Victoria BC – The Technology Capital

by Jodi Baker on May 26, 2017

Rooted throughout the city of Victoria is a technology industry that is growing at a rapid pace. From small beginnings and just a few companies, the tech space has grown to boast over 900 local businesses. Tech is taking over, and Victoria is the place to be for start-ups and established technology companies alike. How big is this industry? Is it worth investing in Victoria?

tectoria opening 2014

VIATEC opens Fort Tectoria in 2014.

Well, with annual revenues in excess of $4 billion this industry is considered Victoria’s most valuable. With a need for a talented workforce and room to grow, the technology industry in Victoria is driving growth and bringing a new life to the city’s local businesses.

Getting involved in the industry

The industry in Victoria is all about socializing and making those deep personal connections that foster professional growth. Much of the growth can be attributed to VIATEC, Victoria’s technology association and ambassador.  VIATEC is dedicated to bringing the community together, sharing experiences, learning, mentoring, and fostering great ideas into the next big thing.  VIATEC is a one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge, and resources, with the goal of promoting the Greater Victoria technology sector.

Another active local tech group is Ladies Learning Code (LLC), originally founded in Toronto. It is a not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting collaborative, technological learning among women and youth. From their local Victoria branch, they organize and hosts events and courses. Their events promote learning to code for individuals with little to no experience. Their aim is to have more females in the technology sector. LLC hosts workshops, camps, and other events locally and across 22+ cities in Canada.

viatec 2016 awards ceremony

2016 VIATEC Awards Ceremony.

The annual VIATEC Awards Ceremony is a true party to attend each Spring. Over 800 techies pack the Victoria Convention Centre to celebrate the local successes of the industry. VIATEC and LLC are both welcoming to new comers, so whether you are new to Victoria or just passing through the city, make sure to check for a upcoming event. If you have an idea that you want to bring to life, these events are a great place to meet like minded people looking to share their experience and help foster your idea into a reality.

Working in Victoria

British Columbia’s technology sector is leading the country in terms of job growth. Employment in the sector rose 2.9 per cent, with over 22,000 people employed among the 900 companies. Find an extensive list of current Victoria tech jobs here.

Victoria takes a more laid back approach to its lifestyle. Tech companies lead the way by encouraging a work hard-play hard approach. Many heritage buildings are undergoing restoration to accommodate the growing tech-sector. There is something for everyone in the city of Victoria. Especially for anyone looking to dig into a career in technology.

ladies learning code

( Ladies learning code encourages Digital Literacy for Women & Youth. )

For more information, visit the VIATEC website. If you would like to get involved with Ladies Learning Code, you can view more information on upcoming events or tutoring opportunities on the  LLC Victoria branch website.

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What Can $5+ Million Buy In Victoria BC

by McLean Real Estate Group on April 13, 2017

Even with inflation on the rise, multi-million dollar homes are still not that common, so it’s still a thrill to window-shop for properties in the $5 million+ range.

In fact, the vast majority of new home projects in the Victoria area are modern middle-class dwellings that are eco-friendly, inexpensive, and quick to build, which is ideal for Victoria’s booming population. In the recent 2016 census, Victoria was #2 in rank for population growth in British Columbia, with a 6.7% increase.[1]

Properties Worth Over $5 Million in Victoria BC

Victoria has multiple luxury realty firms devoted to listings in the million dollar range, we’ve cherry picked the best of the recent sales and active listings to share with our audience.

Ardmore Hall @ 9344 Ardmore Dr – $11,880,000.00 CAD [2]

Sitting on a 2 acre parcel of oceanfront property in North Saanich, the Ardmore Hall is a stunning example of unparalleled craftsmanship.

Ardmore Hall Overhead

Property Details

Bedrooms 6 Floor Space 9,400 Sq. Ft
Bathrooms (Total) 7 Garage 3 car
Guest Suite(s) 1 Style Detached
Fireplace(s) 3 Pool(s) 2

Ardmore Hall Front view

The kitchen is incredibly well laid out and appointed; a professional chef would feel at home here. The built in espresso bar would be an incredible spot to gather in the morning.

