Victoria is the state capital of British Columbia in Canada. It is situated on the south eastern end of Vancouver island, rather than on the continent. It is also lower in latitude than parts of Washington state in USA.
Vistoria has an old world feel, meaning it feels a little old fashioned and not in the current century, the harbour is charming and the focal center of Victoria, with the majestic parliament building and the Empress hotel.
Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and, at the time, British North America, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, Legislative buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908).
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 sizeable First Nations presence, composed of peoples from all over Vancouver Island and beyond.
Known as the "The Garden City", Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a the famous Butchart gardens. Victoria is in the top twenty of world cities for quality-of-life. The city has a large non-local student population, who come to attend the University of Victoria, Royal Roads University, the Victoria College of Art, the Sooke Schools International Programme and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Victoria is very popular with boaters with its beautiful and rugged shorelines and beaches. Victoria is also popular with retirees, who come to enjoy the temperate and usually snow-free climate of the area as well as the usually relaxed pace of the city.