Hotspots of music and culture to explore in Victoria, Canada

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Victoria — on the southern end of beautiful Vancouver Island — has a defining spirit of discovery and innovation, as well as its passion for the planet. It’s also got a burgeoning music and arts scene, creating a vibrant culture that keeps people coming back for more.

If you’re studying at University of Victoria, there is so much to do, right on your doorstep. Whether it’s a day out at the weekend, a visit to a museum with new friends, or an evening of live music, you’re sure to fall in love with the city’s unique energy.

The Royal BC Museum

Showcasing the natural and human history of British Columbia, the Royal BC Museum has plenty of quirky, unique insights into the region's culture and heritage.

Craigdarroch Castle

Built in the late 1800s, this historic castle has opulent, funky interiors and is well worth a tour to take in the castle's fascinating history.

The Bard and Banker

This pub is in a historic building in downtown Victoria and has live music most nights. It’s got a classic pub feel — cozy, welcoming, intimate and fun — and hops through music genres through the week.

The Legacy Art Gallery

On the university campus the Legacy displays eclectic works from local and international artists and has strong collaborations with the university's academic programs.

The Bug Zoo

A pretty kooky place to visit, the Bug Zoo is great fun with live insects, tarantulas, scorpions, and giant millipedes.

Hermann's Jazz Club

A city staple for jazz lovers and jammers, Hermann’s is iconic, a must-visit spot that’s been showcasing top jazz talent for decades.

Open Space Arts Society

This artist-run center thrives on experimentation and collaboration. A favorite for emerging and established artists, the society hosts regular events, performances, and workshops.

Alcheringa Gallery

Dedicated to promoting Indigenous art from Canada and around the world, Alcheringa journeys from traditional painting styles to sculptures and jewelry.