Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbour
850 Blanshard St.
Victoria, BC V8W 2H2
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This attraction is home to some of the world's coolest bugs, like hairy tarantulas, Peruvian blue centipedes, Malaysian jungle nymphs, walking sticks, millipedes, white-eyed assassin bugs and mantids. Join a tour and let the knowledgeable staff introduce you to the world of arachnids and insects. After the tour, buzz around the gift shop for edible insect munchies, bottled honey, toys, models and books. Vancouver Island is a 90-minute ferry ride from Vancouver.
Have you ever heard of Gulliver's Travel, where Gulliver encounters the Lilliputs? Well, at the Miniature World everyone gets to be Gulliver for a day. There are over eighty dioramas such as the World's Smallest Sawmill, The Great Canadian Railway and more, all made beautifully with all the intricate details imbibed. The Miniature World is a great place to experience Canada and its wonders. For further details, do visit their website.
The third to have been constructed in Victoria, St. Andrew's Cathedral was completed in 1892. Designed in the High Victorian Gothic style, the Roman Catholic cathedral features two asymmetrical towers, giving it the 'unfinished' look the style was known for. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990, St. Andrew's Cathedral is also known for its artwork, which includes 21 stained-glass and three rose windows.
The Thunderbird Park is a local park that is situated near the Royal British Columbia Museum. This park features totem poles and other First Nations monuments; it attracts tourists from all over owing to the display of bright and colorful artwork of first nation's artists.
During Canada's centennial celebrations in 1967, the Dutch community in British Columbia, gifted this melodious wonder to the city. The Netherlands Centennial Carillon was unveiled by the Her Majesty Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Located at the intersection of Belleville Street and Government Street, the carillon features 62 bells, that chime during the day, filling the streets with its music.
Victoria Conservatory of Music teaches music including keyboard, strings, brass, percussion, woodwinds, theory and composition, jazz and music therapy. It offers group and individual lessons and the students get a chance to perform at various venues. The conservatory has been teaching music since 1964 and has students coming in from all over the world. The building itself is worth visiting too. For it was a former Metropolitan United Church, the original portion of this building dates back to 1890. The building includes original stone facade, stain glass windows and sky lights, spiral wooden staircase, pews and lots of old woodwork including a pipe organ that has been restored.
One of Canada's oldest functional synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El dates back to 1863. Claiming to be the city's first building to have its cornerstone laid by the Freemasons of Victoria, Congregation Emanu-El is a Romanesque Revival brick structure spread over two stories. The synagogue is open for tours.
One of the iconic images of Victoria, the Parliament Buildings were designed by Francis Rattenbury in the Neo-baroque style. They're lit up with over 3300 light bulbs every night, and are quite a sight to behold. These buildings house the provincial government, and it's where they make the laws and decisions for all of British Columbia.
One of the top tourist destinations in the country, this quaint historical city is the most popular weekend and day trip from Vancouver. This picturesque capital city is 90 minutes by ferry from Vancouver. Visitors tread cobblestone streets, watch hanging baskets sway, and listen to the clip-clop of horse drawn carriages. Among the most popular attractions in and around Victoria are the Royal London Wax Museum, Fairmont Empress Hotel, Miniature World, Crystal and Butchart Gardens, a replica of Anne Hathaway's thatch roof cottage and Craigdarroch Castle.
Designed by John Teague, who would later go on to become the Mayor of Victoria, Victoria City Hall was completed in 1890. Lauded for its Second-Empire style of architecture, the building was recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1977, as well as a heritage site in 1979. Victoria City Hall is an important Centennial Square landmark.
Centennial Square, the nexus and heart of Victoria, is not only a beautiful spot, with its fountain and flora, it's also a happening place. The square holds a number of annual music festivals, and has a busy summer lineup of concerts, markets and the like. The McPherson Playhouse is also located at the square.
The Fan Tan Alley is a narrow alley in Victoria that passes from Fisgard Avenue and Pandora Avenue. Previously know as the notorious gambling area, the alley is a tourist attraction today. With small shops and restaurants, the alley is known to be the most narrow street in Canada.