One of Canada's oldest cities, the city of Victoria was
named, naturally, after Queen Victoria when it was
settled by the British in 1841. Throughout the city's period of
British rule, Victoria was an important centre for trade and
commerce, and as such it became the capital and largest city
of British Columbia.
In more recent years, Victoria has
been recognised more widely as a beautiful city, now
known for its temperate climate and relaxed atmosphere, and
nicknamed 'the city of gardens'. With its quaint streets, fine
Victorian architecture and genteel shops, the city is packed with
attractions, making it a joy to discover.