Victoria is rated one of the ‘Top 10 Cities in the World’*

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a short sail from Vancouver, Seattle, and the San Juan and Gulf Islands. A waterfront stroll from the Victoria International Marina puts you in the heart of downtown Victoria. Enjoy world-class art galleries, boutique shops, cozy pubs, oceanfront dining, stunning theatres and iconic museums. In the evening there are plenty of nightclubs and lounges for you to dance the night away. The very best of the city is close by for you to enjoy during your stay.  Day Trips around Victoria and Vancouver Island.

The city was named in honour of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Settlers began arriving in 1843, making Victoria one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. The city’s British colonial past is evident in its Victorian architecture and heritage buildings, most notable are the Empress Hotel which opened in 1908 and the Legislative buildings completed in 1897.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria lies on the rocky south end of Vancouver Island. With plenty of parkland, Victoria is renowned for its outdoor activities and beautiful gardens. Because of its waterside location, Victoria is ideal for all manner of watersports, including sailing, power boating, paddle boarding, surfing, fishing, scuba diving and much more.

There are plenty of unique attractions in the areas surrounding Victoria, including Butchart Gardens, the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit and Mt. Washington Ski Resort. Vancouver Island’s wine region is just a short 45-minute drive away in the Cowichan Valley, and there are several independent vineyards, cider houses, distilleries, and craft breweries in and around Victoria. A short cruise across the Strait of Georgia, Vancouver beckons as one of the most beautiful cities on earth.

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*Read about the top cities in the world at Condé Nast Traveler