Fisherman's Wharf Victoria

Victoria Ranked as Second Best Small City in the World


When it comes to choosing the perfect place to live, it’s hard to do better than Victoria. Scenic ocean views, world-class gardens, and in the summertime, a bustling inner harbour packed with street musicians, entertainers, and artisans make our city the perfect place for tourists and residents alike.

Travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler recently announced their 2017 list of top cities in the world, and Victoria ranked as the second best small city in the world!

The magazine gave a shout-out to Victoria’s Red Fish Blue Fish as a great place to enjoy classic British fish and chips, and recommended a few local pastimes, such as kayaking in the inner harbour, and taking in the views at the Ogden Point breakwater.


Here are Condé Nast Traveler’s top 20 small cities from around the world:

  1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  2. Victoria, Canada
  3. Florence, Italy
  4. Bruges, Belgium
  5. Lucerne, Switzerland
  6. Salzburg, Austria
  7. Nuremberg, Germany
  8. Quebec City, Canada
  9. Cologne, Germany
  10. Lisbon, Portugal
  11. Copenhagen, Denmark
  12. Edinburgh, Scotland
  13. Bergen, Norway
  14. Stockholm, Sweden
  15. Seville, Spain
  16. Prague, Czech Republic
  17. Venice, Italy
  18. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  19. Dublin, Ireland
  20. Jerusalem, Isreal


Check out the full list, including their top 20 large cities here.

What are your favourite pastimes in Victoria? Let us know in the comments section below!