The Five Most Photogenic Spots in Victoria, BC

Victoria, British Columbia is one of the prettiest cities in Canada. Located by the sea on green and unspoiled Vancouver Island, it is a treat for the eyes with historic architecture, sweeping views and quaint flower-basket-lined streets. There are great opportunities for photos all over the city, but there are some spots that are just more photogenic than others. Here are five of the most beautiful and impressive Victoria BC photogenic spots – so make sure that your camera has plenty of batteries as you will want to fill your memory card with images of these scenic locations.

Top 5 Victoria BC Photogenic Spots

The Inner Harbour

The two most-photographed buildings in British Columbia, the stately Empress Hotel and the palatial BC Legislature Buildings are right next to each other in Victoria’s picture-perfect harbour. Add in horse-drawn carriages, a marina filled with sailboats and beautiful sunsets and it’s impossible to take a bad photo.

Inner Harbor Victoria. Victoria BC Photogenic Spots
Inner Harbor Victoria. Flickr: Dolf Botha / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Butchart Gardens

Once an abandoned limestone quarry, this spot is now a verdant paradise bursting with lush blooms. There are 55 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, including the zen-like Japanese gardens and the romantic Rose Gardens. Spring and summer bring colourful blooms, in autumn the vibrant leaves take centre stage and in winter the gardens are illuminated with twinkling lights for the holidays.

Butchart Gardens. Victoria BC Photogenic Spots
Butchart Gardens. Flickr: daryl_mitchell / CC BY-SA 2.0


Victoria has the oldest Chinatown in Canada and it’s a great neighbourhood for taking photos as there is so much colour and visual interest here. Capture the fruit on display outside the shops, the ornate decorations of the Chinatown arch and the quirky shops within Fan Tan Alley, a narrow street only a few feet wide. While you are there, grab a bubble tea or a pork bun fresh from a Chinese bakery.

Chinatown. Victoria BC Photogenic Spots.

Mount Douglas

Choose a clear day, bring your wide angle lens and get a great photo of Victoria BC photogenic spots and its surroundings from the top of Mount Dougas. It’s possible to hike up the mountain, but if you want to skip the trek you can also drive straight to the lookout point on top. There are also lots of photo opportunities within the dense, green forest trails on the mountain, with the sunlight filtering through the leaves.

Mount Douglas. Victoria BC Photogenic Spots
Mount Douglas, Victoria, BC. Flickr: Andy S / CC BY 2.0

Fisherman’s Wharf

You can reach this community via the small harbour ferry from downtown and there are plenty of colourful and quirky float homes here to photograph, each with a personality of its own. This is also one of the best places in the city to get fish and chips!

Colourful Fisherman’s Wharf. Victoria BC Photogenic Spots
Colourful Fisherman’s Wharf

These are just a few of the most scenic Victoria BC photogenic spots. What do you think is the most photogenic place in Victoria? Let me know in the comments below!

About Kelly Dunning


A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run, packed full with travel guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style for the last three years, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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