Victoria: Best City in Canada for Women

by Jodi Baker on July 16, 2015

Women love Fisherman's wharf in Victoria BCCanada is often regarded as one of the best countries in the world for outstanding natural beauty, quality of living, career opportunities, and many more reasons. This week, on the 16th on July, Kate McInturff, a senior researcher at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) published an extensive report comparing the top Canadian cities and the gender gap between men and women in each.

Ms.McInturff, with the assistance of Courtney Lockhart, has compiled a detailed 81 page report that explains why Victoria is the best city in Canada for Women:
victoria bc is the best city for women

Last year Victoria BC managed a 5th place position in the same roundup and when you look at the leadership in the city it’s honestly not surprising to see us take a first place position this year since we have more female councilors than male, the only city in Canada to sport such a bias.

Victoria has traditionally been a female centric city. Have a look at the Male/Female census graph for 2011:
victoria bc is the best city for women

While Victoria is certainly a great city for working in education and health (areas typically dominated by women), there’s actually no shortage of careers involving Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM). In fact the study tends to point the finger at an over-dominance of a particular industry that makes other cities less appealing to women. A good example would be one of the worst cities, Calgary, which is dominated by oil extraction/petrochemical companies who offer roles that appeal more to male employees.

Victoria BC is Great for Everyone

Let’s not kid ourselves, if you ask the single men of Victoria how they feel about being outnumbered by women they are not likely to complain at all, assuming you can find a single man with all these ladies!

Technical Careers in Victoria

The technical industry in Victoria is massive and while we’re famous for small teams accomplishing huge feats we’re growing larger at an impressive rate!

Victoria is host to some world famous online brands and technologies. A funny example of how advanced we are, taxicab.com, a domain dating back to 1996, is owned by a local Victoria company who just happened to be ahead of the world with getting online. BC regularly breaks records for the ratio of internet connected users in Canada, and Victoria is a key part of that statistic.

Victoria also has a few really great associations, like ViaTec, that reward members with common access to resources and organization tools that enable our businesses to grow. If someone in the world needs something done with a high degree of technical skill, they can skip a lot of headache by reaching out to these technical groups in Victoria.

Diversity and Creativity in Victoria

Everywhere you look in this historic city, you will find art, culture, and wild creativity. We take a lot of pride in having open arms that embrace visitors, new residents, new businesses, new industries, and new ideas in entertainment.
Water fountain by parliament buildings in victoria bcMajor studios are taking notice, shooting ‘Hollywood’ blockbusters almost entirely in Victoria/Vancouver, thanks to the really impressive film/theater scene in our city.

As I wrote this Aerosmith was busy getting ready to play at the arena down the road, plus this last weekend we kicked off the 2015 International Buskers’ Festival and the 16th annual Ska & Reggae Festival was winding down.

With the International Buskers’ Festival going until the Sunday the 26th we’re going to be rocking around the clock thanks to Victoria hosting the 2015 Phillips Backyard Weekender event which also runs from Friday to Sunday the 26th.

Have a look at any major hotel booking service, there’s no vacancy because everyone’s here for the great weather and festivities.

Victoria Realty

Another really great reason to live in Victoria BC is the amazing realty! We’ve only recently seen exposure to foreign markets thanks to other areas taking the brunt of property grabs/price hikes.

Take a look at some of the properties for sale in the Victoria area, we have a really nice varitey of homes listed! You can see for yourself, there’s a lot of great value and amazing opportunities to live in this incredible city. There’s really so many reasons why Victoria BC keeps coming up as the best.

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Early Summer Events in Victoria for 2015

by Jodi Baker on June 9, 2015

Living in Victoria can be very distracting during the summer months because there’s just so much going on. Even when the weather is wet we tend to find plenty of activities or just ignore it with some rain gear.

Early Summer Events

June 17-21: Historical Timeline at Fort Rodd HillVI Cyberpunks at Fort Rodd HillBring the kids and take a tour through history as Fort Rodd Hill is transformed into a memorable collection of period accurate scenes. Each day from 10am to 5:30pm there will be displays, workshops, and demonstrations of art, skill, and methods from our past. This popular event has been made larger with the addition of local Vancouver Island Steampunk enthusiasts who also join in with tents and displays of their own.
Location: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road Victoria, BC V9C 2W8
Admission: $1.90/$3.90/$9.80 youth/adult/family
Website: Fort Rodd Hill page & Parks Canada

June 19-28: Victoria International JazzFestVictoria International Jazz FestThe Victoria International JazzFest is 9 crazy nights and days of Jazz events all over the city. The sheer # of artists/musicians is impressive enough but the list of venues takes the festival to another level. Even veteran festival enthusiasts can expect new and exciting talent in unique new locales that allow an exploration of the city and music. The biggest hurdle is sorting out your tickets. You’ll want to pick your shows and get your tickets early where possible as a particular show could be sold out at the door.
Locations: See website for full list
Admission: $18-$72.50 (Depends on performance/location)
Website: The Victoria Jazz Society

