Annual Tourist Visits
Big As Belgium
We’re the largest Pacific Island east of New Zealand, full of rainforest, mountains, lakes, wildlife and imaginative people.
Our location and immersive culture make the city's economy perfect for business ideas born from an imaginative standpoint.
It's a Nice Place to Be
We have Canada's mildest climate, and are the second sunniest city in the province.
Victoria has Canada's oldest Chinatown. And as one of our country's oldest cities, we also have a castle. That's right, a castle.
- Top North American Island Condé Nast Traveller
- Canada's Smartest City Maclean's Magazine
- Microcity of the future Financial Times
Every Single Day in Victoria
22,500 LitresBeer Brewed Daily
50%Consumed on Vancouver Island
1,050 LBSCoffee Beans Brewed Daily
6Local Artisan Roasters
21Exceptional Local Cafes Imagine That!
At the 2011 Western Canadian barista competition in Vancouver, 7 of the 12 competitors were from Victoria.
DozensOf Local-Focused Restaurants
2,855Vancouver Island Farms
46Wineries, Cideries, Meaderies & Distilleries
AbundantFreshwater & Saltwater Fishing
Beauty and Brains?
3Universities & Colleges
Over 12Alternative Campuses
10Federal Research Labs Imagine That!
Victoria consistently ranks first or second place in the yearly Maclean's Magazine “Best Schools in Canada” review.
Times Higher Education's world university rankings put University of Victoria at 196th in the world (top 1%), and 9th in Canada.
Victoria has the second highest number of restaurants per capita in North America.
14% of Canada's Olympic team, and numerous world-class atheletes and medalists call Victoria home.
National Geographic says we are one of the best cold water diving destinations in the world.