Victoria, British Columbia / Canada
Victoria is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia. The city is located on the Pacific coast in the southeast area of Vancouver Island and has about 74,000 inhabitants. It has emerged from the Fort Victoria built in 1843 by the fur trade company "Hudson's Bay Company". Victoria's suburb Esquimalt is the main base of the Canadian Pacific Fleet.
Due to its location at a bay with mountains in the background Victoria is counted among the most beautiful cities in the world. Victoria's compact center surrounds the picturesque harbor with its elegant historic buildings. Remarkable are the many colorful houses and the red double-decker buses, which show the British influences. Vancouver Island offers the opportunity for numerous outdoor activities such as sailing, fishing, diving or whalewatching.