Victoria remains the most British of cities in North America, but the lure of nature is now as much of a draw as the call of the Empire.  The city's picturesque location provides the setting for an unhurried vacation or an active getaway.  Visitors glimpse the Olympic Mountains in the background as bursts of color from public and private gardens dot the landscape and boats sparkle in the harbor.  Spend the afternoon on a whale-watching excursion, walking through Butchart Gardens, enjoying a leisurely stroll along the waterfront or browsing at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Around Victoria you will find excellent natural parks with very good infrastructure. Places like Goldstream Park, China Beach or Thetis Lake will give you many hours of clean air, lots of green and fun for every nature-lover.