Victoria, British Columbia. It doesn’t exactly inspire quivers down the spine as a vacation destination, does it? Sometimes, though, the unheralded places are the best. You might arrive expecting little, but equally you’re likely to leave seduced by the natural charms of Southern Vancouver Island and the assortment of chilled out attractions.
Nature is dominant here. Even the locals can’t seem to stay away from the water with kayaking, dragon boat racing, cruises, yachting, scuba diving and the exploring of saltwater lagoons all important parts of the Victoria experience. If you want to truly understand the allure of this district, in fact, time on the water is all but essential. If you are lucky, you can even whale watch from the shore. If you prefer your fun a little drier, head for the fantastic footpaths of Galloping Goose Trail and explore the scenic hills.
Victoria’s annual festivals are also a big draw. Music, whisky, beer and food festivals will keep you dancing, hydrated and full. Summer and Christmas time will have a host of markets where you can buy locally grown produce, taste locally made wines, spirits and foods and check out local artisans.
A Butterfly Garden and a Bug Zoo take you through a microscopic take on wildlife, while the theme continues with miniature world, where you can discover over 80 different corners of the globe in scaled down replica. The Royal BC Museum gives a thorough overview of the backdrop to this exceptionally beautiful state, with an unsurprising focus on the more natural side of life.
Victoria might be lacking one major tourist attraction, but a host of minor ones quickly sweep away any worries and replace them with a charming, slow-paced outlook on life. In other words, the perfect spot for an energetic but laid back holiday.
Victoria is also the perfect spot to begin your Vancouver Island holidays, whether you are travelling to the Gulf Islands, going up Island to Qualicum Beach and Parksville or travelling further west to Tofino.
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