The capital of BC has the mildest climate in Canada and with greenery in evidence throughout the year there is little wonder that it’s called the City of Gardens! Victoria has been blessed with a wealth of natural and man-made riches, including stunning heritage architecture framed by ocean views and mountain vistas.
It is this rare juxtaposition of heritage charm, scenic backdrop and modern city-scape that makes Victoria one of the most uniquely special places in Canada. Millions visit our city every year and enjoy the natural beauty, temperate climate and heritage charm Victoria offers its citizens every day.
Victoria at a glance:
Serves as the metropolitan core for a region of 360,000
Capital City of British Columbia
Average of 2,183 hours of sunshine each year
Average rainfall is 66.5 centimetres per year
The following is a list of neighbourhoods in the City of Victoria, as defined by the city planning department.
Gonzales (Foul Bay)
Informal neighbourhoods include:
Oak Bay Border (Foul Bay Road)
Songhees (part of Vic West)
Sidney is situated amidst the Gulf Islands with Mount Baker in the distance. You will quickly discover why we are fortunate to live, work and play in this community where you can experience the relaxed atmosphere of a small seaside town and enjoy all the advantages of the big city.
Sidney is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the Saanich Peninsula – just a 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria. Sidney is home to the Sidney / US (Anacortes, WA) Ferry Terminal and just minutes from the Victoria International Airport as well as the Swartz Bay BC Ferry Terminal. Wide-ranged local bus service is available to all areas of the Peninsula and downtown Victoria. Our weather is the mildest in Canada with prevailing westerly ocean winds moderating both summer and winter temperatures.
Sidney is a year round tourist destination with 3.6 kilometres of waterfront and many wonderful activities to explore including: a Historical Museum; the Ocean Discovery Centre; whale watching; street statues and murals; a Mineral World; and our 420 ft. Fishing Pier with a thriving marine life Artificial Reef. Sidney’s waterfront location allows for many other water related activities such as boating, sailing, kayaking, diving and fishing.
Sidney’s pedestrian friendly downtown offers an excellent variety of stores, specialty shops and businesses providing unique products and personalized service. Sidney is Canada’s only Booktown where you can enjoy many hours of browsing through new and used books in a large number of bookstores. Sidney’s restaurants offer a diverse assortment of excellent meals and cater to all tastes.
Sidney is alive with culture and entertainment, boasting its own Star Cinema with first run movies and the Mary Winspear Centre at SANSCHA providing meeting rooms, convention facilities and an exciting 310 seat multi-purpose Theatre for stage productions.
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Oak Bay is a picturesque suburban community located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. With a population of approximately 18,000, it forms part of the Greater Victoria urban area, and along with 12 other municipal governments, comprises the Capital Regional District.
Unique, historic and family friendly, Oak Bay is a great place for kids and their families to go to the beach, explore parks, browse galleries, shop, kayak, and more. As you explore Oak Bay, you will find many points of historical and cultural interest; you can also participate in a wide range of activities throughout the community.
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