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Victoria is the main city in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is located almost on the southernmost cape of Vancouver Island. This city is quite solid in size and stunning beauty. It is called otherwise the garden city because of the incredible Butchart gardens that are located here, as well as many other green corners. In addition, it is believed that Victoria lies in the northernmost zone, where the Mediterranean climate is preserved – at 48.5 ° north latitude.

Victoria is one of the most “British” cities in Canada, which is proud of. This is evident in British pubs, British cuisine, the British architecture of some noteworthy city buildings, and the British file-o-clock hosted at the British Hotel Express.

How to get to Victoria
The main way to get to Vancouver Island and Victoria is with BC Ferries car ferries. They also go from Tsavvassen (south of the city of Vancouver, near the Delta) to Schwartz Bay, which is half an hour north of Victoria. Other ferries go to Victoria from Seattle (jet catamarans), from Port Angeles (Washington), Anacorta and Sydney via the San Juan Islands (only in the summer season). Large cruise ships go to Victoria from San Francisco and Seattle. Victoria International Airport is located half an hour from the city and takes almost hourly flights from Vancouver.

A bit of history
Exploration of the northwestern coast began with the visits of Juan Perez in 1774 and James Cook in 1778, but Fort Victoria at the site of the current city was founded only in 1841. After the discovery of gold in British Columbia in 1858. Victoria became a transit point and base on the way to Fraser Canyon, and the population of the city literally in a few days increased from 300 to 5000 people. After the gold was over, a navy base was set up here; subsequently, the city became the largest opium port (up to the ban on potion trade in 1908). The commercial and construction boom ended in the city just before the First World War, leaving Victoria with many beautiful Edwardian buildings.

Victoria Attractions and Attractions
Victoria is one of the most “British” cities in Canada, which is proud of. This is evident in British pubs, British cuisine, the British architecture of some noteworthy city buildings, and the British file-o-clock hosted at the British Hotel Express.

Brentwood Bay Gardens in Brentwood Bay is a huge green area in Brentwood Bay, set up on the spot where the limestone quarry used to be. It combines several gardens, known throughout the country, and deservedly: walking through the garden, you can see rare and just very beautiful flowering plants, many statues and amazing sculptural and landscape fountains, ponds and flower beds. In summer and on holidays fireworks are arranged to music, and on winter evenings the garden is highlighted, and displays are placed here on which 12 days of Christmas holidays are marked. You can get to the gardens by public transport from Victoria or the ferry terminal of Schwartz Bay or from one of the organized excursions.

things to do in Victoria:
Rent a bike and ride the Goose Track, which runs along disassembled rail tracks from the center of Victoria to Souk, the island’s southernmost city.
Set off to look at the whales. During the year, you are likely to see killer whales, and in the summer – also humpback and gray whales.
Taste wine and drink tea with cream and rolls.
The inner harbor is full of entertainers, acrobats and musicians in the summer. Musicians can’t stay in one place for too long, therefore the “entertainment program” is constantly changing (although in the case of pipers it may seem that it is not changing often enough). In summer, a lot of flowering plants are planted in the harbor, and among them it’s just nice to watch how hydroplanes take off and land. And besides, there is a non-barreled parliament building, the building is surprisingly impressive and beautiful. In the evening, the building is illuminated by 13 thousand lights. You can walk along it with a free half-hour group tour, more than interesting: it ends with a climb to the gallery for listeners, from where you can see how the parliament actually works.

Miniature World is located on Humboldt Street, behind the Express Hotel. This is a large exposition of micro-landscapes with cities and more. Some look pretty weird, and some look funny because of a mismatch in scale. Here is the smallest working sawmill in the world at a scale of 1:12.

Chinatown is a quarter on Fisgard Street between Store Street and Government Street. This part of the street is decorated with Chinese motifs, including the Gate of Harmonious Interest. There are several excellent restaurants serving national cuisine, green and fruit stalls, shops selling bubble tea and coffee houses. And besides, here is the narrowest street in Canada.

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