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MOVING TO / FROM VICTORIA

Victoria - Community Overview

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, BC
V8W 1P6

250-385-5711
www.victoria.ca

WEATHER

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.

 

For all other information please visit: 

www.theweathernetwork.com

MEDIA

One of the best ways to learn about your new community is to subscribe to the local newspaper.

 

Times Colonist 

250-380-5211

www.timescolonist.com


Victoria News 

250-381-3484

www.vicnews.com

EDUCATION

For information regarding curriculum and enrolment procedures, please contact:

Greater Victoria School District #61 

556 Boleskine Rd.
PO Box 700 Victoria, BC
V8W 2R1
250-475-3212
www.sd61.bc.ca

 

Sooke School District #62 

3143 Jacklin Rd.
Victoria, BC
V9B 5R1
250-474-9800
www.sd62.bc.ca

 

Additional educational institutes: 


Camosun College 

250-592-1556

www.camosun.ca

 
University of Victoria 

250-721-7211

www.uvic.ca

 

Royal Roads University 

250-391-2511

www.royalroads.ca

PUBLIC SERVICES

  • Cable TV
    Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. 250-748-9113 https://www.shaw.ca/
  • Gas
    Fortis BC 1-888-224-2710 https://www.fortisbc.com/
  • Hydro
    B.C. Hydro 1-800-224-9376 https://www.bchydro.com/index.html
  • Water
    Utility Services 250-746-2530 https://www.cvrd.ca/
  • Garbage/Recycling
    Collection Inquiries 250-746-2530 https://www.cvrd.ca/
  • Telephone
    Telus Outside BC 1-888-811-2323 Within BC 310-2255 https://www.telus.com/en/ The telephone area code for Cobble Hill is 250.

TRANSPORTATION

Motor Vehicle & Driver Licencing 

ICBC
1-800-950-1498
www.icbc.com

 

Public Transit 

BC Transit
250-382-6161
https://www.bctransit.com/choose-transit-system

 

BC Ferries
250-386-3431
www.bcferries.com

COMMUNITY

Parks & Recreation 

250-361-0500

www.victoria.ca
 

Greater Victoria Public Library 

250-382-7241

www.gvpl.ca

 

Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre 

250-361-0732

www.victoria.ca

 

Save on Foods Memorial Centre 

250-220-2600

www.sofmc.com
 

For information about upcoming events in Victoria, visit: www.tourismvictoria.com

SPORTS AND LEISURE

Parks & Recreation 

250-361-0500

www.victoria.ca
 

YMCA 

250-386-7511

www.victoriay.com
 

Golf Courses 

 

Prospect Lake Golf Course
250-479-2688
www.golfprospect.com

 

Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa
250-391-7160
www.bearmountain.ca

 

Cordova Bay Golf Club
250-658-4444
www.cordovabaygolf.com

 

Highland Pacific Golf
250-478-4653
www.highlandpacificgolf.com

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

Annual Events 

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. 


Markets 

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. 


Butchart Gardens 

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.

GROCERY STORES

To find a grocery store in the Victoria area, visit: 

 

Loblaws 

www.loblaws.ca


Save on Foods 

www.saveonfoods.com


Thrifty Foods 

www.thriftyfoods.com


Specialty Stores 


Lifestyle Markets 

Organic Grocery
250-384-3388
www.lifestylemarkets.com

SHOPPING CENTRES

Mayfair Shopping Centre 

221-3147 Douglas St.

Victoria, BC

V8Z 6E3

250-383-0541
www.mayfairshoppingcentre.com

 

University Heights Shopping Centre 

3980 Shelbourne St. #413
Victoria, BC

V8N 6J3

250-472-1846
www.universityheightsmall.ca

ENTERTAINMENT

Movie Theatre 

To find a movie theatre near you, visit: 

www.tribute.ca


Restaurants 

To find local restaurants, visit: 

www.restaurantica.com


Live Theatre 

For production information, visit: 

https://visitorinvictoria.ca/live-theatre-in-victoria-bc/


Nightlife 

For information on nightclubs, visit: 

www.clubzone.com

MOVING TIPS BROCHURES

Call at 1-888-708-7700 to order the following brochures:

Protecting your goods in transit

Handling dangerous goods

Do-it-yourself packing guide

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