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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.
  • Friendly is an understatement: Victoria has been named both the Most Romantic City in Canada (five years running) 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 in the World and Friendliest City in Canada (by international travel and tourism magazine, Condé Nast).
  • Bright lights, beautiful city: As the provincial capital, the Parliament buildings have 3,560 lights and roughly 1,500 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.