- City Guide - Victoria
Welcome to Victoria – a bit of Old English!
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, which is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. With a population of about 80,017, and metropolitan population of over 344,615, Victoria is the 15th most populous Canadian metro region.
Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and of the Dominion of Canada, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlements beginning as early as 1841. Victoria has retained a large number of its historic buildings, the two most famous being the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and the Empress hotel – not to mention some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada.
The city's main economic industries are technology, food products, tourism, education, federal and provincial government administration and services. Other major employers in the area include the Canadian Forces, the University of Victoria, and Camosun College. There are also several smaller sectors in the Greater Victoria area which include: banking, online book publishing, public and private schools, food products manufacturing, light aircraft manufacturing, various high tech firms in pharmaceuticals and computers, engineering, architecture and telecommunications.
Since Victoria benefits from one of Canada's mildest climates residents, visitors and tourist alike are able to pursue outdoor activities all year round. Victoria boasts some of the country's most exhilarating scenery including: ocean and mountain views, flower gardens, and other natural spaces. Whether you enjoy golfing, hiking, biking or fishing there are lots of opportunities in Victoria. After a day outside why not enjoy a bit of down time shopping, dining or taking in some theatre? There is no end the number of delights that await you and your family in Victoria.
Surprises await you in Victoria!