Lying on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the beautiful capital city of British Columbia calling travellers for an exciting holiday in Canada. While its perfectly restored nineteenth-century architecture is a sight to behold, it is best known for housing “the most beautiful gardens in the world” which are called “the Butchart Gardens”. Here is some information on the Gardens and other attractions in the region.

 

Butchart Gardens

A must-see oasis sitting on 55 acres, Butchart Gardens are a group of floral display gardens, tempting a million visitors each year. A National Historic Site of Canada, these gardens amaze visitors with their breathtaking vistas. Tourists can witness a variety of landscapes within Butchart Gardens including the Rose Garden, Sunken Garden, Japanese Garden, Mediterranean Garden and Italian Garden. Though it is an ideal place to visit in all seasons, winter is the best time to explore these gardens when they become a Christmas wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights.

 

Chinatown

The oldest in Canada and the second oldest in North America, the Victoria’s Chinatown is situated on Fisgard Street and is surrounded by many cultural and entertainment venues. While its distinctive architecture makes it a beautiful place to walk through and explore, the gate called “The Gate of Harmonious Interest” and the shops and eateries beckon visitors to have a wonderful time here. The major draw of this place is the Fan Tan Alley, which is one of the narrowest streets in Canada.

 

Fisherman’s Wharf

A hidden treasure close to Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Fisherman’s Wharf is a unique marine destination calling travellers for an exciting experience. It is situated at a walking distance from the city centre and houses an array of colourful homes and dining spots. Here visitors can wander down the docks, explore a unique collection of commercial vessels and float home moorage, witness wild seals, become a pirate and do a lot more.

 

The scenic downtown area

While the entire city seems to transport you to some charming English village, the Downtown area has its own unique charm. The colourful Victoria buildings on Lower Johnson Street, some of the most beautiful architecture in British Colombia and floral hanging baskets all around make the downtown area a terrific spot. It is a hub of many hotels, restaurants, pubs, stage theatres and night clubs. Most of the city’s tourist attractions including Bastion Square are situated in and around the downtown area. The Fairmont Empress, the BC Legislature Building and the Craigdarroch Castle are some of the architectural wonders of this area one should not miss.

 

Vancouver Island

There are a lot of things to do and explore on the Vancouver Island, drawing visitors for a beautiful holiday. Famed as the surfing capital of Canada and as a storm watcher’s paradise, Tofino is a small district on the island delighting with its wild natural scenery including ancient rainforest, lakes and inlets. The island further pleases visitors with its stunning attractions such as Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, the Wild Pacific Trail, Cathedral Grove and a number of amazing whale-watching spots.

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