Looking for a place to get some authentic and delicious tea and scones for an afternoon snack? Don’t feel like having to buy a plane ticket to the England just to satisfy your appetite? Fortunately, you don’t have to. Located off the coast of Vancouver, Victoria is situated at the heart of British Columbia and provides the taste and experience found in British, Asian and European territories. As enticing as this may sound, you may run into the most common problem when visiting Victoria, you may run out of time before experiencing everything the city has to offer. Fret not. Follow these steps below in order to ensure you time your trip to Victoria accordingly and experience all the city has to offer.
- General considerations before traveling. Depending on where you live and what climate you’re used to, you may not find Victoria’s environment to your liking. Being a northern city on an island of the Pacific coast, the temperatures year round are generally cool or cold with plenty of rain throughout the seasons. Keep in mind though, Victoria tends to have a warmer climate during the summer months in comparison to the rest of Canada. Before planning the dates of your trip, make sure you check the weather conditions and ensure that the temperature is to your liking. Due to the warmer climate, expect the summer season to be the peak travel time, as most people throughout Canada visit British Columbia in order get away from the cold.
- Natural and beautiful attractions. Victoria is considered the “garden city” of Canada, home to some of the most beautiful and exotic flowers in the world. Through all the seasons other than winter, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the flowers in bloom particularly blossoms during March, rhododendrons during April and May, and of course the roses between June and September. If you happen to be a floral enthusiast, make sure your trip coincides with the season your favorite flower is in bloom.
- The Butchart Gardens and British Columbia Historical Buildings. While visiting Victoria, one should definitely take a tour of the renowned British Columbia legislative buildings, known as the Parliament buildings. Enjoy their architectural buildings influenced by the British and when you’re finished, consider walking through the halls of the Royal British Columbia Museum. If architecture and history aren’t your forte, take a trip to the Butchart Gardens where you can take in the sights of the 50-acre, world renowned garden filled with beautiful flowers and luscious green landscaping.
Other attractions found downtown. Surely your trip isn’t complete without some form of shopping. Visit downtown Victoria to find local merchandise unique only to Canada and the local cuisine influenced by the different cultures found in the city. Don’t forget to make your way to Market Square, an open air location that houses various shops and restaurants, filled with street musicians and other outdoor performers. In fact, if your visit occurs during the end of June, you can enjoy the sounds at the Victoria Jazz Festival.