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Victoria Travel Guide

Victoria City



Victoria has a long tradition of hospitality. It was once the first stop off the ocean-going ship from ethe East Coast or Europe on the way to the Gold Rushes of the 1850's, and it was a British Navy post until very recent history, so was host to visiting sailors and dignitaries.

Begin on the waterfront at the Visitors Information Centre, at 812 Wharf Street. Across the way on Government Street is the Fairmont Empress, a majestic hotel that opened in 1908. A short walk around the harbor along the Inner Harbour Walk (take any of the staircases from Government Street down to the water level) takes you to the Royal London Wax Museum.

Across Belleville Street is the Parliament Buildings complex, seat of the provincial government. Cross Government Street to reach the Royal British Columbia Museum, one of Canada's most impressive museums. Behind the museum and bordering Douglas Street are the totem poles and ceremonial longhouse of Thunderbird Park; Helmcken House, the oldest house in Victoria; and the tiny 19th-century St. Ann's Schoolhouse. In summer, a ride on Harbour Ferries from the Inner Harbour takes you to Point Ellice House, a historic waterside home and garden.

When to go?
During summer, main attractions can be crowded, while in winter, some tourist facilities close down. You can avoid crowds and make substantial savings on lodgings by scheduling your visit outside the peak mid-June-mid-September period. The coast and islands, touched by Pacific currents, have relatively mild winters and summers (usually above 32 F in winter, below 80 F in summer), although winter brings frequent rains.

Victoria Travel Guide
Victoria city
Victoria Travel Guide
Victoria city




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