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Greater Victoria and Surrounding Area

Greater Victoria

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria, is a charming city surrounded by ocean and famous for its gardens, colonial-style buildings and natural beauty.

As a popular tourist destination it has a world-class museum, numerous parks, hundreds of restaurants and one of the finest gardens on the planet.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria’s best places to visit include its gardens and parks, museums, historical sites, various other tourist attractions, and its different neighbourhoods and parts of town.

Greater Victoria has a population of close to 385,000 people and is actually made up of a number of different municipalities including Victoria (pop. 85,000), Saanich (pop. 114,000), Oak Bay (pop. 18,000), Esquimalt (pop. 17,000), Colwood (pop. 16,000), Langford (pop. 35,000), Central Saanich (pop. 16,000), and North Saanich(pop. 11,000). Not too far away are also the communities of Sooke (pop. 13,000) to the west and Sidney (pop. 12,000) to the north.

Below is a list of some of the different municipalities in Greater Victoria as well as some of the main attractions in or near each.

Victoria's Legislative Lawns
Downtown Victoria

City of Victoria

Mt Doug View from Mt Tolmie
View of Mount Doug from Mount Tolmie


Oak Bay



Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens

Central Saanich and Brentwood Bay