Welcome to Victoria, British Columbia, an island paradise. Residents enjoy the mildest climate in Canada with summer temperatures ranging from 18 to 32 degrees Celsius and winters that rarely see snow fall. Vancouver Island is the largest island located off the west coast of North America with over 2000 miles of coastline. It is home to the world famous Pacific Rim National Park which encompasses a total area of 50,000 hectares and includes old growth temperate rainforest and the very challenging "West Coast Trail". With the breathtaking scenery and rugged terrain of Vancouver Island, it's no wonder that it attracts people from around the world to hike, camp, kayak, windsurf, bike, and ski.
With all Victoria has to offer, it's not surprising that many visitors come for a vacation and decide to stay. Victoria has much to offer its residents in addition to the beautiful landscape.
Education: Victoria offers a wide variety of educational options. Public schools, private schools, alternative, gifted, specific sport focused, Montessori, Military, faith based and arts schools are available in Victoria. Local post-secondary institutions include the highly regarded University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, University Canada West, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and many more.
Arts & Culture: Victorians enjoy a rich environment of Arts & Culture. From festivals and outdoor events, including "Concerts in the Park", Canada Day Fireworks Celebrations and "Symphony Splash" to live performances from the Pacific Opera, The Victoria Symphony, Victoria Operatic Society and at its many theatres: the Royal Theatre & McPherson Playhouse; Langham Court and the Belfry; there is no shortage of cultural activities to choose from. Victoria is home to the world renowned Royal BC Museum, "one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. The museum was founded in 1886; the archives in 1894. In 2003 these two organizations integrated to become British Columbia's combined provincial museum and archives, collecting artifacts, documents and specimens of BC's natural and human history, safeguarding them for the future, and sharing them with the world." http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/About_RBCM/. The Victoria Art Gallery holds almost 17,000 works of art, and is the largest public collection in B.C.
Recreation: Victoria's mild climate is the perfect setting for outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, running, walking, golfing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, soccer and tennis. Regional parks are abundant, lush & well maintained. Beautiful recreation centres with swimming, skating, curling, & gym facilities can be found in most areas of Greater Victoria. Saanich Commonwealth Pool is a world class facility offering a 50 metre pool, wave pool, tot pool, diving pool and 10 metre tower. Sport fishing & scuba diving are also popular Victoria past times.
Central Saanich offers a mix of rural and urban lifestyles. The area has a rich agricultural heritage, and farmland comprises nearly two thirds of the municipality. It boasts scenic drives, expansive...More about Central Saanich
Colwood is a growing community, close to Victoria, and offers numerous economic opportunities. Originally one of 4 large farms established by the Hudson’s Bay Company, the area still boasts a number...More about Colwood
Cowichan is made up of a number of small communities, each with its distinct character and unique activities. Each one is worth taking the time to explore; Ladysmith, Chemainus, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Youbou, Honeymoon Bay, Mesachie Lake, Cowichan Bay, Mill Bay and Cobble Hill. Fertile valleys, rolling mountains, undulating rivers and pristine lakes come together to form the backdrop of the Cowichan; a place of incredible beauty, timeless traditions and tidal rhythms.More about Cowichan Valley
Esquimalt, located next door to downtown Victoria, is a vibrant, growing community with a range of residents, from young families to retirees. It has a strong culture of public art that is evident...More about Esquimalt
The Highlands is a rural district rich with lakes, oceanfront and public parkland. More than one-third of the area is protected as municipal, regional and provincial parkland. Stewardship of the...More about Highlands
One of Victoria’s fastest growing bedroom communities, Langford has become popular for its more affordable housing prices. Its urban centre is developing just as quickly. Langford offers a diversity...More about Langford
Metchosin is made up of several neighbourhoods. It is a rural area on the coast, and agriculture sits at the forefront of its industry. The municipality has imposed a 1 and 2 acre lot size bylaw to...More about Metchosin
Mill Bay is known for its wonderful Gulf Island views and its quiet waterfront streets. It was established in the 1860s, twenty years after Victoria was founded. Its principal industry was lumber and milling, which was done at the mill on the bay...More about Mill Bay
It is surrounded on 3 sides by 40 kilometers of marine shoreline. Several community-like neighbourhoods make up the area and outline North Saanich’s rich agricultural interior which is protected by...More about North Saanich
Oak Bay takes its name from the protected Garry Oak tree, found throughout the region. It is home to very popular, sandy beaches including Gonzales Bay and Willows Beach. Its urban centre, Oak Bay...More about Oak Bay
Saanich is the largest, most populous municipality in Greater Victoria. It is composed of 25 distinct residential areas. Saanich has a rich history that is reflected in its many heritage buildings...More about Saanich
Shawnigan Lake is a small community built around an 8 kilometer long lake of the same name. The surrounding area is forested and the lakeshore is populated with summer cottages and year round houses.More about Shawnigan Lake
Sidney was incorporated as a village in 1952 and since then it has continued to see steady growth. It is a gateway to some of the best boating waters and outdoor leisure activities in the world...More about Sidney
The District of Sooke provides a relaxed, casual lifestyle in a rural setting. With an abundance of parks and beaches, Sooke provides endless recreational opportunities for residents and...More about Sooke
Victoria, the “City of Gardens”, is a community of choice for its temperate climate, natural beauty, recreational sites and superior economic opportunities. For almost every citizen, local or...More about Victoria