Welcome to Victoria! Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria doesn't have the sleek high-rises of its eastern neighbor, but this small provincial capital still boasts a charming downtown area, diverse local arts scene, and lush parks. In fact, the city is so green that its nickname is "The Garden City." Victoria has a lot to offer, with its stately government buildings and lively inner harbor, and Victoria vacation packages are a great way to explore the city.
The most iconic image of Victoria is the massive Edwardian-style Empress Hotel, which sits right on the edge of the inner harbor and has been a symbol of the city for over a century. Look for hotel deals in Victoria that'll put you right in the downtown area, so you can watch sea planes from Seattle landing at the inner harbor. You'll also want to pack a picnic for Beacon Hill Park, a sprawling green space that plays host to a petting zoo and plenty of walking trails -- a must for Victoria vacations. For history buffs, there's also the Royal British Columbia Museum, which tells the story of the province's founding.
Known for its temperate weather, Victoria is a bustling hub year-round. In the summer, you can watch the start of the Victoria to Maui Yacht Race, which runs every other year. One of the best events of the year happens every March in nearby Tofino, where the Pacific Rim Whale Festival takes place. The event celebrates the migratory patterns of the Grey Whale -- look for a car rental in Victoria and head up-island to join the fun.
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There are so many fun activities to try out in Victoria. Here are our favorites: