Your Victoria Bucket List

Your Victoria Bucket List



If you’re dreaming of a life of adventure, but can’t make it out of Victoria at the moment, there are a surprising number of amazing experiences you can have here in the city.  I’ve compiled a short ‘Victoria Bucket List’ of microadventures you can take here in the Garden City, that don’t involve flowers.  They may have already been on your bucket list, even though you didn’t know that you could achieve them here in Victoria.

1. Drive a Race Car

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, or want to be one, there is the opportunity to drive a race car for a few laps at Western Speedway.  Alternatively, you can also ride as a passenger while a professional brings the car up to speed.

Currently on Groupon, $99 to drive the car for 5 laps (reg. $199):  

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience on Groupon

2. Try Scuba Diving

For $42, you can try scuba diving at one of the rec centers in Victoria.  While it’s not as exciting as diving in the ocean, it’s a great way to find out if you’d like to go on to do the $500 certification. I found it in the Saanich Rec guide, but check the rec guide in your area to see if it’s being offered elsewhere.  Once you know if scuba diving is your new passion, you can go on to take a certification course and dive in the ocean.

Saanich Rec Guide

3. Learn Sword Fighting

Are you a big Game of Thrones fan?  Blood and Iron teaches medieval martial arts, where you can learn to wield a sword, among other weapons. Best of all, you can give it a try with a free 90 minute lesson!

Blood and Iron

4. Go Dirt Biking


If you want to try out motocross as a hobby, you can give it a go at Western Speedway.  Rent a dirt bike and all the equipment, and get a lesson as well, all for $70.

Learn To Ride

5. Skydiving

Perhaps cliché to bucket lists, I’d be remiss not to include skydiving on this list.  $299 for a tandem jump.

Victoria Sky Diving

6. Paragliding

Cheaper than skydiving, and maybe a good stepping stone if you’re still working up the courage to jump out of an aircraft, you can go for a tandem paragliding session for $150:

Blue Thermal Paragliding 

7. Sailing


You can learn to sail through UVic – you don’t have to be a student, you just need to pay for a Vikes Rec membership, and then the sailing course fee.  The sailing program fee is $84, and if you need the Vikes Rec membership you can pay for one month for $87.  

Sailing Lessons at UVic

Vikes Rec Memberships

Alternatively you can learn to sail through the Victoria Yacht Club, for $370:

Royal Victoria Yacht Club Sailing Courses

8. Ride in a Helicopter

If you’ve never been on a helicopter, it’s an amazing experience, especially with our gorgeous landscape.  Try one on your next trip to Vancouver, $159 for an off-peak rate, one-way.  

HeliJet Fares

9. Sleep on the Beach


You’ll have to travel a bit outside Victoria for this one, but it’s still on my list.  The Juan de Fuca Provincial Park allows beach camping, and you just pay a backcountry camping fee of $10 per person.  Beach camping is available at Mystic, Bear, China and Sombrio Beaches.

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

10. Ride a Horse on the Beach

If you’re a romantic at heart, perhaps you’ve always dreamed of riding a horse on the beach.  $50 per hour.

Valle Vista Stables

What’s on your Victoria Bucket List?


Article by Adam Bartosik

Adam is the father of three daughters, is a freelance writer, and manages Heat Savers Fireplace and Patio Co. Previous experience includes 10 years in the hospitality industry in Victoria, and one year as a bicycle mechanic. Adam is originally from Midland, Ontario.

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