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Victoria (Canada)

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4 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
Three hours from Vancouver by ferry
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Victoria

Cedric Tinteroff Seasoned Traveller
62 written opinions

Victoria, the capital of British Colombia, is a charming city where life carries on at a gentle pace. It is also ideal as a place from which to begin visiting and exploring the wonderful sites the local area has to offer.

My suggestion:
You have to pass through Victoria when arriving at (or leaving) Vancouver Island. Stop off for a while and spend some time strolling around the city's little streets before heading on.
My review

I spent almost five days exploring Vancouver Island on my trip to Canada . When I passed through the small and not very well known city of Victoria, I found myself really taken with the place!

I strongly recommend making the most of the best climate in Canada (no exaggeration!) by going for a walk along the harbourside. The British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the City Hall are also nice, interesting places to visit (if you're so inclined).

The city of Victoria does not, in itself, have anything exceptional or unique in the world to offer. The way you learn to appreciate the discreet charm of this place is by walking and wandering around it, and this is true no matter what the season or time of day!

Victoria's Inner Harbour
Seasoned Traveller
129 written opinions

Victoria's strategic position between the sea and the mountains, on Vancouver Island, makes the city a delight to explore.  

My suggestion:
The great thing about Victoria is that no matter where you are in the city, you always have a view of the ocean, the mountains and sometimes even both at the same time. The landscape of this western Canadian city is magical. 
My review

This island, to the west of Canada, close to the border with the United States, is a good place to start your journey to the south. 

Life in the capital of British Columbia is lived to a rather British rhythm and afternoon tea is still a tradition. If your budget will stretch that far, the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria is not only a building worth visiting in itself, it's the best place in town to get that traditional English vibe. I urge you to take a walk in its many gardens. It's a total pleasure and gives you a chance to admire the city's Victorian architecture. If you prefer to get out of the city and explore the region's natural beauty, try my favourite park, the Pacifique Rim. It's fantastic, like a long walk along the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

Victoria offers a perfect mix of nature and urban life, which is why I enjoyed my time there so much.

The port of Victoria
Alicia Munoz Seasoned Traveller
87 written opinions

Victoria is the provincial capital of British Columbia in Canada, and is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

My suggestion:
It's an enchanting place set in a typically wild Canadian landscape. I recommend you find a B&B and stay for a few days, not just to enjoy the town but also the rest of the island.
My review

This pretty, tranquil small town has a distinctly British feel; flower-filled with Victorian houses, old buildings and brick warehouses. I loved the lively ambience around the port and the stunning British Columbia Parliament buildings, with their neo-Baroque features, enhanced by lighting when night falls. Other places you should see include Government House and the Burchard Garden.

There's also Victoria Island, where you go on great walks in an untouched, natural setting. Almost 30,000 black bears still live there! You can even spot whales (including Killer Whales) from the coast.

Victoria's port and Parliament