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Victoria, BC Photo Gallery

In the spring of 1778 Captain James Cook, R.N., became the first known European to set foot on what is now British Columbia. Permanent European settlement, long delayed, was brought about by the gradual overland penetration of the fur trade companies towards the Pacific Coast. On March 13, 1843, Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company James Douglas, accompanied by the pioneer Roman Catholic missionary Father J.B.Z. Bolduc, anchored off Clover Point in the "Beaver." The next day he selected the site for Fort Victoria.

Located on the southern part of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital of BC and is home to about 325,000 people.



BC Legislature


Butchart Gardens

is a 55-acre park in the outskirts of Victoria, British Columbia's provincial capital. In 1904, Jennie Butchart began to beautify a worked-out quarry site left behind from her husband's pioneering efforts in the manufacture of Portland cement at Tod Inlet. Her venture has become a family commitment to horticulture and hospitality spanning 100 years.

Swartz Bay & Sidney

Gulf Islands

Dennis Trident Double Decker