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Victoria Parliament Buildings and Inner Harbour, Photo Destination BC Reuben Krabbe

Victoria

Victoria, located on Southern Vancouver Island, is a world-famous destination for visitors and is British Columbia’s capital. Known as the Garden City, it is home to some magnificent gardens and parks. Government House with 14 hectares of gardens and woodlands, the small but stunning Agkhazi Garden, Beacon Hill Park, The Gardens at HCP and the world-famous Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens in Brentwood Bay. With a spectacular inner harbour, Victoria has a downtown filled with old-world charm. It is graced with beautifully restored heritage buildings, wonderful local cuisine and unique shops along Government Street, Trounce Alley, Bastion Square, Chinatown and Antique Row. Flower baskets are everywhere, and the Inner Harbour is a hub of activity and bustles with kayaks, whale watching boats, tour boats, ferries and floatplanes. In the summer, street performers and artisans line the walkway.

Attractions are plentiful in and around Victoria. Discover the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Maritime Museum of BC, Craigdarroch Castle, built in the 1880s and now a gorgeous museum, Hatley Park National Historic Site, Miniature World and many more. And don’t miss a visit to the BC Legislative Buildings with its gold and silver leaf, murals, ornate plaster details and wood mouldings that ornament the richly-hued walls and ceilings.

An aerial view of the Salish Seaside RV Haven in Victoria.

Location

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, on the Saanich Peninsula, 32 km (20 mi) south of the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal which services ferries from Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen in the Vancouver area. The nearby communities of Saanichton and Sidney are also popular destinations with several major attractions to experience. From Nanaimo, Victoria is 112 km (70 mi) south via the Trans Canada Highway 1. Ferries from Port Angeles and Seattle in Washington State, USA provide regular service to Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

A Step Back in Time

In 1843, the Hudson’s Bay Company founded a fur trading settlement in the Victoria area called Fort Camosun; it was later renamed Fort Victoria to honour the British Queen. In 1849, the Hudson’s Bay Company’s western headquarters was moved from Fort Vancouver to Fort Victoria, and the Fort Vancouver Chief Factor, James Douglas, was relocated to the new settlement. This prompted the British colonial office to designate the territory a crown colony. The Hudson’s Bay Company was then given a ten-year lease to the area, and in 1951, Douglas was appointed the new governor.

In 1866, when the Colony of Vancouver Island united with the mainland, Victoria became the capital of the new united colony; when British Columbia joined the Canadian Confederation in 1871, Victoria became the provincial capital.

Contact Information

Tourism Victoria

Victoria & Nearby Accommodations

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Salish Seaside RV Haven

Salish Seaside RV Haven

Victoria

Salish Seaside RV Haven is Western Canada's premier RV park, located on a private peninsula right in the heart of Victoria's waterfront harbour. Proudly owned and operated by the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. The Haven is a total redesign and brand new rebuild of the former WestBay Village RV Park ... More Details
Fort Victoria RV Park

Fort Victoria RV Park

Victoria

6km (4mi) W. Of city centre, full hookups, cable TV, laundry, sani-station, free hot showers, washrooms, playground, wireless internet, near city bus and stores, maximum of two pets on leash, CP 4 days. ... More Details
Galaxy RV (Victoria)

Galaxy RV (Victoria)

Victoria

GalaxyRV sells and services new and used RVs. Located on Vancouver Island with three locations in Duncan, Langford and Parksville. GalaxyRV carries brands like Dutchmen, Forest River, Shasta and more! Visit any of our island locations for great deals on new or used RVs and for parts and service acce ... More Details
Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

Pedder Bay RV Resort & Marina

Victoria

A West Coast Wilderness Playground - For those who like to cruise the ocean and the open road. Pedder Bay RV Resort and Marina is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, surrounded by forest and ocean. Offering the best of both worlds, the resort is in a beautiful wilderness area and yet i ... More Details
Oceanside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Oceanside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Saanichton

Award-winning resort on the ocean, over 69 sites available. Close to Victoria, Sidney, ferries, whale watching, Butchart Gardens and city bus. WiFi, 30/50 amp, laundromat, playground. East off Hwy 17 onto Mt Newton X-road. Follow signs to end of Stautw Road. ... More Details
Sidney Spit Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney Spit Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney

This popular family-friendly destination is accessible by boat or kayak. Take the seasonal walk-on ferry to discover beautiful white sand beaches and forested walking trails. Reservations are recommended. https://www.reservation.pc.gc.ca. Visit https://www.sidneyspitferry.com for walk-on ferry servi ... More Details
Sunny Shores Resort & Marina

Sunny Shores Resort & Marina

Sooke

Join us at Sunny Shores Resort & Marina, where the climate is ideal, the forests are lush and the ocean is your playground! We offer modern housekeeping units with colour cable TV, tent and trailer sites, suitable for everyone’s needs. We guarantee your family will have a memorable experience and ... More Details
SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Sidney

SMONEĆTEN (McDonald) Campground is an excellent base of operations for exploring the Gulf Islands and the Greater Victoria area for campers, RVers and cyclists offering both shaded and sunny sites. Reservations are recommended. https://www.reservation.pc.gc.ca. ... More Details
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