Victoria named 7th best city in the world by international travel mag

Published October 20, 2016 by CTV News Vancouver Island

Most Victorians would probably agree that the Capital Region is one of the best cities in the world and according to a new survey, they aren’t the only ones.

The latest Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards ranked Victoria as the seventh best city in the world.

“This ranking signals without doubt that Victoria has arrived as a global experiential tourism brand,” Tourism Victoria president and CEO, Paul Nursey, said. “The world is starting to learn about how special Greater Victoria truly is as [a] place to live, work and visit.”

The capital city placed above global tourism leaders including Venice, Paris and Hong Kong.

“In the 21st century, people are looking for places for experiences when they travel,” Victoria mayor Lisa Helps said. “With our vibrant downtown, booming arts and culture sector and easy access to nature, Victoria is an increasingly attractive place to visit.”

Victoria was recognized for its “stately mansions and picturesque gardens.” The survey highlighted the region’s mild climate and whereabouts on the island as an “excellent location for outdoor activities.”

A popular dockside seafood restaurant also got a shout out in the caption, it reads “For excellent traditional fish-and-chips on the docks, try the aptly named Red Fish Blue Fish.”

Victoria wasn’t the only Canadian city named on the list:

  • Vancouver ranked 6th
  • Quebec City came in 18th
  • Toronto scored 37th
  • Montreal placed 39th

As for the top spot that went to Tokyo, Japan, while Cologne, Germany took the final spot as the 40th best city in the world.

Condé Nast Traveler readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favourite cities, outside the U.S., in the 2016 survey.

Victoria’s accomodation sector also ranked high in the reader’s poll. The Magnolia Hotel & Spa was voted the second favourite hotel in Canada and the Fairmont Empress was seventh.

This isn’t the first time Victoria has been recognized as a leading city.

A recent study ranked Victoria as the best city to be a woman in Canada – topping the rankings two years in a row.

In July Vancouver Island was named Canada’s best island by a New York-based travel magazine.