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By: - at May 13, 2013

Best Attractions & Activities in Victoria, B.C.

View of Olympic Mountain Range From Shore of Victoria, B.C.
View of Olympic Mountain Range From Shore of Victoria, B.C.

Olympic Mountain Range
Olympic Mountain Range

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada. This city is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city was named after queen Victoria of the United Kingdom who ruled from June 20, 1837 until her death in 1901. This is an extremely special area of Canada renowned for its historical structures and ecological treasures. It is one of the most sparsely populated cities in Canada, with a population less than 100,000. But despite its population, the city of Victoria is experiencing rapid economical growth that is providing a higher standard of living than most smaller cities in Canada.

Fisherman's Wharf at Victoria, B.C.
Fisherman's Wharf at Victoria, B.C.

The city's chief industries are tourism, education, banking, food products, technology, and federal and provincial government administration and services. Out of all the different sectors of the economy, tourism stands out among the rest. This city is awesome for tourism, with a record cash generation of several thousand of dollars every single year. Tourism is one of the most significant aspects of the city's economy. There is lot of places to visit in the city. There are both historical and modern tourist attractions that make British Columbia a must see for avid travelers.

A great stop for tourists is Beacon Hill Park.

beacon hill park entrance
By Another Believer (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

This is the city's central urban green space similar to Central Park In New York City. This is a part of Victoria City, which occupies almost one hundred and ninety acres of land. Beacon Hill has several other side attractions such as numerous playing fields, exotic species of both animals and plants, and manicured gardens. This area also provides a view of the Olympic mountain range and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Other tourist attractions include Garry Oak and so many others. With so many things to do in Victoria, it is difficult to narrow down a top three list but here are the top three incredible activities to do while visiting Victoria, BC.

3 Incredible Activities to do in Victoria, BC.

1)  Whale Watch From Victoria Harbour -

orcas swimming in harbour

The city of Victoria is like heaven on earth when it comes to leisure and vacation. You can have a closer look at different types of whales including orcas, known in this region as the "Southern Residents". A whale watch tour will not only give you the chance to view Orca Whales, but other species of whales including Humpback, Minke, and Gray. In addition to whale watching, the breathtaking views of the sea and some of the uninhabited islands located in Victoria Harbour are sure to please travelers. Make sure to bring your camera!

 Victoria Harbour

2)  Take a Haunted Ghost Tour Around Victoria -

Take a Haunted Ghost Tour Around Victoria

The city of Victoria is a very popular destination for ghost hunters and anyone else who enjoys a good ghost story. Taking a haunted ghost tour around the city allows you to explore haunted alleys and courtyards throughout Victoria's Old Town. In addition to the year-round tours there are special Halloween tours. Next Halloween, keep Victoria in mind if you are looking for a cryptic, haunting experience.

3)  Spend an Afternoon at the Royal British Columbia Museum -

Royal British Columbia Museum
By InSapphoWeTrust from Los Angeles, California, USA, via Wikimedia Commons

attractions at the Royal British Columbia Museum
By Adam Jones, Ph.D. (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Your visit to the city of Victoria will not be complete without spending an afternoon at the Royal British Columbia Museum. This museum was founded in the year 1886 and it is of great historical value. It consists of the British Columbia Provincial Archive, as well as the natural and human history museum of the Province of British Columbia.


 

 

 

 

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