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Victoria Introduction


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Although Victoria is in British Columbia, it feels more like England than Canada. The city was founded in the 1800s as a Hudson Bay Co. trading post and outpost of the British Empire, populated by settlers attracted to its mild climate. Historic Victoria boasts several grand buildings, lots of shops, and aesthetic touches reflecting its English heritage. Today, part of the city's charm comes from old-world traditions juxtaposed with new-world experiences.  Click here to see the full Victoria travel guide on Travel42 »

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Victoria Geography


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Victoria radiates out from its Inner Harbour, where most of the historic buildings, sites and attractions are located. The city's layout is compact, with two main streets, Government and Douglas, running parallel to the harborfront. East-west cross streets, many of them one-way, are generally on an orderly grid system, with few digressions from that pattern.  Click here to see the full Victoria travel guide on Travel42 »

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Victoria History


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Though Spain first claimed what is now Victoria, the English established the first European settlement in 1843, when James Douglas of the Hudson's Bay Company set up a trading post there. Victoria's protected harbor on the southern coast of Vancouver Island offered a safe refuge for clipper ships, and Douglas' good relations with the native population helped the settlement grow quickly.  Click here to see the full Victoria travel guide on Travel42 »

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Victoria Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Victoria's most noted landmarks are the more than 100-year-old, green-domed Parliament Buildings on the south side of the Inner Harbour. At night, the buildings, which were designed by one of British Columbia's most renowned architects, Francis Rattenbury, are outlined by thousands of tiny lights. During the day, you can take a free tour of their interiors. Be sure to stroll through the beautifully kept gardens at the residence of the lieutenant governor of British Columbia (the British Crown's representative to the province) on Rockland Avenue.  Click here to see the full Victoria travel guide on Travel42 »

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Victoria Nightlife


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Pubs are a big part of Victoria's nightlife, so they're good places to start your night. Most bars and clubs close at 2 am, but you may find a few that are open till dawn.  Click here to see the full Victoria travel guide on Travel42 »

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Victoria Restaurants & Dining


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Although Victoria's culinary scene was once confined to an indulgent afternoon tea, conventional dinner and a few English pubs, the city and wider region have blossomed into a distinguished dining destination. According to local hearsay, Victoria now boasts the second-highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, after San Francisco. Eateries range from those specializing in local fare, fresh from the nearby Cowichan Valley and mainland British Columbia, to those serving gourmand European cuisine and a wide range of Asian offerings. There are excellent breakfast eateries and takeaways in the downtown area.   Click here to see the full Victoria travel guide on Travel42 »

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