This article was published on July 14th, 2013
The capital city of British Columbia, is rich in history. For history buffs, couples looking for a relaxing weekend, or even those just looking for something different to do, Victoria is an excellent place to visit. Not only are there cute horse-drawn carriage rides and red double-decker busses cruising down the Victorian-themed city, but the area is bursting with history, begging to be discovered.
A trip to Victoria wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Royal BC Museum. The museum tells the story of British Columbia, from the history of the First Nations people right through modern day, and key moments in time throughout the decades. Guests stroll through life-size recreations of streets, forests with life-like animals, and dioramas featuring the industries that shaped British Columbia’s history. You can easily spend a half-day or more just wandering the halls and exhibits.
If you enjoyed the Royal BC Museum, take a stroll over to the Maritime Museum of BC. Inside are models of famous ships from BC’s history, artifacts going back hundreds of years, a sailboat that had circumnavigated the globe, and a dedication to BC Ferries.
The Empress Hotel is the flagship hotel on Victoria’s inner harbour. Take a walk through to see the fine hand-crafted details from craftsman at the height of Victorian design. Throughout the hotel are stories, displays and artifacts that tell the story of the hotel and Victoria.
The Legislature, home of British Columbia’s government, is open to the public for guided tours. The complimentary Legislature tour lasts about an hour and takes visitors throughout the corridors and to key areas of interest, pointing out the stories behind artwork, the ceiling murals, and other significant points, including information on BC’s government procedures and formalities. When the government is sitting you may even catch a glimpse of some of BC’s political leaders passing through the halls.
Wrap-up your history-seeking visit to Victoria with a walk up Government Street, past the heritage buildings which line the cobble-stone streets. At night take a guided tour of the city to find out the hidden secrets and lively history of the Capital city.
For more information on more things to do in Victoria, including accommodation and travel details, visit the Tourism Victoria website.