Did You Know?

  • The historical Fairmont Empress Hotel serves an impressive half million cups of tea every year.
  • There are over 1,000 free parking spots for your bike in Victoria, BC’s capital city and Canada’s cycling capital.
  • The world’s tallest, free-standing totem pole carved by a First Nations artist is located in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park. Carved from a single log, it was erected in 1956.
  • There are 3,560 LED lights on the beautiful Parliament Buildings in the Inner Harbour, and around 1,500 hanging baskets adorning the lampposts downtown.
  • Harbour Air in Victoria is the largest all-seaplane airline in the world.
  • Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada. It’s the second oldest in North America, next to San Francisco.

As the province’s capital, Victoria’s vibrant urban centre blends seamlessly with neighbouring, quaint communities and rolling landscapes, boasting wineries, farmers markets and pioneering chefs and producers. Bonus: its mild climate allows residents and visitors to pursue outdoor activities all year round.

Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Victoria’s British ancestry is apparent everywhere, from double-decker buses and formal gardens, to tearooms and proper pubs, almost all of which boast selections of the area’s tasty local craft brewing scene.

The city is home to many historic buildings and some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada, including the Royal BC Museum — the perfect place to learn about the province’s colourful heritage.

Its diverse history has provided a solid foundation for the contemporary cosmopolitan centre Victoria has become. The city’s growing culinary scene embraces both international influences alongside the area’s local bounty. Not to mention that whatever you order is sure to be complemented by an adventurous, delicious cocktail, crafted by one of Victoria’s master mixologists. 

Take the scenic, 90-minute ferry from Vancouver (you might just see whales, Orcas and dolphins) or hop on a quick 30-minute flight to Victoria, and discover the city’s charm for yourself.

Holly Lenk
Manager, Travel Media Relations
Tourism Victoria
Suite 200 – 737 Yates Street
Victoria BC   V8W 1L6
Phone: 250-414-6974

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