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About Victoria, BC

Our Community

Welcome to Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is classed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Blessed with incredible natural beauty and temperate climate, Victoria is a wonderful place to call home and an unforgettable place to visit.

Victoria is the Capital city of British Columbia. It’s a safe, clean, and walkable region, known for its heritage architecture, stunning gardens, and exceptional shopping and dining. 

The region as a whole is comprised of over 13 municipalities with a combined population of nearly 400,000. Connected by a series of transit corridors most areas in Greater Victoria - also known as the CRD - can be reached in just over 30 minutes by car.

The CRD boasts outstanding outdoor recreation options, and with the mildest climate in Canada, most activities – including golf, hiking, kayaking, and cycling – are year-round. In fact, Statistics Canada rates Greater Victorians the most active people in the country and this region as the Cycling Capital of Canada.

The entire Capital Regional District (CRD) measures 2,441 km² (942 mi²) and covers the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the Outer Gulf Islands, representing 7% of the island's land but about half its population.

The CRD is comprised of thirteen municipalities and three electoral areas. The governments of these municipalities work together through the CRD to provide and coordinate services to both urban and rural areas


Greater Victoria Municipalities

Click on the links below to read more detail about each municipality in the Greater Victoria region.

 

North Saanich
Sidney
Central Saanich
Juan de Fuca EA
Highlands
View Royal
Saanich
Langford
Colwood
Esquimalt
Victoria
Oak Bay
Sooke
Metchosin

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Our Industries

Victoria has a diverse economy driven by small and medium sized business. Advanced technology is the leading economic generator, with annual revenues exceeding $1.95 billion. Greater Victoria is also a major tourism destination, spawning an industry that has a regional impact of $1.15 billion. Education, marine, construction, health, retail, and agriculture are other sectors steadily on the rise.

Our education industry fuels much of the development of high tech and other knowledge based industries. With four post-secondary institutions and one International Baccalaureate Program, the schools in Victoria provide a rich learning environment and a ready pool of educated employees.

As the Capital city of the province and a Department of National Defence location, the public service is a large part of our economy. The Armed Forces alone employs approximately 6000 people in the region.

But most of all, we just like to boast about our quality of life in Victoria. We have the country’s most temperate climate and probably more flowers than anywhere else in Canada. With a wide variety of leisure, sport and cultural facilities, there is something for everyone. Few locations offer all the amenities of a larger urban centre while maintaining the character and feel of a smaller centre. Victoria values and maintains its historic character and our attitude toward achieving a balance of life.

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Climate for Victoria

Whether you describe Victoria in terms of growing zones (Hardiness 9a) or climate zones (sub-Mediterranean) the picture that it paints is not that of a typical Canadian summer or winter.

As a temperate location, located on the balmy Pacific Ocean, the 2,193 hours of sunshine yearly shines bright but not to the point of barbecuing the denizens and the 883 millimetres of rain we get annually is nearly half the annual rainfall of Vancouver. Average daytime temps in the summer range around 21C (71F) with winter daytime highs ranging around 7C (44F).

With weather like this it comes as no surprise that Greater Victoria is rated Canada's healthiest and fittest city. Victorians pursue a wide range of outdoor activities all year round and is recognized as having the greatest amount of active leisure time of any major city in Canada. The region’s 26 18-hole golf courses are clear proof that Victorians love their leisure time.

Average Temperature in Other Cities

Cities

January

July

.

° C

° F

° C

° F

Victoria

4.6

40

15.3

59

Calgary

-10.9

12

16.5

62

Winnipeg

-19.0

-3

20.0

68

Toronto

-3.0

24

22.0

72

Halifax

-5.8

22

18.3

65

New York

-0.5

31

24.0

75

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