Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. It has the mildest climate in Canada with gardens that bloom all year, making it full of life. It is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. Rated the top island in the Continental US and Canada and one of the top ten islands in the World by the Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambiance.
The wild beauty of the Pacific coast and adventures in the great outdoors are within city limits and ocean and mountain vistas will follow you wherever you go. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colorful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea are mixed with outdoor adventure, culinary experiences, cocktail and craft beer scenes. Stay at a charming or luxurious hotel, attend a local event or celebrate one of our seasonal annual events with us.
In Victoria there is never a shortage of things to do. From international icons like The Butchart Gardens to hidden gems like Canada's oldest Chinatown to adventure on the high seas with a whale watching tour, your days in Victoria can be as busy as you want them to be. Admire the stunning architecture and history of the Craigdarroch Castle, zipline 150 above the ground, visit the world-class Royal BC Museum or take the kids to the Victoria Bug Zoo.
The Victoria Harbor, including the Inner Harbor, is one of the most beautiful harbors in the World. The harbor has had a long history, starting with its use by First Nations. Recreational vessels and small cruise ships can moor in the center of this famous heritage city, just steps from its historic streets and distinctive architecture. During the summer months, the harbor is the focus of festivals, shows and music. The harbor also serves whale watching and ecotourism businesses, float planes, an International Ferry terminal with connections to Port Angeles, Bellingham and Seattle, and a water taxi service.
The centerpiece of Victoria is the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel (most commonly known as The Empress Hotel), one of the city's most lovely buildings. Located on Government Street facing the Inner Harbor, the Empress has become an iconic symbol for the city itself. It has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its national significance. Over the years, the Empress has welcomed kings and queens and, today, features a traditional high tea, which is one of the highlights for many visitors coming to Victoria.