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Victoria, the elegant capital of British Columbia, is also the province's most popular tourist destination.  May through October is high season, when the town coParliamentmes alive.  Victoria is strikingly laid back and resort-like for a capital city.  The city of 350,000 people feels like a hideaway, as you stroll the cobblestone streets, looking in shops, and stopping for high tea.  Victoria lies at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, overlooking the fantastic Olympic Mountains of Washington State, lining the horizon across the Strait of Juan De Fuca.  Nowhere in Canada is the British influence on the region felt more than Victoria.  English Pubs line the streets, lawn bowling and bocce are played in the parks, and double decker buses motor tourists through town. 

Most of Victoria's resort condominiums and hotels are clustered around bEmpress Hotel over the Harboreautiful Inner Harbor, where you can breathe the fresh air while watching seaplanes take off and whale watching boats depart all day long.   At the end of Inner Harbor stands the world-famous Empress Hotel, Victoria's best-known landmark.  Other nearby attractions include the Parliament buildings and the downtown streets, filled with trendy shops and century-old buildings.

HISTORY

In 1792, Captain George Vancouver sailed through the Strait of Georgia, noting and naming Vancouver Island.  Nearly 50 years later, the Hudson's Bay Company established control over the island and the mainland territory of British Columbia.  In 1843, Fort Victoria was built, named after the Queen of England.  In 1846, the Oregon Treaty was signed, giving rights to Vancouver Island to Canada, despite the fact that part of it (including Victoria) lies south of the 49th Parallel (the border with the United States). 

The gold strikes of the 1850s brought thousands of prospectors into Victoria, the region's only port and source of supplies, making Victoria something of a boomtown.  In 1862, Victoria was incorporated as a city, and became the capitol of British Columbia in 1868.


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