Victoria is the capitol of the British Colombia district, located on the island of Vancouver. The city and neighboring suburbs are a home to 350,000 people and it is one of the oldest cities on the main land, settled in the mid 19 century by British immigrants (hence the name, after Queen Victoria). In its early years the city was characterized as a British colony, while preserving interesting historical sited and keeping a British appearance. During the last couple decades, Victoria has developed a lively alternative culture, showcased in the many restaurants, pubs, bars, shops and cafés, but the British influence is still very prevalent, especially in the down town area.
Victoria is also known as the “Garden City”, refereeing to the almost 50 parks and urban garden it is home to (see recommendation below). There is no problem to tour the city by foot while another option would be by bike (the city is threaded with more bicycle trails than any other city in Canada). The city also offers maritime tours that include whale watching and kayaking.
The weather in Victoria is some of the best in Canada: not many rainy days, low humidity and an abundance of sunlight throughout the year. The coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 43F (6.5C). on the other side of the scale July and August are the warmest months of the year, with average temperatures around 70F (22C).
To reach Victoria, it is recommended that you take a ferry or flight from Vancouver or Seattle, both about 60 miles by air, from the city. You could try driving there, but as we said earlier, the city is on an island so that might not work out.
- Butchart Gardens
- Royal BC Museum
- China Town
If it’s colorful and grows out of the earth, you will find it in Butchart Gardens – probably the most famous gardens in the world. Just over 100 years ago, Robert and Jenny Butchart had a limestone quarry in the area. Once the Limestone ran out, Jenny (the gardening enthusiast) decided to transform the place into a flourishing garden. You could say she succeeded.