Our Beautiful Capital: Victoria

Victoria is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. This city has one of the most pleasant climates in Canada, and tourists enjoy the scenic outdoors in the Victoria area throughout the year. Victoria has many historical and cultural attractions to complement its natural scenery.


The city of Victoria has several walkable neighborhoods with historic residences and lush gardens. Victoria’s Chinatown is the second oldest Chinatown in North America and includes the Gate of Harmonious Interest, a colorful entrance to the neighborhood. The Fairfield neighborhood has monuments to local citizens, scenic mountain and ocean views, and the Government House with its public gardens. Tourists may see the historic homes of the city’s founders in the James Bay neighborhood and explore the Fairmont Empress Hotel on the Inner Harbor.

Natural Scenery

Tourists enjoy scenic views of oceans, mountains and unspoiled nature in Victoria. The city is home to several gardens, including the Butchart Gardens, a Canadian National Historic Site with rare and colorful floral displays. Visitors walk the Galloping Goose Trail along an old railroad line that passes a hidden lake, forests and other natural areas. Whale watching boat tours depart from the Victoria area and catch views of orcas in the Pacific Ocean and its inlets near the city.


Visitors learn about the history of Victoria at museums and historic sites around the city. The Royal BC Museum is the city’s largest museum and offers galleries that depict the aboriginal culture, life in historic Chinatown and a replica of an early explorer’s ship. Historic house museums such as the Craigdarroch Castle offer tourists a glimpse into life in 19th century Victoria. Visitors learn about Victoria’s maritime history at Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill.


Victoria tourists can view works of art in museums and galleries, and witness a variety of performing arts. The Royal BC Museum and several area art galleries display aboriginal, Canadian and international works of art. The Victoria Symphony performs classical, pops and other music at the Royal Theatre. Live theater productions, dance performances and comedy shows take place at several locations in Victoria including the 772-seat McPherson Playhouse and the Belfry Theatre.


Canada has two official languages, English and French, but English is the only language spoken in most of Victoria. Summer and early fall days are usually warm in Victoria, but tourists should bring a light jacket or sweater for cool evenings. Winters rarely bring snow, but visitors should be prepared for rainy weather. Victoria is a very walkable city with many attractions located close to each other. Victoria does not allow smoking in public buildings.