Formerly called Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, Be a Local Tourist in Your Town is an event where you can visit Victoria attractions for a low cost.
The weather isn’t the greatest in the late winter or early spring, but that’s usually when they have the “Be a Local Tourist in Your Town” program going on where you can get discounted admission to top attractions, restaurants and more!
In 2022, instead of taking place in February, the series of special deals ran from March 7th to 13th. Unfortunately, “Be a Local Tourist in Your Town” isn’t happening in 2023.
The city’s Dine Around & Stay in Town event, meanwhile, ran from January 20th to February 6th in 2022. It’s also happening from January 20th until February 5th in 2023.
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Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown
In 2022, Victoria’s annual “Be a Local Tourist in Your Town” program took place from March 7th to 13th. It used to always happen in February but the last couple years it has shifted to March.
The program is always a great deal! Last year, for only about $17 you could have bought a wristband and seen a dozen great Victoria tourist attractions for free, plus dozens more at great discounts. For youth and seniors, the cost was only $11.
Last year, this event was a great way to learn about some local businesses in Victoria and help to support them! Keep in mind that you had to be able to pick up your wristband in person from the Visitor Centre downtown on Wharf Street. They did not deliver them or ship them to you. You could have also bought them in-person at the Visitor Centre or at any Save on Foods in Victoria.
“Be a Local Tourist in Your Town” isn’t happening in 2023. 2024 event details are to be confirmed.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL!
Looking for a fun thing to do in mid-March? Then check out the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Government Street!
The attractions that you could get into for free during 2022’s “Be a Local Tourist in Your Town” program included the following:
- Bateman Gallery of Nature – free admission and 25% discount on memberships.
- BC Legislative Buildings Tour – free guided tour.
- Point Ellice House Museum & Gardens – free admission.
- Rathjen Cellars – free wine sampling flight which includes 5 samples.
- Sidney Museum – free admission to the Lego Exhibition.
The following attractions, activities and restaurants had great discounted rates during the event in 2022. 2024 discounts have yet to be announced.
Noe: Many of these attractions required booking in advance last year.
Activities and Attractions
- Adrena Line Zipline – 20% off zipline tours.
- Craigdarroch Castle – 25% off guided tours
- Eagle Wing Whale Watching Tours – 50% off their Salish Sea Marine Wildlife and Whale Tour.
- Fired Up! – 15% off painting on pottery or canvas for drop ins.
- Five Star Whale Watching – 50% off for all locals.
- Gardens at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific – admission is only $2.
- Iron & Wood Golf Simulators – free rental clubs.
- Orca Spirit Adventures – the Marine Wildlife and Whale Watching Tours are $75 (normally over 100).
- Pacifica Paddle Sports – 50% off all 2-hour rentals.
- Prince of Whales – take part in a tour AND go to the Royal BC Museum for a combined total of $79.
- Quazar’s Arcade – 2 bonus tokens when you buy at least 10.
- SALT Pilates + Barre – 50% off drop ins and 20% off class passes.
- Victoria Bug Zoo – 25% off admission.
Food and Drink
- Chocolats Favoris – buy one get one free any menu item.
- LURE Restaurant & Bar – 10& off all items.
- Macaloney Caledonian Distillery and Twa Dogs Brewery – 50% off the Brewery and Distillery Tours.
- Off The Eaten Track – 20% off the “Downtown Food & City” tour.
- Silk Road Tea – a free gift with each purchase.
- Vancouver Island Brewing – a beer flight of four for just $5 and 20% off merchandise.
The Cridge Centre for the Family
In years past for every wristband sold $1 was donated to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. In 2022, there was a new partner for the Be a Tourist event and that was the Cridge Centre for the Family. The Cridge Centre is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services for those less fortunate in and around Victoria.
When purchasing wristbands for the 2022 event, you could also choose to buy one for donation. These donated wristbands were all given to the Cridge Centre, and for each one purchased for donation, Be a Tourist gave a second wristband to the centre.
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If you enjoy being a tourist in your own hometown check out Victoria’s Dine Around and Stay in Town Program for dozens of restaurants offering 3-course dinners for special prices and Victoria hotel rooms being offered at a discount.
For information about a similar program in the Lower Mainland (which features restaurants and hotels, but not tourist attractions), click Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
To learn about all of Victoria’s main places of interest, see our article about Museums, Historical Sites & Other Tourist Attractions.