Victoria, BC, Canada is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada. The city is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island over looking the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the west coast of Canada. The capital city is referred to by some as,"Old England" and by others as the "City of Gardens" because of the many hanging baskets and the elaborate floral gardens located throughout the Capital Regional District (CRD).
Activities most enjoyed in the City of Victoria and surrounding areas include biking, cycling, ocean kayaking, whale watching, wildlife touring, swimming, beachcombing, sightseeing, fishing, boating, sailing, spas, hiking, flightseeing, picnicking and golfing.
A few of the more popular activity and sightseeing destinations in the region includes the Inner Harbour, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Beacon Hill Park, Elk/Beaver Lake, Thetis Lake, Goldstream, Willows Beach, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, Thunderbird Park, Uplands Park, Francis/King Regional Park, and the Galloping Goose Trail.
Some of the attractions, museums and cultural venues in Victoria, British Columbia and the surrounding regions includes the Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site, Hatley Park National Historic Site, Legislative Buildings (Government), Emily Carr House, Royal British Columbia Museum,Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria Symphony, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Royal Theatre, Macpherson Theatre, Victoria Philharmonic Choir and Ballet Victoria.
Services important in and around the community of Victoria include accommodations (Hotel, motel, inn, vacation homes, resorts, cabins, cottages, bed and breakfast, suites, hostel), tours, guides, campground, pubs, gift stores, restaurants, cafes, gas stations, grocery stores, liquor stores, cell service, internet, banks and transportation services including a BC Ferry Terminal, cruise ship port, marina, taxi, bus, car rental and the Sidney/Victoria Airport.
The ferries transport vehicles and people from Victoria on Vancouver Island to the Vancouver Mainland, Southern Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast. Victoria is the main commercial centre on Vancouver Island and home to government, business, tourism and commerce.