Everything you've heard is true!
Victoria is a beautiful city—offering many scenic beaches, gardens, parks, mountain views and historic sites. It's a small city by world standards—attractive, clean, quiet and easy to get around on foot, by bicycle or bus.
Victoria has the mildest year-round temperature in all of Canada. In fact, Victoria receives almost half the rainfall received in nearby Vancouver. In summer, temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and in the spring and fall from 10 to 17. In the winter, temperatures range from 0 to 10. Sure, it may rain a little in the winter (not as much as Vancouver) but Victoria rarely gets snow—possibly one or two light snowfalls a year. And rain's a lot easier to shovel than snow.
The city's moderate climate allows for year-round outdoor fun and activity. Many Victorians enjoy hiking, cycling, fishing, whale watching, boating, golf and scuba diving year round.
Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the largest island along the Pacific Coast. It is northwest of Seattle, Washington and a 1.5 hour ferry ride from Vancouver.
Victoria is an historic city, with a regional population of 350,000. The city brims with arts and culture in the form of a live music scene - from symphony concerts to summer festivals - nightclubs, art galleries and great shopping. Victoria's gardens and parks, an active inner harbour scene and many outdoor cafes are popular spots to gather with friends.