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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Victoria, CANADA

Victoria is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Canada, and for good reason. It has a stunning downtown on the harbor with resplendent government buildings like the one shown above.  Cruise ships arrive in town and when they do the streets and shops hum with activity. The city has 78,000 residents but the metro is over 300,000. The surrounding coast has many lovely communities, and most of these have terrific beaches. People love the mild climate of Vancouver Island and so do plants of every kind. it is said to be one of the best gardening areas in the world.

Where to Retire in Victoria and Home Prices

People in retirement can either live in the city of Victoria, or in many of the surrounding charming towns that dot the coastline. 

There are single family homes, condos, and town homes, gated and golf course communities.  The real estate median sales price of a single family home in 2017 was close to $800,000 (Canadian).  35 minutes north of Victoria is Cowichan Valley. Real Estate is much cheaper and there are great places to live inland and on the coast.  Canada's first gated 50 plus community  (Arbutus Ridge) and many more new retirement communities are cropping up around Vancouver Island to meet the increasing demand of  Baby Boomers who are seeking retirement where they can be active year round.

What is special about Victoria

Victoria, is very British with a real Europeon feel to it.  Classic old buildings, cobble stone alleys, artisans and shops. Fascinating, world class shopping. Butchart Gardens - one of the most visited gardens in the world. Fantastic mild climate. Excellent health care. With more restaurants per capita in Canada and second only to San Fransisco in North America, Victoria, B.C. is home to some very serious "Foodies" and a dynamic culture of the Arts and Theatre.  Wonderful walking and biking trails and year round golfing. Canada's warmest average climate.  

Victoria was rated as the best place to retire in Canada in 2013 by Money Sense Magazine

What is not special about Victoria

Living in a tourist town. 

Climate and Physical Environment

Victoria BC is British Columbia's capital city. It is  located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Vancouver is a short ferry ride away. Port Angeles in Washington State is just across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Victoria is in a rain shadow - it receives far less rain than other parts of Vancouver Island.  It has the driest summers of any major city in Canada and the warmest average temperatures in Canada. 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Victoria Symphony. A number of important theatres including the Bastion and the Belfry, along with those at the University of Victoria stage productions throughout the year.

Victoria has the most restaurants per capita than any other city in Canada and second only to San Fransico in the U.S.  Named number one destination to visit in Canada. 

Celebrating 150 Year history in 2012, B.C.'s Capital City of Victoria is rich with history and culture. 

Crime

Crime in Victoria is slightly below average.

Medical facilities

Health services in Victoria and the rest of the island are managed by Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).  The health care needs of Victoria are amply provided by over 500 physicians and surgeons, 14 walk in clinics and 6 hospitals.  Victoria is also home to the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre which provides oncology consultations and chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.  British Columbia has a comprehensive medical services plan which insures medically required services provided by physicians and supplementary health care practitioners, laboratory services and diagnostic procedures.

Transportation

In addition to being a popular cruise ship destination, Victoria also has many ferries to the San Juan Islands and the State of Washington. The Victoria International Airport. Railroad service to the rest of Canada. And the regional mass transit system now has double-decker buses.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia entry for Victoria

Real Estate VIctoria (revweekly.com)

realtor.ca 

victoria.ca

viha.ca (health care services)

 bc-cowichanvalley.civicplus.com

vancouverisland.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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