Kevin Sing

About Greater Victoria BC

"To realise Victoria you must take in all that the eye admires most in Bournemouth, Torquay, the Isle of Wight, the Happy Valley of Hong Kong, the Doon, Sorrento, and Camps Bay; add reminiscences of the Thousand Islands, and arrange the whole round the Bay of Naples, with some of the Himalayas for the background.", raved author, Rudyard Kipling.

Victoria's founder, Sir James Douglas of the Hudson's Bay Company proclaimed it "as perfect as Eden".

Canada's "Garden City", Victoria, on the southeast tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is a special place on an island paradise. This enchanting place boasts much of the best of all worlds. Residents marvel and revel in the breadth of lifestyle choices that never seem more than 20 minutes away. Locals and visitors alike enjoy windswept beaches that surround the city on three sides; the compact, pedestrian friendly downtown is the centre of commerce and, because of its architectural charms, a tourist magnet.

Victoria offers year-round, world-class golf, interesting old architecture, museums, art galleries and unique shops to browse. Spectacular gardens are part of your public space and private backyards. You can choose from dozens of cosmopolitan restaurants of every cuisine and tantalize your taste buds at local brewpubs or wineries.

Experience wonderful live theatre or enjoy music of every genre – Victoria boasts its own Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Opera Company and local venues provide access to everything from "hillbilly" to "hip hop" and chamber music to jazz.

The adventuresome are found fishing, sailing, power boating, ocean kayaking or trail blazing by bike or by foot.  Recreational opportunities abound for the young and the young at heart. People are also drawn to the educational choices offered by the University of Victoria, Royal Roads University or University Canada West as well as Camosun College.

It is a community of neighbourhoods, all with their unique charms; it is a city of parks and bike trails; it is a city of culture; it is a city that provides the ambiance and opportunity for many of Canada’s best athletes to train year-round; it is a city that embraces diversity and it is the destination of thousands of travellers every year and many, of course, stay.

 

Municipalities and Neighbourhoods

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada. Victoria has a robust civil service that keeps its economy healthy. The Victoria metropolitan area population is approximately 339,000 as reported in 2005, has 14 political divisions and 12 municipalities:

Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt, Oak Bay, View Royal, Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, Highlands, Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sidney.

 

The Capital Regional District's website hosts a wealth of information.

 

Business in the Region

 

Climate

Victoria's equable climate has also added to its reputation as the "City of Gardens" . With its mild temperatures and plentiful sunshine, Victoria boasts gardens that are home to many plant species rarely found elsewhere in Canada. Several species of palms, eucalyptus, and even certain varieties of bananas can be seen growing throughout the area`s gardens. The city takes pride in the many flowers that bloom during the winter and early spring, including crocuses, daffodils, early-blooming rhododendrons, cherry and plum trees. Every Februrary there is an annual "flower count" in what for the rest of the country and most of the province is still the dead of winter.

Due to its Mediterranean-type climate, southeastern Vancouver Island is also home to many rare native plants found nowhere else in Canada, including Quercus garryana (Garry oak), Arctostaphylos columbiana (Hairy manzanita), and Canada`s only broadleaf evergreen tree, Arbutus menziesii (Pacific madrone). Many of these endangered species exist here at the northern end of their range, and are found as far south as Central and Southern California, and even parts of Mexico.

 

Travel Information

Victoria is served by the Victoria International Airport and three ferry terminals. The BC Ferries Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, located 29 kilometres north of Victoria is a bustling terminal, with sailings (check website for exact sailing times) to Tsawwassen (a ferry terminal south of Vancouver) and many Gulf Islands. The Washington State Ferry terminal in Sidney provides ferry service to Anacortes, Washington. In Victoria's Inner Harbour, a ferry terminal provides ferry service to Port Angeles, Washington state. Victoria also serves as the western terminus (Mile Zero) for Canada`s Trans-Canada Highway, the longest national highway in the world.

 

Area Attractions

The oldest (and most intact) Chinatown in Canada is located within Victoria. In the heart of downtown are the Parliament Buildings, the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the acclaimed Royal British Columbia Museum, with large exhibits on local Aboriginal peoples, Natural History and Modern History. In addition, the heart of downtown also has the Royal London Wax Museum, Victoria Bug Zoo, the Pacific Undersea Gardens, which showcases the Giant Pacific Octopus, the Wolf Eel and other marine life of British Columbia.

Beacon Hill Park is the city`s main urban green space. Its area of 620 square kilometres lie along Victoria`s southern shore, and includes numerous playing fields, manicured gardens, exotic species of plants and animals such as wild peacocks, and a petting zoo. The park also includes a few areas of natural Garry oak meadow habitat, an increasingly scarce ecosystem that once dominated the region. Each summer, Beacon Hill Park plays host to several outdoor concerts, and the popular Luminara Community Lantern Festival.

North of the city on the Saanich Peninsula are the Butchart Gardens, one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island, as well as the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Centre of the Universe planetarium. There are also numerous National Historic Sites, such as the Fisgard Lighthouse, Craigflower Manor and Schoolhouse, Hatley Castle and Hatley Park and Fort Rodd Hill, which is a coastal artillery fort built in the late 1890s, located west of the city in Colwood. Also located west of the city you will find Western Speedway, a 4/10th-mile oval and the largest in Western Canada.

 

Sports Teams

Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL)
Victoria Grizzlies (British Columbia Hockey League)
Victoria Shamrocks (Western Lacrosse Association)
Victoria Vikes teams at the University of Victoria The Victoria Cougars are perhaps the most famous sports franchise the city has known, winning the Stanley Cup as members of the PCHA in 1925. They exist today in the form of a Junior `B` team playing in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.
NASCAR driver Rick O`Dell is from the city.

 

Media Outlets

Print

Victoria Times-Colonist
Monday Magazine
The Martlet - UVic student newspaper , Black Press

AM Radio

AM 900 - CKMO, Camosun College campus radio , CFAX 1070-news/talk

FM Radio

FM 90.5 - CBCV, CBC Radio One, FM 91.3 - CJZN (The Zone @ 91-3), modern rock
FM 92.1 - CBU-2, CBC Radio Two
FM 98.5 - CIOC (Ocean 98.5), soft adult contemporary
FM 100.3 - CKKQ (100.3 The Q!), active adult rock
FM 101.9 - CFUV, University of Victoria campus radio
FM 103.1 - CHTT (Jack FM), adult hits
FM 107.3 - CHBE (Kool FM), hot adult contemporary

Television

VHF

Channel 2: CBUT - (CBC) - Vancouver. CB)vancoUver}TeleVision
Channel 2: CHBC - (CBC affiliate) - Kelowna, C)H) B)ritish C)olumbia
Channel 2: CKPG - (CBC affiliate) - Prince George, C)K) P)rince G)eorge
Channel 3: CFTK - (CBC affiliate) - Terrace, C)F) T)errace & K)itimat
Channel 4: CFJC - (CBC affiliate) - Kamloops
Channel 5: CJDC - (CBC affiliate) - Dawson Creek, C)J) D)awson C)reek
Channel 6: CHEK - (CH) - Victoria formerly Check-TV, C)h) e)ck)
Channel 8: CHAN - (Global) - Vancouver, some C)h)a)n)nel formerly BCTV
Channel 10: CKVU - (Citytv) - Vancouver, C)K) V)ancouver U)HF (Station used to be on channel 21, was first UHF TV station in B.C.)