Victoria, B.C. is a unique blend of heritage and technology unlike any other. Steeped in rich colonial British history with many buildings dating back to the 1880s, Victoria has an intriguing mix of old-world charm married with trendy new-world experiences.
Only in Victoria can you wander amongst 125-year-old heritage buildings while discovering the finest in art galleries, boutique shopping and culinary delights. Additionally, Victoria's compact size makes the entire city and all its attractions easy to explore by foot. Victoria is also internationally recognized as a cutting edge technology hub. It's the number one industry in the city and the reason why Victoria is increasingly referred to as "Tectoria."
Nowhere is the combination of history and vitality more apparent than the Downtown and Inner Harbour. With one foot firmly in the past and one in the present it offers an eclectic mix of old and new. For your history fix, with a collection of over seven million items the Royal BC Museum educates countless visitors about the rich heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The museum features an IMAX theatre and a number of rotating exhibitions, as well as permanent galleries such as the First Peoples Gallery, which displays a vast number of First Nations artifacts and artwork, as a well as a fully intact long house.
For your taste of vitality, the Downtown and Inner Harbour is also the heart of Victoria's shopping district, where well-established international brands rub shoulders with innovative new designers. Government Street, Victoria's main shopping spot, is the place for unique souvenirs, fashions and people-watching. If it's designer home décor and trendy local fashions you're after, head to the lower area of Johnson Street (LoJo). And when finished shopping, don't forget to unwind with a stroll along the Inner Harbour. The view, especially in the evening, is spectacular!
Victoria isn't just "happening" during the daylight hours either! At night the city comes alive with a pulsing arts and entertainment scene. Bastions of traditional British pub culture sit side-by-side with polished craft cocktail bars and fine restaurants and combine to form a fantastically vibrant nightlife. Regardless of where you choose to go, you can be sure all bars and restaurants use the freshest local ingredients and serve an array of local beers and wines. This precedence on fresh and local is something that has helped put Victoria on the worldwide culinary map.
Come experience this mix of old and new for yourself! For more ideas on what to do while you're here, check out our calendar of events.