June 28 – July 5: Victoria Pride ParadeVictoria Pride Parade 2015Following on the heels of Jazz fest, perhaps in heels, is Victoria’s Pride Parade! Victoria gets colorful with pride for the first week of July in a festival of events to celebrate the courage and diversity of the LGBT community in our city. Events for the week are almost as varied as the participants. From educational sessions to outright parties, these events will cater to a wide range of interests at various locations around the city. The main parade will be on Sunday, July 5th, and runs from Govt. @ Pandora all the way to MacDonald Park.
Locations: Varies – Check website
Admission: Free – $300 (Varies based on event)
Website: victoriapridesociety.org

July 1st: Canada Day CelebrationsCanada Day in Victoria BCVictoria really takes Canada Day seriously and we’ve got a full day of family friendly events planned with live music, food/treats, free t-shirts, and it all wraps up with a fireworks display planned for 10:20pm. Coast Capital Savings will be organizing the ‘Living Flag’ this year with 1500 red & white t-shirts to give away after lunch on the 1st. For the latest plans please keep an eye on the official website for details and updates.
Locations: Legislature Lawns (Government & Belleville)
Admission: Free!
Website: victoriacanadaday.ca

July 1st – 5th: Victoria Ska FestVictoria Ska Festival 2015As someone who was living in Victoria when the first Ska festival was held, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this is the 16th year for this rock n’ reggae festival. Each year this festival is responsible for bringing ska & reggae artists/fans from around the world to Victoria for a taste of local hospitality and musical appreciation. Due to the # of artists and sheer amount of details please check the official website for the latest details.
Locations: Multiple locations – Check website
Admission: Free – $225 (VIP Pass allows full access)
Website: victoriaskafest.ca

Getting the Best of Victoria BC

There’s 3 major vehicle ferry routes to Vancouver Island (Swartz Bay – Sidney, Horseshoe Bay – Nanaimo, Coho Ferry – Victoria Harbor), plus multiple harbour taxis (sea planes & helicopters), and we even have an international airport (YYJ) to ensure getting here and back is easy/fun.

The best of Victoria BC is found by living here, either renting, leasing, or owning an apartment, condo, or home. If you’re considering moving to Victoria you really should speak to a real estate team with local experience and proven skills like Geoff McLean and Associates. With 25+ years of service in Victoria, Geoff and his team have an unbeatable reputation and knowledge of the local market that buyers and sellers can count on.

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Exploring Cordova Bay in 2015

by Geoff McLean May 7, 2015

A few years ago (time flies!) we put out a nice little post on the East Saanich Neighborhood of Cordova Bay. This is a historic community with a lot of retirement activities that neither needs major changes nor seeks to reinvent itself. It’s a very close knit residential community that is flush with groups and […]

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Entertaining the Elderly in Victoria BC

by Jodi Baker March 18, 2015

Victoria BC is an incredible city with a wealth of culture and history that isn’t easily matched or beaten. Not content with being named after our Queen, we’re the capital city of our province and home to BC’s legislature. The downtown core is rich with Victorian buildings and architecture. Several days could be spent just […]

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Victoria Neighbourhoods – Rockland

by Jodi Baker February 24, 2015

If you follow Rockland Ave., you will find the beautiful and historic 1800s neighborhood of Rockland centered around Craigdarroch Castle and Government House. The elegant neighborhood of Rockland lives up to it’s name and then some. As the streets become more narrow, you will notice that the sidewalks are bordered by hand-placed stonework and rock […]

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Spring Events in Victoria BC

by Geoff McLean February 13, 2015

Spring Events in Victoria BC One of the highlights of living on Vancouver Island and having access to Victoria, the capital city of our great province, is the many events that are put on by local community organizers and businesses. Have a look at just a few of the most interesting events in and around […]

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Oak Bay Neighbourhoods – South Oak Bay

by Jodi Baker December 3, 2014

South Oak Bay is a beautiful, largely residential neighbourhood in the municipality of Oak Bay, very near to downtown Victoria BC.  As one of the most pleasant corners in what is arguably the city with the most comfortable climate in all of Canada, South Oak Bay is a highly desirable neighbourhood for those who are […]

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North Saanich Neighbourhoods – Deep Cove

by Geoff McLean November 19, 2014

The Deep Cove neighbourhood in North Saanich, near Victoria BC offers peaceful rural living and spectacular ocean views and access.  This is one of Victoria’s most desirable rural neighbourhoods and there are beautiful country and waterfront properties, just a short drive from both Sidney and Victoria BC. Deep Cove sits at the northeastern tip of […]

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North Saanich Neighbourhoods – Swartz Bay

by Jodi Baker November 5, 2014

Swartz Bay is a neighbourhood in the municipality of North Saanich, around 30 kilometres north of Victoria BC.  It is well known as the location of BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal from which you can sail to Vancouver, Saltspring Island and other Gulf Islands. As part of the municipality of North Saanich, this relatively sparsely […]

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Moving to Victoria BC in 2014?

by Geoff McLean October 22, 2014

Are you thinking about moving to Victoria BC in 2014? If you are, let us be the first to welcome you to this wonderful place we call home.  We may be biased, but we think that living in Victoria is awesome! If you are new to Victoria, you will undoubtedly have a lot of questions […]

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