VICTORIA, A TRUE ISLAND PARADISE

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is located just twenty minutes' drive from the Royal Roads University campus. With a friendly atmosphere, mild climate and famous attractions, Victoria is the perfect place to create special memories.

Discover just some of the things Victoria has to offer

Victoria has a range of excellent restaurants, from fine dining and casual bistros to waterfront pubs, where you can taste delicious food from Italy Greece, France, India and China.

Cafés and hotels around the city serve some of the world's finest teas. You can also have a British-inspired afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches and scones with cream and jam.

There's a fantastic range of shops, boutiques and local markets in Victoria, so whether you are looking for a vintage coat, or a new phone you’ll be able to find what you are looking for.

The Bay Centre shopping mall is a ‘must shop’ destination. There are over 90 shops to choose from here, covering an entire city block.

Victoria is a city of culture, attracting visitors from around the world to its vibrant music and art festivals that take place throughout the year.

By day, you can visit one of many art galleries, such as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria that houses over 15,000 objects from Canada and Japan. By night you can enjoy a range of captivating theatre, opera and dance performances.

Victoria is famous for its exciting outdoor lifestyle. With a mild climate and stunning forests, mountains, beaches and the ocean close by, it is the ideal place to discover a new sport or activity.

You can have a go at fun sports such as hiking, cycling and snowboarding, kayaking, whale watching and even scuba diving.

A flavor of what's on in the next few months

Victoria Fringe Festival

This 12-day celebration of live performance and art has been running successfully for 30 years. Taking place in August and September, this year the festival will feature comedy, drama, art, poetry, comedy, and dance shows by talented artists from around the world.

Moss Street Market

Victoria's longest running outdoor market is the perfect place to buy fresh food, handmade crafts and local products sold by over 90 vendors, artisans and farmers. This lively market is a great place to meet up with friends for lunch and enjoy live music.

Vikes Basketball Game

The Vikes athletics program is one of the best in Canada with teams in swimming, rugby, field hockey and more. Go to a fast-paced game of basketball to cheer on the Vikes and try classic American snacks such as soda, popcorn, hot-dogs, pretzels and nachos.

Craigdarroch Castle

Take a step back in time to 1890s with a visit to a beautiful Victorian mansion, built by a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from coal. This lavish castle has 39 rooms decorated with Victorian furnishings and beautiful stained glass windows.

Victoria facts and figures

  • Year founded: 1843
  • Location: Southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  • Population: 330,000 in Greater Victoria
  • Education: 40,000 university and college students
  • Economy: lowest unemployment rate in North America
  • Climate: Mildest in Canada with 2,200 hours of sunshine per year
  • Known as: 'The Garden City' as many flowers bloom in the winter
  • Nearby airports: Victoria International Airport

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