On the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the provincial capital of British Columbia beckons visitors with historic architecture, plentiful water and mountain views, and activities fit for a queen (afternoon tea and gardens are among the highlights of this former Hudson Bay Company trading post).
Western Canada’s oldest city, Victoria is progressive when it comes to being environmentally friendly. Consider that 5.9 percent of metro commuter travel is done by bike, making it the top bike-commuter city in all of Canada (they’re safe when it comes to cycling, too, with 92 percent donning a helmet, more than anywhere in the world).
The city’s also home to the LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project, which coordinates the picking of apples, cherries, pears and other fruit from privately owned trees that would otherwise go to waste. Last season, the group collected and redistributed more than 39,000 pounds of fruit to community centers, food banks, tree owners and others. Local businesses like The Marina Restaurant and Sea Cider also participate by processing some of the fruit into products such as jams, pastes, sauces, dips, cider, liqueur, vinegar and ice cream.
Want to check out the city for yourself? Here are some of the greenie hot spots in Victoria:
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