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Sitting on the southern end of Vancouver Island, Victoria is known for its beautiful gardens. Millions of visitors flock to the island to enjoy the unique mix of old world beauty and new experiences. The island offers many great walking trails, as well as opportunities to spot some marine wildlife.
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Best time to visit Victoria
By Canadian standards, Victoria has quite a mild climate. The city enjoys warm temperatures in summer and many hours of sunshine. Rainfall is more frequent over the winter months, and temperatures cool down. If you are planning to visit the city over winter there will be plenty of events to keep you busy. The Victoria Film Festival is just one of the exciting events during this period, attracting movie fans from across the country. For a touch of Scotland, visit the city in May and catch the Victoria Highland Games in Topaz Park.
Driving tips in Victoria
Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, a destination with many attractions to explore. To travel from Victoria to Port Hardy at the northern tip of the island will take more than five hours. Take extra care on back roads in the region which may be more challenging, particularly through the winter months. Vancouver Island is the largest island off the coast of North America, and is a popular destination for cyclists. Be mindful of cyclists on the road while travelling through the area. Learn more about driving restrictions and toll roads in Canada by clicking here.
Explore great attractions in Victoria with a rental car
Victoria is the governing capital of British Columbia, and has been a capital city since British settlement in the 1840's. Many historic buildings and landmarks can be seen as you trek around Victoria in your rental car. These include the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (finished in 1897) and the Empress hotel (which opened in 1908). Victoria is a relatively small city, especially in the context of Vancouver to its north, and America's Seattle – across the border to Victoria's southeast.
The downtown Victoria is an extremely popular for tourists and locals, since there are many movie theatres, stage theatres, restaurants, pubs, nhightclubs and shops. Some of the attractions in the area are the Bastion Square, Centennial Square and the Market Square. It is the perfect place to start the evening and have a lot of fun in one of the many venues.
Beacon Hill Park
Learn more interesting things about the history, culture and civilization of the area by visiting the Craigdarroch Castle. Once you have entered the Scottish castle, you can visit 39 rooms, lavishly furnished in the 1890-1900s period, and enjoy the ambiance once you climb the 87 stairs to the tower. There you will see fabulous views of Victoria and the Olympic Mountains. The house and the gardens offer a great vacation experience for individuals and families alike.
The Victoria Clipper carries any passenger (no rental car – you'll have to park it) back and forth to Seattle in the States, operating daily and year-round. It's about 100 kilometers for the voyage. Or you could take the shorter ferry boat ride to Port Angeles (also in Washington State), which is about 40 kilometers.
Take a rental car to a bike rental business and take advantage of Victoria's mild climate, bike lanes and bicycling paths, such as Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Other fun outdoors activities await you, just a quick drive in your rental car away, including rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and golf!