Victoria, having the warmest winters in Canada is proud of its benign climate and easy-going lifestyle, making it a favourite retirement location and popular tourist destination.
Photo: Deanne Gillespie & Tourism Victoria
Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu
(Splendour without diminishment)
Flower: Pacific Dogwood
Some Population Statistics from the 2016 Canada Census:
City of Victoria Victoria is the capital of the province and it's located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off the Pacific coast. Victoria has a population of 83,000, but Greater Victoria has a population estimated at 348,000, which makes it the 15th most populous urban region in Canada.
Saanich The District of Saanich is a district municipality on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Its population in 2016 was 114,148 making it the largest municipality in the Capital Regional District, the eighth largest in the province, and the 44th largest in Canada.
Esquimalt Esquimalt is one of the 13 municipalities of Greater Victoria and part of the Capital Regional District. Esquimalt had a population of 17,655 in 2016.
Oak Bay Oak Bay had a population of 18,094 in 2016
The variety of its landscapes is the main reason for British Columbia's distinctiveness: its 947,800 km2 offer remarkable topographical contrasts. Where the Pacific Ocean reaches the continent, it meets a chain of islands, large and small, running from north to south. Some of these islands are nestled in fiords carved in the majestic Coastal Mountains, which rise more than 2,000 metres above sea level.
British Columbia continues to attract Canadians and foreigners alike: 22,000 people settled in the province in 1998, and its population is now 13% of Canada's total. Nearly 60% live in Vancouver and Victoria, the province's capital. Vancouver, the largest dry cargo port on the Pacific coast of North America, is home to more than two million people, which makes it the third largest city in Canada.
About three quarters of BC's population live in the southwestern corner of the province. The majority of BC's inhabitants are of British origin, but the population includes immigrants and descendants of immigrants of all nationalities. More than 100,000 British Columbians are of Chinese origin. Vancouver has North America's second-largest Chinese community. In addition, more that 60,000 of BC inhabitants are from India and over 16,000 from Japan. The Aboriginal population of British Columbia is growing in numbers and is over 200,000 people.