Victoria, British Columbia is one of the prettiest cities in Canada. Located by the sea on green and unspoiled Vancouver Island, it is a treat for the eyes with historic architecture, sweeping views and quaint flower-basket-lined streets. There are great opportunities for photos all over the city, but there are some spots that are just more photogenic than others. Here are five of the most beautiful and impressive Victoria BC photogenic spots – so make sure that your camera has plenty of batteries as you will want to fill your memory card with images of these scenic locations.
Top 5 Victoria BC Photogenic Spots
The Inner Harbour
The two most-photographed buildings in British Columbia, the stately Empress Hotel and the palatial BC Legislature Buildings are right next to each other in Victoria’s picture-perfect harbour. Add in horse-drawn carriages, a marina filled with sailboats and beautiful sunsets and it’s impossible to take a bad photo.
Once an abandoned limestone quarry, this spot is now a verdant paradise bursting with lush blooms. There are 55 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, including the zen-like Japanese gardens and the romantic Rose Gardens. Spring and summer bring colourful blooms, in autumn the vibrant leaves take centre stage and in winter the gardens are illuminated with twinkling lights for the holidays.
Victoria has the oldest Chinatown in Canada and it’s a great neighbourhood for taking photos as there is so much colour and visual interest here. Capture the fruit on display outside the shops, the ornate decorations of the Chinatown arch and the quirky shops within Fan Tan Alley, a narrow street only a few feet wide. While you are there, grab a bubble tea or a pork bun fresh from a Chinese bakery.
Choose a clear day, bring your wide angle lens and get a great photo of Victoria BC photogenic spots and its surroundings from the top of Mount Dougas. It’s possible to hike up the mountain, but if you want to skip the trek you can also drive straight to the lookout point on top. There are also lots of photo opportunities within the dense, green forest trails on the mountain, with the sunlight filtering through the leaves.
You can reach this community via the small harbour ferry from downtown and there are plenty of colourful and quirky float homes here to photograph, each with a personality of its own. This is also one of the best places in the city to get fish and chips!
These are just a few of the most scenic Victoria BC photogenic spots. What do you think is the most photogenic place in Victoria? Let me know in the comments below!