Ardmore Hall Kitchen

Bath or shower? Why not both? The 7 bathrooms in this luxury home are all well equipped to care for every need of the lucky occupants.

Ardmore Hall Master bathroom

Infinity Pool/Fountain Sculpted Stairs
Ardmore Hall Pool and Poolhouse Ardmore Hall Sculpted stairs
Main Theater Wine Cellar
Ardmore Hall Main Theater Ardmore Hall Wine Cellar
Front Entry Main Fireplace
Ardmore Hall Front Entry Ardmore Hall Main Fireplace

The View @ 6720 Willis Point Rd – $9,750,000.00 CAD [3]

Driveway @ 6720 Willis Point

This amazing 42 acre luxury estate sits on one of the most scenic locations of Vancouver Island, just north of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Owners enjoy easy access to the Brentwood Bay Ferry which gives owners a short-cut to Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Duncan, and other cities along the east coast of Vancouver Island.

Front entry @ 6720 Willis Point

Property Details

Bathrooms (Total) 8 Floor Space 16,000 Sq. Ft
Bedrooms 7 Garage 4 door
Guest Suite(s) 1 Style Detached
Fireplace(s) 4 Vehicle Hoists 2 spiral lifts

Why have one kitchen? This estate has both indoor and outdoor kitchens that feature professional appliances plus clever designs. You could easily tackle a massive holiday feast for the largest family in decadent style.

Main kitchen @ 6720 Willis Point

The property also has an infinity pool with a hot tub flanked by stone fire pits that can be flicked on or off as your mood desires.

Ininity pool @ 6720 Willis Point

Rounding out the list of must have amenities is a helipad, a large wine cellar, full fitness room, games/media rooms, surrounded by a well landscaped perimeter.

Private Front Gate Bathroom w/TV & Fireplace
Private Front Gate Bathroom w/TV & Fireplace
Tiled Garage Floor 2 Vehicle Lifts
Tiled Garage Floor 2 Vehicle Lifts
Bedroom Views Incredible Den
Bedroom Views Incredible Den

670 Willis Point Video Tour

For the lucky owners, this home is truly the height of luxury!


Eagle’s Landing @ 3275 Campion Rd – $5,888,000.00 CAD [4]

Hopping to the opposite side of the Saanich Peninsula from Willis Pt., we come across this amazing waterfront estate at the end of Campion Rd.

3275 Campion Overhead drone shot

Google Maps just doesn’t quite get close enough for a good view, but a property this valuable demands some aerial drone photos.

3275 Campion - Drone shot front

Property Details

Bedrooms 5 Floor Space 9,308 Sq. Ft
Bathrooms (Total) 7 Garage(s) 2 car + 3 car
Guest Suite(s) 1 Style Detached
Fireplace(s) 5 Greenhouse(s) 3

The surrounding property is incredibly well developed with amazing features to be discovered like this profesionally illuminated pond with waterfall fountain.

3275 Campion - Pond & Fountain

There’s even a circular pond with an eagle statue in the middle of the main circular drive in front of the property. Guests will be sure they found the right spot when they are greeted by this display!

3275 Campion Front drive

If your guests arrive at night or take an evening stroll they will be treated to an exquiste lighting setup that gives this estate a very magical effect.

3275 Campion - At dusk

Gazebo Views Main Kitchen
3275 Campion-Gazebo views 3275 Campion Main Kitchen
In-wall Oven Main Bar
3275 Campion - Oven 3275 Campion Main Bar

Tennis courts, spas, workshops, massive walk-in closets, and more! Eagle’s Landing really has too many features to list and is a must see for anyone wealthy enough to afford it!


Information Sources/Article Citations

Data was collected from the following sources: [1] Population statistics for BC & Victoria was gathered from the geographical 2016 Census data for BC, [2] Price as listed on Luxury Homes, [3] Price as listed on Sotheby’s, [4] Price as listed on Luxury Homes.

All information within this article was collected from public sources. Photos and video data within this article are property of their respective owners.

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