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Victoria, B.C.


Canada facts & history in brief

Victoria, capital of British Columbia, Canada, lies along a picturesque harbour at the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The city covers about 18 square kilometres and about 400 square kilometres the metropolitan area.
In 1843 the Hudson's Bay Company set up a fort and a trading post on the present city's site, originally called Fort Camosun.
A few years later it was renamed Fort Victoria, in honour of Queen Victoria.
In 1850, Fort Victoria became the capital of Vancouver Island and in 1868 became the capital of the colony of British Columbia, which was made a province of Canada in 1871.
Victoria developed as a port and shipbuilding centre during the world wars.
The city went through a large scale urban renewal and rapid growth during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Despite the rapid growth and renewal the city still retains much of its English character and charm.
A large portion of the population employed by the Government, commercial, distribution, and manufacturing industries.
The city also services the surrounding area's logging, fishing, and agricultural operations.
Tourism, ship building and the repairs are also major aspects of the city's economy.
Factories produce fabricated metal, processed food and forest products.
Often called the "City of Gardens", with large parks, a beautiful waterfront and an interesting "old town" district.
More than 2 million tourists visit Victoria annually.
Many retired people settle in the area because its mild climate scenic surroundings, its picturesque, narrow streets and beautiful gardens.
A few of Victoria's many attractions are;
the Provincial Legislative Buildings, the Royal British Columbia Museum, with natural history exhibits, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Butchart Gardens, (About 20 km northwest of the city), the Classic Car Museum, and Thunderbird Park, which contains a collection of Native American totem poles, the University of Victoria, the Royal Roads Military College, the Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park, encompassing coastal fortifications and the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.

Population is around 100,000 in the city and about 300,000 in the metropolitan area.

We came over by bus, ferry and bus.
Quaint little place, very English, very quaint.
We had only time for a conducted tour and a quick 'pedestrian encounter'.
I can tell you now, it all checked out Ok.

You can click on these photos for an enlargement.

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