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Living in Canada

What's it Like to Live in Canada?

Canada is the second largest country in the world. It is famous for its beautiful scenery, friendly people and high quality of life. At Royal Roads University you’ll be based in the cultural city of Victoria, with access to exciting outdoor adventures in British Columbia (B.C.).

A Great Quality of Life

Canada has some of the highest living standards in the world. It is a safe and welcoming country, with great healthcare, transport services and lots of career opportunity. Many Canadians live in vibrant cities and spend their free time enjoying outdoor activities.

Living in Victoria

Royal Roads University is located in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia (B.C.), and located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. Victoria has stunning scenery, fascinating history, and lots of activities and attractions. The city is diverse and welcoming, and you can enjoy a fulfilling Canadian lifestyle here.

Truly Multicultural

One of the world’s most multicultural countries, Canada is very welcoming to international students. The official language is English, but French and Chinese dialects are also spoken. British Columbia is Canada’s most ethnically diverse province, and Victoria has the oldest Chinatown in Canada. This diversity makes Royal Roads University one of the best universities in Canada for international students.

Fascinating History

Canada has a long history of aboriginal settlers, British occupation, and international immigration. You can learn about this history at Victoria’s Royal British Columbia Museum and Craigdarroch Castle. Hatley Castle, one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, is located on the Royal Roads University campus.

Canadian Culture

Student life in Canada is exciting and varied, with lots of opportunities to get immersed in the local culture. Canadians love drinking coffee, and Victoria has lots of cafes where you can meet friends and locals after class. To get involved in the Canadian national sport of ice hockey, you could join a team or go to a NHL (National Hockey League) game.

Festivals are a great way to celebrate Canada’s diverse culture. Attend culutral festivals such as:

  • Chinese New Year
  • International JazzFest
  • Aboriginal Culture Festival.

Victoria also has excellent international restaurants where you can enjoy everything from local salmon and seafood, to pizza, sushi, and great Chinese food.

Outdoor Adventure

Canada’s wildlife and natural landscapes are world famous. British Columbia has some of the best outdoor attractions in the country with world-class skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking. Victoria has beautiful shoreline parks and more cycle routes than any other Canadian city. Outside the city, Vancouver Island is famous for its surf beaches, whale watching and fishing. The nearest ski resort to Victoria is Mount Washington (2.5 hours away).

Exploring Canada

Canada is just under 10 million square kilometers, making it the largest country in the western hemisphere and the second largest country in the world. There is so much to experience here.

Lots to See Nearby

From Victoria, you will find it easy to travel around Vancouver Island and to rest of North America via airplane, car and public transport. Victoria is connected to the rest of Canada by air and sea from the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) and regular ferry services.

Flying is the fastest way to travel long distances. From the airport, you can take direct flights or connecting flight to other cities in North America and almost anywhere else in the world, like Seattle (40 minutes) and San Francisco (2 hours 20 minutes). Canada’s largest international airport, Vancouver International Airport (YVR), is only 25 minutes by air from Victoria. From here, you can take a direct or connecting flight to almost anywhere in the world. The largest air carriers are Air Canada and WestJet.

Our students' experiences

Beautiful scenery

Enjoy four distinct seasons in Canada and take up snow sports in British Columbia, where the mountainous regions receive heavy snowfall.

Victoria facts

  • Province: British Columbia
  • Climate: Mild and coastal with 2,200 hours of sunshine per year
  • Population: 367,000 in Greater Victoria
  • City size: 15th largest metropolitan area in Canada
  • Economy: lowest unemployment rate in North America
  • Education: 40,000 university and college students
  • Nearby airports: Victoria International Airport (30 minutes from campus)

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