Older Buildings of Victoria

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and located on Vancouver Island just off the coast from Vancouver. It is a bit like stepping back in time after visiting Vancouver with it's laid-back pace of life. It is known as a bit of a place to retire and offers a high quality of life. It is not cheap.


The city centre is home to a number of smaller stores and restaurants. It is easy to get around with plenty of parking (and buses).

The Harbour

The Harbour

The harbour area is quite nice to walk around. There are a number of companies here that offer boat or float-plane tours of the area.

Empress Hotel

The Fairmount Empress Hotel is located on the harbour and is one of the famous sites of the city. Home of luxurious rooms and restaurants.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings

Parliament Building

Open to the public, the Parliament Building is a great place to wander around and have a look with the wonderful stained glass windows and art work.


There is a small gift shop as well that has some basic souvenirs.

The House

Wonderful Ceilings


Chinatown Gate

Many people believe that the Chinatown in Victoria is much better than the one in Vancouver – I would tend to agree. Much more interesting and relaxing.

Fan Tan Alley

Fan Tan Alley is famous for being only five feet wide and is one of the oldest part of Victoria Chinatown.

Royal British Columbia Museum

Traditional Native Potlach Outside Museum

Main Entrance

The Royal British Columbia Museum is well worth a visit for the native arts alone. A small entrance fee is charged.

Totem Poles in Main Foyer

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