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721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5

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Thursday
Light rain. Mostly cloudy. Cool.
52/45 °F
11/7°C
Friday
More sun than clouds. Cool.
52/43 °F
11/6°C
Saturday
Light rain late. More clouds than sun. Cool.
52/43 °F
11/7°C
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About Victoria, BC

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is located on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, halfway between Seattle and the city of Vancouver. Founded as a Hudson's Bay Company fort in 1843, the city was named in honor of Queen Victoria. Much of Victoria's British-influenced charm remains, thanks to an abundance of old Victorian homes, cricket fields and pubs. The tradition of afternoon tea is still alive and well in Victoria, although the city is anything but stodgy. It's a food city, with hip bistros on every corner, and some of the West Coast's most innovative cuisine. In fact, Victoria boasts the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America (San Francisco is #1). Victorians are passionate about their city, and many cite the excellent climate as the reason. Mild year-round temperatures allow residents to get out and hike, kayak and picnic in the parks, harbours and gardens that surround them.
Victoria, BC Factoid
Presiding over the Inner Harbour, the Victorian-era Parliament Building is a sight to see during the daytime, with its elaborate and decorative stonework, domed towers and arched windows. But just wait until the sun goes down. That's when the building transforms its appearance to that of a fantasy castle adorned with over 3300 twinkling lights.

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