|City area:||19.47 km2|
|Avg. house price:||$980,000|
|Avg. condo price:||$434,000|
|Urban Population:||80,032 (2011)|
Victoria has a wealth of natural & manmade riches, including stunning heritage architecture, ocean views & mountain vistas. It is this rare juxtaposition of heritage charm, scenic backdrop & modern city-scape that makes Victoria of the most uniquely special places in Canada. Millions visit our city every year & enjoy the natural beauty, temperate climate & heritage charm Victoria offers its citizens every day.
Victoria is Western Canada's second oldest city. The City was founded by the Hudson's Bay Company on March 14, 1843, as a trading post & fort at the location the First Nations called "Camosack" meaning "Rush of Water." Anticipating that under the Oregon Treaty, then being drawn up, the 49th parallel would be selected as the International Boundary Line, the Hudson's Bay Company moved its fort from Vancouver on the Columbia River to the southern finish of Vancouver Island. Thereafter, for a short time, it was known locally as "Fort Albert," but by resolution passed by the Council of the Northern Department of the Company meeting at Fort Garry on June ten, 1843, it was officially named "Fort Victoria" after the great British Queen.
The name "Victoria" was adopted when the townsite was laid out in 1852. Victoria was incorporated as a City on August two, 1862. Mr. Thomas Harris was selected (by acclamation) as Victoria's first Mayor on August 16, 1862, & they presided at the City Council's first meeting held on August 25, 1862.
The city of Victoria lies entirely within the Greater Victoria School District. There is public high school located within the city boundaries, Victoria High School, founded in 1876, making it the oldest High School in North The united states north of Portland, Oregon and west of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Most of the simple schools in Victoria now offer the popular Spanish immersion programmes in addition to programmes in English. The educational needs of the Francophone community in Victoria are served by Ecole Victor-Brodeur in the adjoining municipality of Esquimalt. In addition, within the city proper there's several smaller schools serving segments of the community such as the Chinese School in Chinatown and Christ Church Cathedral School.
Victoria at a glance:
Serves as the metropolitan core for a region of 360,000
Capital City of British Columbia
Incorporated on August 2, 1862
Over 3 million visitors annually
Average of 2,183 hours of sunshine each year
Average rainfall is 66.5 centimetres per year
1,600 signature hanging baskets displayed each summer
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