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Victoria: Off the beaten track

Victoria: Off the beaten track

Victoria is unofficially the Tearoom Capital of British Columbia (and the Pacific Northwest), and for good reason you can't take three steps in this pretty waterfront city without stumbling over a teacup or two. Visitors have long been directed actually, it's almost an enforced requirement in Victoria to the tea lobby in the Empress Hotel and the tearoom at the Butchart Gardens, both of which are charming but tourist-crammed and expensive. It's quite possible, however, to have a perfectly lovely time in the British Columbia capital without visiting either of these places. I spent a couple of days there earlier this spring, and found historic homes, gardens and...

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