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Victoria Canada Vacation and Travel Information

Called the "City of Gardens," Victoria has a very temperate climate with fairly steady temperatures throughout the year.  With low humidity (thanks to the offshore breezes) and plenty of sunshine, spending time outdoors offer visitors optimal surroundings.  Still observing the tradition of High Tea, there are plenty of great restaurants, pubs, and cafes to enjoy too.

Victoria Info:

  • Land Area: 18.8 square km
  • Elevation:  105 feet
  • Number of parks:  50+
  • Number of radio stations:  2 AM/8 FM
  • Number of television stations:  2 (CHEK channel 6, CIVI channel 53)
  • Number of newspapers:  2 (Victoria Times-Colonist, Monday Magazine)
  • Transportation:   Victoria International Airport, several ferry and bus terminals

Victoria Weather and Climate:

Average daily temperature:  56.9 degrees F
Average annual rainfall:  26.2 inches
Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Victoria (in miles):

  • Atlanta, GA — 2,243
  • Boston, MA — 2,530
  • Chicago, IL —  1,787
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX — 1,759
  • Houston, TX — 1,968
  • Las Vegas, NV — 953
  • Los Angeles, CA — 1,034
  • Memphis, TN — 1,937
  • Miami, FL — 2,802
  • Nashville, TN — 2,036
  • New Orleans, LA — 2,175
  • New York, NY — 2,454
  • Orlando, FL — 2,619
  • Philadelphia, PA — 2,422
  • Phoenix, AZ — 1,194
  • Rapid City, SD — 1,011
  • Salt Lake City, UT — 781
  • San Antonio, TX — 1,866
  • San Diego, CA — 1,139
  • San Jose, CA — 786
  • Washington, DC — 2,376

Victoria Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • The Victoria General Hospital (250-727-4212)
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital (250-370-8000)
  • Gorge Road Hospital (250-995-4700)

Victoria Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Seasons:  all- Victoria has a very moderate climate
  • Beacon Hill Park
  • The Luminara Community Lantern Festival
  • The Pacific Undersea Gardens
  • Royal London Wax Museum
  • Crystal Gardens
  • Miniature World
  • Abhazi Gardens
  • Maritime Museum of British Columbia
  • ICA Folklore Fest
  • Symphony Splash
  • Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
  • Royal Victoria Marathon
  • All Fun Water Slides & Recreation Park
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Beacon Hill Children's Farm
  • Horticulture Centre of the Pacific
  • National Geographic IMAX Theater
  • Royal Holographic Art Gallery
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Victoria Bug Zoo
  • Victoria Flower & Garden Show
  • Annual Jazz Fest International
  • Marine Wildlife Tour
  • Whale watching
  • Eine Kleine Summer Music festival
  • Tall Ships Festival

Victoria Major Shopping Areas:

  • Downtown
  • Antique Row on Fort Street
  • Market Square
  • Government Street
  • Mayfair Mall
  • Hillside Shopping Centre
  • Broadmead Village Shopping Centre
  • University Heights Shopping Centre
  • Town & Country Shopping Centre

Victoria Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown
  • Chinatown
  • The Inner Harbour
  • Old Towne Victoria
  • Swans Suite Hotel
  • Some of the finest restaurants include: 1550's Pub Style Restaurant, Bird of Paradise Pub, Passero's Greek Italian Restaurant, Pescatore's Seafood and Grill and Sooke Harbour House Restaurant.

Victoria Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Butchart Gardens
  • The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
  • The Royal British Columbia Museum
  • Fisgard Lighthouse
  • Fort Rodd Hill
  • Craigdarroch Castle
  • The Carr House
  • Hatley Park Castle & Museum
  • British Columbia Legislature Buildings

Victoria Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Emily Carr - artist & writer
  • David Foster - musician, composer, producer
  • Geoff Courtnall - NHL hockey player
  • Michael D. Moore - film actor & director
  • Nelly Furtado - singer/songwriter
  • Nell Shipman - actress & screenwriter
  • Rich Harden - Major league pitcher
  • Steve Nash - NBA star
  • Tara Moss - author

Notable Moments in Victoria History:

  • 1790 - Spanish sailors first visited the area.
  • 1843 - The city was founded by James Douglas and the Hudson's Bay Company and named Fort Camosun.  Later it was called Fort Victoria.
  • 1858 - Gold was discovered in British Columbia, causing Victoria to become a supply base, port and outfitting post for miners.
  • 1862 - Victoria was incorporated as a city.
  • 1865 - Esquimalt Harbor (part of Greater Victoria) became the home of the Royal Navy and is still a west coast naval base. 
  • 1866 - Victoria became the provincial capital as the island was politically united with the mainland.
  • 1908 - The Canadian Pacific Railway built the Empress Hotel, helping further the city's image as genteel and serene.
  • 1991 - Victoria opened the Municipal House for local government officials to help manage the 13 municipalities with Greater Victoria.

Interesting Facts about Victoria:

  • Victoria is the southernmost city in western Canada
  • Victoria is Western Canada's oldest city.
  • Canada's oldest and most intact Chinatown is in Victoria.
  • Victoria is the western terminus for the Trans Canada Highway.
  • Victoria has 15 year-round golf courses.
  • Victoria has more British-born residents than anywhere else in Canada.

 Victoria Population and Demographics:

  • Population — 335,000
  • White — 87.2%
  • Native American — 3%
  • Black — 1.2%
  • Asian — 4.4%
  • Population 18 and under — 23%
  • 65 and over — 18%
  • Median age —  41  years
  • Average household size — 2.61
  • Median family income -- $51,900

Victoria Colleges and Universities:

  • Camosun College
  • University Canada West
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Victoria
  • Victoria College of Art

Victoria Economy & Business — Notable Employers and Industries:

  • British Columbia Ferry Corporation
  • University of Victoria
  • Island Farms Dairy
  • The Butchart Gardens
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • City of Victoria
  • The Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Greater Victoria Libraries
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