A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Victoria vs. Winnipeg for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Victoria or Winnipeg?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Victoria and Winnipeg. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Victoria or Winnipeg?


The capital city of British Columbia, Canada, Victoria is positioned near the southern edge of Vancouver Island. It's a wonderfully pleasant city and has been nicknamed the Garden City because of its vast green space and public gardens. There is a population of just over 80,000 in the city proper and almost 350,000 in the greater metropolitan area. Dating back to 1843, it's also one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. As such, it has many historic buildings and beautiful architecture. It also has the second oldest Chinatown in North America, following San Francisco's.


Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Its heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries. Rising above the prairie, Winnipeg is a metropolis where you least expect it. Cultured, confident and captivating, it’s more than just a pit stop on the Trans-Canada haul, but a destination in its own right, with a couple of world-class museums and a wonderfully diverse dining scene.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Canada, The Best Eco Tours in Canada, The Best Train & Rail Tours in Canada, and The Best Sightseeing Tours in Canada.

Which place is cheaper, Winnipeg or Victoria?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Victoria is $182, while the average daily cost in Winnipeg is $252. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Victoria and Winnipeg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Victoria $113
    Winnipeg $92
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Victoria $226
    Winnipeg $184
Compare Hotels in Victoria and Winnipeg

Looking for a hotel in Victoria or Winnipeg? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Victoria

Hotels in Winnipeg

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Victoria Hotel Prices and Winnipeg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Victoria $37
    Winnipeg -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Victoria

Also for Victoria, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Victoria to Whistler Seaplane Transfer: $233
  • Vancouver: Seaplane Transfer between Vancouver & Victoria: $223
  • Victoria to Salt Spring Seaplane Transfer: $123
  • Victoria to Vancouver - Vancouver Airport (YVR) Drop Off - Coach Bus Transfer: $88
  • Victoria to Vancouver - Vancouver Cruise Terminal Drop Off - Coach Bus Transfer: $88
  • Victoria to Vancouver - Coach Bus Transfer: $74
  • Victoria to Vancouver Ferry with Bus Transfer: $72

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Winnipeg

Also for Winnipeg, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Arrivals Private Transfer from Richardson Airport: $141
  • Winnipeg accomodation to Winnipeg Airport (YWG) - Departure Private Transfer: $61
  • Winnipeg One way Private transfer from/to the Airport: $200
  • Winnipeg Airport (YWG) to Winnipeg accomodation - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $122
  • Winnipeg Airport (YWG) to Winnipeg accomodation - Arrival Private Transfer: $61
  • Private Transfer from Winnipeg Hotels to Winnipeg Airport: $61
  • Private Transfer from Winnipeg Airport to Winnipeg Accommodation : $37
  • Private Transfer from Winnipeg Airport (YWG) to Winnipeg Hotels: $61

Is it cheaper to fly into Victoria or Winnipeg?

Prices for flights to both Winnipeg and Victoria change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Victoria $27
    Winnipeg $5.41

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Victoria

For Victoria, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Chocolate Lovers Food Tour: $44
  • Chinatown and Old Town Food Tour with Tastings: $58
  • Hip & Hidden Chinatown + Old Town Food Tour Victoria: $60
  • Sip, Savor, Stroll Evening Food Tour: $145

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Victoria $45
    Winnipeg $2.52

Tours and Activities in Victoria

For Victoria, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 60-Minute Beacon Hill Park Tour: $205
  • 75-Minute The Royal Tour: $246
  • 90-Minute The Capital Tour: $287
  • Beacon Hill Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Experience in Victoria: $205
  • Best of Victoria City Highlights Private Tour Day or Evening : $275
  • Bike 3-hour City Highlights Tour & coastal ride: $94
  • Butchart & Beyond: The Grand Victoria Tour: $327
  • COMBO Victoria City Tour & Butchart Gardens & Entry Tix: $98
  • Craigdarroch Castle Pedicab Tour: $145
  • Cultural & Historical Victoria Walking Tour: $14
  • Downtown Victoria Food & City Tour: $60
  • Eat Like a Canadian Food & Sightseeing Tour: $60

Tours and Activities in Winnipeg

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Winnipeg.

