Victoria, in addition to being the provincial capital and having the mildest climate in Canada, is also a vibrant urban gem. With an abundance of waterfront walkways, bike trails and parks, in addition to a vibrant downtown core, there truly is something for everybody in Victoria.
Victoria—the Region’s Oldest Community
Victoria is just one of 13 municipalities that make up Greater Victoria. It’s one of the oldest communities in British Columbia, dating back to at least 1843 and the establishment of Fort Victoria above the Inner Harbour. The city grew quickly during the 18th Century, and many historic buildings still survive. The mature neighbourhoods of Victoria feature tree-lined boulevards, expansive parks and a blend of heritage homes and stunning contemporary architecture.
Canada’s Most Romantic City?
Victoria is more than just a sublimely beautiful place to live. The city has also racked up a large number of awards, including:
- Canada’s Smartest City
- Fittest City
- Cyclist Capital
- Most Walkable
Victoria has also been called “Canada’s most romantic city“. If you’ve ever walked the Inner Harbour on a moonlit night, you’ll know why.
Read more about Victoria’s supernatural livability here.
The Best Weather in Canada?
Victoria is acknowledged to have the best weather in Canada. Bordered on three sides by ocean, Victoria with its warmer temperatures gets almost no snow in winter. In the summertime, cool ocean breezes keep temperatures low compared to the Lower Mainland.
Greater Victoria Schools
Victoria neighbourhoods and communities such as East Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal and the City of Victoria itself are served by School District 61 (SD 61). SD 61 refers to “school catchment areas” to help determine where children will attend school. While catchment schools are defined by the residential postal code (see the “school locator” below), students in Greater Victoria School District have the choice to attend either their catchment school or any other school within the district.
Victoria is also home to three post-secondary institutions:
Shopping in Victoria
There are many places to shop in Victoria, often within walking or biking distance from home.
Shopping areas include:
For more information, see Shopping in Victoria.