Living in Victoria

by Geoff McLean on April 12, 2010

So, you’re considering, or maybe planning, a move to Victoria? If so, you probably have a million questions! Well, I’m not going to try answering them all, but I can give you a good idea of what it’s like – living in Victoria.

Most people think of Victoria as a tourist destination, and it is, but it’s not like seasonal tourist destinations, which empty out in the off-season leaving residents with little to do except contemplate their navels! Of course, the climate is so good here that there’s not really an off-season, it’s nice to be here all through the year. Lots of people have figured this out, and moved here, just like you!

This jewel of a city is nestled on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and, sitting in the rainshadow of the US Olympic Mountains, we receive half the annual rainfall that drenches Vancouver. Our mild temperatures and sunny skies have led to the nickname “The Garden City”, and it’s very appropriate; you will find the world famous Butchart Gardens here, also the Abkhazi Garden, and many other beautiful sites. People in Victoria are avid gardeners, and it shows!

People who live in Victoria love this city – if you want to find out why, check back here often. I’ll try to explain it!

Geoff McLean

Geoff is an established real estate professional whose years of experience have earned him numerous awards and accolades. He has been one of the top Re/Max Realtors in the Victoria (BC) area since 1990, a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award winner for more than a decade, and has won many other awards over the years. What do these awards mean to you? They mean that Geoff works hard and that he produces consistently. He is well connected in the industry and in the community.

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raquel November 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

I am considering moving to Victoria but I would like to know about the humidity levels in different times of the year. Right now I am in Portugal, Algarve, but I lived 30 years in Quebec.
Thank you.

admin November 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hi Raquel,

Off shore breezes keep Victoria from getting too hot and sticky during the summer. As a born and raised Victorian, I didn’t understand why people complained about humidity until I traveled to Quebec one summer. During winter it can be more humid, but then it’s cool, so not uncomfortable.

Janelle December 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Are there good (or any) mountain views in Victoria?

admin December 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

Hi Janelle,

Yes, there are mountain views from Victoria, the most easily seen range is the Olympic Mountains across the water in Washington State. We also have plenty of water views…

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