Victoria is a city with many diverse interests – there are thriving, active suburbs and older, more laidback ones. Downtown Victoria is a vibrant hub of tourism, business and nightlife activity, while quaint and quiet waterfront villages lie mere minutes away. The following is a brief guide to the many diverse interests served by Victoria BC real estate, proving that there really is something for everyone in this beautiful, sprawling metropolitan area.
Fishing in Victoria BC
Victoria is a renowned spot for catching salmon, halibut, rockfish and shellfish, among others. Victoria Inner Harbour is minutes from most downtown lodging and charter boat rides are available for whale watching tours or fishing. In fact, seaside activities like fishing are one of many tourism draws for Victoria, and one reason downtown property is such a good real estate investment.
Other fishing hubs include Sidney, about 30 minutes north of downtown near the Victoria International Airport. This quaint community on the sea offers a large fishing pier, many marinas and charter boat companies, and easy access to the Gulf Islands and the nearby Saanich Inlet. Oak Bay offers a marina close to downtown, and Pedder Bay is about 40 minutes away, a prime fishing spot with RV and campsite access.
Shopping in Victoria BC
Downtown Victoria is a shopping haven, with unique wool, china and other British-inspired wares, in keeping with the area’s British heritage. Chinatown is full of authentic cuisine, artist studios and historic buildings. Fort Street, also known as “Antique Row,” is home to historic art, memorabilia, china, silver, furnishings and collectibles. Many British-inspired antiques can be found here, in shops or at auction. Oak Bay Village, 10 minutes east of downtown Victoria, is a small village with a very British feel, complete with pubs, tea rooms, cafes, and lots of upscale art and antiques shopping. Mattick’s Farm, 20 minutes north of downtown, offers specialty gourmet, wine, gardening, art, glass and jewelry shops in a relaxing, luxuriously landscaped setting. Sidney, 30 minutes north of downtown, is known as “Book Town” for its abundance of new and used bookstores.
Culture in Victoria BC
The Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria, Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Canadian Pacific Ballet, and Ballet Victoria offer plenty of cultural entertainment year-round. There are many regional theatres that host a variety of professional and community productions. University of Victoria in east Saanich is home to many theatrical and musical productions, as well as art displays. The Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre arena is home to many entertainment and sporting events, but primarily home to the Victoria Salmon Kings hockey team.
Recreation in Victoria BC
Victoria generally has a vibrant, active population that heartily embraces outdoor recreation. And it’s little wonder, with the city’s optimal climate, location and accommodations that make it so easy to enjoy the great outdoors. Known as the “Cycling Capital of Canada,” Victoria offers endless greenway bike paths, street bike routes, and mountain biking trails. There is also ample opportunity for hiking, golf, and due to the close proximity of water, kayaking, canoeing and water sports.