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Jan Chernoff
Central Victoria Vacation
524 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
P: 866-932-5588
F: 1-877-208-4688

Commonly Asked Questions

Q: Located on an island, how easy is it to get to Victoria?
Victoria and Vancouver Island are extremely accessible. Each day, more than 50 flights land at Victoria’s International Airport from Vancouver and Seattle airports, in addition to numerous direct flights from major Canadian and U.S. cities. Harbour-to-harbour flights from Seattle and Vancouver, by float plane or helicopter and an efficient ferry system between Victoria and the mainland make Victoria easier to get to than ever before.

Q: How long is the ferry ride?

The Lower Mainland (Tsawwassen) to Swartz Bay (30 minutes north of Victoria)
BC Ferries - 1 hour 35 minutes.
Seattle, W.A. to Victoria
Victoria Clipper Ferry - 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Port Angeles, W.A. to Victoria
Victoria Express - 1 hour
Coho Ferry - 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Anacortes, W.A. to Sidney
Washington State Ferries - 3 hours.
Friday Harbor (San Juan Island), W.A. to Sidney
Washington State Ferries 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Bellingham, W.A. to Victoria
Victoria San Juan Cruises - 3 hours.

Q: What is Victoria’s main industry?
Victoria’s economic base expanded from fur trading to include coal-mining, lumber, fishing and agriculture. Today, the city’s primary industries are government, information technology and tourism.

Q: What is the geography of Vancouver Island?
Vancouver Island spans all terrains from sandy beaches to rugged coastlines, marshy lowlands to rolling farmland, and lush, old-growth rainforests to snow-capped mountains.

Q: How many parks are there around Victoria?
There are 48 regional, provincial and federal parks in Greater Victoria, totaling more than 7,600 hectares.

Q: How large is Victoria?
Greater Victoria covers an area of 695.35 square kilometres with a population density is 474.7 square kilometres. The City of Victoria’s population is 82,653 (2007). Greater Victoria is composed of four municipalities: Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Saanich. The Capital Region population is 366,162 (2007). The population of Vancouver Island is 857,157 (2007).

Q: What is the weather like in Victoria?
Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada. Greater Victoria is one of Canada’s driest areas, with an average snowfall of only 25 centimetres (9.75 inches) and an average rainfall of 592 millimetres (23 inches), less than recorded precipitation in Vancouver, BC or Seattle, Washington. Summers are pleasantly warm, but never too hot and the winters are mild.

Q: What is the City of Victoria’s motto?
Semper Liber, or Always Free.

Q: When was Victoria established?
Victoria was established as Fort Victoria in 1843 by the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Company and was incorporated as a city in 1862.

Q: What is the capital city of B.C.?

Q: Where is Vancouver Island and how big is it?
Vancouver Island is the largest island off the west coast of North America. Tucked against the mainland coast of British Columbia and the north shore of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island occupies an area about the size of Holland. It stretches 500 km (320 miles) southeast to northwest with an area of 3,175,000 hectares and 2,150 miles of coastline. It is separated from Vancouver, B.C. by the Strait of Georgia to the east and from Washington State, U.S.A. by the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south and southeast. Vancouver Island is actually closer to the United States than to mainland Canada.
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Q: How big is British Columbia?
British Columbia is Canada’s third-largest province, and occupies about 10% of Canada’s land surface. Although B.C. is nearly four times larger than Great Britain and 2.5 times bigger than Japan, its population of three million is 14 times smaller than Britain’s 52 million. B.C. is a little more than one-third the size of India; and more than nine times the size of Jamaica.

Q: How many provinces are there in Canada?
Canada is a constitutional monarchy with 10 provinces and three territories.

Q: How large is Canada?
Canada is the second-largest country in the world, covering about two-fifths of North America.

Q: Where does the word Canada come from?
Canada’s name comes from Kanata, an Iroquois aboriginal word that means village or settlement.

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