The capital of British Columbia, Victoria has its origins as a Hudson’s Bay Company Fort established by James Douglas. Victoria is a global tourism destination.
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Blue waters, beautiful gardens and mild climate make Victoria an ideal location for outdoor adventures and sightseeing. Be sure to visit the world famous Butchart Gardens and to take tea at the Empress Hotel on the waterfront.
The Royal British Columbia Museum has some outstanding exhibits depicting the human and natural history of British Columbia.
Beacon Hill Park is the central city’s main urban green space. Its area of 75 hectares adjacent to Victoria’s southern shore includes numerous playing fields, manicured gardens, exotic species of plants and animals such as wild peacocks, a petting zoo, and views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic mountain range.
Numerous other buildings of historic importance or interest are also located in central Victoria, including: the 1845 St. Ann’s Schoolhouse, the 1852 Helmcken House built for Victoria’s first doctor; the 1863 Temple Emanuel, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in Canada.