Great tips for your wedding in Victoria, BC
Weddings in Victoria, BC
Victoria is aptly known as the “Garden City” and is sometimes referred to as “the California of Canada”. It is one of the world’s most desirable wedding destinations. With the mildest climate in Canada, the most annual sunshine in British Columbia, and flowers and gorgeous foliage year round, with horse draw carriages, castles, beautiful beaches, and wild west coast scenery, this beautiful city is a perfect destination for your wedding Victoria Style. With many annuals and perennials, in 2002, Victoria even broke a record when locals tallied 8,521,514,876 blooms for our annual flower count.
The Greater Victoria area is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island just off the West coast of Canada and is surrounded by ocean on 3 sides. If you would prefer a more West coast theme, Victoria and area includes the coastal communities of Sidney to the north-east, Oak Bay to the east and to Sooke to the north-west combining miles and miles of ocean views and beach access. Providing many accessible and sceniclocations for your wedding on the waterfront. These oceanside parks, rocky sea-sides, and hills of evergreens, make the breathtaking scenery makes it a perfect choice for wedding photography and destination weddings. Every community along this coast, from Sidney to Sooke, has oceanfront parks, the largest and most beautiful being the historic Beacon Hill Park and Butchart Gardens.
This area boasts a full array of outdoor and indoor activities and adventures to appeal to everyone. From the traditional charm of “Old English” in Oak Bay, the bustling and lively streets of downtown Victoria, to the eclectic variety of places to eat, shop, visit and sleep from Sidney to Sooke to Shawnigan Lake, there is truly something here for everyone. Whether you are planning a destination wedding or a honeymoon get-away, Southern Vancouver Island offers endless possibilities.
Tourists and locals love the year round climate, perfect for outdoor adventuring. From mountain biking to sailing, Victoria offers something for everyone. Just a ferry ride to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver BC, as well as the ferry from San Juan Islands and Anacortes, WA, Victoria is close-by many areas making it perfect for exploring tourists!
The British colonial history and Native culture is a large part of the picturesque city. Architecture hails from the 1800s, shops dot the street sides, and delicious eateries are found among the many historic landmarks.
Among the attractions includes Beacon Hill Park, home to the world’s tallest, free-standing totem pole carved from a single log. This park is an amazing place for weddings and for wedding photography locations There’s also Victoria’s Market Square, home to many restaurants and shops. The Victorian-era Parliament Building in the Inner Harbour boasts elaborate stonework in its gorgeous structure and at night, marvel at its 3333 illuminating lights.
The Inner Harbour also includes the Legislative Buildings, Royal BC Museum, and Thunderbird Park, the home of 15 totem poles. It’s also the best spot for your spot of tea, at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. If culture is more your more your cup of tea, visit North America’s second oldest Chinatown.
Gardens are in abundance in Victoria, and Butchart Gardens is the best of them all. Over one hundred years old, this garden contains such a wide variety of colourful plants and natural life that it’s clear why over one million visitors flock to it each year.
For those who love the outdoors, we recommend Galloping Goose Trail, the best place to explore whether you’re on foot or bike. Then while you’re out there, visit the Fisgard Lighthouse, a must-see landmark that is the first lighthouse on Canada’s west coast still in operation. When you’re finished, go exploring on the ocean, taking a boat tour to indulge in whale watching within the Pacific, you might even see orcas, grey whales, and sea lions.
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A wedding in this beautiful city is an event that will remain in your hearts forever.