Detailed dormers accessorize a steeply pitched roof that would have been made as just another box building if it were built in another time.
Where else would you expect to find classic victorian architecture in none other other than Vancouver Island's city of Victoria? Transitioned from a Hudson Bay trading post the city of Victoria was incorporated in 1862 after hoards of gold seekers invaded the region. Off to a blissful and rapid start, Victoria quickly became a cosmopolitan center (at least by West Coast standards) as well as the political hub for British Columbia. With it's sophistication and charm Victoria gave birth to its own flavor of Victorian style architecture.
Stately late 1800's victorian was designed to capture souls of dreamers.
Victorian structures are still plentiful around James Bay (a portion of the harbor that was filled in to construct the Empress Hotel. A weekend stay at the Empress or at the many other fine hotels and B&Bs is not complete without a walk through these classic Victorian neighborhoods.