Victoria, British Columbia on TransCanadaHighway.com
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Accommodation & Attractions
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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Heritage inn surrounded by gardens in a quiet residential area. 22 well decorated rooms, with provate baths, fireplaes, jacuizzis, fresh flowers. Gourmet breakfast included; CP 7 days.
1895 heritage homestead surrounded by forests & meadows. Queen beds, private 3-peice bathroom, guest lounge with fireplace, self-contained 3 bedroom cottage with fireplace. Resident pets (no pets allowed); non-smoking.
There is evidence of travelers visiting the area as far back as 1790, the RVs of the time being Spanish sailing vessels. More recently, Mr. Weir would set up a table at the entrance to his property and charge a small fee to picnickers
The Gatsby Mansion is over 100 years old, and elegantly accented with landscaped gardens, wandering pathways and lovely fountains. All rooms have old-English décor and no two rooms are alike.
4 star hotel with conference facilities, business ctr, hairdresser, restaurants, room service, handicap facilities, health club, indoor swimming pool, exercise room, internet access, city views, deluxe rooms with jacuzzi & fireplace, honeymoon suite
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Attractions Directory Listings
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Canada's oldest department store, with a great selection of fashions, furnishings, houseware, toys, and cosmetics at great prices.
Great cars. Great rates. Great Srvice. Hertz is the preferred car rental company of CAA. Free customer pickup & return, Unlimited km rates. One-way rentals. daily, weekly, weekend rates.
We built our brewery on a few basic ideas: brewing great beer and being a positive addition to our town by operating in a sustainable and locally focused manner.
warm and friendly Pub, alive with character, heritage architecture, stunning original artwork and First Nations’ carvings. Enjoy the views from our unique sunny, glassed/open air patio, overflowing with our signature flowers in the spring and summer.
"A Retreat to Remember" offering charming B&B accommodation or cottage rental. Specializing in all-inclusive nature/activity packages. Situated on 14 acres of grazed pasture, heated swimming pool, tennis court and gorgeous orchard.
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