Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and is situated on the southern end of Vancouver Island. It is accessible by ferry and by airplane. Victoria is known for its abundance of outdoor activities. Also known internationally as the City of Gardens, in 2018 total blooms were counted at 3.4 billion. It is Canada’s 5th most expensive place to live and my thoughts are because it offers you a permanent vacation. It is an ocean carved island that is rich in bio diversity and covered with majestic wilderness parks. It is home to 150-450 year old trees, whales, bears, marmots, eagles, salmon, trout and so much more thrive and survive on this island paradise. There is so much to see, so much to do and the natural beauty will take your breath away and make you feel like you never want to leave. The city of Victoria has a population of approximately 86,000 and the Greater Victoria Area has a population of approximately 368,000.

The Real Estate market here is booming exponentially and is in constant high demand. It is a city of innovation, tourism, government and education. It is well known for its educational institutions, including the University of Victoria, Camosun College and Royal Road University. Advanced technology is the leading economic generator, with annual revenues exceeding $3.15 billion. It is a major tourism destination, spawning an industry that has a regional impact of $2 billion. Other thriving sectors steadily on the rise include marine, construction, health, retail and agriculture. As the Capital city of the province and a Department of National Defence location, the public service is a large part of the economy. The armed forces alone employs approximately 6000 people in the region.

Victoria Neighbourhoods include:

  • Rock Bay
  • Burnside
  • Mayfair
  • Hillside
  • Central Park
  • Oaklands
  • Fernwood
  • Jubilee
  • Rockland
  • Fairfield
  • James Bay

Long before Captain James Cook became the first non-aboriginal person to set foot on Vancouver Island in 1778, Victoria’s rugged, pristine wilderness was home to First Nations People. All part of the Saanich Nation of Coast Salish Peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsartlip, Tseycum, Pauquachin, Scia’new, Tsawout and T’Sou-ke Nations are all important bands that have long called Southeastern Vancouver Island home.

Victoria is located in the sub-mediterranean zone and boasts and average of 2193 hours of sunshine yearly, and an eight month frost free season. Average annual rain fall is 58.3 cm. Victoria has a very low humidity ratio and almost constant offshore breeze. It can snow here in the winter months but typical doesn’t last very long due to the warm temperatures. Victoria has the mildest climate in Canada.

The geography on the island here is diverse and includes many sandy beaches, green moss covered forest beds, old growth wilderness parks, rugged shorelines, marshy lowlands and rolling farmland and even snow capped mountains.

It is an adventurers heaven and what explorers of the world dream of. It is a place so majestic and rich in culture that constantly leaves you in awe and craving to know all of this islands mysteries and tales. This place is that of deep routed history, a place you can just go into the woods to loose your mind and find your soul. It exerts a magnetic pull for all of you adventure seeking, experience driven life living individuals. Making it one of the most special places in the world to call home.

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