All About Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria Hotels are located in the city and its suburbs of Oak Bay, Saanich and Esquimalt. In the twentieth century, Victoria evolved primarily as a city of government, retirement and tourism. The City remains, however, Canada's western naval base and home to a major fishing fleet. Ship building and repair, as well as forest products and machine manufacturing industries, continue as significant sources of employment. Increasingly, the city is developing as a marine, forestry and agricultural research centre. The City is also noted for its fine educational institutions which include the University of Victoria, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (one of only six in the world operated by United World Colleges), and the recently opened Royal Roads University.
Today with an estimated regional population of 326,000, a moderate climate and scenic setting, Victoria has retained a very vital but comfortable quality of life. The City is proud of its British heritage, its fine homes and neighbourhoods, its historic and attractive downtown, the flowers and parks and, of course, the Inner Harbour with its vistas toward the famous Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings.
Victoria and Vancouver Island accommodations provide a home away from home. Visitors have more than 7 000 Victoria BC accommodation rooms alone from which to choose and can expect quality surroundings and service. Victoria BC is very accommodating, but donít forget to reserve a room in advance, especially during peak season. Weekly, monthly and winter rentals are also available at many hotels, vacation homes and other Victoria accommodations.
Some of the most notable hotels and country inns in North America are located in Victoria and on Vancouver Island. British Columbia Accommodations that have also met Tourism BCís standards of courtesy, comfort and cleanliness display a "Tourism British Columbia Approved Accommodation" sign. Look for this and other awards proudly displayed at many Victoria and Vancouver Island accommodation properties.
Many Vancouver Island Accommodations also voluntarily participate in the Canada Select Five Star Accommodations Rating Program. Properties are grouped into five categories based on shared characteristics such as general location, facilities, services and market appeal - rating criteria is different for each category. Properties are then rated on the extent of physical facilities and services, amenities and the quality offered.
Access Canada is a program designed to meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities using accommodation in BC. Participating establishments will display the Access Canada logo with their designated level.
Visitors looking for BC accommodations that embrace the natural beauty of Victoria and Vancouver Island BC are in luck. Many Vancouver Island accommodations boast stunning views of the ocean, mountains, old-growth forests, farmland, gardens and marinas. For a truly unique accommodation Victoria BC experience, try an overnight stay in a moored ship, tree house, old RCMP station or haunted house.