One place that you should not fail to visit when you are traveling in British Columbia is the great city of Victoria. Things to do in Victoria are so abundant that you may not know where to get started. One of the first things that you should do is pay visits to some of Victoria's splendid historical sites. These sites will give you a wonderful insight into the history of the culturally-rich city. BB Online recommends these 4 Victoria historical sites.
1050 Joan Crescent
Victoria V8S 3L5
This imposing castle was constructed sometime in the 1890s by a rich coal baron called Robert Dunsmuir. It features lavish furniture from the Victorian era, as well as intricate woodwork and enchanting stained glass. By visiting this castle, you can learn about the lifestyle of the wealthy people during the 19th century. There is also a tower with an 87-step stairway that offers a spectacular view of the city of Victoria, the Olympic mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A complete tour of the entire castle takes about 1 hour, but you can spend as much time as you wish in any part of the castle. The castle is conveniently located within walking distance from Victoria's Inner Harbor and it is easily accessible by bus, so you should have no trouble getting there from your Victoria Bed and Breakfast.
Hatley Park National Historic Site
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria V9B 5Y2
Hatley Park is the largest national historic site in Canada, and it offers visitors a most fulfilling experience of the country's cultural and historical heritage. The main attraction of the park is the Hatley Castle, a magnificent building that was constructed in 1908 by coal baron James Dunsmuir, who was also Premier of British Columbia. You have to make arrangements to join a guided tour group if you want to visit the castle. Hatley Park is also known for its beautiful Italian, Japanese, and Rose gardens, which are ideal places to take a relaxing stroll before you return to your Victoria Inn.
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse
603 Fort Rodd Hill Road
Victoria V9C 2W8
Located just 10 km from downtown Victoria, Ford Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse provide an opportunity for you to discover Canada's great maritime and military heritage. At Fort Rodd Hill, you will get to see three 19th century coastal artillery batteries as well as other military buildings such as searchlight emplacements and barracks. The Fisgard Lighthouse was established in 1860, and it stands as the oldest lighthouse on the west coast of Canada.
Victoria V8W 1R4
The Victoria Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and the second oldest in North America, after San Francisco. Through the Gate of Harmonious Interest, you will get to see many interesting and historically significant buildings and sites, including an old Chinese school, the Tam Khung Buddhist Temple, and the famous Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada. The Victoria Chinatown served as a temporary residential area during the West Coast Gold Rush in 1858.