Victoria was voted one of the Top 10 cities in North America by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in 2015.
Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Victoria’s British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens, and tearooms. The city is now a cosmopolitan center with a lively entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambiance. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colorful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea are mixed with outdoor adventure, culinary experiences, cocktail and craft beer scenes.