ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting

About Victoria

Victoria is the Capital City of British Columbia, and it is well known for its temperate climate, natural beauty and awe-inspiring gardens. Because the city is located in a sub-Mediterranean zone, Victoria enjoys the mildest climate in Canada and offers a spectacular outdoor setting adorned with ocean views and mountain vistas. It has long been known as the “City of Gardens.” Plan your trip to allow time to enjoy Fisherman’s Wharf, Abkhazi Garden, Government House, Hatley Park National Historic Site, Butterfly Gardens, The Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill Park, and The Gardens at HCP.

Established in 1843 as a fort for the Hudson's Bay Company, Victoria's British ancestry is apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, formal gardens and tearooms. The city is a lively cosmopolitan center with exceptional entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions. Comfortable walking shoes are a must in Victoria, situated perfectly for strolling among downtown hotels, restaurants, shops and parks, all within close proximity to each other. You can easily discover museums, heritage and historic buildings, statues and sites that offer a look at industries and people of the past. As the province’s capital, Victoria is home to the sprawling Parliament Buildings, constructed in 1898. Structures like the imposing CPR Steamship Terminal Building speak to the city’s historical significance, and Thunderbird Park is home to colorful carved totem poles of Vancouver Island’s First Nations.

The city’s vibrant and eclectic arts and culture community includes performing arts, festivals, local authors, artisans, and performers. Those who consider themselves “foodies” will be drawn to the area's dynamic culinary scene, vast array of dining choices, locally-sourced food, craft beer producers, and more.

Victoria has very mild temperatures year-round and boasts an average of 2,183 hours of sunshine yearly and an eight month frost free season. The region has a very low humidity ratio, and almost constant offshore breezes keep summer days from becoming too hot. With 50% less rainfall than Vancouver, Seattle, or New York residents and visitors to Victoria can enjoy a variety of activities year-round.

Typically, during the month of June, Victoria is sunny and mild. Daytime temperatures range from low-to mid-20 degrees Celsius (approximately 68 degrees Fahrenheit), and you can expect temperatures that cool down to about 10 degrees Celsius (approximately 50 degrees Fahrenheit) in the evening. A sweater or a light jacket is recommended, especially in the evening.

Victoria and surrounding British Columbia offer a variety of activities for everyone.  Marine wildlife, picturesque waterways, history, and architecture are just the start of possible explorations.  Downtown Victoria features historic buildings and sites that echo various eras and people of the past. History, art and culture of the Pacific Northwest abound with many venues, ranging from self-guided tours to reservations for planned activities.

The following are just the beginning of adventures to explore on your own, offering a mix of architecture, cuisine, fresh air, and fun:

Art, Culture and History:

Bastion Square http://bastionsquare.ca/

Craigdarroch Castle https://thecastle.ca/

Costal Collective Arts Centre http://www.coastcollective.ca/ 

Museums:

Maritime Museum of British Columbia http://mmbc.bc.ca/

Royal BC Museum https://www.tourismvictoria.com/

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea https://www.salishseacentre.org/

Additional information is available via the Victoria Visitors Guide https://www.tourismvictoria.com/.