Victoria

About Victoria

Victoria, capital of British Columbia, sits on the craggy southern end of Vancouver Island. With abundant parkland, it’s known for outdoor activities. The city's British colonial past shows in its Victorian architecture, including stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion. Butchart Gardens, with 55 acres of vivid floral displays, plus statuary, water features and a carousel, is one of many formal gardens in the city

Victoria is the southernmost major city in Western Canada and is about 100 km (60 mi) southwest from British Columbia's largest city of Vancouver on the mainland. The city is about 100 km (60 mi) from Seattle by airplane, ferry, or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry, and 40 km (25 mi) from Port Angeles, Washington, by ferry Coho across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Named for Queen Victoria, the city is one of the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, the Parliament Buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908). The city's Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. The region's Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before European settlement, which had large populations at the time of European exploration.

Study in Victoria

-Two renowned universities and a college: University of Victoria, Royal Roads University, Camosun College
-Arts and culture: world-class museum, IMAX theatre, a symphony, professional theatre companies, major regional art gallery
-Semi-professional soccer, hockey, baseball and lacrosse teams
-Home to world-class Olympic athletes in rowing, rugby, field hockey, diving, cycling and triathlons
-Modern 7,000 seat sports and entertainment venue attracts major concerts and other sports-entertainment events

Advantages of the Victoria

-Canada is a really great place to study abroad. There are tons of clubs and activities to join in on.
-There are the Butchart Gardens, which is one of the best gardens in the world.
-The most beatiful places are around of the Victoria some of them: Canadian Rockies, Whistler, Vancouver Salt Spring Island, Mount Washington, Tofino.

Disadvantages of the Victoria

-Costs of living a little bit higher than the other cities.

-The Harbour pretty much never stops. If you’re seeking quiet moments of solitude on a balcony overlooking the ocean, don’t bank on finding it while staying next to the harbour.

-Being at the heart of the city, you can expect traffic—be it boats, people, cars, or even tour groups—to be in the area until quite late at night.

Interesting

-Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and Fan Tan Alley is the narrowest street in Canada.
-Friendly is an understatement: Victoria has been named both the Most Romantic City in Canada and one of the top 15 Friendliest Cities in the World.
-Bright lights, beautiful city: As the provincial capital, the Parliament buildings have approximately 3,300 energy efficient lights and roughly 1,600 lampposts across the city hold hanging flower baskets every Summer.
-The world’s tallest free-standing totem pole is in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.
-The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the most comprehensive collection of Asian art in Canada.

Climate of the Victoria

-Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada
-Low level of precipitation – much less than other nearby areas
-Summers are warm and dry - temperatures seldom exceed 25°C
-Temperatures rarely dip below freezing in winter
-Victoria ranks among the sunniest cities in the country
-Mild winters allow residents to pursue a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year, such as golfing, rowing, hiking, sailing and cycling.

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