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Life in Victoria

Inner Harbour

Victoria's Inner Harbour

About Victoria

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Victoria is considered a community of choice within Canada for its temperate climate and natural beauty. Our coastal setting contributes to the university's stellar research and teaching in fields like climate change and marine biology. It also provides an extraordinary launch pad for outdoor adventure, whether you're into surfing, kayaking, cycling, skiing, climbing or hiking.

If you prefer discoveries that take place in cafés, bookshops, museums and live-music venues then Victoria has plenty to offer. A provincial capital with a population near 400,000, this vibrant city boasts distinctive neighbourhoods, theatres and a thriving culinary scene.

Victoria is located just across the strait from Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington. Both can be reached by ferry in a matter of hours.

About Vancouver Island

Ranked as one of the top North American islands by Conde Naste Traveler Magazine for almost a decade, Vancouver Island hosts some of the world's most breathtaking destinations. Ski Mount Washington, surf or kayak Long Beach, or hike the West Coast Trail. If you prefer a more laid-back lifestyle, take a wine tour of the island's many wineries or enjoy golfing year-round.

Fast facts

  • Victoria is western Canada's oldest city.
  • We have the mildest climate in Canada, with flowers in bloom year-round.
  • The average temperature in January is 4°C (38°F) and it rarely snows.
  • Average daily high temperatures in June through September are around 20°C.
  • Vancouver Island is the largest island off the west coast of North America.
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