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About Victoria

With the mildest climate in Canada, gardens bloom year-round in Victoria. The city is tied closely to both land and sea and the rugged natural beauty of the Pacific coast encourages all-season adventures in the great outdoors.

Easily explorable by foot and at your own pace, a visit to Victoria can be as relaxing and rejuvenating as it is educational and exciting. Take advantage of the diverse historical, architectural and multicultural makeup that comes from being the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest.

From First Nations history to British colonial and Asian traditions, and the landmarks, culture, cuisine, festivals and vibrant atmosphere that come with them, Victoria, B.C. is one of the world's favourite destinations.

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History
Discover the fascinating story of the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest—from Vancouver Island's First Nations and the settlement of Fort Victoria. to the Gold Rush and Victoria's evolution into a modern, innovative, multicultural city.
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Living in Victoria
Visiting is the next best thing to living here. Click to learn what makes our city full of life and why we won't be surprised if you're looking to call Victoria home.
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Learning in Victoria
Known as a centre of continuous learning and innovation, Victoria has several world-class educational institutions. Find places to learn, study and sharpen your skills.
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Aboriginal Culture
Many First Nations have called Vancouver Island home for thousands of years. A First Nations experience is an enriching, engaging addition to any Victoria visit. Click to learn more.
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Fun Facts
How many lights are on the Parliament buildings? How many farms are on Vancouver Island? How many cups of tea are served at the Fairmont Empress? Click to find out—and see more fun facts that make Victoria great.
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Alleys & Squares
Stroll back through the centuries. Find the best places to experience Victoria's rich and enchanting history in the city's many alleys, squares and important historical landmarks.
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Awards & Accolades
Don't just take our word for it. Victoria is well known as a top travel and tourism destination—and for being all-around awesome in so many interesting ways. Click to check out some recent awards.
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Maps & Geography
Learn more about the topography, terrain and communities of the beautiful Greater Victoria Region and Vancouver Island.
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FAQs
Glad you asked. Find answers to FAQs about Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Canada.