When I stay in Victoria with my family, I choose a downtown hotel along the Inner Harbour. By splurging a little and getting a room with harbour views, you can enjoy the focal point of the city from your hotel room. Further from downtown and on average much cheaper per night are the hotels along...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.