To plan your trip to Victoria and learn more about what to see and do in our beautiful city, please visit Tourism Victoria.
Millions visit our city every year, enjoying the natural beauty, temperate climate and historical charm that Victoria offers its citizens every day. The juxtaposition of old world ambience and architecture in a small urban town is part of what makes Victoria one of the most unique places in Canada.
Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is known for its climate, natural beauty, and gardens. Victoria lies in a sub-Mediterranean zone and enjoys the mildest climate in Canada. This, combined with a spectacular outdoor setting decked out with ocean and mountain views, encourages year-round recreational opportunities such as hiking, golfing, biking, gardening, and kayaking.
Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Victoria is made for strolling, with downtown hotels, restaurants, shops and parks all close by. Our vibrant and diverse arts and culture community includes world-famous museums, performing arts, festivals, local writers, artisans, and artists. Food lovers are drawn to the dynamism of the region culinary scene, a wide range of restaurants, local food, craft beer producers and more.
Victoria has an average of 2,183 hours of sunshine per year and an eight-month frost-free season. Average annual rainfall is 26.2 inches (compared to over 50 inches in New York). Average monthly rainfall is 2 inches (5 cm) in winter and less than 1 in (2.5 cm) in summer. Victoria has very low humidity and almost constant offshore breezes which keep summer days from getting too hot, but summer evenings can be cool. therefore a sweater or a light jacket is recommended. Although winters are mild and rarely contain snow, warmer clothing is recommended between November and March.
Rudyard Kipling wrote of Victoria: “Real estate agents recommended it as a little piece of England – the island it stands on is about the size of Britain – but no England is in such a sea or is so full of the mystery of it World of the bigger ocean beyond … I honestly tried to reproduce some of the color, the happiness and the grace of the city and the island, but I just piled up incredible adjectives and let go of a hundred other wonders. “
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