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Victoria enjoys a moderate climate. Summers are warm, but offshore breezes ensure it's never too hot; winters are mild, and rarely include snow (even so, it is Canada - pack your woollies).

Region: Canada

Featured Victoria Hotel

The Fairmont Empress

The Fairmont Empress

Our 4-Star classification designates those properties with well-appointed, deluxe accommodations, extensive amenities and comprehensive guest services. Expect attention to detail and a warm and hospitable staff ready to cater to your needs. These superb properties offer a truly refined getaway.
City Centre/Inner Harbour

This charming hotel is located in Victoria's beloved cultural city center. Enjoyed by royalty, celebrities and dignitaries, unwind, relax and enjoy the celebrated teatime experience.

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Getting Around

Victoria is a great cycling capital, with plenty of routes criss-crossing the city and beyond. Contact Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition for route maps and information. Bike rentals are available from a number of outlets in town.

Victoria Harbour Ferry provides scheduled services to the Inner Harbour, Songhees Park, Reeson's Landing and other stops along the Gorge Waterway with its colorful armada of bath-sized boats. Fares vary with the distance traveled.

Victoria Regional Transit buses, including some double-deckers, cover a wide area in and around the city. All routes require a one- or two-zone ticket, valid for up to 60min of transfer travel. You must have the exact fare to purchase a ticket on the bus. Day passes are available from convenience and grocery stores. Taxis are widely available in Victoria, and major car-rental companies have offices at the airport and in the downtown area.

Fast Facts

Aboriginal families, known as the Songhees, the Saanich and the Sooke First Nations, originally inhabited Southern Vancouver Island. Victoria still retains deep ties to these First Nations communities. The city’s motto is Semper Liber (Always Free).

On July 21, 1871, British Columbia became Canada’s sixth province and lovely Victoria was the region’s new capital.

Dive right in… Vancouver Island was named one of the top cold-water diving destinations on earth by National Geographic. Even the Jacques Cousteau Society rates the area second only to the Red Sea for its diverse marine life and clear waters. Those who prefer dry land will be happy to note that Greater Victoria sports 48 breathtaking parks.

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