway. Each piece is cast in bronze finished with dark patina!


The 12 bronze sculptures are located around Victoria’s Inner Harbour, with one art piece at City Hall, The Hudson building, along the Songhees Walkway, and another at the top of Beacon Hill at Beacon Hill Park. The artworks can be found on buildings, lamp standards, rocks in landscaped areas, and on bedrock.


Come and explore The Hands of Time in Victoria and enjoy this fabulous public art walking tour!

There are so many reasons why you will love spending time in Canada this holiday season. Just think of the snow falling, the sounds of Christmas carols every night of the week, and the sleigh bells ringing in your ear. What else could really get you in the holiday spirit full of joy and happiness? Read on to see the top reasons to spend Christmas in Victoria, BC, this year!

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Why Visit Victoria, BC for Christmas?

We think that heading to a cold-weather climate is a fantastic way to get in the spirit of Christmas. You can spend quality time with your loved ones, curl up by a fireplace, and spend the night drinking eggnog and opening presents with your family.

Doesn’t this sound lovely? We think so, too. That is why Victoria, British Columbia is arguably one of THE top destination holidays for the winter months. Although this is a very well-known spot for outdoor lovers to venture to every month of the year, we think that coming during the cold weather is great for going ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, and celebrating the holidays.

Victoria truly has everything you need, and more, to have a fantastic time. Where you are going to see the infamous light displays, going shopping for stocking stuffers, or having tea with your family, there are endless events here all winter long.

Christmas at the Butchart Gardens

There is no better time to celebrate good vibes with family than Christmastime! Head to the Gardens and see the dozens, if not millions, of dazzling Christmas lights through the widespread property. You can really feel like you are in A Christmas Carol, or you are a part of the Twelve Days of Christmas, when you spend an afternoon or evening here.

Just hop in the car for around 30 minutes to head to this incredible light display and take a few photos that are surely worthy of your Instagram. If you don’t want to drive, you can take the express shuttle from downtown Victoria to take part in the 35-minute narrated ride to this famous attraction.

Go Shopping in the Winter Weather

The next best thing to do during the Christmas season in downtown Victoria, BC is to go Christmas shopping for some last-minute gifts! It doesn’t matter if you are shopping for boutique items, or last-minute stocking stuffers that are cheap and easy to find, you will love walking along the holiday-themed street and having a bite to eat or a cocktail. We recommend going to Rogers’ Chocolates to pick up some dessert for a post-dinner treat.

Or head to Murchie’s Tea and Coffee to pick up some hot cocoa or coffee to stay refreshed and rejuvenated for the entire evening. We also love going to the Rook and Rose store to pick up some flowers for a gift for your loved one on Christmas morning. Better yet, why not pick up a beautiful jewelry item at Little Gold for your partner?

Enjoy a Winter Tea

There is no better way to warm up on a cold winter day than to have a traditional winter tea. We recommend sipping on a hot cup of tea and enjoying a few bites of crumpets or scones as you explore downtown Victoria, BC. Check out the Pendray Tea House at Huntingdon Manor and dress on the nines as you sip on English breakfast tea, put clotted cream on the scones, and watch the carriages pull up out front of this beautiful building.

You can cook from an assortment of fine teas, plates, and pastries that are sure to curb your sweet tooth. We love coming here during the holiday season for a fun afternoon with our families or for a unique date night with our partner.

Experience a Culinary Food Tour

Christmas is a time to indulge. That means you will be able to get presents, enjoy a few drinks with your loved ones, and try some of the best food that you will have all year long! If you are staying in Victoria, this means going to local food businesses to try holiday-themed items, savory pastries, sweet treats, and mouthwatering meals that are sure to knock your socks off.

Enjoy a Christmas Escape to Victoria, BC

As you can see, there are so many festive things to do when you visit the beautiful town of Cairo, BC this upcoming winter season. Whether you are an outdoor lover and want to go skiing or snowboarding, or you would rather take it easy in the beautiful downtown area of this mountain town, there are endless options for you and your family this holiday season. Head here for Christmas to enjoy great holiday cheer, exciting things to do with your loved ones, and good vibes all month long.

If you are planning a getaway with you and your partner, you need to go above and beyond the typical vacation. Head to one of the most beautiful places in the entire continent of North America and splurge on a picturesque and outdoor-centric holiday in British Columbia! British Columbia is known for its friendly people, great beers, amazing hikes, bright blue water, lush green pine forests, and mountain peaks. Even if you are not an avid hiker, biker, or watersports lover, you will have an amazing time gazing at the incredible scenery, spending time with your loved one, and partaking in romantic activities that are truly magical. Let’s check out a few things that are must-dos when it comes to planning a romantic date night in Victoria, BC. We guarantee that this will ignite the spark in your relationship and have you coming back for more every single year!

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Take a Picnic Lunch

One of the most exciting activities for you to do with your partner is to bring a picnic to one of the numerous green spaces in the city. Victoria, BC is home to beautiful and pristine scenery that is great for setting the mood, bringing a picnic blanket, and packing your ideal date night foods like cheese, wine, and chocolates. We recommend going to one of the numerous bakeries or cafes in the center of the city, like Bubby Rose’s Cafe, and then bringing your pickings to one of the riverside parks or beaches.

Activities for Couples

Even if you have been together for years, you can partake in a trust-building exercise or couple’s event that will help teach you communication, learn how to work with one another, and solve problems together. We love going to Ocean River Adventures to kayak together with our partner through the rapids. Or head to Quest, where you can test your brain aptitude and problem-solving skills with your partner. The fun and exhilarating evenings are great for having a fun time, putting your brains together, and seeing if you truly work well as a team!

There is nothing more romantic than heading out for a sunset hike where you can see the changing colors of the sky, stay healthy during vacation with one another, and hold hands as you walk up the steep paths in the mountains of British Columbia. We recommend going on a hike near Mount Doug, Mount Tomie, or Macaulay Point Park to see the sunset, share a romantic kiss, and then kick off date night in the city center.

Go Out for a Romantic Dinner

Lastly, you can’t have a romantic evening without going out for dinner in the bustling and busy city of Victoria! There are truly dozens of choices that we think are going to make you fall in love with the city, like Il Terrazzo Ristorante for Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and Pagliacco for a quiet and authentic Italian experience.

If you want something more, then check out Cafe Brio, a cucina rustica restaurant that offers mouthwatering plates, fine dining, and an incredible atmosphere that you won’t find elsewhere. We recommend splitting one of the appetizers, like the beet salad with gorgonzola cheese, greens, walnuts, and honey. You can then split the main porcini mushroom risotto with porcini, king oyster, bear tooth mushrooms, and garlic. Talk about fancy!

Rent a House from Victoria Prime

Not sure where to stay for your upcoming getaway with your partner? Instead of staying in a crowded hotel that is overrun with families, a busy hostel that is too loud for your liking, or a bland B&B that has poor food and a noisy neighborhood, we have a better idea in mind. Check out Victoria Prime, the premier property rental and management business in the ever-busy mountain town of Victoria, BC.

We pride ourselves on putting the customer first—always. That is why we are the top rental agency in the entire province and ensure that people come back for more every single year due to high satisfaction ratings. Instead of just being another number, you are our number one priority; just read our customer reviews and past guest reviews to find out why we are so popular!

Rent one of our luxurious condos, cool apartments, and cozy homes for your upcoming trip. We guarantee the spacious interior, cool amenities, plush bedrooms, and nearby attractions are enough to make you book a house with us in no time at all.