About Victoria

Visit One of North America’s Top Rated Cities

The readers of Conde Naste and Travel & Leisure have consistently voted Victoria, British Columbia as one of the top North American cities to visit. Canada’s “City of Gardens” is abundant with breathtaking scenery, British character, world-class attractions, festivals, and more.

Capital City of BC

Founded as a Hudson Bay Company trading post on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in 1843, Victoria is the second oldest city in Western Canada, named in honour of Queen Victoria, and is the capital of beautiful British Columbia.

The city is famous for its century old architecture, including British Columbia’s Parliament Buildings, and is home to some of Canada’s finest cultural centres, cosmopolitan dining, shopping, attractions, and marine adventures.

Victoria is also well-known for its awe-inspiring scenery, featuring the Pacific Ocean, rainforest, and snow-capped mountains all in the same vista.

Climate

Located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, Victoria enjoys the mildest climate in Canada.

With an average 2,183 hours of sunshine each year and an 8 month frost-free season, the flowers here are in bloom months before neighbouring cities and provinces, making the city a perfect destination – and playground – for any season.

Things to Do

Here, you can play golf year-round on scenic world-class courses, visit the renowned Butchart Gardens, explore a castle, or soak up the sun on a sandy beach.

Victoria’s Inner Harbour and downtown core is full of life, and the Victoria Regent Hotel is conveniently located in the center of all the action.

Get up close and personal with whales on a whale watching tour that leaves directly from the dock in front of the hotel. Tour the harbour in front of the hotel on a kayak or stand up paddleboard. Take in an exhibit at the Royal BC Museum or catch a show on BC’s largest IMAX screen.

Shop ‘til you drop in Victoria’s historic “Old Towne.” Check out North America’s 2nd oldest China Town, including Fan Tan Alley – Canada’s narrowest street. Tour the city on a double decker bus or horse drawn carriage. Go for a leisurely stroll through the 200 acre Beacon Hill Park…and so much more!

You can also attend one of Victoria’s many annual festivals, including these favourites: