Victoria, British Columbia is a truly lovely Canadian destination for all season. The city, which was established as a Hudson's Bay Company outpost in 1843, has an impressive array of historical building representing the finest Victorian and Edwardian architecture.
Major historical attractions include Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum, Hatley Park National Historic Site, Point Ellice House, and St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site.
In the Spring, the area has a special magic. Due to the tulips and cherry blossoms, Victoria is very colourful in the spring.
The best place to see them is at Butchart Gardens, 14 miles north of Victoria.
The Carousel Room and 2 restaurants are available for meetings and corporate events. On warm days, the Fireworks Lawn and Residence Lawn are available for outdoor events.
Victoria also comes alive with a number of annual festivals. For example, in March, Victoria French Fest celebrates Francophone culture with music, films and cuisine from Quebec, France, and the French Caribbean.
From early April to early May, in a tradition that has taken place for the past 88 years, the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival showcases the visual and performing arts with concerts, recitals and exhibitions by artists and art students from Victoria. Uno Fest in May gives solo artists a platform.
The Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival that takes place in May is an annual celebration of Scottish culture. In May, an Annual Military Historic Encampment takes place for 2 days at Fort Rodd Hill Fort, a National Historic Site.
Places to stay in Victoria include the Fairmont Empress with its world-renowned afternoon tea that is not to be missed, Hotel Grand Pacific, and The Bedford Regency Hotel, a boutique hotel with 40 guest rooms.
For more spring destinations, also consult Incentive Destinations: Sidney-by-the-Sea, BC, Incentive Destinations: Perfect Places for Spring Events, Incentive Destinations: 7 Spring Festivals and Events in The Netherlands, and Europe: 4 Affordable Spring Destinations for Corporate Groups.
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