Moving to Victoria, BC home neighbourhoods, realtors, and movers

Waterfront Homes along the Gorge in Esquimalt

WHY Move to Victoria?

This city on Vancouver Island is the provincial capital but feels "away from it all", since getting anywhere else requires a ferry ride or a plane flight. The city has a very relaxed pace, is popular with Canadian retirees, and has ready access to the rugged west side of the Island, and the more tourist-focused Mid Island area around Nanaimo and Parksville.
Condos in Esquamalt, along Battery Road

Victoria is located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, and is the capital of British Columbia. It is western Canada's oldest city and is home to the provincial legislature. Its island location gives it both a temperate climate and natural beauty The City of Victoria has a population of approximately 78,000, but over 330,000 (2006) live in the Victoria metropolitan area, which includes several municipalities.

Victoria is actually a mixed urban-suburban-rural metropolis made up of a number of municipalities. Pretty & historic Oak Bay lies to the east of Victoria. Further north are the municipalities of Saanich, Central Saanich, North Saanich and the Town of Sidney (which is both a pretty seaside town and convenient to the Tsawwassen Ferry to the Lower Mainland). To the west of Victoria are Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood, Metchosin and the pretty fishing village of Sooke.

Governments at all levels provide a major employment base in the City with 18 of the largest employers coming from the public sector. Many provincial government offices are located in the city, and the Canadian military maintains its Pacific fleet at Esquimalt. This provides for a very stable economic base in a province usually affected by fluctuating resource prices.

View of Victoria's Inner harbour

The climate makes the city a sports lover's paradise, with many activities available year-round including golfing and most water sports (Canada's Olympic rowing team trains here). It has excellent sports facilities as a result of hosting the Commonwealth Games a few years ago.

View of shoreline homes along Oak Bay's Cresent Rd The various communities around Victoria are tied together by the Galloping Goose Trail, a recreational trail built on a former rail line, which forms part of the Trans-Canada Trail. The University of Victoria, located in Oak Bay, attracts a lot of young adults to this active city. Not far away are the unequaled splendours of Vancouver Island's rugged west coast. Macleans magazine recently rated Victoria as the number one city in Canada in which to locate a family business.

Victoria History

In 1778 James Cook, the famous British captain, first landed at Friendly Cove in Nootka Sound on the western side of Vancouver Island. In 1793 Alexander Mackenzie, working for the fur-trading Northwest Company, took an overland route to reach the Pacific from the eastern side of the Rockies. By 1821, when the North West and Hudson's Bay companies merged, there were significant forts and trading posts in the area, with farms growing fresh produce to supply travelers, traders and the Royal Navy.

In 1842 HBC Factor James Douglas arrived in Victoria on his ship, the Beaver, arrives and surveys the are in Victoria harbour, and built what became Fort Victoria. Victoria is on the lee (downwind) side of Vancouver Island, and had wide deep harbors and a sheltered location making it an ideal Pacific base for the British Navy. In 1846, the Treaty of Washington establishes the international boundary at the 49th Parallel, and down the middle of the Juan de Fuca Strait. The Royal Navy settles into Esquimalt Bay.

Condo Building off Sydney's Beacon Avenue

In 1849 the settlement officially became a British Colony, and in 1856, Vancouver island's first legislature meets. In 1858, gold was discovered in the lower Fraser River, bringing more than 25,000 prospectors (including many who gave up after the California Gold Rush of '49) , followed by gold finds in the Caribou, and on the Columbia River's Big Bend, near Revelstoke. Victoria was the jumping-off point for prospectors and grew significantly..

By 1866, the BC and the Victoria Island colonies were united, and in 1871, four years after Canada was given its independence by Britain, BC joined Canadian confederation. On the condition that Canada build a trans-continental railroad. The Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in 1885 at Craigellachie, extending as far west as Port Moody, and extended 20 kilometres into Vancouver the following year. Even before the mainland line is connected, the 120 kilometre long Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway is completed in 1884.

Moving to Victoria

Victoria is really an aggregations of a number of small urban/rural communities clustered around Victoria Harbour. For those seeking a temperate climate and even the downtown not feeling like "downtown" because its size and historical charm, This is a great place for you.

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Victoria & Vancouver Island Realtors, Home Builders, Mortgages & Movers

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Here are some of the Victoria Home & Condo builders listed in the Moving In Canada directory:

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More info on Alair Homes Nanaimo Victoria BuildersAlair Homes Nanaimo

Alair Homes Nanaimo is an entirely new brand of contracting company.

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More info on Ecklundson Construction Ltd Victoria BuildersEcklundson Construction Ltd

Renovations and new home construction is where Ecklundson Construction can help you realize your dreams and aspirations.

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More info on Abstract Developments Inc. Victoria BuildersAbstract Developments Inc.

