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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Victoria Overview

If you’re wondering if Victoria should be your next vacation destination, you should know that it’s the sunniest city in the province of British Columbia and it enjoys the best climate in Canada. It also boasts an impressive number of award winning restaurants, features exquisite and unique shopping and is host to world-class sporting events.  And if you’re looking to satisfy your yearning for culture, Victoria offers concerts and exhibits year round. 

With mild winters and dry comfortable summers, visitors can enjoy Victoria any time.  And because of its wonderful weather, the city has gained the nickname of “city of gardens.”  Its parks and green areas display plants that grow elsewhere in the country and make the landscape the most scenic around.   

Victoria has served as host to many events from cycling to soccer.  It’s the site of the yearly International Yacht Race which attracts boat aficionados from around the globe.  The Victoria Dragon Boat Festival, another popular event, brings more than ninety teams from all through North America.  Victoria is also the ideal place for those who enjoy life on the seas and would like to learn more about it.    Everyone can do so at the Victoria Tall Ship Festival which exhibits every type of sailing ship for everyone to admire. 

Victoria is also home to an impressive cultural environment with everything from a world-class orchestra to opera.  The symphony performs at the Royal Theater as well as at outdoor venues like the barge on the Inner Harbor.  Victoria is also the site of the Pacific Opera company, the Philharmonic choir, the Pacific Ballet and many renowned stage productions. 

Victoria is best seen on foot but there’s excellent transportation including double-decker buses, taxis and a rail system.  While walking the beautiful streets, tourists can go through centuries of history and marvel in the beauty of architectural icons.  Victoria has the oldest synagogue in Canada, the home of the Province’s first doctor, a gothic cathedral and the first schoolhouse.  All these date back to the 1800s.  

And in terms of museums and galleries, Victoria has no shortage of establishments showcasing permanent and traveling collections.  At the top of the most visited attractions in Victoria is the Royal British Columbia Museum, with presentations of natural and human history. 

But works of art are not exclusive to galleries.  Victoria’s Butchart Gardens are a representation of the city’s love for beauty.  For one hundred years it has been the site of exquisite flora no matter what season.  In winter, its manicured lawns are covered with red crocuses, while in fall, it’s a fairy tale of colors from yellow to orange. 

The same emphasis on perfection is placed on Victoria cuisine.  From pubs to restaurants visitors will find that the west coast of Canada is a gourmet center.  This is thanks to the efforts of talented chefs who work closely with local growers, fishermen and farms.  Everything that comes to the table is of the finest quality.     

Once in Victoria, you’ll wonder what took you so long to visit. 

 

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