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Victoria, Canada

Victoria, Canada

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Alaskan Itineraries

Victoria, British Columbia's Inner Harbor at dusk, with the Provincial Parliament Building outlined in lights.
Victoria, British
Columbia's Inner Harbor
at dusk, with the
Provincial Parliament
Building outlined in
lights.
by Dave Marx

Victoria puts the “British” in British Columbia. Capital of the province, the city rests near the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, enjoying a moderate climate perfect for English gardens and a genteel lifestyle that still includes High Tea at the Empress Hotel.

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AMBIENCE

While much of Vancouver Island is rugged and mountainous, Victoria seems a world away, a coastal city one might find in New England, or perhaps England itself. When the city of Vancouver was a tiny, rough-and-tumble frontier town, Victoria was a settled outpost of British Colonial rule, and continues today as the seat of government for the resource-rich province. The Inner Harbor’s waterfront, center of tourist activity, is park-like, with hotels and government buildings set well back from the waterfront road and fronted by broad lawns and gardens. The Neo-Baroque provincial parliament buildings and chateau-styled Empress Hotel set a regal tone for the Inner Harbor. The “Garden City” theme extends to famed Butchart Gardens, 10 miles to the north. Those formal gardens inspired the gardens at Epcot’s Canada Pavilion, and have been attracting visitors since 1904.

HISTORY

Coast Salish people greeted the first British and Spanish explorers in the late 18th century. A Hudson’s Bay Company trading post was established in Victoria in 1843, in part to help stake out Canadian territory in anticipation of a new border treaty with the U.S. Vancouver Island became a British Crown Colony in 1849, with Fort Victoria as its capital. The 1858 Fraser Valley Gold Rush on the mainland depended on Victoria as its main supply center. It wasn’t until 1886 that the city of Vancouver began to replace Victoria as a commercial hub.

FACTS

Size: 7.6 sq. mi. (19.7 sq. km.) (city)/208.6 sq. mi. (540.4 sq. km.) (metro district)
Climate: Temperate Oceanic Temperatures: 44°F (7°C) to 72°F (22°C)
Population: 78,057/345,164 Busy Season: Summer
Language: English Money: Canadian Dollar ($)
Time Zone: Pacific Transportation: Walking, buses, taxi
Phones: Area codes 250 and 778, dial 911 for emergencies
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Top Photo Slice: Empress Hotel in Victoria (℗ 52094) Photo contributed by © chezp



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