VICTORIA

Victoria is Western Canada's oldest city. The City's history began in 1843, when James Douglas chose Victoria (then known as Camosack), as a Hudson Bay Company trading post. The post was eventually renamed Fort Victoria, in honour of Queen Victoria.

Victoria

In the twentieth century, Victoria evolved as a city of government, retirement and tourism. The City remains, however, Canada's western naval base and home to a major fishing fleet. Information Technology is now one of the largest industries in the city, and increasingly, the city is developing as a marine, forestry and agricultural research centre. The City is also noted for its fine educational institutions which include the University of Victoria, University Canada West, Camosun College and Royal Roads University.

Today with a growing regional population, a moderate climate and scenic setting, Victoria has retained a very vital but comfortable quality of life. The City is proud of its rich heritage, its historic and attractive downtown, the flowers and parks and, of course, its Inner Harbour with scenic vistas toward the famous Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings. Victoria also has its share of local myths and legends such as the Cadborosaurus and the Mermaid of Active Pass.

THINGS TO DO AND SEE

Nature:
- Vancouver Island's old growth forests / Cathedral Grove
- The Orca / Killer Whale
- Butchart Gardens

First Nations:
- Totem poles
- Artwork

Victoria Heritage Buildings:
- Craigdarroch Castle
- Empress Hotel
- Legislature Buildings
- Hatley Castle

Inner Harbour:
- Dragon Boat Festival
- Tall Ships Festival
- Classic Boat Festival