Lonely Planet has published their list of the top 10 places to visit in BC – and Victoria attractions take 30% of the top ten spots. Their full list runs to 25 attractions covering an an area larger than France and Germany combined. If you are planning an extensive trip to British Columbia do take a look at the comprehensive listings on Lonely Planet of the dozens of places to visit throughout the province.
In first position is our own Butchart Gardens with the Royal British Columbia Museum in 7th place and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 10th. Additionally, Bastion Square is in 13th position though, if a square can be listed, I do not understand why a harbour, Victoria’s Inner Harbour, was not featured (surely rated well above Bastion Square).
Planning your itinerary beforehand for travelling in British Columbia is critical due to the distances which may be involved. These are certainly often overlooked by European visitors. You should allow several days for a stay in Victoria and southern Vancouver Island simply because there’s so much to see and do, probably more than in the Vancouver area. Here are some handy links for travel information for Victoria and there’s a comprehensive travel planner for your visits to BC’s coasts and mountains, Northern British Columbia, the Okanagan, the Kootenays and more.
British Columbia has over 1,000 provincial parks so you can expect to see a good variety of wildlife from mountains to coasts if you can plan a driving tour of all these areas. This Woolly Mammoth can be spotted at the 7th placed attraction so pay him a visit.