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Fun facts about Victoria

A few fun facts and figures about Victoria:

  • With a perfect growing climate, Victoria is known internationally as the City of Gardens.
  • The city has an annual flower count dating back to the 1970s. The total blooms counted in 2018 was over 3.4 billion.
  • Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and Fan Tan Alley is the narrowest street in Canada.
  • Friendly is an understatement: Victoria has been named both the Most Romantic City in Canada and one of the top 15 Friendliest Cities in the World.
  • Other accolades include: Canada’s Best City to Live in for Women, and both the Seventh Best City and Second Best Small City in the world (by international travel and tourism magazine, Condé Nast).
  • Bright lights, beautiful city: As the provincial capital, the Parliament buildings have approximately 3,300 energy efficient lights and roughly 1,600 lampposts across the city hold hanging flower baskets every Summer.
  • Victoria is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, with hundreds of kilometres of cycle paths, bike lanes and routes in the city, including the incomparable Galloping Goose Regional Trail.
  • Time for tea? Half a million cups are served annually at the Fairmont Empress.
  • Strong support for all things local: Vancouver Island has over 2,800 farms, with nearly 1,000 in the Greater Victoria Region and 700 in the Cowichan Valley.
  • The world’s tallest free-standing totem pole is in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.
  • National Geographic recognizes Vancouver Island as one of the best cold-water diving destinations on earth and the renowned Jacques Cousteau Society rates the area second only to the Red Sea for diversity of marine life and water clarity.
  • Victoria’s waters are home to three resident pods of orca (killer) whales totaling 76 whales.
  • The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the most comprehensive collection of Asian art in Canada.
  • Number of annual visitors to the internationally-renown Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada? Over one million.
  • The Royal BC Museum, founded in 1886, is one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world