Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, but the city is not home to any professional sports teams, and the Victoria Royals of the WHL are really the only live sports team to watch in town.

Even without nearby sports team, the sports betting market in Victoria has grown over the past several years, just like every city in Canada. The stigma that was attached to sports betting 10+ years ago has faded away and it has now become very common for Victoria residents and other Canadians to place sports wagers online. Below I will recommend our top 3 rated betting sites for Victoria residents and look at the two government run betting options in the city.

Best Betting Sites for Victoria Residents

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Offline Sports Betting in Victoria

Offline sports betting is available in Victoria, but it’s a very outdated product called Sports Action, which is run by the BCLC in British Columbia. The Sports Action odds are the worst of any government run sports lottery in Canada.

The BCLC has put the Sports Action product on the back-burner to focus on their online offering (more on this below) and the odds have become far worse. They are basically now just catering to BC residents who do not want to place their bets online and truly don’t care about their risk vs reward.

Government Run Online Sports Betting

PlayNow.com is an online betting site that is run by the BCLC.

PlayNow is a decent option for sports bettors in Victoria and its a step in the right direction for licensed and regulated sports betting, haven basically replaced Sports Action a few years ago. The site is comparable to the three offshore betting sites I recommended above in terms of functionality and the odds are much better than the other government run betting products in Canada.

That said, there is still the big issue that PlayNow does not accept single bets. You must make parlay wagers with at least 2 outcomes in order to place wagers at PlayNow.com, and this is a deal breaker for plenty of sports bettors.

Check out my full review of PlayNow.com, which includes a comparison to our offshore betting sites.

As I mentioned above, PlayNow is a huge step in the right direction for government run sports betting in the country, but it’s not quite as strong a product as the offshore betting sites at this time.

Land Based Casinos in Victoria

Elements Casino Victoria is located 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria and offers several slot machines and table games, including baccarat.

Unfortunately, Elements Casino does not accept sports wagers at this time.

Sports Teams in Victoria

Victoria isn’t home to any teams from the top North American leagues. Vancouver and Seattle are the closest big cities, but both are still 3 to 4 hour hikes, so Victoria residents don’t have a great deal of access to top level sports in or around the city.

  • Victoria Royals (WHL)