Victoria, British Columbia
The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria boasts many historic buildings and some of the best museums in Western Canada. The area is also home to some of the country's most exhilarating scenery: there's an ocean or mountain vista around every corner, and the city's flower gardens are famous the world over.
Voted one of the Top 10 cities in North America by readers of Travel + Lesirure in 2015, Victoria today is a cosmopolitan center with a lively entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions. Something for everyone, visitors have a variety of things to choose from, including golfing, hiking, biking, fishing, shopping, and dining. Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens and tearooms.