Victoria BC Information
Victoria, British Columbia, is known internationally as The Garden City of Canada. When you arrive in this exquisite place you will quickly realize that the gardens, parks and flowers that abound here are only scratching the surface of the joy and beauty that awaits you in Victoria, the capital city of Beautiful British Columbia. Situated on the sheltered side of the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria boasts a downtown core reminiscent of Europe and steeped in old English charm. As the city is situated on the Juan de Fuca Strait and faces the Olympic Mountains in Washington State, everywhere you look there are either beautiful ocean or stunning mountain views.
Victoria BC, boasts an amazing climate found only on the west coast of Canada. Our temperate climate of mild year-round temperatures provides a perfect medium for the green lush gardens you will experience here. In the atmosphere of Victoria's old world charm and European flair, there are excellent services to be found, which include some of the best dining in Canada, both modern and old world pubs, famous locations for afternoon teas, excellent indoor and outdoor shopping, and a host of fresh-air activities. The Garden City is the ultimate destination whether you are a honeymooner, a family, retiree or just looking to get away to a very clean and safe city in the Pacific North West.
Victoria, is such a spectacular vacation destination that it has won many travel-related awards. Here are just a few of those rewards:
- #1 Best City in the Americas - ("Conde Nast Travel Magazine" 2003/2004)
- #1 Vancouver Island top North American Island - ("Conde Nast Travel Magazine" 2003/2004)
- #1 Best Temperate Island Destination in the World - ("Conde Nast Travel Magazine" 2002)
- #1 Best Island in Continental USA/Canada - ("Travel & Leisure Magazine" 2002, 2001 Awards)
- #1 Environment and Ambience in the World - ("Conde Nast Travel Magazine" 1999)
- #3 Top 10 Islands in the World - ("Travel & Leisure Magazine" 2001 Awards)
For the outdoor enthusiast there is also much to offer in and around Victoria. With the many parks and nature sites, there is something for every taste and ability. SCUBA diving off of the Breakwater in James Bay, fishing off of Race Rocks, swimming at the Sooke Pot Holes or hiking either up Finlayson Mountain in Goldstream Park or through the lush rain forests of East Sooke Park you will find a perfect location for your tastes.
One of the things you will most appreciate about the area is the fact that it is very safe, very clean and very beautiful. There are so many places to visit in a very small area that you almost don't need a car, if you are staying in the downtown core. Everything is within walking distance of the inner harbour. If you should desire to venture out of the city to one of the many spectacular destinations, most are accessible either by tour bus, city bus or by rental car. While there are many spectacular places on the Island, many of them are accessible by 4x4 or SUV only, since they are at the end of logging roads. If you are interested in this kind of adventure, Vancouver Island has some of the very best "off the beaten path" tours and locations in the world.
Whatever you are looking for, Victoria BC has something to offer everyone. Please dive deeper into this site to learn more about this incredible city or visit one of our other sites to learn more about Vancouver Island BC, Vancouver BC, Tofino BC and Whistler BC.
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