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Moving to Victoria BC?

There are many reasons why people might be moving to Victoria; among them is the simple desire to enjoy the great things that come with living in Victoria.  The quality of life offered to residents of this beautiful city is hard to match, even on a global scale.

It starts with that most basic of comfort issues – the climate.  The Greater Victoria area possesses, arguably, the best climate in Canada.  According to the Köppen climate classification Victoria is placed at the northernmost limits of the cool, dry-summer subtropical zone (Csb), or cool-summer Mediterranean climate due to its usually dry summers.  The Victoria Gonzales weather station reports that daily temperatures climb above 30 °C (86 °F) on average less than one day per year and sink below −2 °C (28 °F) on average only 6 nights per year.  Compare that to the rest of the country!

Beyond climatological bliss, Victoria has much to offer.  A stable economy leads many people to moving to Victoria for work. There are jobs related to tourism, government and related support jobs because Victoria is the capital of BC, and a booming tech sector.

CFB Esquimalt offers opportunities both for military and industries that support and supply the military.  Moving to Victoria for Military relocation brings a regular influx of new families to the Greater Victoria area.

Another career choice that often requires employees to relocate with some frequency is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  The RCMP provides police service to several Greater Victoria municipalities and officers and their families may be moving to Victoria for RCMP relocation.

The opportunities to access education in Victoria are diverse, with a progressive public school system, several top-notch private schools, and a plethora of post-secondary choices, which may result in people moving to Victoria for education, either for their children or themselves.

During a health crisis, or for those people living with a chronic disease, Victoria offers a wide range of healthcare options that may not be readily available elsewhere, especially in the small towns or communities of rural BC. These people may find themselves moving to Victoria for healthcare that isn’t easily accessed in their hometowns.

Many people from across Canada (and further) move to Victoria to retire.  Often these folks have visited the city during holidays and been impressed with the quality of life (and the climate) offered in the Greater Victoria area.  This has led to the (somewhat exagerrated) reputation of Victoria being occupied largely by retirees.  Still, moving to Victoria for retirement is popular across Canada, and sometimes results in…

Moving to Victoria for family unity.  Sometimes people need (or want) to live near their families.  It’s not uncommon to hear of families in which part of the family has moved to Victoria, which leads to visits from the rest of the family, which leads to them moving to Victoria for family reasons (and because when they come for a visit they fall in love with the city)!

There are all sorts of reasons why people are moving to Victoria; the climate and amenities, because they’ve been transferred here, to find work or an education, to access healthcare, to retire or to be near family.  What are your reasons to consider living in Victoria?

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