The charming seaside town of Victoria, B.C. is the oldest city on Canada’s West coast. Originally chosen as a trading post of Britain’s Hudson Bay Company and named capitol of British Columbia in 1868, much of the British influence remains today. Victoria enjoys moderate weather and claims the mildest climate in Canada, making it a popular port of call.
For shore excursions, nothing beats a visit to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens. There are over 700 varieties of flowers to be seen, as well as the Victoria Butterfly garden and high tea. For another high tea event, the Grand City Drive and Empress High Tea takes guests on a bus tour through downtown and finishes with an elegant afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visitors can also step offshore for whale watching trips in covered jet boats.
The downtown area has not only plenty of unique shops and dining, but also attractions such as The BC Experience, which gives visitors an overview of the history and geography of the area by providing hands-on displays, or the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, with its model ships, charts and chronicles of the area’s nautical past. The charm of Chinatown, founded in 1858 and the oldest Chinatown in Canada, can be seen in the tiny shops and the famous Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada. The Royal BC Museum gives another excellent overview of British Columbian history, as visitors explore the amazing “living” galleries and an onsite IMAX theater that shows National Geographic films.
There are shuttle buses that run from the docks to downtown, as well as taxi service. Victoria has over 7,000 rooms available as far as accommodations, so anyone wishing to spend some time here will have no problem finding a place to stay. Restaurants like to showcase the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, with fresh seafood and produce on the majority of menus and a range of tastes for every palate.
Alaska cruises that visit Victoria BC:
Carnival Cruise Line:
• Carnival Miracle
Celebrity Cruise Line:
Holland America Line:
• ms Oosterdam, ms Westerdam
• Golden Princess, Grand Princess, Star Princess
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line:
• Rhapsody of the Seas
Additional Victoria BC cruise information:
• Tourism Victoria
Official site for Tourism Prince Rupert. Extensive site on Victoria BC including business directory, photo bank, history, things to do and local map.