Victoria : British Columbia’s Capital

British Columbia’s Capital Do you have any plans to see British Columbia at its finest? Are you interested in historical places and cities with a rich culture and diversity? Then this beautiful little city might just be the best place for your next vacation or short trip! Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. It is also known as the “Garden City” in the Lower Mainland. Mainly because of its attractiveness and nature. It is a popular tourist destination because it also has various activities in town and a high quality of life. There are numerous places to see in Victoria like Beacon Hill Park, the Olympic Mountains, Helmcken House, The Royal British Columbia Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Thunderbird Park and Abkhazi garden. Boating and Whale Watching are also some of the popular activities that takes place in Victoria. You can enjoy the city’s night life that is usually filled with bright lights and breezy weather. There are many hotels and motels around the area to stay in. Similarly, there are endless restaurants, pubs, bars and cafe. The weather in Victoria is great all year long. However, the Summer is probably the best time of the year to visit the island due to the cool winds and awesome activities offered. The downtown area is very colorful and beautiful with baskets of flowers hanging everywhere. Not to forget Chinatown. No, not downtown Vancouver’s Chinatown, but actually Victoria’s Chinatown. It thrives in the evening and offers a rich culture to enjoy and indulge in. With that being said, Vancouver is thee place to be. There are many islands, villages, communities, and little cities to visit. Nonetheless, study English in Vancouver with EC Vancouver to explore British Columbia and Canada. There are endless places and activities to take part in.


Weekend trip

There are a lot of options for a weekend trip if you decide to take your English courses in Vancouver. Most of them are just a few hours away from Vancouver and can be reached by bus or ferry. Instead of seeing just one city you can discover different cities from here. Popular weekend trips include Whistler, Seattle (USA), Victoria and Tofino. Whistler Whistler is only 121 km and 1 h 35 min by car away from Vancouver. Whistler is famous for its skiing slopes and popular après scene. You can also go bungee jumping, snowmobiling, snowtubing and snowshoeing there. Nightclubs and shopping options can be found within the village. Above the village stretches the amazing peak to peak gondola between Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain. This weekend trip is perfect for you if you are into outdoor activities and love activities in the snow. Seattle Even though Seattle is in the United States of America it is only 229 km and 2 h 49 min by car away from Vancouver. Seattle is great for sightseeing and shopping. The Seattle Premium Outlet Mall is one of the many great places to shop at. Besides Seattle’s famous Space Needle you can discover the first Starbucks and the Market Theater Gum Wall there. If you are a fan of big cities this weekend trip to the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of North America is just right for you. Victoria Although Victoria is only 114 km away from Vancouver it takes 3 h 12 min by car and ferry to get there. Taking the ferry through the Gulf Islands is already quite an adventure. Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and is located in the south of Vancouver Island. While it is one of the most British-influenced cities … Read more

Legislative Building Victoria

One-day trip to Victoria

As part of our Young Leaners Project, we visited the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island for one day. We got up very early and met at Canada Place, where Discovery Canada Tours picked us up and took us there by bus and ferry. During the drive our tour guide Kim gave us a lot of information about the surroundings and Victoria. She was so helpful and had an answer to anything you asked, as she grew up in Victoria and knows the city like the back of her hand. Taking the ferry was already exciting for us as you have great view on the sea and countryside of Vancouver Island. We got some coffee and snacks, had a look at the gift shop and the different decks. Arriving on Vancouver Island, Kim gave us suggestions what to do and see in Victoria after our bus tour that took us one time through the city and gave us an overview over the places and sightseeing’s. It was nice because it made it easier for us to orientate and decide what we want to see. We separated into groups of at least three people everybody started to explore. We got dropped off at Royal British Columbia Museum and strolled up Douglas Street which is the main shopping street in Victoria with a lot of Souvenir shops and cafes. After that we went to China Town and then stopped at the restaurant “The Local” which was great! We walked back along Government Street which was nice as you see buildings like “the Empress” and the port of Victoria. We ended our stay by visiting the legislative Building and it was amazing! They put up lights all over the building and it was simply impressive. We took many pictures and then went back … Read more