“Nearly 450 km long and 100 km wide, Vancouver Island is the largest island on the west coast of North America. From sandy ocean beaches to towering glacier-draped mountains to dense rain forests, the island contains rich eco-systems that are home to thousands of plant and animal species. This diversity has made Vancouver Island one of Canada’s top places to live, work and play. Fish for huge salmon, climb a mountain, wander through a grove of 800-year-old trees, paddle with killer whales, watch Native carvers create a totem pole, hike some of the most beautiful trails in the world, ski a world-class run, make a putt on any of the 50-plus golf courses, or just to relax on a warm sandy beach. The people of Vancouver Island rightfully feel they live in a piece of paradise.
The south end of the island around Victoria receives the least annual precipitation and winter snow is usually minimal. In fact, you may see golfers on the course in mid January, while skiers try out the deep powder on mid Island mountains.”
– Vancouver Island Abound Outdoor Pages
Why Choose Victoria?
- Pleasant, temperate climate
- Year-round outdoor activities (skiing, sailing, golfing, and more)
- Bike to work most of the year
- Spectacular scenery and beaches
- Fine restaurants
- Vibrant music and cultural scene
- International Airport