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Victoria/Vic West

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, approximately 20 minutes by air (and 90 minutes by ferry) from Vancouver, the province’s largest city on the mainland. Known for its beauty and mild climate, Victoria has a population of 83,000 people and is the largest metropolitan area on Vancouver Island, home to over 350,000 residents. The city offers a unique combination of a relaxed island lifestyle, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, and an abundance of parks and green spaces.

Victoria’s climate is mild and temperate, described as “sub-Mediterranean,” making it an ideal year-round destination for those who prefer mild, warm weather. The city has the most diversified economy on Vancouver Island, with advanced technology, tourism, and marine science and technology as its largest economic drivers. Education is also a significant employer, with two universities located in the city. Additionally, Victoria’s status as the center of British Columbia’s Capital Region makes it a hub for government jobs and professional and technical services occupations. Other opportunities exist in construction, retail, agriculture, and arts and culture industries.

Victoria’s natural setting inspires people to be outdoors, with hiking, golfing, kayaking, gardening, and cycling being common pursuits among the locals. The city is also a serious tourist destination, with an estimated 3.5 million visitors annually. Its mild weather, combined with an abundance of attractions and amenities, make it a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.

Victoria has a rich history and culture, which is reflected in its architecture and landmarks. The city is home to the iconic Empress Hotel, which has been a symbol of the city’s elegance and charm since 1908. Other notable landmarks include the Parliament Buildings, the Royal British Columbia Museum, and the Craigdarroch Castle.

In addition to its natural beauty and economic opportunities, Victoria is also known for its strong community spirit and high quality of life. The city has a strong sense of civic pride, with a vibrant arts and culture scene, excellent healthcare, and a variety of community events and festivals throughout the year. Victoria hosted the 1994 Commonwealth Games and is a favorite warm weather winter training destination for Canadian athletes.

In summary, Victoria is a beautiful and dynamic city, with a mild climate, diverse economy, and rich culture. Its natural setting, combined with its strong community spirit, make it a unique and attractive place to live, work, and visit.

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The temperate climate and abundant natural beauty of Victoria makes it a popular place for outdoor recreation. Locals enjoy hiking, golfing, kayaking, sailing, and cycling. With an average of 2183 hours of sunshine every year, Victoria is a great place to get outside and enjoy the fresh air!

Victoria is a cultural center influenced by historical Indigenous traditions. On a stroll through downtown Victoria, you’ll encounter museums, galleries, heritage sites, and incredible architecture. Noted cultural institutions include Craigdarroch Castle and the Butchart Gardens.

Highlights

Year-round temperate climate

Sunny beaches

Strait of Juan de Fuca

Performing arts

Annual festivals

Recreation

Swimming

Boating & Kayaking

Golf

Diving

Fishing

Hiking

Public Schools

27 Elementary Schools

10 Middle Schools

7 Secondary Schools

Greater Victoria School Distric No. 61

Royal BC Museum

Stroll the First Peoples Gallery and take in totems, masks, and cultural treasures of local Indigenous people, among many other exhibits.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Spend the day browsing the food stalls, boutique shops, and markets on the popular Fisherman’s Wharf. Taste the freshest seafood imaginable as you watch the boats come in and out of the harbour.

Miniature World

Located in the famous Empress Hotel, this unique exhibit features over 85 miniature dioramas from Frontier Land to Space 2201.

Six Mile Pub

Quench your thirst at the oldest pub in BC! The Six Mile Pub was a drinking spot for British soldiers as far back as 1855 (but the craft beer menu is completely modern).

Whale Tours

The iconic whale tours leaving from Victoria take you onto the Salish Sea. Catch a glimpse of orcas, humpback whales, seals and more.

Fun Facts

Victoria is home to two wineries, eight breweries, one cidery, and six distilleries. Enjoy the range of craft beer Victoria has to offer with a trip along the BC Ale Trail, which guides you through the many pubs and restaurants, outdoor activities, and sightseeing opportunities in the area.

“Real estate agents recommended it as a little piece of England – the island on which it stands is about the size of Great Britain – but no England is set in any such seas or so fully charged with the mystery of the larger ocean beyond… I tried honestly to render something of the colour, the gaiety, and the graciousness of the town and the island, but only found myself piling up unbelievable adjectives, and so let it go with a hundred other wonders.” -Rudyard Kipling

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