If you’ve ever seen the “Victoria… It’s More than That” video put out by Tourism Victoria, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that many of those who come to visit, end up searching for options to relocate to our beautiful city – but what is the mass appeal? In this blog I will highlight some of the many reasons people are moving to Victoria.
We have it pretty good here! Located at the Southern Tip of Vancouver Island we are just a short trip away from many great cities, towns and islands like Vancouver, Tofino, the many Gulf Islands, Seattle, Portland and many more. These can all be easily and quickly accessed which makes for lots of great weekend trips throughout the year without needing to dig into vacation time at work. However, we are also far enough away that we keep this capital city’s “island life” personality intact.
Weather and outdoor activities
Living on an island has some great advantages when it comes to climate. Being surrounded by the ocean keeps the city fairly moderate in temperature, we don’t get too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer – we’re kind of like a Goldilocks zone city. We often are holding our annual flower count while much of the rest of Canada is still firmly under a blanket of snow and ice. However, all these flowers and greenery is because we live in a temperate rainforest – so it’s smart to always pack your umbrella!
Because of the moderate weather, Victoria has an abundance of things you can do outside all year round. Anything from golfing, biking, spelunking, hiking, rock climbing, geocaching, rowing or paddling, etc. are generally done year round with only the few days’ exception from time to time.
Food, arts and culture
There is a saying that if everyone in Victoria went out to dinner at the same time on the same night, there would still be seats available. Our city is infamous for its restaurant scene. Many chains fail here because we have so many great local spots we don’t need the chains. Especially when it comes to breakfast places! We know how to do a good brunch better than most, evidenced by the weekly line-ups, rain or shine, all around town.
The only other activity in Victoria that can give our restaurant industry a run for its money is our arts and culture scene. Art galleries, exhibits, museums, festivals and performances are literally everywhere and held almost daily. If you are considering moving to Victoria, take advantage of our thriving arts scene and you will never be bored.
Real Estate and transportation
This is an incredibly diverse city, and not just in regards to our population. Although the Victoria real estate market is hot, there are so many different neighbourhoods that almost everyone can find something to suit their needs. If you are looking for a condo downtown in a busy and young area of town, we offer that. If you are looking for a historic house from the early 1900’s with lots of personality, we have them. What about a new single family home on an acreage to raise livestock? No problem, we have those too. And the best part, all of these communities are within a 30 minutes’ drive of each other. No need to spend hours in traffic like in major cities on the mainland. But what if you don’t have a car? No problem. Victoria’s transit infrastructure is pretty good! Busing around town is straightforward and with additions like being able to text for your bus information and updates makes it a lot less stressful than in other major cities. But if you prefer to use your own muscles for transportation, you are also in luck. Victoria is not only a very walkable city, but it is also well connected with bike lanes, corridors and paths throughout.
With these four reasons only highlighting a fraction of what our city has to offer - it really is no wonder why people want to move to Victoria. What made you want to stay or move here? Comment below!