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Arts, Culture & History

Explore the past and embrace the exciting present. Being the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest has major advantages.

Vancouver Island and Victoria’s rich and fascinating history is rooted in Indigenous culture stretching back thousands of years, and British and Asian traditions since the mid 1800s. These influences echo proudly through Victoria’s amazing architecture, heritage sites, museums, gardens, galleries, markets and cultural celebrations.

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Statues & Landmarks

First Nations, British and Asian cultural histories make modern Victoria a vibrant, diverse and fun-to-discover city. You’ll discover museums, heritage and historic buildings, statues and sites that echo eras, industries and people of the past.

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Thunderbird Park Totem Pole in Victoria, BC

17-Must See Pieces of Public Art

We like to think of Victoria as an art gallery without walls. Public art helps define a city. It shows you who we are. We’ve put together an Instagram-worthy sampler tour that can be done on foot or by bike (plus four can’t-miss pieces for your arrival).

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A couple learns about local Indigenous culture at one of the Seven Signs of the Lekwungen in Victoria, BC.

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Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.