A Creative Corner of Victoria

4/4/2012

By ERICA GIES

Link to Full Slideshow on NYTimes.com

 

Victoria, British Columbia, is a city whose former colonial ties to Britain are evident in the neo-Baroque government buildings and countless gardens that dot its landscape. But visitors who trade high tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel for a stroll around the city will find that it defies easy stereotypes. Exhibit A is Fernwood, a short walk from downtown, home to classic Victoria hallmarks like historic buildings as well as a pirate radio station, a vibrant music scene and local fixtures like a man known for his obsession with blowing bubbles. Since the neighborhood began emerging from decades of blight in the mid-aughts, it has been the best place to explore the city’s blossoming alternative culture.