Giving Victoria, British Columbia a second (or third) look.

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 Victoria, B.C.  is often either the very first or very last excursion on the summer cruises to Alaska. The city is also a very popular weekend getaway for visitors from nearby Vancouver and Seattle. But this gem deserves more than just a passing fancy. With beautiful parks, historic homes, and rich cultural heritage Victoria has earned her second look. 

The strait of Juan de Fuca seems like a strange name for the body of water that forms the international border between Washington State and British Columbia. The channel was named after a Greek navigator who was reported to have explored the region looking for the fabled Northwest Passage. While the passage eluded him, he did discover some of the most beautiful landscape in all of North America.
Victoria is the capital city for the Canadian province of British Columbia. The Parliament building is one of the many gems in Victoria’s crown.
A Coal Barron’s mansion, a military hospital, a college building and finally a museum the Craigdarroch castles has had many incarnations. Today, the museum has been restored to its original glory and features several breathtaking stained glass windows.
The Gatsby Mansion Inn offers high tea and sumptuous rooms. It is less than 1km from the inner harbor and all the major downtown sights.
Like their San Francisco namesake, Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to stroll and admire the many houseboats.
Located on the inner harbor, the massive Empress Hotel offers old world charm
Victoria’s Chinatown has great restaurants, shops, and an easy walk from the port.
Butchart Gardens is astounding. The brilliant hues and verdant walkways are beautiful by daylight but come dusk the paths are illuminated, and the colors take on an otherworldly glow.
This is a must-see attraction even if you are just on a short excursion the gardens should be at the top of your list. 

A short ferry ride from Seattle and Vancouver as well as accessible by air. Victoria deserves more than just a whistle stop on a cruise. This queen of a city has earned the royal treatment.


10 Replies to “Giving Victoria, British Columbia a second (or third) look.”

  1. Victoria is on my bucket list. I thought of possibly emigrating to Vancouver but the price of homes is astronomical. Victoria was recommended, but it’s been a year since Vancouver and I still have yet to see Victoria. This is an excellent list of attractions for my trip when ever I make it.

      1. I love towns where you can walk around makes me feel less guilty when I over eat because I like trying the local cuisine in most places.

      2. lol. I know the feeling. interestingly enough when I was there I had lunch in a restaurant in Chinatown. It was great but probably not considered local. But the city is right on the harbor and great for walking off dinner. which i needed.

      3. I think it’s still ok if the non local food is good. And if it’s made authentically what I find strange is travellers who never try anything local. Instead they will opt for bad non local food. I had a bad Big Mac in Paris as the group I travelled with didn’t want to have a French meal.

      4. the fresh caught salmon is with locally grown wild rice is a regional treat there. if i had more time, I would have gone there. Sorry you had to go to mickey D’s in Paris.

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