City of Victoria, BC, Canada
Vancouver Island Travel & Adventure Guide
The City of Victoria BC is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island over looking the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.
The waterfront ocean community of Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, as well as, the main centre for government, transportation, business, tourism and commerce on Vancouver Island. Part of the Capital Regional District (CRD) which includes 13 municipalities and 3 electoral areas. Communities considered, by many, as part of the City of Victoria include Oak Bay, Saanichton, Langford, View Royal and Brentwood Bay.
The beautiful city is referred to by some as, "Old England" because of its narrow streets, English style lamp posts and Victoria-era architecture. In fact Victoria was named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom which makes the city one of the oldest communities in the Pacific Northwest.
Victoria is also referred to as the "City of Gardens" because of the many hanging baskets and the elaborate floral gardens located throughout the region.
There are many services located in Victoria which are important to travelers including accommodations, restaurants, grocery stores, entertainment, gas stations, liquor stores, pubs, tours, guides, banks, gift shops, big box stores, retail malls, internet, coffee houses, laundry, campgrounds and transportation services (car rentals, bus, taxi, airport and ferry services)
Attractions & Entertainment
Victoria, BC is home to some of the most popular attractions on Vancouver Island. Many attractions like Beacon Hill Park, the Legislative Buildings (Government), the Emily Carr House and the Royal BC Museum are all within easy walking distance from downtown Victoria.
The Victoria art, culture and entertainment scene is also very vibrant including such venues as the Victoria Symphony, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Royal Theatre, Macpherson Theatre, Victoria Philharmonic Choir and Ballet Victoria.
Outside the city limits of Victoria are some pristine marine and green space parks and trails providing sightseeing, picnics, relaxation and adventure opportunities. Some of the more popular park destinations include Elk/Beaver Lake, Thetis Lake, Goldstream, Willows Beach, Uplands Park and the Galloping Goose Trail.
Popular Things to do
The community and surrounding waterways and green space areas provide many hours of activity and adventure. Some of the more popular activities enjoyed within the city include biking, kayaking, whale watching, sightseeing, fishing, boating, sailing, marine cruises, spas, flightseeing, picnicking and golfing.
The community of Sidney (airport and BC Ferries), as well as, the Inner Harbour and the Dallas Road area are transportation links to the city. There are ports welcoming cruise ships, terminals receiving ferries, air bases servicing floatplanes and docks for water taxis, whale watching tours and marinas decorated with sailboats, motor boats and yachts.