Rated as the world's top city for environment and ambience, Victoria is alsothe starting point for an island-hopping adventure through the Gulf Islands. Visually stunning and full of attractions for all, this capital city deserves its high place among the country's preferred travel destinations. The mildest climate in Canada is perennially favorable and the surrounding wilderness provides endless possibilities, from whale-watching to Xtreme snowboarding, kayaking to hang-gliding, and just about anything you might have a bent to try. If you want a leisurely vacation of relaxation and indulgence in the finer things, then you'll find it among the top-notch galleries, boutiques, cultural arts, Antique Row, and leafy, bloom-filled squares. The 11 different neighborhoods offer enough diversion and variety to last as close to forever as you'll need in a lifetime!