Victoria, located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, is Western Canada’s oldest city and the capital of British Columbia. As such, it is home to the provincial legislature. Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada. It boasts a setting of ocean and mountain vistas and offers numerous economic, cultural and recreational opportunities. The Inner Harbour is the heart of Victoria and for many boaters is the gateway to the City of Gardens. Bordering the harbour are the Fairmont Empress hotel, the world-renowned Royal British Columbia Museum and the BC Parliament Buildings.