  • Discover Assiniboine Park with a Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.95
  • Explore The Challenge of Moderninity with Walking Tours in Winnipeg, MB: $6.69
  • Louis Riel & Red River Metis Trails Tour: $74
  • Manitoba Legislative Grounds: a Smartphone Audio Tour & Trivia Challenge: $5.95
  • Murder Mystery Detective Experience in Winnipeg MB: $11
  • Private City Tour in Winnipeg: $48
  • Self-guided adventure hunt: Uncover Winnipeg's Secrets: $13
  • Sights of South Winnipeg Smartphone Audio Driving Tour: $6.17
  • The Forks Historic Site: a Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.95
  • The Indigenous Residential School Museum Private Tour: $82
  • The Sights of South a Smartphone Audio Tour: $6.69
  • Unique Scavenger Hunt Experience in Winnipeg by Operation City Quest: $10

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Victoria $16
    Winnipeg -

Sample the Local Flavors in Victoria

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Victoria:

  • Guided Pub Crawl with Ferry Rides and Appetizers: $47
  • Local Brewery Tour with a Guide: $87
  • Victoria Wine Tour with Wine Tastings and Charcuterie: $134
  • 6-Hour Victoria to Cowichan Wine Tour: $138
  • Cowichan Valley Premium Wine Tour: $436

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Victoria and Winnipeg, we can see that Winnipeg is more expensive. And not only is Victoria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Victoria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Victoria and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Winnipeg would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Winnipeg than you might in Victoria.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Victoria Expensive? and Is Winnipeg Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Victoria or Winnipeg?

Winnipeg has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Victoria. When comparing the sizes of Victoria and Winnipeg, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

When is the best time to visit Victoria or Winnipeg?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Victoria or Winnipeg in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Victoria and Winnipeg.

In July, Victoria is generally cooler than Winnipeg. Daily temperatures in Victoria average around 16°C (60°F), and Winnipeg fluctuates around 21°C (71°F).

In July, Victoria usually receives less rain than Winnipeg. Victoria gets 13 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Winnipeg receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Victoria 16°C (60°F) 
    Winnipeg 21°C (71°F)

Should I visit Victoria or Winnipeg in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Victoria as well as Winnipeg.

Victoria is a little warmer than Winnipeg in the autumn. The daily temperature in Victoria averages around 11°C (52°F) in October, and Winnipeg fluctuates around 7°C (45°F).

Victoria usually gets more rain in October than Winnipeg. Victoria gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Winnipeg receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Victoria 11°C (52°F) 
    Winnipeg 7°C (45°F)

Should I visit Victoria or Winnipeg in the Winter?

Both Winnipeg and Victoria are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Winnipeg. It's quite cold in Victoria in the winter. In the winter, Victoria is much warmer than Winnipeg. Typically, the winter temperatures in Victoria in January average around 5°C (41°F), and Winnipeg averages at about -17°C (2°F).

It's quite rainy in Victoria. In January, Victoria usually receives more rain than Winnipeg. Victoria gets 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Winnipeg receives 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Victoria 5°C (41°F) 
    Winnipeg -17°C (2°F)

Should I visit Victoria or Winnipeg in the Spring?

Both Winnipeg and Victoria during the spring are popular places to visit.

In April, Victoria is generally much warmer than Winnipeg. Daily temperatures in Victoria average around 10°C (49°F), and Winnipeg fluctuates around 5°C (42°F).

Victoria usually gets more rain in April than Winnipeg. Victoria gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Winnipeg receives 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Victoria 10°C (49°F) 
    Winnipeg 5°C (42°F)

Typical Weather for Winnipeg and Victoria

Victoria Winnipeg
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 5°C (41°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) -17°C (2°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)
Feb 7°C (44°F) 112 mm (4.4 in) -14°C (8°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Mar 8°C (46°F) 67 mm (2.7 in) -6°C (22°F) 23 mm (0.9 in)
Apr 10°C (49°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 5°C (42°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 13°C (56°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 14°C (58°F) 24 mm (0.9 in) 19°C (65°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Jul 16°C (60°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 21°C (71°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Aug 16°C (61°F) 19 mm (0.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Sep 15°C (58°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 14°C (57°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Oct 11°C (52°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 7°C (45°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Nov 8°C (46°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) -3°C (26°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Dec 5°C (42°F) 153 mm (6 in) -13°C (9°F) 19 mm (0.7 in)