Abstract Developments is a national award winning custom home builder on a mission to create Victoria's finest custom luxury homes.

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More info on Nu-View homes Victoria BuildersNu-View homes

General Contractor, Home Builder, Custom Home Renovations, Developer, Master Builder We build A.R.T. Accountability, Reliability, Trust.

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More info on N-Vision Properties Inc. Victoria BuildersN-Vision Properties Inc.

Victoria custom home builder N-Vision Properties' team of visionaries & building professionals are passionate about crafting superior homes.

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More info on Couvelier & Associates Victoria RealtorsCouvelier & Associates

Real Estate specialists, consultant, seminars and education.

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More info on June Wing Sutton Group - West Coast Realty Victoria RealtorsJune Wing Sutton Group - West Coast Realty

Relocating to or within Victoria? - Let June be your guide. June was born and raised in Victoria and as well has an MBA and experience as a chartered accountant in public practice before becoming a realtor in 2002.

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More info on JP Real Estate Services Victoria RealtorsJP Real Estate Services

JP Real Estate Services helps promote Prosperity Thru Property, including Residential, Commercial, Investment, Financing, Leases and Business Sales. We Are in the Business of Real Estate.

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More info on Victoria Real Estate Solutions Victoria RealtorsVictoria Real Estate Solutions

Victoria Real Estate Solutions is operated by realtor Todd Mahovlich.

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Mortgage Listings

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More info on Verico Select Mortgage BC Victoria MortgagesVerico Select Mortgage BC

Why not use one of our mortgage brokers for your next mortgage? Save time and money working with one of our licensed professionals. View our website for up to date BC mortgage rates.

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More info on Canada Reverse Mortgage Victoria MortgagesCanada Reverse Mortgage

Canada Reverse Mortgage offers mortgage services for elder people having age over 55 years in Toronto, Ottawa, and Edmonton.

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More info on Mortgage Architects Victoria MortgagesMortgage Architects

I specialize in alternative lending for clients who have certain mortgage perameters to work within. I help find mortgage lenders that have lending guidelines that suit the specific needs of each client.

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More info on Kerry Reid, Licensed Mortgage Professional with DLC Modern Mortgage Group Victoria MortgagesKerry Reid, Licensed Mortgage Professional with DLC Modern Mortgage Group

You can trust Kerry to not only get you the best mortgage product for your needs but also to help you manage your investment wisely. Check out my website for more information on how I can help!

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More info on Verico Select Mortgage BC Victoria MortgagesVerico Select Mortgage BC

Why not use one of our mortgage brokers for your next mortgage? Save time and money working with one of our licensed professionals. View our website for up to date BC mortgage rates.

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More info on Abe Moving Victoria MoversAbe Moving

We are YOUR Victoria Movers! Our vision is to be the personal mover of choice by providing excellent service to our customers and their belongings. We are fully insured and are menbers of the Better Busines Bureau and Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

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More info on Sunrise Moving Company Victoria MoversSunrise Moving Company

Sunrise Moving is a leading moving company that offers efficient packing and moving services to clients worldwide.

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More info on Dowell's Moving & Storage Victoria MoversDowell's Moving & Storage

Dowells Moving & Storage works closely with many of North America's largest corporations and their transferring employees. We are sensitive to the special nature of these relocations and view our relationship with our clients as a true partnership.

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More info on Allied Van Lines Victoria MoversAllied Van Lines

Moving your goods across town or across the country is a major undertaking, Allied Van Lines can help. We provide our customers with the best possible transportation......

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More info on North American Van Lines Victoria MoversNorth American Van Lines

Moving your goods across town or across the country is a major undertaking, North American Van Lines can help.

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Here are some of the great neighbourhoods you can move to in & around Victoria

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Langford (Victgoria Neighbourhood)Langford (Victgoria Neighbourhood)

BC: he area is best known for its clean parks and pristine lakes. Neighbourhoods include Goldstream, Luston, Glen Lake, Millstream, Braemar Heights

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Sidney (Victoria neighbourhood)Sidney (Victoria neighbourhood)

BC: The ferry hub for Sidney Island and to the San Juan Islands |and Anacortes, Washington

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Colwood (Victoria Neighbourhood)Colwood (Victoria Neighbourhood)

BC: once-rural community, nestled between View Royal and Langford, now home to Royal Roads University, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthous

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Burnside Gorge  (Victoria neighbourhood)Burnside Gorge (Victoria neighbourhood)

BC: Where the downtown commercial and industrial meets the residential homes and apartment blocks on the north side of the Gorge. Burnside Roa

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Oak Bay (Victoria Neighbourhood)Oak Bay (Victoria Neighbourhood)

BC: A separate municipality from Victoria, and named for the very prevalent Garry Oak. Home to U Vic, and a popular harbour.

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