At the south end of Vancouver Island, Victoria is an important port city. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and naval base. In eighteenth century both the Spanish and the British had explored the area. Until 1743 Hudson's Bay Company did not set up a trading post here and after it rapidly expanded after the discovery of gold on the mainland, until it loses out to Vancouver City after the Canadian Pacific Railway reached the west coast. City is defined by large number of Edwardian homes, public and residential buildings, as well as the abundance of greenery in the city's gardens and public parks. On the Saanich Peninsula are located world-renowned Butchart Gardens and also the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the planetarium. In downtown there are many tourist attractions like the Pacific Undersea Gardens, Christ Church Cathedral, the Victoria Bug Zoo and the oldest Chinatown in Canada and Royal British Columbia Museum. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is located at Rockland area. The CFB Esquimalt Naval Base is dedicated to military and naval history. One of the most highlights in Victoria is Thunderbird Park. It is located on beautiful landscape and it is full of totem poles which are traditional first nation buildings. One more word to say about Victoria; it may not be the most modem of cities but its location on beautiful Vancouver Island, with a buzzing nightlife and cultural attractions Victoria is among the most attractive and welcoming you will ever visit.