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Victoria Travel Guide

Best of Victoria



Royal London Wax Museum
A collection of life-size wax figures resides in this elegant colonnaded building, once Victoria's steamship terminal. The 300-plus characters include members of the British royal family, famous Canadians, Hollywood stars, and some unfortunate souls in a Chamber of Horrors.

Parliament Buildings
These massive stone structures, designed by Francis Rattenbury and completed in 1898, dominate the Inner Harbour. Two statues flank the main entrance: one of Sir James Douglas, who chose the site where Victoria was built, and the other of Sir Matthew Baille Begbie, the man in charge of law and order during the gold-rush era.

Chinatown
Victoria's Chinatown, founded in 1858, is the oldest and most intact such district in Canada. If you enter Chinatown from Government Street, you'll pass under the elaborate Gate of Harmonious Interest, made of Taiwanese ceramic tiles and decorative panels.

Hatley Castle
The 1908 castle is on 650 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds (including Italian, Japanese, and English rose gardens) that are open daily until dusk all year. Castle tours are given daily in summer (call for times).

Beacon Hill Park
The southern lawns and oceanside path of this spacious park have great views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Also here are ponds, jogging and walking paths, abundant flowers and gardens, a children's farmyard, and a cricket pitch.




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