There are plenty of good reasons why someone might decide to move to Victoria, BC. Often it’s the simple desire to enjoy the benefits that come along with living in the city of Victoria, which offers a quality of life that’s hard to match anywhere else in the world.
It begins with the most basic of comfort issues: climate. The Greater Victoria area enjoys, in most people’s opinions, the best climate in Canada. According to the Köppen climate classification, Victoria rests at the northernmost limits of the cool, dry-summer subtropical zone (Csb), and enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate because of its unusually dry summers. The Victoria Gonzales weather station reports daily temperatures reaching over 30 °C on average less than one day each year, and drops below –2 °C on average just six nights per year. Compared with the rest of Canada, Victoria is a tropical paradise!
Climatological bliss aside, Victoria has a lot to offer to newcomers. The growing economy entices many to move to Victoria for work. There are jobs available across many sectors including government (as Victoria is the capital of BC), tourism, a booming (and still growing) tech sector, and a range of other diverse opportunities.
The military base, CFB Esquimalt, also presents career opportunities for military personnel and the industries that support and supply the armed forces. Moving to Victoria for military relocation brings a frequent influx of new families to the Greater Victoria area.
Victoria also offers a plethora of education choices at all levels, with a progressive public school system, several top-notch private schools, and an abundance of post-secondary learning opportunities, all of which lead many people to relocate to Victoria in order to pursue a better education for either themselves or for their children.
For people living with a chronic disease or undergoing a severe health condition, Victoria also offers more health-care options than may be available in other smaller communities around BC. Some of these people may find themselves moving to Victoria for healthcare that isn’t easily accessible in their hometown, and as an alternative to seeking out equivalent care in large metropolitan areas such as Greater Vancouver.
Many people from all across Canada (and beyond) enjoy retirement living in Canada, often after having visited the city while on holiday and been impressed with the quality of life that the Greater Victoria area affords. This has resulted in a (somewhat exaggerated) reputation of Victoria being occupied predominantly by retirees. Still, moving to Victoria for retirement is popular with Canadians who may have lived most of their working lives in colder parts of the country and who are seeking out a milder climate.
Luxury real estate in Victoria is also among the best you’ll find anywhere. Macleans Magazine selected Victoria as the number one city in Canada in which to relocate a family business. Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted Victoria the best overall city in Canada for its environment and ambiance. In Warren R. Bland’s book Retire in Style, he ranks Victoria as the #1 retirement destination of the sixty cities he investigated throughout the U.S. and Canada.
What’s so special about luxury real estate in Victoria? Partly the fact that it’s a waterfront community located on the U.S./Canada border, and regular ferry services connect Vancouver Island with both mainland Canada and mainland United States via Victoria. It may also be the only city in the world from which you can travel by boat to two separate major urban centers in only a few hours (Vancouver and Seattle).
Victoria BC has a lot to offer. If you’re still not sold on it, come for a holiday and see for yourself. Then, once you get back home, start packing your bags and contact Ray or Rob about finding your next home here in Victoria!