The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of about 80,017 within the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria, which has a population of 344,615. Victoria offers easy access to Vancouver on the mainland, as well as Seattle and Port Angeles in Washington State U.S. across the Juan de Fuca Strait.
Known as the 'City of Gardens', Victoria is an attractive and popular tourist destination, with a thriving technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry, and a large Armed Forces base. The city also has a large non-local student population who come to attend the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, the Sooke Schools International Program and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Victoria enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters, and cool, dry and sunny summers. Average winter temperatures range between 4 and 8 °C (39.2 and 46.4°F), and summer months are also relatively mild, with average temperatures ranging between 11 and 20 °C (51.8 and 68 °F). Thanks to the rain shadow effect of the nearby Olympic Mountains, Victoria is the driest location on the B.C. coast, boasting less than one-third to one-half of the rain which falls on Vancouver.
As more and more people are discovering the Greater Victoria region, the lure of owning a little slice of this paradise is serving to push housing development. Buyers now have an exceptional selection of condos, patio homes, retirement complexes and town houses, as well as a broad range of single family dwellings in historic neighbourhoods through to new sub-divisions and rural settings. The region is compact, making commuting times shorter than in most cities, and there is convenient access to facilities, shops, schools and recreation.