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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.

Trans-Canada Highway History from Victoria to Nanaimo

TCH History from Victoria to Nanaimo 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 AccommodationsAlder Bay Resort

Alder Bay Resort is centrally situated on a sandy beach between Telegraph Cove and Port McNeill. We are directly across Broughton Strait from historic Alert Bay. Our scenic, full service waterfront campsite offers RV and tent sites,

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Victoria AccommodationsCedarwood Inn & Suites

tranquil ocean setting in quaint Sidney with award winning gardens. 42 rooms, cottages, junior and executive suites. Small pets ok. CP 48 hours.

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Victoria AccommodationsTravelodge Nanaimo

78 standard and deluxe rooms, suites and kitchen units, many with balconies and harbor views. Sauna and exercise room, conference room. Free local calls, 24 hour coffee, and continental breakfast. White Spot Restaurant is adjacent.

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Victoria AccommodationsGazebo Bed and Breakfast

Country manor house B&B in a quiet central location near the Butchart Gardens. Canada Select 5 Stars at 4 Star prices: affordable luxury. Relax in a secluded garden cottage or in elegant manor house rooms. Memorable breakfast included.

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Victoria AccommodationsMalahat Bungalows Motel, cabins, cottages

The lower bungalows were built in the 1940s for cozy accommodation . The upper bungalows were built later, some with two bedroom bungalows and a full kitchen, full bathroom to accommodate families up to eight persons.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsVancouver Island Coach (Greyhound Bus Depot)

Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsEMR Vacation Rentals

EMR Vacation Rentals makes finding your furnished rental a safe, comfortable and easy process. We are fully licensed and insured with the Province of BC and offer live agents who are happy to help you find your ideal furnished rental today.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsSunrise Moving Company

Sunrise Moving is a leading moving company that offers efficient packing and moving services to clients worldwide.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsEmerald Coast Vineyards

The winery has 20 acres planted with several varieties, and the Wine Shop currently offers seven different types of white wine, one blush and five types of red wine, with more to come.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsCherry Point Estate Wines

Award-winning Cherry Point Estate Winery, on Vancouver Island close to Highway 19 between Victoria and Nanaimo.Cherry Point offer visitors guided tours, wine tasting and dining.

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