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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Victoria 

Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia's capital city, is located at the southern end of the Saanich Peninsula along Juan de Fuca Strait on Vancouver Island. Victoria has served as the capital city for the province of British Columbia since 1871 and is also one of British Columbia's top retirement and tourism destination points offering you perhaps Canada's mildest climate, especially in the winter time.

CRD - Capital Regional District
Victoria belongs in the Capital Regional District and is neighbours the communities of Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Saanich. The city is very diverse and is made up of a number of distinct neighbourhoods that include downtown Victoria, Vic West, Fairfield, Fernwood, Quadra Village, James Bay, Cook Street Village and the corridor along upper Douglas Street.

'City of Gardens'
Victoria is often referred to as the 'City of Gardens' and will amaze you with so many beautiful gardens and green space available throughout most parts of the community. There are several gardens to visit in the city with a favourite being the Abkhazi Garden located at 1964 Fairfield Road and Beacon Hill Park.

Beautiful Garden Landscapes
All throughout Victoria you will be able to view these garden landscapes in a variety of ways many offering incredible ocean views especially along Dallas Road. The best way for you to see this beauty can vary from classic car tours, guided bus tours, biking, walking and the harbour ferry. A favourite method of transportation is taking the horse and carriage tour throughout James Bay starting from the corner of Menzies Street and Belleville Street near the wax museum.

Inner Harbour
Many of the other tourist services are all conveniently located within walking distance of the Inner Harbour near the Fairmont Empress and the British Columbia Legislative Building. You can take the boardwalk along the waterway or up above on Government Street and view the action of people, performers and artist's displays along the Inner Harbour on your way past the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel to Bastion Square along Wharf Street.

Tourist Attractions
Also located near the Fairmont Empress are a number of places for you to visit. There are the Conference Centre, British Columbia Museum including an IMAX Theatre, Parliament Buildings, Saint Ann's Academy and Government Street which encompass coffee shops, pubs, bistros, restaurants, shopping, whale watching, kayak or canoe rentals and a variety of other tourist attractions.

Douglas Street
Close by to Government Street to the east on Douglas and Quadra Streets are a number of historical churches heritage buildings and distinct period houses from Victoria's past dating back to the late 1800's.
Douglas Street also features a number of unique restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, small stores and the Hudson's Bay department store.

Antique Row - Fort Street
If you love collectables and antiques, please visit the portion of Fort Street referred to as 'Antique Row.' Various shops and auction houses are located throughout several blocks along Fort Street. These stores feature a wide selection of fine furnishings, household items and curios from the past. Antique Row starts on Fort Street and Quadra and features a number of vendors on Fort all the way east to Cook Street.

Chinatown
Victoria is also home to a large Chinese population dating back to the late 1800's. Victoria's Chinatown has had a long history and tradition in the settlement of the downtown core especially along Fisgard Street. Located here you will find restaurants, grocery stores, Chinese curios and collectables, produce merchants along with the hustle and bustle of the crowds.

Craigdarroch Castle
Other areas for you to discover besides the downtown core include venturing to Craigdarroch Castle located just off Fort on Joan Crescent. This is where you can view the home built in the 1890's for coal baron coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, who operated mines on Vancouver Island notably at Cumberland.

Fabulous Architecture and Gardens
There is also the Governor General's House which features fabulous gardens located along Rockland Avenue and are able to view unbelievable architecture and the stately residence. The grounds of the Governor General's House are also open to the public and have played host to a number of wedding photos, celebrations and other events.

Incredible Range of Recreational Activities
When you visit Victoria you will find that there is never enough time to experience the most incredible range of recreational activities available. From sailing, boating, biking, kayaking, walking to gardening the list is endless. If you want to golf, fish and go boating all in the same day, it's definitely available.

The Galloping Goose Trail
For people who enjoy cycling, Victoria is the start of the Capital Regional District's hidden gem, The Galloping Goose Trail. Starting on the west side of the Johnson Street Bridge near the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel, The Galloping Goose takes you along a 55-km (34-miles) rail trail eventually out to the Sooke Potholes or, with an option of branching off along the Lochside Regional Trail all the way out to Sidney, eventually to the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

Port Angeles Ferry
If you're coming from Port Angeles, Washington, aboard Black Ball Ferry Line's M.V. Coho ferry everything is close to where you'll dock with a good selection of motels and hotels that are in the area. There is also a very good selection and wide variety of eating establishments all at your doorstep.

Destination Point
When you do make Victoria a destination point don't disappoint yourself and allow extra time for your visit. The areas to discover in the rest of the immediate area called the Capital Regional District (CRD) are incredible. The municipalities besides Victoria that make up the CRD include Oak Bay, Saanich, Esquimalt, View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke, Central Saanich, North Saanich and the Town of Sidney.

Victoria Information and Links
Includes; Travel, Recreation, Accommodation, Places to Eat, Pubs and First Nations.

 

 

Map of Victoria
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Downtown Victoria
Downtown Victoria

 

Dallas Road Waterfront
Dallas Road Waterfront

 

Inner Harbour
Inner Harbour

 

Fairmont Empress
Fairmont Empress

 

St. Andrews Catholic Church
St. Andrews Catholic Church

 

Entrance to Chinatown
Chinatown

 

Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle

 

St. Ann's Academy
Saint Ann's Academy

 

Dallas Road Beach
Dallas Road Beach

 

Government Street
Government Street

 
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