Thursday 8 January 2015

Victoria, Vancouver Island

If it weren't for the daily views of ocean it would be easy to forget you live on an island when it's as big as Vancouver Island and there is a city like Victoria on it.
 Looking over Victoria from Mill Hill Park
Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and sits on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. the Capital Regional District is made up of a number of communities, including the City of Victoria, that most people refer to simply as Victoria. The population of the Regional District is approx. 350,000.
Victoria Inner Harbour from Esquimalt
Victoria offers everything from a world class museum to high end accommodations, a nationally recognized university, athletics teams, and a climate that is the envy of other cities across Canada. (Residents hold a bloom count in February, tongue in cheek reminding the rest of Canada how lovely it is even in winter in Victoria.) Known as a city that attracts both young and old alike, Victoria offers a charm and lifestyle that cannot easily be found anywhere else.
World famous Empress Hotel, Victoria Inner Harbour
For people who live on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers the amenities and attractions of a big city without having to leave the island. With the Inland Island Highway getting to Victoria is direct from almost anywhere on the island. Whether for shopping, a night on the town or cultural activities such as a concert or show a get away to Victoria is a treat for those who live on the island.

Victoria has a good transit system and is becoming more and more cyclist friendly. It is the perfect blend of small town and big city. As is common with government towns, it boasts a lot of parks and green space including Beacon Hill Park downtown on the water - a popular park for locals and tourists alike.
Gardens in Beacon Hill Park
It's a Coastal Lifestyle .... Pass It On!

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