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In most cases, the downtown areas of cities are known for the best entertainment, which often leaves the outskirts of town overlooked. In the case of Victoria, British Columbia, there is plenty to do outside the downtown comfort zone. Here are just a few things you can do.

The Beer

Who doesn't like a cold beer on a hot summer day? Ok, so maybe not everyone likes beer. If you do, beer is a big part of the things you can enjoy. There are a total of eleven breweries in Victoria, including Lighthouse Brewing and West Coast Brewing. Both offer brewery tours and tastings.

There are also a lot of pubs serving locally brewed craft beers and English style beers. In fact, Canada's oldest pub, Spinnakers, is only a fifteen minute walk from the blue bridge.

The History

There is a type of history for everyone to enjoy in Victoria. For a sentimental, historical tale, check out Craigdarroch Castle. The Canadian Scottish Regiment Museum (Princess Mary's) will keep gun enthusiasts busy learning about the Canadian Royal Forces throughout history. Don't forget tea time at Point Ellice House where you will feel like a member of high Victorian society in the year 1867.

The Nature

Take a bike ride up Mount Douglas where there is a three hundred sixty degree view of Victoria. Have a picnic at Beacon Hill Point and Saxe Point. To get away from it all, walk or take the Victoria Harbour Ferry to the Gorge Waterway for peace and quiet away from the city.

Don't overlook Victoria beyond downtown. There is so much to offer outside those big, city lights. The best thing is that it is not that far away from the city, so they are all great afternoon or day trips out. Spend some time getting out there and see everything Victoria has to offer you.

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