What better place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life than in one of Canada's most popular tourist destinations?
The city has one of the most pleasant climates in Canada and tourists enjoy the scenic surroundings in the Victoria area all year round. Victoria is known as the City of Gardens, and for good reason - the plants that gardeners can grow there are second to none in Canada. The temperate climate in Victoria is not only good for them, but it is also a top destination for outdoor activities for children and young adults. It is relatively snow-free, so you will find little children everywhere in the city centre, as well as many cafes, restaurants and outdoor shops.
There are also a number of parks in the city centre, including Victoria Park, Victoria Hill Park and the Royal Victoria Gardens. Victoria is also home to Canada's largest park, where there is also another place called Victoria Cross or Victoria West. The picture above shows the Queen Victoria Bridge, a popular tourist attraction in Victoria, Canada.
There is one "Canadian" city that stands out for expats, however, and that is Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. In other parts of Canada, Victoria is less obvious, as the province is home to a number of other major cities, including Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
Victoria is also located on Vancouver Island, making it a popular destination for both tourists and mainland residents. If you are planning to explore more parts of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a great place to visit by car, especially in the summer months.
Just like driving to Victoria, the only way to get to Vancouver Island is to take the ferry from mainland Victoria to Nanaimo. If you drive in Victoria, you have to drive - free or take a single ferry. However, if you only want to visit a city like Victoria or Naniamo, you should consider leaving your vehicle and taking the ferries. Once you have travelled to and from Victoria, get off in Victoria and take the ferry to the other side of the island, to the mainland.
A really cool feature of Victoria, BC, is that you can take a ferry to the other side of the island to sail over a really beautiful coastal landscape. There are also ferries in Washington state, including one that runs Victoria - Port Angeles and Sydney - Anacortes ferry. Another advantage of visiting Victoria is the surrounding area of the city, which offers a beautiful view of Vancouver Island, the Pacific Ocean and of course Victoria itself.
Another big part of Victoria is that there are so many things to do in the city, like shopping, eating, shopping and shopping. In this post I will share some of the best things I've done in Victoria, while also giving some tips on where to stay, how to get around and some tricks to save money.
The Royal BC Museum is often described as one of the best museums in the world and the most popular museum in Canada. Butchard Gardens has become a popular tourist attraction, visited by more than a million people each year.
Victoria is home to Canada's oldest Chinatown, which is also the second oldest in North America after San Francisco. Victoria is the third oldest city in Canada after Vancouver and Vancouver Island and the oldest in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles. Chinatown of Victoria has hosted many cultural events, including the Royal BC Museum, Victoria Art Gallery and many other events.
The city of Victoria had 3,630 inhabitants in 1871 and is the second largest city in Canada, behind only Ontario and Quebec. In 1866 Victoria became the largest colony of the two colonies Canada and USA. Victoria is Canada's second most populous city after Vancouver and Vancouver Island, closely followed by Ontario, Quebec, with a population of 1,845,000.
When the fur trade was established in the region, the Hudson's Bay Company dominated the islands and founded Fort Camosun (later called Fort Albert and then Fort Victoria), which founded a city on the grounds of Victoria in 1851-52. In 1868, the expanding city of Victoria was renamed City, named after Queen Victoria, and Victoria Island, named after the Queen herself.
While Victoria and its surroundings have seen steady growth, Victoria's economic activity and population have lagged behind Vancouver's boom. In the mid-19th century, Vancouver eclipsed Victoria as Canada's largest city with over 1,500,000 inhabitants.
For much of the 20th century, Victoria was marketed by tourists as the "most British" city in Canada. Victoria is a place that sometimes feels like a cross between London, England and New York City, but with a slightly different feel. British influence in Victoria , of which there is a lot in tea and Victoria still has a number of Anglo-themed pubs and restaurants as well as a wide selection of craft breweries. Some of these breweries are brewed with specialties from Victoria, giving the city a reputation as the brewing capital of British Columbia.