Fascinating Facts

Insider facts about Victoria

  • We’re Canada’s fittest city. (Statistics Canada, 2006)
  • Cycling accounts for 7.7% of our commuter travel, making us the cycling capital of Canada. (Statistics Canada, 2006)
  • Our average annual rainfall is 50% less than that of Vancouver, Seattle or New York.
  • Victoria’s Chinatown is the oldest in Canada, and its Fan Tan Alley is the narrowest street.
  • The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the 2nd greatest collection of Asian art in Canada.
  • Tania Miller, the Victoria Symphony’s maestra, was the first female to hold this position.
  • Victoria is internationally known as the “City of Gardens.”
  • Spinnakers Brewpub and Restaurant is the oldest licensed brew pub in Canada. It uses an incredible 95% local produce in its menu.
  • Every day through the summer there are 100 aircraft and 1,073 vessel movements through Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
  • Victoria has the 2nd highest number of restaurants per capita in North America. San Francisco is number 1.
  • Victoria has the highest vegetarian food sales per capita in North America.
  • Victoria was awarded the Prince of Wales Prize (named for Prince Charles) for its dedication to preserving the City’s heritage buildings and districts for over 40 years.
  • The world’s tallest free-standing totem pole is located in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.
  • There are 2,855 farms on Vancouver Island including 991 in Greater Victoria and 700 in the Cowichan Valley.
  • The Butchart Gardens has been designated a National Historic Site.
  • Victoria’s Uno Festival of Solo Performance held each June is Canada’s oldest annual festival dedicated to one-person theatre.
  • There are 3,560 lights on the Parliament Buildings.
  • The Fairmont Empress serves 500,000 cups of tea annually.
  • Each summer since 1937, the City of Victoria is adorned with over 1,500 hanging baskets.
  • There are 87 steps from the main floor to the tower at Craigdarroch Castle, the 1890’s mansion built by wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir.