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Clockwise from top: British Columbia's historic Parliament Buildings;
Carriage outside Fairmont Empress Hotel; Butchart Gardens; Fisgard Lighthouse.
A small city with a fun farm-to-table scene
The latest Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards ranked Victoria as the seventh-best city in the world. Situated
on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia's capital city is one of the sunniest cities west of the Canadian
Rockies, with an average of 2,200 hours of sunshine annually. It's also fast becoming a major hub for technology, with
more than 900 tech companies and the newly coined nickname "Tectoria."
Victoria's Inner Harbour takes center stage, with its constant buzz of ferries and floatplanes. Nearby streets boast
talented buskers, carriage rides, and a sophisticated farm-to-table food, craft beer, and cocktail scene. If you're feeling
adventurous, hop on a cruiser bicycle to explore this historic town and its funky neighborhoods. Less than two miles from
the center of town, wander the grounds and gardens of Government House, the official residence of British Columbia's
lieutenant governor. The views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountains are spectacular. Don't miss the
century-old tradition of afternoon tea at The Fairmont Empress Hotel, built in 1908 by the Canadian Pacific Railroad.
Nearby, Butchart Gardens dazzles with 55 acres of decorative gardens.
Our Virtuoso shore experience includes exploring Victoria, its Inner Harbour with the Parliament Buildings and The
Empress Hotel, and Vancouver Island's wine country, the Cowichan Valley. Winetasting, appetizers, and lunch will be
served at Enrico Winery.