Victoria is the administrative capital of British Columbia, Canada’s west coast province. The city, located off the coast of Vancouver on Vancouver Island, takes the badge with pride, if the photo below is any indication. The funny thing, given that Victoria is about as far away from England as you can get in Canada, it’s one of the most English towns I have visited – everything from the food and beverage, the architecture and ambiance. Here are a few highlights of one of Canada’s most romantic and prettiest cities.
The focus of Victoria is the harbour/waterfront, if for no other reason than Victoria isn’t a big place – on a bike, you can easily be miles out in the countryside in a few minutes. A few spots along the harbour you can’t miss:
Everyone will tell you to go to Butchart Gardens, and everyone is right – this is one of the highlights of Victoria, a lavishly landscaped and extensive garden with various types of fauna. There’s the rose garden, the Japanese garden, the hidden lanes that jut down to the water, winding routes that take you in and around the nearby forest – time flies here because there’s so much to see and do, no matter what’s in bloom that season.
Even though it is an island, Victoria is quite accessible. There is ferry service direct to Seattle, and there is also a bus that takes you onto the ferry a few miles north that connects into Vancouver. Kenmore Air also flies small planes to both Vancouver and Seattle. You just need to do a little planning ahead as some ferries only run 2-3 times a day, especially off season in winter.
Posted : Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 11:00
Andy Hayes is a travel journalist currently based in Seattle, Washington. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he is spending time hanging out on his own travel lifestyle magazine, Sharing Travel Experiences.