Called the Garden City, Victoria is perched against a world-class harbor watched over by the massive Baroque edifices that house the British Columbia Parliament. Just beyond the port, you’ll encounter some of Canada’s most lavish accommodations, surrounded by the country’s oldest Chinatown and an exceptionally disproportionate display of cultural vibrancy. A world-class symphony, waterfront restaurants preparing some of the freshest king crab and salmon served anywhere, and British Columbia‘s highest per capita concentration of craft breweries, all in a city one-tenth the size of Vancouver.
–Stay at the Fairmont Empress. It’s the iconic centerpiece of the harbor, offering five-star luxury at unexpectedly reasonable rates.
–Eat at Red Fish Blue Fish, where it’s worth the wait to enjoy the city’s best seafood, fresh off the boat. Classic dishes, prepared without frills, right by the water.