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The oceanside community of Victoria, BC is the provincial capital of British Columbia. Victoria is also referred to around the world as the " City of Gardens ". The Victoria community is located on the southern most tip of Vancouver Island BC making Victoria the southern most city on the west coast of Canada. Victoria is the Island's largest city, estimated at 360,000 people.

The downtown streets of Victoria BC are decorated with English-style lamp posts and hanging flower baskets that weave colours into the landscape along Victoria streets. Shops and stores are mainly located in well preserved heritage buildings welcoming customers to browse. Beacon Hill Park is the end of the rainbow, the "Pot of Gold" in Victoria, as the park is a big draw for visitors wanting to get outdoors to explore the walking paths past wildlife, wilderness gardens and lakes. Dallas Road waterfront walkway fronts the Strait of Juan de Fuca, offering views of passing cruise ships and freighters, wind surfers getting air time and dogs being walked.

The colourful flowers and green trees keep the people of Victoria BC smiling, living in the " City of Gardens" because Victoria, BC enjoys moderate temperatures with sunshine days and mild nights. Victoria is the home of our Provincial Government. The dominating structures of our carved stone Legislative Parliament Buildings front the Inner Harbour. This Victoria area offers plenty for visitors to do including exploring the eclectic shopping boutiques lining Government Street and the assortment of artisan booths decorating the side alleys and Market Square.

Victoria BC sits at the entrance to the Straight of Georgia as marine traffic comes and goes from the Straight of Juan de Fuca. Victoria's varied coastline includes waterfront walkways, water taxi terminals, marinas, restaurants, shops, sandy pebbled beaches and reaches many eclectic seaside communities and municipalities. The Inner Harbour, the "Hub" of Victoria, is central to many activities including the BC Provincial Museum, Pacific Undersea Gardens and Beacon Hill Park. Nature, throws a hissy fit occasionally during the winter months when storms send crashing waves over the Sea Walk on Dallas Road. A great area for storm watching!

Come and explore 12 uniquely different municipalities in and around Victoria BC that celebrate life on Vancouver Island. Victoria was awarded 9th 'Best Foreign City' in the world by the 2002 'Conde Nast Traveler Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards’.

How to Get to Victoria British Columbia Canada: Victoria BC is 110 km (68 mi) south of Nanaimo British Columbia on Hwy 1. Heading south, Chemainus BC is on the way with its work famous murals and you can visit the Cowichan Valley with its native influences. The Malahat Drive, the only road leading down island to Victoria, is a scenic route overlooking the ocean and out across the Saanich peninsula at the town of Sidney, BC. There is a beautiful short BC Ferries route from Mill Bay, just north of the Malahat Drive, to Brentwood Bay on the Saanich peninsula. Vancouver Island's busiest entry point is Victoria via the BC Ferries Schwartz Bay Terminal, just north of Victoria. From the BC Ferries Tsawwassen Terminal, south of Vancouver BC on the mainland, ferries take a sailing time of 1 hr 35 minutes arriving at Schwartz Bay on Vancouver Island near the beautiful seaside community of Sidney, BC only 26 kilometers (16 mi.) north of Victoria.

The Victoria International Airport is also located near Sidney BC amongst the pastoral acreages of the Saanich peninsula.

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