The oldest (and most intact) Chinatown in Canada is located within Victoria.
In the heart of downtown is the acclaimed Royal British Columbia Museum, with
large exhibits on local Aboriginal peoples, Natural History and Modern History.
North of the city on the Saanich Peninsula are the Butchart Gardens, one of
the biggest tourist attractions on the island, as well as the Dominion Astrophysical
Observatory. There are also two National Historic Sites, Fisgard Lighthouse
and Fort Rodd Hill, a coastal artillery fort built in the late 1890s, located
west of the city in Colwood.
Beacon Hill Park is the city's main urban green space. It comprises more than 620,000 square metres along Victoria's southern shore, and includes numerous playing fields, manicured gardens, exotic species of plants and animals such as wild peacocks, and a petting zoo. The park also includes a few areas of natural Garry oak meadow habitat, an increasingly scarce ecosystem that once dominated the region. Each summer, Beacon Hill Park plays host to several outdoor concerts, and the popular Luminara Community Lantern Festival.
Music, nature and history
The Victoria Symphony, led by Tania Miller, the first woman to hold such
a position with a major Canadian orchestra, performs at the Royal Theatre
and the Farquhar Auditorium of the University of Victoria from September
to May. Every BC Day weekend, the Symphony mounts "Symphony Splash",
a popular outdoor event, including a performance by the orchestra while
on a barge on Victoria's Inner Harbour. Streets in the local area are
closed, as each year approximately 40,000 people attend a variety of
concerts and events throughout the day. The event culminates with the
Symphony's evening concert, with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture as the grand
finale, replete with cannon-fire, a pealing carillon and a fireworks
display to honour BC Day.
Music, nature and history is a perfect combination which makes this city an amazing destiny to discover.
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