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

Victoria

Victoria 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 is 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. 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 ... Read more
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. ... Read more
Oceanside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Oceanside | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Saanichton

Award-winning resort on the ocean. 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. ... Read more
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 ... Read more
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Sidney Spit

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - Sidney Spit

Sidney Island

Sidney Spit is 20 minutes from the Town of Sidney on a foot passenger ferry and offers camping, trails, a dock and mooring buoys along with miles of beaches. Pets permitted on leash. Reservations: 1-877-737-3783. ... Read more
Cedarwood Inn & Suites

Cedarwood Inn & Suites

Sidney

On a waterfront property that is surrounded by beautiful gardens by the sea, Cedarwood Inn & Suites is a relaxing seaside retreat for all guests. Offering a variety of different rooms and suites, guests will have a comfortable stay with breathtaking waterfront views. All units are equipped with hair ... Read more
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 ... Read more
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - McDonald Campground

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - McDonald Campground

Sidney

A great home base for exploring the Gulf Islands. Located on McDonald Park Road, off Hwy 17, south of Swartz Bay ferry terminal. Drive-in sites. Many amenities in nearby Sidney. Big friendly sites available. RV accessible with no service. Reservable sites 1-877-737-3783 or online at www.reservation. ... Read more
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