Victoria, BC: The Capital City and Crown Jewel of Vancouver Island

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Victoria, BC is considered one of the best destinations in the world, consistently landing at the top of ‘traveler’s choice’ and ‘world’s best’ lists. An island destination that offers travelers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Victoria offers visitors incredible scenery, the mildest climate in Canada, welcoming locals, and a massive range of recreational opportunities both in the mountains and on the sea.

People flock here year after year for week-long vacations and weekend getaways just for the chance to see the Island’s natural beauty, both mountainous and oceanic, with their own eyes. While the city is known for its temperate climate, the conveniently located, snow-covered mountains are just one of the main draws, offering stunning views of the city from above. Additionally, the city’s breathtaking Butchart Gardens is famous on a global scale.

How to Get to Victoria

Perhaps one of the best parts about visiting Victoria is the journey to get to the stunning island itself. There are a wide range of transportation options that will all bring you to Vancouver Island – it just depends on what type of ride you are looking for!

Hop aboard a ferry and settle in for a relaxing, scenic cruise that will take you along the beautiful west coast. Jump on a float plane or helicopter and take in the extraordinary views from above, or fly directly into the Victoria airport, considered one of the world’s friendliest airports. Regardless of which option you choose, your journey is sure to be a good one.

If you want to have your car, the best way to get to Victoria is to drive on to the ferry and settle in for the beautiful, leisurely cruise. All ferries offer conveniences such as the restaurant, the gift shop, and a Starbucks shop.

The quickest way to get to the island destination is by plane. The plane ride into Victoria is only 25 minutes from Vancouver and 45 minutes from Seattle.

Top Attractions to See, Do, and Experience

Victoria combines heritage architecture, beautiful gardens, and welcomed traditions with a plenty of outdoor adventure and world-class culinary experiences. The city is also known for its booming arts and culture scene. All of these things combined with the unparalleled beauty of the Pacific, rainforests, and stunning backdrop of the Olympic Mountains make Victoria a perfect getaway for any occasion.

Some of the top things to do include the following:

  • Whale watching
  • Local theatre
  • The Butchart Gardens
  • Canada’s oldest Chinatown
  • Fishing charters
  • Zipline adventures
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Butterfly Gardens
  • Golf

Whether you are into golfing, biking, hiking, fishing, or sailing, you will find everything you need in Victoria, BC.

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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