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Victoria, Canada

Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, near the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Strait of Georgia, making it a good base for bird, sea lion, and whale watching. Historic British charm awaits you in town - as does the aesthetic influence of other world traditions. Magnificent Butchart Gardens was the early 1900's creation of a commissioned garden designer from Yokohama, Japan.

Venture to majestic 19th century Craigdarroch Castle to explore its extraordinary rooms, and hear stories of the Dunsmuirs who owned it. Everyone will tell you to have tea at the Empress Hotel, and it really is worth experiencing. Take a Royal Carriage to beautiful Beacon Hill Park - a tree planted by Winston Churchill in 1929 still grows there.

Rustic Cafe Brio offers a farm-to-table and fresh-caught-fish French dinner. Victoria is built around beautiful Inner Harbour - enjoy organic treats at the harbor front night market, illuminated by lights from the Parliament building across the water. Stop at the Local Kitchen on a sunny afternoon for a Canadian beer on tap.

Next Stop: Vancouver/Victoria


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