The newly completed Triangle Green (City of Victoria)

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Victoria has been dubbed as one of the seven most underrated cities in Canada, according to Condé Nast Traveler‘s recent ranking.

The luxury and lifestyle travel magazine described the city as BC’s charming capital that is only about a half hour from Vancouver by seaplane—”but marches to a totally different beat than its big city neighbour.”

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“The population of Victoria is less than a hundred thousand people which gives the compact city distinctly small-town energy but the proximity to Vancouver also allows for a metropolitan influence softened slightly by the natural landscape of the greater Vancouver Island,” the magazine touted.

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Conde Nast Traveller pointed out the city is currently going through a wellness-focused renaissance thanks to new post-pandemic businesses like the Ritual Nordic Spa—an indoor/outdoor Scandinavian water circuit in the middle of the downtown core complete with a halotherapy salt room and private infrared sauna boxes.

The report also mentioned the abundance of wildlife watching (orcas, humpbacks, and gray whales) right off the coast of the city, as well the option to enjoy an afternoon tea experience at the infamous Fairmont Empress Hotel which dates back to 1908.

Other spots named in the roundup include Banff, Halifax, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Quebec City, and Ottawa.


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