Photo by Koiya Marie Photography

Victoria just placed at number 7 in the Condé Nast 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards survey! Travelers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favorite cities in the world outside the United States.

Our gardens, outdoor activities and mild climate were all a draw for voters. The caption reads:

As a former British colony, Victoria retains stately mansions and picturesque gardens perfect for walking and gazing. Its mild climate and location on the southern end of Vancouver Island also make it an excellent location for outdoor activities, too: Take a kayak tour of Victoria Harbour, or walk a half mile over the sea on the Ogden Point Breakwater. For excellent traditional fish-and-chips on the docks, try the aptly named Red Fish Blue Fish.

Top 10 cities in the world by Condé Nast traveler

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Kyoto, Japan
  3. Florence, Italy
  4. Lucerne, Switzerland
  5. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. Victoria, Canada
  8. Salzburg, Austria
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. Vienna, Austria