Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast. The city has a population of about 80,017, while the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria has a population of 344,615, making it the 15th most populous Canadian urban region.
Known as the “The Garden City”, Victoria is a popular tourism destination with over 3.5 million visitors per year. The city’s chief industries are technology, food products, tourism, education, federal and provincial government administration and services.
Victoria has a temperate climate with mild, rainy winters and cool, dry and sunny summers. Every February there is an annual “flower count” when the rest of the country and most of the province is still in the dead of winter. Because of this, Victoria is also popular with retirees who come to enjoy the temperate and usually snow-free climate of the area as well as the usually relaxed pace of the city.
Victoria’s climate, location and variety of amenities make it ideal for many recreational activities including rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and golf. Victoria is very popular with boaters with its beautiful and rugged shorelines and beaches.
The city is home to many prestigious schools such as the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the Victoria College of Art, the Sooke Schools International Programme and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.