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About Victoria

Fun Facts

  • Victoria is internationally renowned as the "City of Gardens"
  • Approximately 1,500 hanging baskets adorn lampposts throughout the City of Victoria each summer
  • There are 3,560 lights on the Parliament Buildings
  • Number of cups of tea served annually at The Fairmont Empress Hotel: 500,000
  • There are 2,855 farms on Vancouver Island including 991 in Greater Victoria and 700 in the Cowichan Valley
  • National Geographic Magazine recognizes Vancouver Island as one of the best cold-water diving destinations in the world and the renowned Jacques Cousteau Society rates the area as only second to the Red Sea for diversity of marine life and water clarity
  • Victoria's waters are home to three resident pods of orca whales, totaling over 80 mammals
  • The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the second best and most comprehensive collection of Asian art in Canada
  • 13 per cent of the Canadian Olympic team that participated in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China is from Victoria. Numerous world-class athletes and medalists, such as Roland Green, Dave Calder, Simon Whitfield, Ryder Hesjedal, Silken Laumann and members of the Canadian Men's Rugby Team call Victoria home
  • The Butchart Gardens receive more than a million visitors each year and have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to their international renown
  • Founded in 1886, the Royal BC Museum is one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world
  • Victoria was named one of the top 15 Friendliest Cities in the World by MSN.ca Travel, 2013
  • Victoria was named the #1 Most Romantic City in Canada by Amazon.ca, 2013
  • Victoria has hundreds of kilometres of bicycle paths, bike lanes and bike routes in the city, including the incomparable Galloping Goose Regional Trail


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