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A Centre of Canada’s Blue Economy

At the southeast tip of Vancouver Island and surrounded by the Pacific on three sides, British Columbia’s capital city is a world leader in marine industries. The University of Victoria has globally recognized oceanography expertise that feeds the city’s many blue sub-industries like ocean diagnostics and robotics. As well, the city’s harbour activities contribute more than $2.0 billion to the province’s GDP. (sourceicons.external-link-icon)

Victoria by the Numbers


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Square feet of Victoria Convention Centre


Square feet of the biggest hotel ballroom

Canada’s Warmest City

To and from Victoria

You can get to Victoria from any major airport in Canada, but Vancouver would be best because it’s only a 30-minute flight. Once here, bring your delegation up the coast to Nanaimo where you can golf, sail, surf and ski on the same day. Or head across the island to Pacific Rim National Park where nothing but the Pacific Ocean is in front of you. 

In Victoria

Grand yet intimate, Victoria is the Pacific Northwest’s oldest city, and the traditional home of the Coast Salish First Nation. Its temperate weather, relatively flat topography and hundreds of kilometres of pathways traversing the city makes Victoria the cycling capital of Canada. It’s also the country’s gardening capital with over 27 million flowers on display, impressive considering the city’s population is less than 400,000. (sourceicons.external-link-icon)

Weather in Victoria

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6°C to 14°C

43°F to 57°F

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11°C to 20°C

52°F to 68°F

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8°C to 18°C

46°F to 64°F

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3°C to  8°C

37°F to 46°F

Victoria Convention Centre
Credit: Coast Mountain Photography


Advanced digital industries, specifically in oceanography and marine sciences are the leading economic generator in Victoria. It’s the city’s number one area of private employment and generates over $3B of the city’s GDP and 15 per cent of the province’s total revenue. Victoria’s other strong economic drivers are education, life sciences and defence that combine to contribute over $2B to the economy. (sourceicons.external-link-icon)

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