|Top holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£357|
|Family holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£345|
|Romantic holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£383|
|Luxury holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£399|
|Budget holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£272|
Victoria has long had a reputation for being North America's most English city. More British-born residents live here than anywhere else in Canada. Located on the southern tip of Vancover Island, Victoria is a compact city with about 350,000 inhabitants. Despite being a short trip from Vancouver, the two cities are quite different in terms of ambience. Victoria was founded in 1843 and got its name from Queen Victoria of England. Boasting a mild climate similar to that of the Mediterranean, Victoria holidays have several indoor and outdoor attractions to keep visitors busy.
There are numerous options for getting to Victoria. Ferry services operate between Vancouver and Seattle, Washington. Victoria's international airport is north of the city and there are shuttles to take visitors into town. Victoria enjoys moderately warm summers and, compared to other regions of Canada, mild winters. The busiest season for tourism is summer (June and July), so book well ahead of time to get a hotel room. The most practical way to get around Victoria is on foot, but renting a bicycle is an enjoyable alternative. Areas of particular interest for those taking Victoria holidays include downtown, the Inner Harbour, Oak Bay and the beaches along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A central landmark is the Fairmont Empress Hotel, where visitors can relax over afternoon tea. Since Victoria is a maritime city, whale watching is a popular activity among visitors. Companies that offer this excursion can be found around the Inner Harbour. Emily Carr's House is an interesting stop on Victoria holidays. She was one of Canada's most eminent artists who was inspired by the Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Two big museums are the Royal British Columbia Museum and Craigdarroch Castle, built by a Scottish family who once owned a quarter of Vancouver Island.