If you are looking for a tourist destination that offers spectacular scenery, attractive historic buildings, great shopping and restaurants, and a leisurely pace, the City of Victoria, on the west coast of Canada, is the place for you. Victoria is located at the southern end of Vancouver Island, and is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia. Millions of tourists come to visit Victoria every year, and many leave their hearts there. If you come to Victoria to visit, you will not be disappointed.

Any visit to Victoria starts at the spectacular inner harbour, with the ivy-covered Empress Hotel on one side, and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings nearby.  Take a stroll along the docks to watch the float planes taking off from the harbor, and marvel at the sailboats that come here from all over the world. Take some time to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum and tour three floors of displays that depict the natural and human history of the province.

In the evening, you can dine in one of the many fine restaurants overlooking the inner harbor, and watch as the sun sinks in the west and the lights of the city twinkle on.  Afterwards, you can stroll along Government Street to do some window shopping, and stop in at an old-fashioned Irish pub.

Because Victoria is a city that caters to tourists, you will find many top-notch hotels with attractive rooms and beautiful views in the down town area. The hotel rates can be expensive, so you should do some research online in advance to get good deals.

You can reach Victoria by ferry boat from Seattle or Port Angeles in Washington State, or from Vancouver, British Columbia on the lower mainland. There is an international airport to accommodate visitors who come by airplane. If you are coming from the lower mainland of Canada, you should not miss out on the unforgettable experience of taking the ferry from Vancouver, threading its way through the Gulf Islands that rise up out of the waters of the Strait of Georgia.

You will instantly feel at home in Victoria and glad you made the trip, whether you are a sophisticated world traveller, or a back-to-the-land nature lover. You will find your visit to Victoria will give a refreshing lift to your spirit, and you will want to return to this charming city again and again.

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