Victoria Travel Guide
The lovely seaside city of Victoria is a popular vacationing spot, even with Canadians. The capital of British Columbia is a medium-sized city located on the southeastern tip of the country, on Vancouver Island. It is nicknamed the Garden City after Butchart Gardens and its abundant parklands.
Boasting the mildest climate in Canada, Victoria boasts the untamed beauty of the Pacific coast and the adventure of the great outdoors within its city limits. Ocean views and mountain scenery will follow you wherever you go. Summer is the best time to enjoy Butchart Gardens and Beacon Hill Park or surfing at nearby Tofino. Nature freaks will enjoy kayaking around the islands in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and whale-watching in the Pacific Ocean.
Victoria has a rich history, manifesting itself in shop windows full of British imports and native art. Being a university city, it also offers a lively entertainment scene with music for all tastes filling local concert halls, nightclubs and pubs. Buskers and street performers strut their stuff on Victoria’s streets and around Inner Harbour.
Butchart Gardens: boast the superb Sunken Garden and the charming Rose Garden, keeping the gracious customs of the past alive.
Chinatown: between Store and Government streets is decorated with Chinese ornaments, including the Gate of Harmonious Interest, and features Canada’s smallest road, Fan Tan Alley.
Emily Carr House: is the former home of one of Canada’s greatest and most loved artists, whose paintings and writings are sure to inspire any visitor.
Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum: was built in 1890 by a rich and influential Scottish family who at that time owned a quarter of Vancouver Island.
Victoria Bug Zoo: is an extraordinary little place with very informed and friendly guides who will introduce you to the amazing world of insects and spiders.