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Colourful Capital by Robert Forbes
Colourful Capital by Robert Forbes. Courtesy Tourism Victoria © All rights reserved

Victoria, BC

Victoria, perched on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, is the capital city of British Columbia.

Made up of the city of Victoria and the municipalities of Oak Bay, Saanich, View Royal and Esquimalt, Greater Victoria boasts a population of almost 290,000, making it Vancouver Island's largest metropolitan area.

Vibrant Spring in Beacon Hill Park by Mike Clausen. Tourism Victoria
Spring in Beacon Hill Park by Mike Clausen. Tourism Victoria © All rights reserved

Victoria, BC, is also known as Canada's 'Best Blooming City'! Springtime finds streets lined with blossoming trees, and during the summer, baskets brimming with flowers are hung on the city's 19th century style street lamps. Each March, while the rest of the country is still shivering through winter, local gardeners and flower enthusiasts join the 'flower count' to tally the blossoms all over town. Four million blooms is not an unusual total.

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Eagle Wing Whale Watching: Bear witness to natures most awe inspiring creature – the Killer Whale. Our guided expeditions take you through 100’s of Islands in search of ‘Guaranteed’ Whales and other marine wildlife. Come discover a ‘treasure chest' of diverse marine wildlife on an Eagl... more
Ecosummer Expeditions: Have a whale of a time at Orca Camp! Sea kayak with Orcas and Humpback whales along BC's Johnstone Strait. Join an intimate group of travelers, paddling out on three, four, or six-day kayaking adventures with expert guides. more
Five Star Whale Watching: Discover the picturesque West Coast of Canada & Vancouver Island - home to the largest population of Killer Whales in the world. Natural wonders are abundant in this pristine marine environment covering Southern Vancouver Island, Victoria, & the Gulf Islands. more
Golf Vancouver Island: Proudly offering complete Vancouver Island golf packages and vacations including tee times at 11 destination golf courses, accommodation, airfares, ferry reservations, après golf activities such as fishing, whale-watching and spa Our four distinct regions on V... more
Great Pacific Adventures: Welcome to Great Pacific Adventures, offering whale-watching tours from the spectacular Inner Harbour of Victoria, BC. Locally owned and operated our family of certified outdoor specialist will provide you with an insightful and exciting adventure of a lifeti... more
Orca Spirit Adventures: We experience the longest season & most active whales & marine mammals in BC! Focused on conservation, environmental safety, education, family fun, and exhilaration, we own the operation which locates the whales; giving us the highest success rate. more
Pacific Coastal Airlines: Enjoy scheduled service from Vancouver's South Terminal to Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Klemtu, Masset, Port Hardy (float & amphibious aircraft to coastal communities), Powell River, Trail, Victoria, & Will... more
Reel Obsession Sportfishing: Reel fishing stories begin with Reel Obsession Sportfishing, with fully guided salmon and halibut sport-fishing charters around Zeballos, Nootka Sound, Esperanza and Victoria. Let Reel Obsession customize a world-class fishing experience to suit your needs. more
Rocky Mountain Holidays: Rail Vacations in the Rocky Mountains & Western Canada! Rocky Mountain Holidays customize vacations that combine the romance of train travel with the magnificent scenery of Western Canada. more

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What Once Was by Rob Bukta. Tourism Victoria.
What Once Was by Rob Bukta. Tourism Victoria. © All rights reserved

First established as a Hudson's Bay Company fort, Victoria preserves its interesting past and rich native culture in a number of BC museums and historic buildings throughout the area. With the fur trade a thing of the past, the area is now a centre for shipping, commerce, tourism, culture, and sport. It is also boasts one of British Columbia's main universities, the University of Victoria.

East Sooke Park Beach Walk. Tourism Victoria Image Bank
East Sooke Park Beach Walk. Tourism Victoria Image Bank © All rights reserved

Victoria is also home to numerous parks, complete with hiking trails, picnic areas, ball parks, petting farms, tennis courts, flower gardens and more.

Cherry Blossoms & Carriage. Tourism Victoria Image Bank
Cherry Blossoms & Carriage. Tourism Victoria Image Bank © All rights reserved

Whether you are a history buff, enjoy sightseeing, shopping or engaging in recreational activities, Victoria, British Columbia, has much to offer.

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Inner Harbour at Dusk. Tourism Victoria Image Bank
Inner Harbour at Dusk. Tourism Victoria Image Bank. © All rights reserved

Located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is Mile 0 of the Trans Canada Highway and can be reached only by ferry from the BC mainland. Commercial airline and bus service is available as is the urban bus line. Various cruise operations are based in Victoria to give people access to a variety of areas around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Tallships Festival by Gary Webster. Tourism Victoria
Tallships Festival by Gary Webster. Tourism Victoria © All rights reserved

Victoria accommodations can range from scenic campgrounds and cozy bed and breakfast homes to econony motels and fine hotels and first class resorts. Many accommodations are within easy walking distance to the inner harbour, downtown, attractions, parks and beaches.

Victoria Golf Course - Tourism Victoria Image Bank
Victoria Golf Course - Tourism Victoria Image Bank © All rights reserved

Recreation Facilities & Activities:
golf courses, fitness centres, aquatic centres, racquet courts, whale watching, eco-tours, beachcombing, fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, shopping and horse drawn carriage rides.

Fisherman's Wharf by Sheila Matheson. Tourism Victoria
Fisherman's Wharf by Sheila Matheson. Tourism Victoria © All rights reserved

Local Attractions:
Art Gallery, Beacon Hill Park, Costume Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Hatley Castle, Government House, Maritime Museum, Miniature World, Pacific Undersea Gardens, Provincial Government Buildings, Wax Museum, BC Museum, Astrophysical Observatory, China Town, Olde Towne, Fisherman's Wharf, numerous theatres for plays, opera and the symphony, arts & craft fairs.

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View the Tourism Victoria Events Calendar.

Population: 287,897.

Elevation: 23 metres (75 ft.)

Humpback Whale Watching by Jo-Anne Lacroix. Tourism Victoria
Humpback Whale Watching by Jo-Anne Lacroix. Tourism Victoria © All rights reserved

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Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre
812 Wharf Street Victoria, BC Canada V8W 1T3
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