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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 AccommodationsHidden Village RV Park & Campground

A rural park featuring grassy pull thru sites along with shaded spots "in the woods". There are also camping cabins and tent

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Victoria AccommodationsHuntington Manor

The Huntingdon is a short walk into downtown and directly across the street from the Coho and Victoria Clipper ferries. 115 non-smoking guest rooms. Corporate rooms, bi-level gallery suites, pet-friendly room

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Victoria AccommodationsBrannen Lake Campsite

This family-owned and family-friendly campsite is a 49 acre paradise nestled amongst a luscious forest of mature trees, creeks and streams and features a beautiful private sandy beach on Brannen Lake with swimming area and boat launch

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Victoria AccommodationsMagnolia Hotel & Suites

Full service boutique hotel close to Inner harbour with 66 air conditioned rooms with harbour views, fireplaces, down duvets, soaker tubs, separate shower stalls over-sized desks, wet bars.

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Victoria AccommodationsBirds of a Feather Sooke Harbour B&B Guesthouse

Modern home overlooking Cooper's Cove & Olympic Mountains. Private entrance, oceanview decks, courtesy mountain bikes. Home cooked breakfast. 2 bedrooms + 3 dedroom slf-contained suite; family-friendly.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsAberdeen Station

This station (Canada line) serves River Road and Cambie area of Richmond, andAsian-themed shopping malls along Richmond's Golden Village, including (from north to south) Yaohan Centre, President Plaza, Aberdeen Centre, and Parker Place.

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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 & AttractionsBritish Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (Departure Bay)

BC Ferries provides all major passenger and vehicle ferry services for coastal and island communities in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsYVR 3 Station

This station (Canada line) serves Freight/Commercial Terminal of YVR Vancouver International Airport

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Victoria Travel & AttractionsChateau Beaufort Vineyards

Ours is a Cool Climate, where short, unpredictable seasons occur, calling for experimentation. Quck vines, and methods favourable to reipening, are desirable:

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