Victoria is Western Canada’s oldest city.
trading post, named in honour of Queen Victoria.
With the Fraser Valley gold rush in 1858, Victoria
grew rapidly as the main port of entry to the Colonies
of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
When the colonies combined, the City became the
colonial capital and was established as the provincial
capital when British Columbia joined the Canadian
Confederation in 1871.
For most of the nineteenth century, Victoria remained
the largest city in British Columbia and was the
foremost in trade and commerce.
However, with construction of the Transcontinental
railway, Vancouver, as its terminus, emerged as the
major west coast port and the largest city in
In the twentieth century, Victoria evolved primarily
as a city of government, retirement and tourism.
The City remains, however, Canada’s western naval
base and home to a major fishing fleet.
Ship building and repair, as well as forest products
and machine manufacturing industries, continue
as significant sources of employment.
Increasingly, the city is developing as a marine, forestry
and agricultural research centre.
The City is also noted for its fine educational
institutions which include the University of Victoria,
Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (one of only six
in the world operated by United World Colleges)
and the recently opened Royal Roads University.
Today with an estimated regional population of
326,000, a moderate climate and scenic setting,
Victoria has retained a very vital but comfortable
quality of life.
The City is proud of its British heritage, its fine homes
and neighbourhoods, its historic and attractive
downtown, the flowers and parks and, of course,
the Inner Harbour with its vistas toward the famous
Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings.
magazine, Victoria was judged to be one of the world’s
best cities, topping the listin the category of
environment and ambience.
In a cross-Canada survey, Victoria residents registered
the greatest satisfaction with their city.
This satisfaction and regard for the quality of life and
environment is perhaps the most notable feature of
Victoria today and the challenge in its future.
| The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria boasts many
in Western Canada.
The city benefits from one of Canada’s mildest climates,
which allows its residents to pursue outdoor pleasures all
Victoria enjoys some of the country’s most exhilarating
scenery: there’s an ocean, mountain vista around every
corner, while the city’s flower gardens are famous the
no end of delights for you and your family in Victoria.
Established in 1843 by James Douglas as a fort for the
Hudson’s Bay Company, Victoria’s British ancestry is
apparent in the double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages,
formal gardens, and tea rooms.
The city is now a cosmopolitan centre with a lively
entertainment scene and a wonderful array of attractions.
Victoria also has another reason to be proud: it was ranked
at number 16 of 100 Top World Destinations in the 2008
TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards.
Highlights of the city include:
Savour the sights of Victoria’s downtown Inner Harbour,
which includes the historic Legislative Buildings, home of
the provincial government;
the Royal BC Museum; and Thunderbird Park, with an
amazing display of 15 impressive totem poles.
End the day’s journey at the imposing, yet elegant, Fairmont
Empress Hotel with a traditional high tea.
Victoria is famed for its gardens, and none more so than
Over 100 years old, more than one million people visit
this botanical wonderland each year for the rare, dramatic
and colourful displays.
Royal British Columbia Museum
The fascinating history of BC is on display here with
exhibits covering human and natural history from pre-Ice
Age to the present day.
Enter through the Gate of Harmonious Interest to North
America’s secondoldest Chinatown to view such fascinating
sights as the narrowest street in Canada.
Walk, run or bike along an old railway line past farmland,
a quiet cove and hidden lake, rocky outcrops, a Douglas-fir
forest, marshland and more.
carriage, double-decker bus, rickshaw, scooter, bicycle,
water taxi as well as by canoe or kayak.
Whale Watching Take a boat tour to catch the thrilling
sight of Orcas, pods of which make their home in these
Visit an intriguing landmark and discover why Vancouver
Island’s west coast was called the “graveyard of the Pacific.”
Study the stars and planets through the planetarium and
exhibits, at The Top of the Universe
CHERYL C YOUNG, REALTOR
SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY
SIDNEY BC. www.cherylyoung.ca
Explore the city in a variety of unique ways: by horse-drawn