Greater Victoria Among Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Best Small Cities

Victoria Visitor Centre
The Visitor Centre in Victoria's Inner Harbour. Photo courtesy of Destination Greater Victoria.

They like us, they really like us. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have once again recognized Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island in their 2020 Readers Choice Awards.

B.C.’s capital city is number eight on the list of Best Small Cities, alongside Siena, Florence, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Valetta, Monte Carlo, Mérida, and Chiang Mai, with Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende nabbing the top spot.

The award “confirms what many in Greater Victoria knew – that we have one of the best places in the world to visit” said Paul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria. “The Greater Victoria visitor economy is still struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses and people need help as we enter the shoulder and off-season. This recognition by Condé Nast Traveler is encouraging and provides another piece for the foundation as we rebuild our industry.”

Vancouver Island is also listed as number two among the top 5 Islands in North America, alongside Prince Edward Island and Mexico’s Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox, with Cape Breton Island coming in first.

“This is welcome news,” says Anthony Everett, President & CEO, Tourism Vancouver Island. “It is wonderful to see this positive recognition for Vancouver Island from global travellers at a time when our tourism industry is suffering. We would like to thank the residents of Vancouver Island for contributing to making the Island a special place to live and visit.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers participated in their annual survey, which rates travel experiences across the globe.

The 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website and celebrated in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler US and UK print editions.