About Victoria BC

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About Victoria BC

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, Canada and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. The city has a population of about 78,000 within the metropolitan area of Greater Victoria, which has a population of about 330,000.Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and the Dominion of Canada, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1841. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908). The city's Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. The region's Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before non-native settlement, possibly several thousand years earlier, which had large populations at the time of European exploration. Victoria, like many Vancouver Island communities, continues to have a sizable First Nations presence, composed of peoples from all over Vancouver Island and beyond. Nicknamed the "City of Gardens," Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination. The city is popular with students, who come to attend the University of Victoria, Camosun College, Royal Roads University, and other institutes.

Hotels in Victoria BC

The Bedford Regency Hotel
http://www.bedfordregency.com/

Inn at Laurel Point
http://www.laurelpoint.com

Swans Hotel
http://www.swanshotel.com/

Paul's Moter Inn
http://www.paulsmotorinn.com/

Travel within Victoria

Akal Airporter - From Victoria Airport to Downtown
Shuttle service from Victoria Airport to Downtown. Fare is $21 one way.
Reservations must be made from Downtown to Airport.
http://www.victoriaairportshuttle.com/

Victoria Transit - Local bus service between Downtown and the University of Victoria
Routes 4 and 14 travel between downtown and University. Fare is $2.50
http://bctransit.com/regions/vic/

Taxi Service in Victoria
Victoria Taxi - 250.383.7111 - http://www.victoriataxi.com/
Yellow Cab of Victoria - 250.381.2222 - http://www.empresstaxi.com/
Blue Bird Cabs - 250.382.2222 - http://www.taxicab.com/home.html

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