Postcard Perfect

A move to Victoria might not be possible, but a visit is. Here are nine ways to make the most of your time on this island destination.

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B.C.’s capital city, long touted as a prime spot for “newlyweds, nearly-deads and flower beds,” is attracting Canadians of all ages, thanks in part to a booming tech sector that’s drawing young people and a year-round mild coastal climate (imagine just two annual sprinklings of snow) that’s enticing anyone who’d rather snorkel than shovel the white stuff.

A building boom is evident in the cranes that compete with seagulls up in the air and the constant buzz of construction on the streets down below.

The place is buzzing in other ways too. Conde Nast named it the second best small city in the world (after San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), “Travel + Leisure” lists it as one of the top 10 cities in the world, “The New York Times” calls it one of the world’s top small urban destinations and Amazon Canada hails it as the country’s most romantic city.

With Pacific Ocean views, Washington’s Olympic Mountains in the distance and an abundance of green spaces, is it any wonder people are clamouring to come here?

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