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Worlds most beautiful city?

Victoria is a Canadian city, and the provincial capital of British Columbia. It is also the seat of the Capital Regional District. The greater metropolitan area has more than 300,000 people. Victoria is located on Vancouver Island, and is a major tourist destination for many people visiting the province of British Columbia.

Much to explore!

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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