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721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5

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Wednesday
Light rain. Mostly cloudy. Cool.
57/51 °F
14/11°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.
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The Cousteau Society has dubbed the waters surrounding the Victoria area second best in the world for scuba diving. National Geographic magazine has also recognized the area, calling it one of the top coldwater diving destinations in the world. Why all the recognition? There are a number of artificial reefs around the island, which attract a wide array of marine life, and water clarity is exceptional. Several local companies arrange snorkeling and diving excursions for both novices and certified experts.

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