Welcome to Victoria B.C., named after Queen Victoria who reigned over Canada and the Commonwealth at the time of the settlement in 1843, making Victoria the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest. Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and home to the provincial parliament buildings. Located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, it is an attractive city and a popular tourist destination. Victoria is ranked in the top twenty of the world cities for top quality of life and has a large non-local student population, who come to attend The University of Victoria, Victoria College of Art, and Camosun College. Also popular among boaters, Victoria has a beautiful harbour, rocky shorelines and beaches. Moreover, Victoria includes areas of luxury real estate and spectacular waterfront homes.
The City at Glance
Average Household Income: $58,648
Top 3 Languages: English, Chinese, French
Driving time to Victoria Airport: 30 minutes
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British Columbia Parliament Building
Beacon Hill Park
Royal BC Museum
The easiest way to get to Victoria from Vancouver by car is by BC Ferries. Victoria is also home to Victoria International Airport (YYJ) with flights connecting various cities across Canada, the Pacific North West and sun destinations internationally. You can also reach Victoria from Downtown Vancouver by sea plane through Harbour Air and by helicopter with Helijet. The Victoria region has an exceptional public transit system (BC Transit) that will take you around the area and out to the ferry terminals. Victoria is the jumping off point for exploring Vancouver Island by car or motorhome, and also offers ferry service to Seattle, in Washington State.
The Greater Victoria School District (SD No. 61) operates 51 schools. There are also several independent private schools in the area, and some universities.
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Public Elementary Schools:
Campus View Elementary School
Torquay Elementary School
Eagle View Elementary School
Public High Schools:
Oak Bay High School
Mount Douglas Secondary School
Reynolds Secondary School
Private K-12 Schools:
St. Margaret’s School (All Girls)
Glenlynon Norfolk School
Private Elementary Schools:
Selkirk Montessori School, Christ Church Cathedral School
Private High Schools:
St Michaels University School
St Andrew’s Regional High School
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