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There’s no better place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life than the scenic and relaxing island of Victoria, British Columbia.
Located on Vancouver Island and the capital of BC, Victoria is better known for its lush gardens, green spaces and woodlands than the stressful pace of modern city life found in many other regional metropolises.
British influence is abundant in Victoria. Named after England's longest reigning monarch, local architecture is reminiscent of the old Victorian era. Downtown you’ll find many a café open for high tea, numerous antique shops welcoming you with open doors, horse drawn carriage rides and plenty of cozy English-style pubs.
But don't write Victoria off as sleepy or old fashioned. A vibrant nightlife keeps this island city’s heartbeat pulsing. Clubs, cabarets and the pubs offer music, dancing and evening entertainment for every taste. From casual to sophisticated, jazz to country, intimate to sprawling – you’re sure to find a night spot you’ll love.
Victoria is also home to a vibrant arts community. At the picturesque Inner Harbour, you’ll find local artists displaying their work in between street performers showing off their unique talents. Concerts, theatrical performances and festivals – such as the Victoria Symphony Splash – are commonplace on the island, many of which are held outdoors.
A trip out on the waters surrounding the island means sightings of orca whales, seals and loads of other wildlife. You can easily go for a stroll or bike ride and enjoy Victoria’s wealth of natural lookout points and learn why the city earned its nickname as “City of Gardens”. Or, learn about BC’s rich history at the Royal BC Museum, where you’ll find exhibits and galleries galore, including a tribute to the indigenous Haida people and their beautiful art.
Seafood lovers need not look any further than around the corner on the island. The catch of the day is barely off the boat when it reaches the kitchens of Victoria's many swanky, fine dining restaurants. At the end of the day, cap the whole experience off with a peaceful rest in a room at the famous Empress Hotel, one of Canada's most renowned hotels.
Victoria is a fantastic destination for:
- culture and history
- outdoor adventure
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