Facts About Victoria
Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast.
Victoria is the 7th-most densely populated city in Canada with 4,405.8 inhabitants per square kilometre.
Victoria is considered the bicycle capital of Canada because of an extensive bike path system, along with a high percentage of regular cyclists.
Victoria gets 2,183 hours of sunshine per year and eight months are frost-free.
Victoria has the second-highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, second only to San Francisco.
Prior to the arrival of European navigators in the late 1700s, the Victoria area was home to several communities of Coast Salish peoples, including the Songhees.
The waters surrounding Victoria are home to 5 species of whales.
The median age in Victoria is 43.1 years.
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, located in Victoria is home to North America’s oldest operating birdcage elevator.
The city has an annual flower count dating back to the 1970s.
The world’s tallest free-standing totem pole is in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.
The highest temperature ever recorded at Victoria Gonzales was 36.0 °C (96.8 °F) on 11 July 2007.
Spinnakers is Canada’s oldest licensed brewpub, located on the West Shore of Victoria.
Victoria sits on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in the Olympic Mountain’s “rain shadow”, meaning it receives 50% less rain than the city of Vancouver and Washington State.
Victoria was founded in 1843, 43 years before Vancouver.
The landscape of Victoria was formed by volcanism followed by water in various forms. Pleistocene glaciation put the area under a thick ice cover, the weight of which depressed the land below present sea level.
Victoria is 23 m (75 ft) above sea level.
The famous Butchart Gardens opened in 1904.
The Estimated Population of Victoria is 6.695 million, as of June 2020.
Named for Queen Victoria, the city is one of the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843.
Victoria is known as “The Garden City”, Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a regional technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry.
The Fairmont Empress serves over 500,000 cups of tea a year, Queen Elizabeth has stayed in this famous hotel.
The coldest temperature on record is −15.6 °C (4 °F) on 29 December 1968.
Victoria was incorporated into a city on the 2nd of August 1862.
Victoria became a British crown colony in 1849 but remained a small town of fewer than 300 people until 1858.
The city’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco’s.
Victoria has been ranked as one of the friendliest cities in the world, and the most romantic city in Canada.
Victoria has four Sister Cities Khabarovsk, Russia; Napier, New Zealand; Morioka, Japan & Suzhou, People’s Republic of China.
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the most comprehensive collection of Asian art in Canada.
The Victoria area is made up of 13 parts. Four of them make up Greater Victoria: Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt & Oak Bay.