The City of Victoria lies at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, and is the capital city of British Columbia. The region, which has a population of about 360,000 is surrounded on three sides by Pacific Ocean waters – Juan de Fuca Strait and Haro Strait – and on the fourth side by the Sooke Hills. It’s magnificent natural setting and temperate climate support a wide range of habitats providing for a rich diversity of plant and animal species.
Victoria’s primary industry, other than government, is tourism. In addition to its natural assets, it focuses on its heritage and its reputation as a “city of gardens”. While not extensive, its cultural life is vibrant and diverse, and incorporates significant diversity.
This region is also the traditional territory of nine Coast Salish First Nations, all of whom continue to play a significant and vital role in their own and in the broader community:
- Tseycum First Nation
- Malahat First Nation
- Esquimalt Nation
- Pauquachin First Nation
- Tsawout First Nation
- Tsartlip First Nation
- T’Souke First Nation
- Songhees First Nation
- Scia’new First Nation (Becher Bay)
For more information about the City of Victoria and its surrounding region, please visit the following websites: