to 1843, the city of Victoria
was first established by the Hudson's Bay Company as a fur trading post.
capital since 1868, Victoria is situated on Vancouver
Island. It's beautifully preserved Victorian heritage and First Nations
culture may be found in the abundant museums, galleries, pioneer homes
and turn of the century mansions scattered about the city.
seaport, with water on three sides, has a mild climate year-round with
an annual rain fall of only 68cm (27in).
a short walk or drive from the downtown harbour, Craigdarroch Castle is
a beautiful historic Victorian-era mansion, which was built in the 1890s
by wealthy BC coal baron Robert Dunsmuir.
There are 39 rooms, most of which are furnished lavishly in the style
of the 1890s – 1900s period. With over 20,000 square feet of space, the
house and gardens are being restored exactly as they were originally built,
and you will find artisans working on restorations most days.
These imposing buildings which house the British Columbia Legislative
Assembly tower above the Victoria Harbour on Belleville Street. Atop the
main copper-covered dome (1897) is a gilded statue of Captain George Vancouver,
the city of Vancouver's namesake and the first European to circumnavigate
This grand hotel was erected in 1908 by the CPR. Formal gardens, plush
waterfront dining room, vine-covered walls and a conservatory complete
with aviary make the Empress a pleasant place for high tea or just a stroll
around the grounds.
One of Canada's finest museums, the Royal B.C. Museum has an impressive
collection of First Nations artifacts as well as a pioneer style fish
cannery, sawmill, coal mine, a reconstruction of Captain George Vancouver's
ship, the Discovery and an extensive natural history display. The museum
is located at 675 Belleville Street. Admission is free on Mondays from
October 1 to April 30.
Museum of British Columbia:
The Maritime Museum features splendid displays of nautical artifacts and
maritime history including ship models, figureheads, bells and uniforms
from various eras. It is located at 28 Bastion Street in what was the
city's first courthouse, built 1889.
Known to the Indians of Vancouver Island as 'Klee Wyck' - the Laughing
One, this famous eccentric painter was influenced by the Impressionists
and Canada's Group of Seven. Her bold style, which captures the mystical
beauty of the coast, may be viewed at the Emily Carr Gallery at 1107 Wharf
Built in 1852, this pioneer home is one of the oldest standing in the
province. Once the home of Dr. J.S. Helmcken, who helped negotiate B.C.'s
entry into Confederation, this building is now a provincial museum with
a display of colonial artifacts.
Visit the beautifully restored 19th century buildings adjacent to the
square which include the city's first jail and Provincial Court House.
This is the site where Fort Victoria was established in 1843.
and Fan Tan Alley:
Victoria's Chinese heritage dates back to 1858, which grew rapidly with
the influx of Chinese labourer's who played a great role in the building
of the railroad. Fan Tan Alley, once famous for its opium dens and gambling
houses is now a centre for Chinese commerce and culture. The ornate Gate
of Harmonious Interest with its hand-carved lions makes for a beautiful
entrance to the west coast's oldest Chinatown.
Rolling lawns, rose gardens, a cricket field and an outdoor theatre and
art displays complete with a stunning view of the Olympic Mountains make
Bastion Square a pleasant place to relax for the afternoon.
View the impressive collection of First Nations totem poles, cedar dugout
canoes and a 19th century Kwakiutl house. The styles within the park represent
several of the Pacific coast tribes. Thunderbird Park is located at the
corner of Belleville and Douglas Streets.
Just west of Victoria Harbour entrance, is Esquimalt Harbour, home to
Canada's Pacific naval fleet where visitors may see destroyers and the
dockyard. This being an older section of Greater Victoria, there are several
heritage buildings worth seeing. Occasional walking and water taxi tours
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