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Visiting world-famous attractions is one way to experience and get a feel for a place, but the local secrets are always the best — and gives travellers a taste of what a town is really like! Here are a few ways you can explore British Columbia’s capital like someone who's in the know. 

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown 

Taking place from February 27 to March 2, Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown is an amazing annual initiative that gives you the chance to support local businesses and find incredible deals in the process. Some of the many highlights include: Miniature World, a downtown Victoria institution that features the world’s smallest operational sawmill, is offering free admission on February 29 and March 1. Get a discount ice cream cone at Perverted Ice Cream, which opened its' doors last year and has quickly become a local favourite. And make sure to stop in at the Taco Stand and the Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop at the Victoria Public Market to take advantage of great offers on their famous specials. Make a day of it and get to know the city while picking up a few bargains along the way.

Dino Lab Incorporated 

Is there a way to really get deep into local history? A fun and unique way is to uncover some prehistoric fossils. Visit Dino Lab Incorporated  and go on a guided tour of their fossil gallery (you’ll see dinosaurs, minerals, meteorites, and more) and go behind the scenes at the fossil prep lab to see how specimens are prepared to be showcase-ready in museums and galleries. Then, attempt some hands-on fossil restoration yourself! This supremely unique opportunity also makes for a fun and educational day activity for the entire family. 
When planning your trip to Victoria, consider booking your stay with us at Days Inn Victoria Uptown. Our Vancouver Island hotel is located in the historic hub of the Upper Harbour District, close to all the popular attractions and the local haunts we were just telling you about. We have a wide variety of comfortable, spacious, and stylish accommodations, including pet-friendly rooms, as well as exceptional on-site amenities like a heated indoor pool, two restaurants, and bicycle rentals. Get in touch today to make your reservations!
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