Introduction to Victoria

A laidback, back-to-nature and culturally impressive journey awaits you in Victoria. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island overlooking the Pacific, Victoria is the capital of British Colombia and nothing like its’ namesake state in Australia. This ‘Garden City’ is charmingly green year-round with the mildest temperatures in Canada.

Not just for newlyweds and nearly deads, hipster boutiques, coffee shops and art collectives blend with old-school British charm and a boomin’ technology sector in this cycle-friendly coastal city. The cycle path along Dallas road will take you along the coast and past the city’s famous gardens. Butchart Gardens, with rare flowers including the Himalayan blue poppy, is one of the city’s best.

There’s plenty of whales and orcas, fishermen and, some say, ghosts to hang out with while you’re in town, but probably not all together at the same time. After taking the ferry to see the floating (yes, floating) houses, shops and eateries at Fisherman’s Wharf, why not check out the former home of Canadian painter Emily Carr or Totem Hall? Keep the following day free for sailing the Salish Sea for whales and orca spotting.

A trip to Victoria would be incomplete without trying a beer at one of the many brew houses or a high tea courtesy of Victoria’s English past. Food-wise, Fort Street and Victoria Public Markets have everything from artisan salts to fresh seafood. For outdoors fun, climb Mount Douglas, find a beach and hang or trek the Goose trail into the urban and rural wild.

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