You can't name a city after a queen unless that city is as majestic looking like the lady herself and Victoria lives up to the full potential of such description. In the beginning, one wouldn't think so. Just like all cities that start out with one building and grow, Victoria is no exception. Back in the 1840s, a fort was all that stood in the area. After the gold rush, buildings went up, one at a time and before long a city was born. Now, Victoria is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and doesn't disappoint anyone who comes to see what all the fuss was about.

The City of Victoria: (pop.80,017) is part of the Capital Region District (pop. 344,615) 2011 census, situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, about an hour and a half ferry ride, or a 15 to 20 minute flight from Vancouver. The provincial capital of British Columbia is renowned for its immaculate gardens, great charm and mild winters.

The climate is more temperate than that of Vancouver, with a sunny climate with an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. Temperatures seldom drop below freezing or rise above 20 degrees Celsius.

The Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Legislative Buildings are the city's best-known landmarks. These two fine old structures dominate the skyline of the inner harbour against the fluted background of the Olympic Mountains, providing one of the most beautiful water-approaches of any city in the world.

Tourism is second only to Government in importance to the Victoria economy. The logging, fishing and agricultural activities of the rest of Vancouver Island also contribute to the city's economic base, and high-technology industries with low environmental impact are being actively sought.