Moving To / From Victoria
In 1843, Chief Factor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, James Douglas chose present day Victoria as the site for a Hudson’s Bay Company’s trading post and fort. The smaller harbour of Victoria was chosen over that of Esquimalt for Fort Victoria (named after Queen Victoria) due to its extensive tracts of level to gently sloping land, ideal for agriculture.
The community remained small until it became the supply centre and jumping-off point for the Fraser Gold Rush of 1858. In 1862, the town was incorporated as a city. In 1865, the nearby Esquimalt Harbour was designated as a naval base by the British Admiralty and still performs this function today as CFB Esquimalt. In 1868, Victoria was named the capital city of the Crown Colony of British Columbia and when the colony joined the Dominion of Canada in 1871, Victoria became the capital city of the Province of British Columbia.
Today, Victoria is home to the provincial legislature, many governments and the naval base CFB Esquimalt. Tourism also plays an important role in the economy. Victoria is known as the vacation capital of Canada with over 3 million visitors throughout the year. The downtown contains many preserved and restored historical buildings housing restaurants, galleries and shops.
The City of Victoria, capital of British Columbia, is located on Highway #17, in the Capital Regional District. Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, on a peninsular site where Victorians can view the bordering Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits. The city is backed by the Olympic Mountains of Washington to the south and the Gulf Islands to the east, with the volcanic peak of Mount Baker in the distance.
The population of the city of Victoria numbers approximately 78,659.
For more information about Victoria:
City of Victoria
1 Centennial Sq.
Victoria has an average July temperature of 15.2°C and an average January temperature of 4.1°C. The average annual precipitation is 608 mm.
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For information regarding curriculum and enrolment procedures, please contact:
Greater Victoria School District #61
556 Boleskine Rd.
PO Box 700 Victoria, BC
Sooke School District #62
3143 Jacklin Rd.
Additional educational institutes:
University of Victoria
Royal Roads University
Royal Jubilee Hospital
1952 Bay St.
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health
2400 Arbutus Rd.
Victoria General Hospital
1 Hospital Way
Gorge Road Hospital
1952 Bay St.
Motor Vehicle & Driver Licencing
Parks & Recreation
Greater Victoria Public Library
Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre
Save on Foods Memorial Centre
For information about upcoming events in Victoria, visit:
Parks & Recreation
Prospect Lake Golf Course
Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa
Cordova Bay Golf Club
Highland Pacific Golf
Victoria is host to numerous annual festivities including Highland Games in May, JazzFest in June, Victoria Dragon Boat Festival in August and the Santa Claus Parade in November.
Victoria is home to two public markets, both held during the months of May-October. The Government Street Market is held on Sundays from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and the James Bay Market is held on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Emily Carr House
Birthplace and childhood home of artist Emily Carr. Built in 1863, this restored home depicts the Victorian lifestyle of the Carr family.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
This art gallery holds the largest Asian Art Collection in Canada. Emily Carr’s extensive work is also on display.
Royal BC Museum
Galleries and exhibits showcase the human and natural history of British Columbia.
50 acres of groomed gardens located on a 1904 country estate. Featured are a Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, Italian Garden and elaborate fountains.
Beacon Hill Park
Natural and landscaped beauty incorporating grassy meadows, cliffs, gravel beach, lakes and streams. The park includes a wading pool, bandshell, sports fields and mini golf. Beacon Hill is mile”0” of the Trans-Canada Highway.
To find a grocery store in the Victoria area, visit:
Save on Foods
Mayfair Shopping Centre
221-3147 Douglas St.
University Heights Shopping Centre
3980 Shelbourne St. #413
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