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Victoria Downtown and Inner Harbour
Vancouver Handbook -- 1st Edition

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The Inner Harbour is beautiful and busy! There are ferries, cruise boats, float planes, working boats, yachts, sailboats, kayaks and canoes all using the harbour. The majestic Legislative Buildings of British Columbia and The Empress Hotel are here. Both were designed by Victoria's most famous architect, Francis Rattenbury. The Empress Hotel was named after Queen Victoria who was Empress of India and ruler of the whole British Empire. You can visit the Pacific Undersea Gardens, and just west of the Inner Harbour is Fisherman's Wharf. A few blocks up Government Street from the Inner Harbour is Bastion Square, the original location of Fort Victoria. A bit further north is historic Old Town and Market Square, where the Cariboo Gold Rush miners shopped for supplies. Nearby is Victoria's tiny Chinatown, one of the oldest in North America, and Fan Tan Alley, the narrowest street in Canada.

The Maritime Museum of British Columbia
Find out all about B.C.'s exciting history and culture of ships and the sea. It's at 28 Bastion Square, Telephone 250-385-4222.

Royal London Wax Museum
See the REAL (well, almost real) Queen Victoria Herself! Visit the Chamber of Horrors, the Garden of Literature, the Hall of Religion, Storybook Land and see Marilyn Monroe in the Galaxy of Stars. 470 Belleville Street, Telephone 250-388-4461.

Royal British Columbia Museum
There's three great permanent galleries: the Natural History Gallery, the First People's Gallery and Modern History Gallery. In addition, the museum always has special exhibits on display. There's also the National Geographic IMAX Theatre with great shows on a huge screen. It's all at 675 Belleville Street. Call the Museum at 250-356-7226 and IMAX at 250-480-4887.

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