Get Inspired / Canada Canada: Highlights of Vancouver Island Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Canada Canada: Highlights of Vancouver Island story by: Mike Williams On the southern tip of Vancouver Island an elegant reminder of the British Empire lives on as the capital of British Columbia. Victoria, with its iconic Provincial Legislature buildings and Empress Hotel, provides a remarkable contrast to the untamed landscapes that surround it. Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea in the Empress’ Tea Lobby and stroll among the immaculate floral displays that make the Butchart Gardens one of the world’s best, while not far off shore pods of Orcas play. The Inner Harbour is the best place to begin enjoying the city’s charms. Once a bustling port of fur traders and dealers in legal opium sales, the old town brings the history of Victoria’s past alive. Uncover more local history at the Royal BC Museum, one of the world’s best small museums. BUTCHART GARDENS – Victoria is known for the world famous Butchart Gardens. A designated National Historic Site, Butchart has 55 acres of magnificent gardens to explore. ROGERS CHOCOLATE SHOP - No visit to Victoria is complete without visiting Rogers Chocolate shop. The first chocolates were made in 1885, and they haven’t looked back since. Try one of their many flavours or take some home as a gift. WHALE WATCHING – The waters surrounding Vancouver Island are home to amazing marine life. Almost 100 Orcas live off Victoria’s coastline and are the focus of thrilling wildlife tours. DINING – With the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, Victoria is a culinary paradise. Many of the city’s top chefs focus their menus on products grown on Vancouver Island. SHOPPING – Four blocks along Government Street turn into Trounce Alley, one of Victoria’s best kept secrets. Fashion and gift shops await. Across the street is Bastion Square, once the site of Victoria’s Court House, a brothel and several hangings, and is now full with shops and restaurants. GHOST TOURS – Victoria is said to be one of the most haunted towns in British Columbia with over 5,000 years of Native History. Explore historic courtyards, alleys and other scary places. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 17 hotel hacks for 2017 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.