Family walking in Beacon Park, Victoria, BC
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Gardens & Parks

Appropriately known as the City of Gardens, Victoria’s year-round mild coastal climate makes gardening and all things flora-focused a passion of the city, region and visitors alike.

The Greater Victoria area, nestled in beautiful, rugged west coast terrain, is home to dozens of gardens and provincial, regional and municipal parks, including some of the most famous in Canada. As early as February, blooms spring up across the Victoria while much of Canada is still covered in snow. The city also has a colourful annual hanging basket tradition to welcome the summer season that dates back 75 years.

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Beaches & Lakes

Surrounded by the sea is a perfect place to be. With a vast network of bays, coves, beaches and lakes—plus breathtaking views of the rugged pacific coast, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Olympic Mountains—there are countless places to have fun on the water surrounded by stunning natural beauty.

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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.