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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
The City of Victoria BC, is the capital of the province. Victoria is a beautiful city to move to.

Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, on a peninsular site where
Victorians can view the bordering Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits. The city is backed by the Olympic
Mountains of Washington to the south and the Gulf Islands to the east, with the volcanic peak of Mount
Baker in the distance.

Victoria has one of the mildest climates in Canada. The prevailing westerly winds blowing off the
Pacific Ocean keep the climate moderate all year round with a low humidity ratio. The average
temperature in January is 6.5°C whereas the July average temperature is 21.8°C. The area receives
approximately 66.5 cm of rainfall throughout the year, as well as 2,183 hours of sunshine annually.
Victorians enjoy an eight month frost-free season
The population of the city of Victoria numbers approximately 78,659.
HISTORY
In 1843, Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, James Douglas chose present day Victoria as the
site for a Hudson’s Bay Company’s trading post and fort. The smaller harbour of Victoria was chosen
over that of Esquimalt for Fort Victoria (named after Queen Victoria) due to its extensive tracts of level
to gently sloping land, ideal for agriculture.
The community remained small until it became the supply centre and jumping-off point for the Fraser
Gold Rush of 1858. In 1862 the town was incorporated as a city. In 1865 the nearby Esquimalt Harbour
was designated as a naval base by the British Admiralty and still performs this function today as CFB
Esquimalt. In 1868 Victoria was named the capital city of the Crown Colony of British Columbia and
when the colony joined the Dominion of Canada in 1871, Victoria became the capital city of the
Province of British Columbia.
TODAY
Victoria is home to the provincial legislature, many government offices and the naval base CFB
Esquimalt. Although many government services function from the city, tourism plays an important role
to the economy. Victoria is known as the vacation capital of Canada with over 3 million visitors
throughout the year. The downtown contains many preserved and restored historical buildings housing
restaurants, galleries and shops.
Approximately 13,000 businesses are located in the region, ranging from agriculture, forestry and fishing
to transportation, marketing, banking and manufacturing. There are over 300 high-tech companies in the
vicinity, with that number continually growing due to the region’s strategic location. High technology
gives tourism a run for the money for the number industry in Victoria. Victoria is also a popular
retirement centre, almost 20% of the population are retired, nearly double the national average.
(05/11)

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

Annual Events – Victoria is host to numerous annual festivities including Highland Games in May,
JazzFest in June, Victoria Dragon Boat Festival in August and the Santa Clause Parade in November.
Farmers Market – The Moss Street Market is held from May to October, on Saturdays from 10:00 am –
2:00 pm. Vendors include fresh produce, baked goods and crafts.
Butchart Gardens – 50 acres of groomed gardens located on a 1904 country estate. Featured are a
Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, Italian Garden and elaborate fountains.
Beacon Hill Park – Natural and landscaped beauty incorporating grassy meadows, cliffs, gravel beach,
lakes and streams. The park includes a wadding pool, bandshell, sports fields and mini golf. Beacon Hill
is mile”0” of the Trans Canada Highway.
Emily Carr House – Birthplace and childhood home of artist Emily Carr. Built in 1863, this restored
home depicts the Victorian lifestyle of the Carr family.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – This art gallery holds the largest Asian Art Collection in Canada.
Emily Carr’s extensive work is also on display.
Royal BC Museum – Galleries and exhibits showcase the human and natural history of British Columbia.

MEDIA
One of the best ways to learn about your new community is to subscribe to the local newspaper. Many
publishers will mail their newspaper to you, even before you move. For more information, contact:
“Times Colonist”
2621 Douglas St.
PO Box 300
Victoria, BC
V8T 4M2
(250) 380-5211
www.timescolonist.com
“Victoria News”
818 Broughton St.
Victoria, BC
V8W 1E4
(250) 381-3484
www.vicnews.com
Following is a list of local FM Radio Stations:
CKKQ ……………………………….. 100.3
CHBE ………………………………… 107.3
CIOC …………………………………. 98.5
CJZN …………………………………. 91.3
CHTT ………………………………… 103.1

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
EDUCATION

For information regarding curriculum and enrollment procedures, please contact:
School District 61 (Greater Victoria)
556 Boleskine Rd.
PO Box 700
Victoria, BC
V8W 2R1
(250) 475-3212
www.sd61.bc.ca
School District 62 (Sooke)
3143 Jacklin Rd
Victoria, BC
V9B 5R1
(250) 474-9800
www.sd62.bc.ca
School District 63 (Saanich)
2125 Keating Cross Rd
Saanichton, BC
V8M 2A5
(250) 652-7300
www.sd63.bc.ca
Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
180-10200 Shellbridge Way
Richmond, BC
V6X 2W7
(604) 214-2600
www.csf.bc.ca
Additional educational institutes:
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700
Victoria, BC
V8W 2Y2
(250) 721-7211
www.uvic.ca
Camosun College
Lansdowne Campus
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC
V8P 5J2
(250) 592-1556
www.camosun.ca

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
EDUCATION (CONT)

Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC
V9B 5Y2
(250) 391-2511
www.royalroads.ca

MEDICAL SERVICES
A list of names and addresses of physicians currently accepting new patients is available from:
Royal Jubilee Hospital
(250) 370-8000
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health
(250) 519-5390
Victoria General Hospital
(250) 727-4212
Gorge Road Hospital
(250) 995-4700
Vancouver Island Health Authority
www.viha.ca

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
*Please confirm these emergency numbers when you arrive in your new community.
AMBULANCE …………………………………………… 911
FIRE ………………………………………………………….. 911
POLICE …………………………………………………….. 911

HOUSING
Victoria Real Estate Board
3035 Nanaimo St.
Victoria, BC
V8T 4W2
(250) 385-7766
www.vreb.org

TRANSPORTATION
Driver and Vehicle Licenses -ICBC ……… 1-800-950-1498
BC Transit ………………………………………… (250) 382-6161
BC Ferries ………………………………………… (250) 386-3431

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
PUBLIC SERVICES

Cable TV: Shaw Cable …………………………………………………………… (250) 475-5655
Website ……………………………………………………………………. www.shaw.ca
Hydro: B.C. Hydro …………………………………………………………….1-800-224-9376
Website …………………………………………………………….. www.bchydro.com
Gas: Terasen Gas ………………………………………………………….. 1-888-224-2710
Website …………………………………………………………….. www.terasen.com
Telephone: Telus (outside BC) …………………………………………………. 1-888-811-2323
Telus (within BC) ……………………………………………………………. 310-2255
Website …………………………………………………………………. www.telus.com
Water: Capital Regional District-Water Services ………………….. (250) 474-9600
Garbage: Collection Inquiries-Public Works ……………………………. (250) 361-0400
Recycling: CRD Recycling Hotline ………………………………………….. (250) 360-3030
The telephone area code for Victoria is 250.

RECREATION
For information about recreational programs in Victoria, please contact:
Parks, Recreation and Community Development …………… . (250) 361-0500
Greater Victoria Public Library ………………………………….. (250) 382-7241
Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre ………………………………….. (250) 361-0732
Memorial Centre ………………………………………………………. (250) 220-2600

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

The Chamber of Commerce is the best source of information about your new community. Many of these
groups have brochures and booklets full of local facts. Please contact:
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
#100, 852 Fort St.
Victoria, BC
V8W 1H8
(250) 383-7191
www.victoriachamber.ca

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION (CONT)

For other information about your new community, including area maps and brochures, please contact:
City Clerk
Administration
1 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC
V8W 1P6
(250) 385-5711
For more information about Victoria, visit their website www.victoria.ca.

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