Maybe we’re a bit biased, but we think most (if not all) of the cities in BC deserve a little love. From Abbotsford to Osoyoos to Prince George and back to Vancouver – we sure have a beautiful province all around us. And it looks like Condé Nast Traveler agrees – since BC’s own Victoria just topped their list of the best small cities in the world.

The 35th edition of their annual Readers’ Choice Awards captures the most-loved travel experiences of readers from around the globe. And Victoria landed in the #2 spot, just under San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

“A popular day trip from Vancouver, British Columbia’s capital city deserves a visit of its own,” says Condé Nast. “Arrive via one of the world’s most scenic ferry rides across Swartz Bay and check in to the bucket list-worthy Fairmont Empress, where the Fairmont Gold rooms include access to a private waterfront lounge.”


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Condé Nast also recommends a “more rural escape” in the ancient forests by way of road-tripping. We can definitely get on board with that!

Whether it’s high tea at one of the many restaurants and hotels in Victoria with more traditional British offerings, a unique Airbnb stay, or a trip through the provincial capital to Tofino – Victoria has a ton to offer domestic and international travellers. And it’s not the first time the city has earned a high ranking.

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San Sebastián, Spain, came in at 3rd place, followed by Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Salzburg, Austria.

The list also ranks the top big cities internationally, which you can view here.

Let us know what you think of the ranking, and we’ll catch you on the ferry sometime.