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Province: British Columbia

Population: 83,000

Climate: Temperate, with mild, rainy winters and cool summers. 

Overview: Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. It is the capital city of the province.  The city has the advantage of natural beauty, with views of the Pacific Ocean framed by mountains. The city has a rich and varied history, and its temperate climate makes it an attractive destination for newcomers in Canada. Victoria prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive city.

Victoria is a city of neighbourhoods, each with its own unique character. The city has 12 designated neighbourhoods, along with some informal ones, such as Chinatown, which is the oldest in Canada. One of the most attractive and affordable neighbourhoods is Oakland, which has one of the largest shopping malls in the area, and is popular with families. Fairfield/Gonzales and Victoria West are both on the coast and very popular residential neighbourhoods. 

Downtown is the urban centre of Victoria, with a range of shops, restaurants, entertainment and historic buildings. James Bay is a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood which holds many of the city’s most popular attractions, such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Parliament Buildings. Every neighbourhood has easy access to different schools, parks and recreational facilities, and no neighbourhood is too far from the coastline.

The city hosts a range of events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Rifflandia Music Festival.

Transport: Cycling is very popular in Victoria, with extensive bike paths and trails. Victoria is often called the ‘Cycling Capital of Canada’. BC Transit runs the city’s public transport system: Victoria Regional Transit System, providing buses.

Economy: The leading industry and employment sector in Victoria is technology, and there are more than 800 tech companies in the region. Tourism is also a major industry, with 3.5 million people visiting the city annually.

For more information on Victoria, take a look at the official city website