TRAVEL: Victoria, British Columbia in Canada

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Travel enthusiast Dana Rebmann introduces us to a location that’s perfect If you’re looking to get out of town without spending too much precious vacation time on a plane. It’s Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Dana says it’s easy to forget how close British Columbia really is. And with its mild climate, getting outside is a given and the assorted views won’t disappoint.

Victoria’s Inner Harbour is home to historic buildings like the Fairmont Empress and Parliament.

It’s also where many whale watching boats head out to sea. There’s a long a list of critters you might come across here but it was a transient pod that had everyone’s full attention the day I was out. Tours run March through November.

For some people the thought of visiting a garden is just as exciting as visiting a museum. But this is one is worth giving a shot. In addition to the obvious variety of blooms, particularly in the summer season there’s an assortment of unexpected extras like fireworks, concerts, Afternoon or High Tea.

If you’re a coffee drinker, maybe Victoria is the place you give tea a try?

Half a million cups of tea are served every year at the Fairmont Empress, so they must be doing something right. It might also have something to do with the house-made scones, fancy teeny, tiny sandwiches and desserts. But the selection of 21 loose teas is pretty tasty too.

Don’t worry about the calories. You won’t be driving in Victoria, there’s no need for a car. You can walk and bike everywhere. Victoria is one of Canada’s more bike-friendly cities.

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