Victoria, British Columbia Area Guide
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The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the largest island on the west coast of North America. This beautiful B.C. city of gardens is noted for its spectacular natural surroundings and moderate Mediterranean climate .

Averaging over 2000 hours of sunshine per year, it is the sunniest spot in British Columbia, Canada. Along with the neighboring communities of Saanich, Metchosin, and Sooke, the area offers visitors a wealth of experiences from the sublime to the super-natural.

Admire heritage architecture, and historic sites or get to know the colourful characters of Victoria's fascinating past in a unique walking tour. Explore the Art Gallery, Antique Row, and the city's specialty boutiques for glassware, fine china, Irish linens, sinfully wonderful chocolate and unique West Coast art. The Royal B.C. Museum, the illuminated Parliament Buildings and the world-renowned Butchart Gardens are a must see.

The 'Victorian' at heart will want to visit Craigdarroch Castle or enjoy afternoon tea at one of the city's quaint tearooms. As the sun sets behind the western hills lovers stroll along the ocean sea wall serenaded by street musicians. After dinner at one of Victoria's many excellent restaurants, you can attend the theatre, the symphony, or the opera, or take in a movie or go dancing.

Seeking adventure? Southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada offers some of the best whale watching, diving, surfing, salmon fishing, biking and hiking trails on the West Coast.


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