Posted by: cherylyoung | February 18, 2013

Victoria BC, the Capital of British Columbia and one of the most beautiful cities in the world

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Orca breaching, Tourism Victoria photo

The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria boasts many historic buildings and some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada. The city benefits from one of Canada’s mildest climates, which allows its residents to pursue outdoor pleasures all year round.

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Victoria enjoys some of the country’s most exhilarating scenery: there’s an ocean or mountain vista around every corner, while the city’s flower gardens are famous the world over. Whether your taste runs to golfing, hiking, biking and fishing or you’re more the shopping, dining and theatre type, there are no end of delights for you and your family in Victoria – the city was included in the Top 10 Family Vacations in Canada in the TripAdvisor 2011 Travelers’ Choice awards.

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Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Victoria’s British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms. The city is now a cosmopolitan centre with a lively entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions.

 
The Butchart Gardens, Tourism BC photo

The Butchart Gardens, Tourism BC photo

Attractions in Victoria are educational, beautiful and inspiring.

Known as “The Garden City” due to the abundance of gardens and city parks, Victoria also has an impressive selection of historic sites and heritage architecture. See floral displays year-round or wander through a castle.

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Museums in Victoria cover everything from Aboriginal culture to science and nature. This is also the home of the Royal BC Museum and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Take a Victoria whale-watching tour to enjoy the natural surroundings and to look for Orcas, sea lions and more.

Attractions in Victoria are educational, beautiful and inspiring.

Known as “The Garden City” due to the abundance of gardens and city parks, Victoria also has an impressive selection of historic sites and heritage architecture. See floral displays year-round or wander through a castle.

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Museums in Victoria cover everything from Aboriginal culture to science and nature. This is also the home of the Royal BC Museum and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

Take a Victoria whale-watching tour to enjoy the natural surroundings and to look for Orcas, sea lions and more.

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Victoria Places of Interest

Here are a few ideas of attractions to experience in Victoria:

  • The Butchart Gardens is known for its incredible floral displays. There is always something new to see in any season, from spring crocuses and tulips to thousands of dazzling lights during Christmas.
  • Craigdarroch Castle, with its lavish late 19th century architecture, design and furnishings, gives a glimpse of how the wealthy lived in the late 1800s. Climb 87 steps to the top of the tower for a rewarding panoramic view of Victoria.
  • Take a tour of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia to learn about the history of these intricate buildings and the role of BC’s provincial government.
  • Whale-watching tours set out from the Inner Harbour to look for Orcas, grey and minke whales. Along the way, learn about (and see) sea lions, seals and bald eagles, and listen for whales with the hydrophone.
  • The Royal BC Museum has more than 7 million objects and documents! Confront a woolly mammoth, admire impressive Aboriginal art, peek into a Chinatown herbalist shop, and much more.
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Family Attractions in Victoria

Looking for something the kids will love? Head to the Victoria Bug Zoo. Kids can see (and hold) everything from scorpions to a pharnacia – one of the longest insects in the world – or pick up chocolate covered insects in the gift shop. Yum!

Adventuresome families should visit WildPlay Element Park. Cross bridges, descend ziplines and use rope swings to conquer a variety of obstacle courses that are up to 18m/60ft above the ground for quality family bonding time.

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