(Victoria, British Columbia) – The City of Victoria has been designated as Cultural Capital of Canada for 2005 by Canadian Heritage Minister Liza Frulla. Victoria′s Magnolia Hotel & Spa, a four-diamond, European-style luxury boutique hotel, committed to embracing and enhancing the arts, is art itself with a gold leaf ceiling, mahogany paneled walls, cozy fireplace and plush furniture. Located in the downtown historic Inner Harbour district, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa offers guests easy access to the arts, entertainment and culture. Victoria′s unique shopping, numerous art galleries, world-class museums and entertainment are just a stroll away.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa has defined and perfected the fine art of hospitality. At Hugo′s Grill guests savour gourmet food and an extensive wine list. The hotel′s full service AVEDA Lifestyle Spa helps renew body and mind. Combined with Victoria’s scenic beauty, culture and charm, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa is the perfect destination for an arts excursion, romantic getaway or quick business trip.
The Cultural Capitals of Canada program is a national award program through the Department of Canadian Heritage that recognizes past arts and cultural achievements of municipalities and provides matched funding support towards new arts and cultural initiatives planned by the municipality.
Despite its relatively small population of 74,125, the City of Victoria has a thriving cultural community, with a mix of professional and community artists, opera company and symphony. It has the oldest and most intact Chinatown in Canada, the largest multicultural arts festival in Western Canada and the largest number of artists on a per capita basis in all of Canada. The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival is one of the oldest in Canada. In 2003, the City of Victoria expended more than $2.4 million in support of arts, culture and heritage, or $32.29 per capita.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s personal service and attention to detail is guaranteed, with only 64 rooms. Some rooms boast harbour views and fireplaces and all rooms have duvets, over-sized desks, wet bars and soaker tubs with separate shower. A complimentary continental breakfast is served in Hugo’s Grill and afternoon coffee, tea and hot apple cider are provided in the lobby.