Welcome to Victoria, British Columbia, an island paradise. Residents enjoy the mildest climate in Canada with summer temperatures ranging from 18 to 32 degrees Celsius and winters that rarely see snow fall. Vancouver Island is the largest island located off the west coast of North America with over 2000 miles of coastline. It is home to the world famous Pacific Rim National Park which encompasses a total area of 50,000 hectares and includes old growth temperate rainforest and the very challenging "West Coast Trail". With the breathtaking scenery and rugged terrain of Vancouver Island, it's no wonder that it attracts people from around the world to hike, camp, kayak, windsurf, bike, and ski.
With all Victoria has to offer, it's not surprising that many visitors come for a vacation and decide to stay. Victoria has much to offer its residents in addition to the beautiful landscape.
Education: Victoria offers a wide variety of educational options. Public schools, private schools, alternative, gifted, specific sport focused, Montessori, Military, faith based and arts schools are available in Victoria. Local post-secondary institutions include the highly regarded University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, University Canada West, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and many more.
Arts & Culture: Victorians enjoy a rich environment of Arts & Culture. From festivals and outdoor events, including "Concerts in the Park", Canada Day Fireworks Celebrations and "Symphony Splash" to live performances from the Pacific Opera, The Victoria Symphony, Victoria Operatic Society and at its many theatres: the Royal Theatre & McPherson Playhouse; Langham Court and the Belfry; there is no shortage of cultural activities to choose from. Victoria is home to the world renowned Royal BC Museum, "one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. The museum was founded in 1886; the archives in 1894. In 2003 these two organizations integrated to become British Columbia's combined provincial museum and archives, collecting artifacts, documents and specimens of BC's natural and human history, safeguarding them for the future, and sharing them with the world." http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/About_RBCM/. The Victoria Art Gallery holds almost 17,000 works of art, and is the largest public collection in B.C.
Recreation: Victoria's mild climate is the perfect setting for outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, running, walking, golfing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, soccer and tennis. Regional parks are abundant, lush & well maintained. Beautiful recreation centres with swimming, skating, curling, & gym facilities can be found in most areas of Greater Victoria. Saanich Commonwealth Pool is a world class facility offering a 50 metre pool, wave pool, tot pool, diving pool and 10 metre tower. Sport fishing & scuba diving are also popular Victoria past times.