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Victoria & Vancouver Island Travel Guide

Victoria & Vancouver Island
James O'Mara/Tourism BC

Although it's only a 90-minute ferry ride from bustling Vancouver, British Columbia's capital city may as well be a world away. Taking the opposite approach from its youthful neighbor, Victoria exudes a quainter atmosphere. Resting on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, This relatively small city remains deeply rooted in its Colonial past, relishing distinctively British traditions like afternoon tea at the Empress and a pint at the pub. But that doesn't ... continue» Read More

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When to Visit Victoria & Vancouver Island

The best times to visit Victoria and Vancouver Island are March to May and September to November. The region experiences some of the country's mildest weather, so while you might experience a light drizzle here and there, plan on comfortable temperatures in the spring and fall. Summer is by far the most popular time to visit thanks to the numerous festivals that take place in Victoria and across Vancouver Island. This area also welcomes a respectable number of winter travelers due to its proximity to Canada's prominent ski destination, Whistler.

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Getting Around Victoria & Vancouver Island

The best way to get around Victoria & Vancouver Island is by bike or car. Central Victoria -- especially the Inner Harbour -- can easily be explored on foot, while bike paths will lead you to less touristy neighborhoods. Victoria also features a comprehensive transportation system, and ferries connect the city with other towns on Vancouver Island. If you're not looking for a heavy work-out, a car is the best way to get from Victoria to other points of interest like the Cowichan Valley. You can rent a car at the Victoria International Airport (YYJ), located about 26 miles north of the city center.

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