" If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you are active in your community, there is nothing more empowering. "

Julia Louis-Dreyfus 


The City of Victoria is located on the south east tip of Vancouver Island. It has been home to the Lekwungen First Nations for thousands of years. The City of Victoria itself is home to 80,000 permanent residents. There are 350,000 permanent residents in Greater Victoria, almost half the population of Vancouver Island. 

Victoria was first established as a Hudson Bay Company trading post in 1841, making it one of the oldest cities in the Pacific North West. The gold rush in 1858 saw rapid growth in Victoria, as it was the main port of British Columbia at the time, including many Chinese. Victoria’s Chinatown is the second oldest Chinatown in North America.  When British Columbia joined the Commonwealth of Canada in 1871, Victoria was declared the Capital of the Province of British Columbia. The great efforts that the people of Victoria have made to retain many of their heritage buildings, including the famous Empress Hotel built in 1908, is what gives Victoria its charm and keeps attracting visitors year after year. Today, Information Technology has surpassed tourism and government as the primary economic driver in Victoria. 

No longer considered the town of ‘The Newly Wed or Nearly Dead’, Victoria is blossoming. The difficult thing about Victoria is not what to do but how to find the time to do and experience everything this vibrant city has to offer. There is biking, hiking, walking, golfing, heritage tours, fishing, boating, and kayaking. Victoria offers fabulous shopping with many boutiques, galleries, and studios to discover. Victoria has a vibrant arts and culture community. There are museums, theatres, art galleries, a symphony, and always concerts and clubs to keep one entertained.

Victoria is a full service community with access to all the services one would require in and around the city including all levels of schools including colleges and universities, two hospitals, and an airport. 

If you are considering calling Victoria home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Victoria.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Victoria. 

While staying in Victoria, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Victoria has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Victoria using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Victoria community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.