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Victoria's Inner harbour

Why Visit Victoria?

Victoria feels like a bit of Britain, with the same temperate climate , lots of pubs clustered around the Inner Harbour, and High Tea. The city is the western terminus of the Trans-Canada, and prizes its proximity to pretty Oak Bay, Brentwood Bay's Butchart Gardens, and rugged Sooke to the west. This city is the jumping off point to visiting the rest of Vancouver Island, with its lowland wineries, its interior forests, and Tofino's west coast waves and whalewatching.

Victoria is located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, and is the capital of British Columbia. It is western Canada's oldest city and is home to the provincial legislature. Its Island location gives it both a temperate climate and natural beauty The City of Victoria has a population of approximately 74,000, but over 300,000 live in the Victoria metropolitan area, which includes several municipalities.



The climate makes the city a sports lover's paradise, with many activities available year-round including golfing and most water sports (Canada's Olympic rowing ream trains here). It has excellent sports facilities as a result of hosting the Commonwealth Games a few years go. The city is home to University of Victoria, in the community of Oak Bay, which attracts a lot of young adults to View of Victoria's Inner harbour this active city. Not far away are the unequaled splendours of Vancouver Island's rugged west coast. Macleans magazine recently rated Victoria as the number one city in Canada in which to locate a family business.





Governments at all levels provide a major employment base in the City with 18 of the largest employers coming from the public sector. Many provincial government offices are located in the city, and the Canadian military maintains its Pacific fleet at Esquimalt. This provides for a very stable economic base in a province usually affected by fluctuating resource prices.

Entrance to Trounce Alley in Old Victoria

Whether it's a visit to a park, an art gallery or the Island's mountains, Victoria offers its visitors and residents lots to do every day of the week.

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Victoria History

In 1778 James Cook, the famous British captain, first landed at Friendly Cove in Nootka Sound on the western side of Vancouver Island. In 1793 Alexander Mackenzie, working for the fur-trading Northwest Company, took an overland route to reach the Pacific from the eastern side of the Rockies. By 1821, when the North West and Hudson's Bay companies merged, there were significant forts and trading posts in the area, with farms growing fresh produce to supply travelers, traders and the Royal Navy.

In 1842 HBC Factor James Douglas arrived in Victoria on his ship, the Beaver, arrives and surveys the are in Victoria harbour, and built what became Fort Victoria. Victoria is on the lee (downwind) side of Vancouver Island, and had wide deep harbors and a sheltered location making it an ideal Pacific base for the British Navy. In 1846, the Treaty of Washington establishes the international boundary at the 49th Parallel, and down the middle of the Juan de Fuca Strait. The Royal Navy settles into Esquimalt Bay.

BC Legislature in downtown Victoria

In 1849 the settlement officially became a British Colony, and in 1856, Vancouver island's first legislature meets. In 1858, gold was discovered in the lower Fraser River, bringing more than 25,000 prospectors (including many who gave up after the California Gold Rush of '49) , followed by gold finds in the Caribou, and on the Columbia River's Big Bend, near Revelstoke. Victoria was the jumping-off point for prospectors and grew significantly..

By 1866, the BC and the Victoria Island colonies were united, and in 1871, four years after Canada was given its independence by Britain, BC joined Canadian confederation. On the condition that Canada build a trans-continental railroad. The Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in 1885 at Craigellachie, extending as far west as Port Moody, and extended 20 kilometres into Vancouver the following year. Even before the mainland line is connected, the 120 kilometre long Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway is completed in 1884.

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Victoria to Nanaimo (and Island Ferry terminals) BC Ferries and the Ferry Terminals


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Victoria Accommodation & Attractions

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Victoria AccommodationsFridas Villa

A Little bit of Mexico on Salt Spring Island. Fridas Villa celebrates the life and art work of famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Fridas has everything you need for your vacation: ocean view, hot tub, fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, privacy plus, int

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Victoria AccommodationsBedford Regency Hotel

European style hotel, with goose down comforters, some fireplaces, jacuzzis, comp. coffee, pub, breakfast restaurant, currency exchange. Opposite mall; CP 2 days.

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Victoria AccommodationsHelm's Inn

Small established downtown inn with spacious comfortable rooms & kitchen suites. Next to Royal BC Museum & Beacon Hill Park. CP 2 days.

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Victoria AccommodationsRoyal Scot Suite Hotel

First class 3 star hotel Victoria's only all suite hotel, with fully equipped kitchens, complimentary coffee, cookies and tea. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, adjacent to the Parliament buildings. 176 rooms & 146 suites.

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Victoria AccommodationsThunderbird RV Park and Campground

Our well maintained RV Park offers you all amenities below including Security Coded Washrooms and Laundry entry for your added security. Serviced RV sites, power, water, sewage and basic cable TV, 30 and 50 amp power, Big rig friendly sites. No Tents

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsReel Obsession Sport Fishing

We provide fishing charters on Vancouver Island British Columbia.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsNational Car & Truck Rental

National Car Rental operates in over 3,000 locations, and operates over 275,000 quality vehicles that serve over 15 million business & leisure travelers annually.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsLongwood Brew Pub

Nestled in the heart of Vancouver Island, this unique brewery has partnered with local farmers to grow and malt quality barley and hops. Introducing the “Terroir of Beer”…an Obsessively Local Product

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsYaletown-Roundhouse Station

This station (Canada line) serves the various Downtown South neighbourhoods

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsFlyGreatChina.com

FlyGreatChina offers lowest fare tickets, hotels, and CHINA VISA

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