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I usually enjoy visiting Miniature World (worth to check out at least once) and just walking around downtown and around the harbour. Butchart Gardens isn't really gonna look great now compared to summer time.
Red Fish Blue Fish is pretty good if you're around the harbour and looking for places to eat. Depends on when you're going though, looks like they don't open again till Feb.
Oh my lawd I love red fish blue fish ..Too bad they're closed until Feb.
But as others have said, there really isn't much to do here, especially around this time of the year when its cold as fuck. The parliament building/downtown, royal BC museum, underwater garden if you're into fish and all that underwater stuff are the only touristy places I can think of off the top of my head. Chinatown is ridiculous in my opinion. It literally looks like a movie set. My friend calls it stereotype town..but it is a neat little street though. As DragonChi said, uptown is a nice place, but there are only a few clothing stores, a walmart, bestbuy, futureshop, shoppers drugmart, and a few other stores there.
If you do happen to stop by downtown and your sweet tooth kicks in, go to this little waffle place called Wannawafel | Victoria BC | Real Belgian Waffels on Johnson street.. pick the kind of waffle you want and the toppings you want on it. I freaking love this place.
Some of my favourite childhood memories are from the museum... it got me interested in things I am still interested in today, everything from wildlife, to native art and history, and of course cultural history itself
But I'm not sure if it would be as interesting without the nostalgia
If you like walking/hiking then there are lots of options not far from town. Mt Work, Mt Finlayson for hiking. Easy walking trails are at Goldstream, Whittys Lagoon, French Beach (Juan de fuca Trail). The view from Mt Tolmie and Mt Doug are great. Doing a drive along Dallas Rd/Beach Drive is also very scenic. Some people rent scooters to zip around on and take in the sights.
Agree that Fort Rodd Hill is neat to go to. Right nearby is Esquimalt Lagoon and Royal Roads University (Where Xmen movies were filmed)