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Victoria, BC
Victoria sits on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, 153 miles north of Seattle. There is regular train and ferry service between the two cities, and a visit from one to the other is a nice day trip. At one time, Americans and Canadians could cross the border freely, needing only a drivers license or other form of picture ID. Today a passport is required. There are less than 100,000 people in Victoria, which holds about a third of the population of the area. It is the center of government, of BC, and is one of Canada's major ports. It has become a very popular cruise ship destination, for reasons which are obvious from the photos below. It is isolated, to a certain extent, from the rest of Canada, and it is actually easer to get to the United States, from Victoria, than to get to the rest of Canada.

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