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5 Reasons to Visit Victoria British Columbia In The Summer

5 Reasons to Visit Victoria

Photo: Hello BC

 We have all heard of how gorgeous and breathtaking Vancouver can be during the Summer and how the sights and attractions are absolutely stunning, but how many of us have really heard about the gem city we British Columbians call Victoria. Although it may not garner as much international praise and attention that Vancouver does, it still remains an absolutely must see place for tourists to check out when visiting the west coast.

As the capital of British Columbia, Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and has a population of approximately 420,000, people making it Canada’s 15th most densely populated urban region. Victoria is located about 100 kilometers away from Vancouver, and about 100 kilometers from Seattle. The city is named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. So what makes Victoria worth visiting during the summer? Read below to find out!

1. Butchart Gardens

If you want to check out some amazing floral displays, Butchart Gardens is the place for you to be. Located in Brentwood Bay British Columbia near Victoria Butchart Gardens attracts large crowds of tourists every year during the summer months leaving them with no shortage of beautiful photos to look back on. In the past entertainment included weekly symphony concerts held by Mr. and Mrs. Butchart. Today occasionally The Weeds a band consisting of staff members from The Gardens play during the summer months. Alongside its beautiful collection of bronze statues and birds, Butchart Gardens remains a must see attraction when heading over to Victoria

2. British Columbia Legislature Buildings

The British Columbia Legislature Buildings are home to Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and house many of the important political debates surrounding politics in British Columbia. Topics such as the recent teacher strike and the much criticized HST tax all took place in these buildings. The construction of the present day legislature buildings took place in 1893 after it was authorized by an act of the provincial legislature. The sculptures featured on the building were designed by the provincial librarian, E.O.S. Scholefield and executed by Charles Marega and his assistant Bernard Carrier. The legislature buildings offer a great opportunity for those who want to take a stroll down Canadian history and see how our politics have advanced over the decades in BC.

3. Victoria Bug Zoo

Everyone has their different interests, and I would definitely put down bugs underneath my list of “different “interests. Located on 631 Courtney Street, the Victoria Bug Zoo gives the opportunity for visitors to get up close and personal with the world of bugs and insects while enjoying a fun and safe environment. Among the many exhibits it holds, it displays Canada’s largest Ant farm! The Victoria Bug Zoo is a terrific place for the whole family to visit as it has activities for older children, but also has activities for the younger members of the family to enjoy too. Next time you are in Victoria come down to the Victoria Bug Zoo and get up close and personal with the hidden world of bugs and insects!

4. Chinatown

Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown and is characterized by small winding streets and shops and restaurants to visit. Being the 2nd oldest Chinatown in North America behind only America’s San Francisco Chinatown, it offers a great place to grab a souvenir as you make your way back home. Victoria’s Chinatown is also home to Canada’s narrowest road named Fan Tan Alley. For those who are looking for something out of the ordinary, and taking a walk through a historic area, Victoria’s Chinatown is a must see attraction.

5. Inner Harbour

Probably the biggest reason why people visit Victoria is to see the gorgeous Inner Harbour and what it has to offer. To tasty seafood, to the amazing street vendors lined up everywhere, the Victoria Inner Harbour is an amazing place to spend your time during the day and even better during the evening when its true beauty comes out to wow its visitors. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening stroll, or a restaurant to grab a bite to eat, the Inner Harbour has more than enough to keep you coming back for more.

 

Written by: Hamed Amiri
Image via HelloBC

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