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In addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals, events and fun things to do that may coincide with your vacation.

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As a city of traditions, Victoria celebrates many events and festivals each year. The weekend following Victoria Day in May features the classic Swiftsure International Yacht Race , which has drawn an armada of more than 185 sailboats from all over the world since 1930. The Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival takes place in mid-May.

Boating enthusiasts will enjoy the Victoria Classic Boat Festival at Inner Harbour over Labour Day weekend. There will be a steamboat cruise, rowing regatta, boat races and lots of nautical fun. Book your travel packages and vacation packages early or contact your local AAA travel agency to plan your trip.

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Autumn shows off its best colors along the rural Saanich Peninsula, where the Saanich Fair has been held Labour Day weekend for more than a century and is one of the many family-friendly things to do in Victoria. Fall's lower temperatures provide an energy boost for the mid-October GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. During late October, however, guests can experience a chill that has nothing to do with the weather at the Ghosts Walks for Halloween guided walking tours.

Wrap up an incredible holiday journey in late November with the “jolly old elf” himself at Santa's Light Parade in the streets of Victoria.

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Victoria, BC

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Travel Information

City Population

80,017

Elevation

17m/56 ft.

Sales Tax

British Columbia has a 5 percent goods and services tax (GST) and a 7 percent provincial sales tax (PST). Expect to pay an additional 3 percent for alcohol. Restaurants and admission fees are exempt from the 7 percent PST. Automobile rental sales tax is $1.50 per day.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(250) 995-7654

Hospitals

Royal Jubilee Hospital, (250) 370-8000; Victoria General Hospital, (250) 727-4212.

Visitor Information

812 Wharf St. Victoria, BC V8W 1T3. Phone:(250)953-2033 or (800)663-3883

Air Travel

Victoria International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, 1640 Electra Blvd., North Saanich, phone (250) 657-0380; and 548 David St., Victoria, phone (250) 952-3765, offers discounts to AAA members. Contact your AAA travel advisor for help with adding a rental car to travel packages.

Buses

The BC Ferries Connector, 721 Douglas St., provides daily bus service between Vancouver and Victoria via ferry. The vessels transport personal vehicles; reservations are required. Phone (888) 788-8840.

Taxis

Taxis charge $3.30 minimum plus $1.93 per kilometre (.6 mi.). Companies include Blue Bird Cabs, (250) 382-2222; Yellow Cab of Victoria, (250) 381-2222; and Victoria Taxi, (250) 383-7111.

Public Transportation

BC Transit buses serve Greater Victoria's downtown area 6:30 a.m.-midnight. Fare $2.50 (single boarding); $5 (day pass); free (ages 0-5). Buses run frequently between downtown and the ferry terminal. For route information, phone (250) 382-6161.

Boats

Several ferry systems make connections with mainland Canada and the U.S.

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