(Photo by Condé Nast Traveler)

Our little slice of heaven has been recognized yet again!

According to 429,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers, Victoria is the 14th best small city in the world, outside the USA.

The annual Readers Choice Award ranking this year took a significant dip for our city, after Victoria was named the second best small city in the world in 2017. That spot has been taken by Salzburg, Austria and the #1 rank is retained San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

“As a former British colony, Victoria retains stately mansions and manicured gardens that are perfect for walking and gazing,” reads the caption for Victoria.

“Its mild climate and location on the southern end of Vancouver Island also make it an excellent location for outdoor activities.”

Condé Nast recommends tourists enjoy the great outdoors in Victoria by kayaking across the harbour and walking along Ogden Point. They even give a shout out to Red Fish Blue Fish – a Victoria staple restaurant best known for its traditional fish-and-chips.

Here are the top 20 best small cities in the world

  1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  2. Salzburg, Austria
  3. Lucerne, Switzerland
  4. Basel, Switzerland
  5. Cologne, Germany
  6. Florence, Italy
  7. Jerusalem, Israel
  8. Porto, Portugal
  9. Venice, Italy
  10. Edinburgh, Scotland
  11. Stockholm, Sweden
  12. Zurich, Switzerland
  13. Seville, Spain
  14. Victoria, B.C., Canada
  15. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  16. Prague, Czech Republic
  17. Bruges, Belgium
  18. Québec City, Canada
  19. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  20. Auckland, New Zealand

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