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As the shining capitol of British Columbia, it’s no wonder that Victoria has made the world a bit enamored. From its stunning Victorian and Georgian architecture to the besotting landscape that surrounds it, Victoria is certainly easy on the eyes—and its beauty definitely isn’t skin deep, either. It also boasts Canada’s best weather (as many locals will casually bring up), and a stunning array of activities that will suit just about any traveler’s wishes.
For the bold, there’s everything from rock climbing (both indoor and outdoor) to zip-lining, and for folks looking to take things a bit more slowly while you’re here, you’ll have an amazing amount of options as well. From the dazzling Butchart Gardens to Beacon Hill Park (which comes complete with petting zoo and lighthouse), you won’t have too much trouble being immersed in the natural beauty of BC. And because it’s a capitol city, there’s some amazing historical sites as well: Craigdarroch Castle, Fort Rodd Hill, and North America’s second oldest Chinatown all add facets to this city’s rich historical and natural landscapes.
Drawing from the immense amount of culture and history, Victoria’s culinary scene is like nothing else in the world. With ethnic eateries like Ayo Eat, you’ll be able to take your taste buds on a vacation while you’re here. And, if you’re looking for something a little more local, you’ll definitely want to sample the stunning seafood that Victoria has to offer. Whether you head to The Fish Store or want to do a little cooking yourself and pick up the ingredients at Finest at Sea, you can’t really get much more fresh than Victoria. You’ll also want to drop in somewhere for high tea; whether it’s at the Empress Hotel, Abkhazi Gardens, or the historic Point Ellice House, you’ll be steeped in the lovely afternoon tradition in no time. And if that’s not your thing, you can always take a winery, brewery, or cidery tour. Or, you can do a little of everything.
That’s the beauty of Victoria: you can do just about whatever you feel like. Whether you’re here to sit back and relax, or you’re hoping to soak up all of the beauty this amazing city has to offer (and maybe see a whale or two while you’re at it), Victoria has you covered. And with such a myriad of options to choose from, you may find that your trip plan to Victoria can’t fit in everything you wanted to experience. But that just means you’ll have to come back—and we’re sure you’ll be okay with that.