Canada Day festivities in Victoria
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ocated on the southernmost part of the Island, Greater Victoria is the largest urban centre on Vancouver Island, and home to a breathtaking natural setting complemented by world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Ideal for touring on foot, downtown Victoria’s impressive restored heritage buildings house art galleries, restaurants and attractions, including the Royal BC Museum, Bateman Gallery, the legendary Empress Hotel, Legislative Buildings and Canada’s oldest Chinatown. Find a vibrant selection of shops brimming with everything from international fashion to locally crafted specialties unique to Victoria. Getting hungry? Savour a delicious array of cuisine, from fresh seafood to exciting ethnic flavours, crafted with care by award-winning chefs. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, it’s no surprise that marine activities abound here.
The Inner Harbour and nearby James Bay are both busy transportation hubs, welcoming floatplanes, ferries and cruise ships, while a variety of outdoor adventure purveyors are also found around the Inner Harbour, at
Surrounded by ocean on three sides, it’s no surprise that marine activities abound here. Fisherman’s Wharf and at the nearby Causeway, in addition to the Saanich Peninsula and the West Shore communities. Long home to the Coast Salish people, discover their stories at the Royal BC Museum and through features like the Signs of
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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites 250-478-5849 parkscanada.gc.ca/fortroddhill A century-old coast artillery fort and the oldest lighthouse on Canada’s west coast—two national historic sites, to explore and discover. Stay a little longer; spend an overnight in one of our oTENTiks. Fall asleep to nature’s little sounds and be taken back to a time 50 years ago when soldiers’ families inhabited Fort Rodd Hill during their summer camp-out. Plan your visit to catch one of the special events. Only 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria.
Ghostly Walks Tours start outside the Visitor Information Centre 812 Wharf Street, Victoria Tel: 250-384-6698 www.discoverthepast.com
Victoria’s famous ghost tour includes Old Town’s most haunted places. Our 90-minute walking tours will thrill you with stories of eccentric characters, heroic deeds, intrigue, love, humour, hangings and murder. Take one, if you dare! May 1 to Oct. 31 tours every night. Nov. 1 to April 30 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 12 ISLAND VISITOR 2016 | www.islandvisitor.ca
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