Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria is the capital city of beautiful British Columbia, located on the south of Vancouver Island. Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. Named after the Queen, Victoria has often been described as “Canada’s Jewel of the Pacific.” A mild year-round climate, spectacular mountain vistas, wind-swept beaches and an abundance of wildlife make this charming city an ideal destination for any season. Victoria attracts tourists eager to enjoy the natural beauty, as well as the historical buildings the island has to offer. Victoria is famous for its beautiful century old architecture, some of which include the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel. Victoria is also home to some of Canada’s finest cultural centres, cosmopolitan dining, shopping, attractions and marine adventures. Play golf year-round on scenic world-class courses or experience the thrill of whale watching. Try ocean kayaking or deep sea fishing. Sail into the sunset on a dinner cruise or take a stroll along the Inner Harbour. Attend a play or street festival then browse dozens of art and antique shops. Bike, hike, rent a scooter or see the sights from the top of a double-decker bus or in a cozy horse drawn carriage.
Vancouver island was rated one of the Top Ten Islands in the World by 2012 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards, and the #1 Destination to Visit in Canada by the 2010 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards! Visit www.tourismvictoria.com to learn more about all of the excitement that Victoria has to offer.