Voted one of the most popular destinations in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine, a top city in the Americas and the best temperate island by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, Victoria offers more attractions than you could ever imagine. Many of them within walking distance and others like golfing, salmon fishing and scuba diving are only a short distance away.
It’s no wonder that Victoria has received many accolades including:
- #1 Destination to Visit in Canada
- Best Island in North America
- 2nd only to San Francisco for number of restaurants per capita
- 2nd Best Destination for Culture and Sightseeing in Canada
- One of the Most Walkable Cities in Canada
- Canada’s Smartest City
We are the Provincial capital, the business centre for lower Vancouver Island, and have a knowledge based economy with a highly educated workforce related to our three post-secondary institutions. Additionally, we are a hub for advanced technology: co-branded ‘TECtoria’, Victoria boasts more than 900 technology companies. These four strong sectors provide our City with a deep resource of thought-leaders who can add rigor to your educational and networking events.
The City of Victoria has been recognized by the Ethisphere Council as a 2020 global leader in sustainability. Our City has also received the LiveSmart BC Green Cities Award and recognition from the Province of BC for demonstrating leading initiatives and partnerships to create greener, healthier communities. We are ranked #1 of 27 Canadian cities in the GreenApple Canada Smart Transportation Ranking on sustainable urban transportation practices.
And did we mention the flowers? Victoria is known internationally as the “City of Gardens”, as much for its annual February flower count as for its world famous Butchart Gardens.