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At the very southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria retains much of its stately British heritage, especially with afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, a local tradition. The influences of Native Peoples are apparent in the totem poles in Thunderbird Park and artwork sold in shops throughout the region. There's a small Chinatown here, too. Fan Tan Alley, once its gambling and opium center, is now home to boutiques and art galleries. Victorian mansions have been turned into museums, and you should plan to spend longer than you expected at the world-class history exhibits at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

At the very southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria retains much of its stately British heritage, especially with afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, a local tradition. The influences of Native Peoples are apparent in the totem poles in Thunderbird Park and artwork sold in shops throughout the region. There's a small Chinatown here, too. Fan Tan Alley, once its gambling and opium center, is now home to boutiques and art galleries. Victorian mansions have been turned into museums, and you should plan to spend longer than you expected at the world-class history exhibits at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Evelyn Kanter
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Evelyn Kanter is a contributor to Fodor's NYC and Fodor's Canada, editor of the Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, and author of Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley.

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  • Location: Southwestern Canada, near the United States border
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
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    A temperate climate normally between 32-80 degrees makes this a year-round destination.