A city of 326,000 residents, is the capital city of British Columbia, and is known as Canada's Best Blooming City. Victoria sits on the south tip of Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia. Enjoy double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, and a formal afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel. Springtime finds streets lined with blossoming trees, flowers never ending, and meticulously well-kept gardens. Victoria is a mecca for adventurers attracted by the many outdoor activities available. Visit the Royal BC Museum and learn about the natural history of Vancouver Island and the province of British Columbia, and also experience the IMAX at the museum. Discover the BC's sea-faring history at the Maritime Museum of BC. Tour the heritage houses such as: - Craiglfower Farmhouse and Schoolhouse, Helmcken House, Carr House, and Point Ellice House... just to mention a few. Take a free tour of the Legislative Buildings, and at night, view the domed buildings outlined by 3,333 tiny lights. Visit the Beacon Hill Park, and the Crystal Garden. Poke through many specialty shops, look for tea merchants, chocolatiers, antiques, art, china, books, tiny shops (the world's tiniest store is here), and Chinatown, the oldest and most exquisite in North America. Victoria offers a wide variety of excellent accommodations.
Spend a day on the beach at Cadboro Bay, Mt. Douglas Beach, Shoal Bay, Cordova Bay, Willows Beach or Gonzales Bay. View Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Mt. Douglas Park, Beacon Hill Park, Gonzales Hill Regional Park, Mount Tolmie and Trafalgar Park. Walk, bike or drive along Marine Drive. Walk or cycle along the 100 km (60 mi) of the paved Galloping Goose trail, linking more than 7 parks and accessible from 27 points. Stroll along Harbour Walkway and West Song Way.