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Best Places to Eat in Victoria

Victoria has hundreds of restaurants, but where are the best places to eat in Victoria? The trick is to find a memorable place with a good combination of excellent food, atmosphere and service.

Popular Victoria Attractions

From castles to world class museums, Victoria has attractions aplenty to keep you busy. Must-see attractions include famous Butchart Gardens, and no trip would be complete without experiencing tea in the afternoon at one of Victoria's tea houses.

Outdoor Adventures in Victoria

If you are up to the challenge, abundant outdoor adventures in Victoria and surrounding communities are waiting in the wings, from adventures among the treetops to the bottom of the sea and everything in between. Surrounded by water on three sides, activities of the nautical type are a centre attraction in the capital city.

Activities for Children in Victoria

Victoria has numerous indoor and outdoor activities for children that will burn off energy and foster imagination. Craigdarroch Castle and the Royal BC Museum as mentioned in Popular attractions are indoor favourites. Outside fun includes Fort Rod Hill, numerous beaches and Wildplay Element Parks.

History of Victoria in a Nutshell

The history of Victoria begins with Victoria’s colonial roots in the Hudson Bay Company. In 1843, the HBC flying the English banner, established the fur trading post Fort Albert near the present day Empress Hotel on land belonging to the Songhees First Nation.

Getting to Victoria

You can make your way to the Island by air or by boat – sorry no bridges. Fly in by floatplane to the Inner Harbour or to Victoria International Airport (YYJ). From Vancouver International Airport (YVR), either rent a vehicle or board a bus and come by boat with BC Ferries.

Getting Around Victoria

All the usual modes of transportation are available for getting around Victoria. The entire downtown core is easily accessible by foot, and chances are if you are staying downtown, you will do much exploring on your own two feet.

Victoria Gardens

Victoria is known as The Garden City for good reason. The secret recipe includes a temperate, moist climate making an ideal growing environment for many types of plants and trees, and a high percentage of retirees who love to garden. To view beautiful Victoria gardens, you don't necessarily need to go to a tourist attraction.

Cultural Activities in Victoria

When it comes to cultural activities in Victoria, the list is endless. From international visiting music and theatre productions, to numerous art galleries, artisans and local artist guilds. Four theatres provide the main theatre and music venues for the city.

Victoria – City of Gardens

Once the staid haven for legions of lawn bowling retirees, Victoria has grown into a hipper West Coast fusion of recreational opportunity, gourmet food, first class accommodations, art and culture. From the time-honoured afternoon teatime to beautiful gardens, architecture and English style pubs, Victoria's traditions and charm are still plainly visible.

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Hot Springs Cove: 49.361799, -126.265334
Kinsol Trestle: 48.668880, -123.693953
Juan de Fuca Trail—China Beach Terminus: 48.433717, -124.093323
Juan de Fuca Trail—Botannical Beach Terminus: 48.532700, -124.443984
Meares Island Big Tree Trail: 49.149422, -125.875168
Bamfield: 48.832959, -125.141273
Tofino: 49.152423, -125.905937
Victoria: 48.442655, -123.359276
Chemainus: 48.926620, -123.722528
Telegraph Cove: 50.545032, -126.833552

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