This is Victoria




Nestled on the rugged southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance. Known as "the Garden City," it boasts the mildest climate in Canada, making it a year-round destination for outdoor adventurers and horticulture enthusiasts alike.

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Typical Tax:
5% PST & 7% GST
Time Zone:
Pacific (PST)
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Tipping Policy:
Often available to customers at coffee shops and restaurants.
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Victoria’s Chinatown, founded in 1858, is the oldest in Canada and the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. It is home to Fan Tan Alley - the narrowest street in Canada!

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Wander through the heart of Victoria and you'll find echoes of its British colonial history in its magnificent Victorian architecture. Notable among these is the stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion—a trip back in time with its opulent rooms and fascinating exhibits. As the provincial capital, the city is also home to the imposing Parliament Buildings, constructed in 1898, which serve as both an architectural marvel and the hub of British Columbia’s government.

The city's pride and joy, Butchart Gardens, sprawls across 55 acres and enchants visitors with vibrant floral displays, exquisite statuary, and soothing water features. But Victoria's natural allure doesn't stop there. Surrounded by the serene waters of the Salish Sea and sheltered by towering rainforests, the city provides endless opportunities for eco-adventures—be it whale watching, kayaking, or simply soaking in the breathtaking coastal views.

Victoria is not just a feast for the eyes but also for the palate. Known for its world-class culinary scene, the city's chefs take pride in crafting dishes from locally-sourced ingredients, earning Victoria and Vancouver Island a well-deserved spot on the global culinary map. From afternoon teas that honor its British legacy to innovative eateries showcasing the island's abundant produce, you're never far from a memorable gastronomic experience.

Despite its relaxed island vibe, Victoria offers all the amenities you’d expect from a cosmopolitan city. Museums, art galleries, and boutique shopping areas dot the landscape, and the ease of getting around makes the city ideal for both group tours and solo explorations. For those who crave an urban escape, the surrounding Greater Victoria area boasts rugged terrain ripe for hiking, provincial parks, and gardens galore. Even in February, you can find blooms sprouting across the city while the rest of Canada remains under a blanket of snow.

The city's rich tapestry is woven from the threads of multiple cultures. While it retains a strong British influence, evident in its tea rooms and red double-decker buses, it also celebrates its Coast Salish First Nations heritage and boasts the second-oldest Chinatown in North America. This multicultural infusion makes Victoria a vibrant, diverse, and endlessly intriguing destination.

Victoria is more accessible than ever, thanks to an array of convenient travel options, including air travel and ferry services. And once you arrive, you'll find that Victoria is a walker's paradise, perfect for individual or group adventures.

Recently voted one of the Top 3 Cities in North America by Condé Nast Traveller in 2022, Victoria offers something for every traveler. Whether you're seeking an active outdoor adventure, a plunge into historical wonder, or a culinary journey, this unique city promises to deliver. So, why wait? Explore Victoria and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind island experience on Canada’s Pacific coast.
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