Victoria, British Columbia's capital city is located on the southernmost tip of spectacular Vancouver Island. This gorgeous city is known for its old-world charm, decidedly British flavour, world-class hotels, decadent dining, wine, seafood, and some of the best microbreweries on the west coast. Dramatic architecture surrounding the world-famous Inner Harbour, was designed by Francis Rattenbury, near the turn of the 19th century and includes the magnificent BC Legislative Buildings, the Crystal Garden, and the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Other highlights include; a wide range of visitor attractions, antique shopping, art galleries, great outdoor adventure travel, second highest number of restaurants per capital in North America, and gardens, gardens, gardens!
Victoria is also home to the Royal BC Museum, one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. Housing British Columbia's provincial museum and archives, the RBCM also offers a state-of-the-art IMAX Theatre, is host to ever-changing exhibits of interest and the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives website is a great resource. The Royal BC Museum now also co-hosts a major Night Shift: Pride event at the museum during Pride week complete with bar service, drag show, DJ’s and a large dance floor, in cooperation with the Victoria Pride Society.
The rainbow flag is flown proudly in Victoria, front and centre on the Legislature grounds for Pride. Pride festivities in Victoria now span over ten days, including a colourful parade with over 100 entries, and a large outdoor festival, with vendor booths, beer gardens, and two live performance stages. A relatively small, but active LGBTQ+ nightlife scene includes one main nightclub, as well as several mainstream clubs that host LGBTQ+ events in the downtown core. A year-round calendar of events include community events, fundraisers, theatre, drag extravaganzas, and more. Pride events now also take place in the weeks leading up to Pride, and festivities are expected to be bigger and better than ever during Pride Week, June 28 – July 5, 2020. The Victoria Pride Parade and Pride Festival will take place on Sunday, July 5, as they celebrate 27 years of Pride.