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30 Interesting Facts About Victoria

Facts About Victoria

  • Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast.
  • Victoria is the 7th-most densely populated city in Canada with 4,405.8 inhabitants per square kilometre.
  • Victoria is considered the bicycle capital of Canada because of an extensive bike path system, along with a high percentage of regular cyclists.
  • Victoria gets 2,183 hours of sunshine per year and eight months are frost-free.
  • Victoria has the second-highest number of restaurants per capita in North America, second only to San Francisco.
  • Prior to the arrival of European navigators in the late 1700s, the Victoria area was home to several communities of Coast Salish peoples, including the Songhees.
  • The waters surrounding Victoria are home to 5 species of whales.
  • The median age in Victoria is 43.1 years.
  • The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, located in Victoria is home to North America’s oldest operating birdcage elevator.
  • The city has an annual flower count dating back to the 1970s.
  • The world’s tallest free-standing totem pole is in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded at Victoria Gonzales was 36.0 °C (96.8 °F) on 11 July 2007.
  • Spinnakers is Canada’s oldest licensed brewpub, located on the West Shore of Victoria.
  • Victoria sits on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in the Olympic Mountain’s “rain shadow”, meaning it receives 50% less rain than the city of Vancouver and Washington State.
  • Victoria was founded in 1843, 43 years before Vancouver.
  • The landscape of Victoria was formed by volcanism followed by water in various forms. Pleistocene glaciation put the area under a thick ice cover, the weight of which depressed the land below present sea level.
  • Victoria is 23 m (75 ft) above sea level.
  • The famous Butchart Gardens opened in 1904.
  • The Estimated Population of Victoria is 6.695 million, as of June 2020.
  • Named for Queen Victoria, the city is one of the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843.
  • Victoria is known as “The Garden City”, Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a regional technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry.
  • The Fairmont Empress serves over 500,000 cups of tea a year, Queen Elizabeth has stayed in this famous hotel.
  • The coldest temperature on record is −15.6 °C (4 °F) on 29 December 1968.
  • Victoria was incorporated into a city on the 2nd of August 1862.
  • Victoria became a British crown colony in 1849 but remained a small town of fewer than 300 people until 1858.
  • The city’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco’s.
  • Victoria has been ranked as one of the friendliest cities in the world, and the most romantic city in Canada.
  • Victoria has four Sister Cities Khabarovsk, Russia; Napier, New Zealand; Morioka, Japan & Suzhou, People’s Republic of China.
  • The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the most comprehensive collection of Asian art in Canada.
  • The Victoria area is made up of 13 parts. Four of them make up Greater Victoria: Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt & Oak Bay.
Facts About Victoria
Facts About Victoria

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