Victoria is the provincial capital and delights visitors with its old- world charm. Narrow streets lined with handsome 19th-century stone buildings entice the walker to explore.
The city is famous for Butchart Gardens, 50 acres of rare and exotic plants growing next to native varieties. Other beautiful gardens are found at Government House and Beacon Hill Park. Victoria has preserved her past in fine buildings such as Helmcken House, built in 1852, and Craigdarroch Castle, a landmark home dating to the 1880s.
Other things to do include a visit to the Royal British Columbia Museum housing 12,000 years of B.C. history, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria which highlights some of the world's finest Japanese art including the only Shinto Shrine in North America.
Wildlife lovers with a taste for adventure can choose from more than 20 companies operating marine safaris to see killer whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals and marine birds in waters around Victoria. The city also offers sea kayaking and golfing among other outdoor activities.
Attractions in the area include:
Hatley Park National Historic Site, Home of Royal Roads University
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
The Butchart Gardens Ltd.
Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum