Located just off of the western coast of Canada on Vancouver Island, you’ve probably heard that the capital city of Victoria is a rare gem at the tip of the island. Victoria weather is not too cold, and it’s summer’s aren’t extreme. With weather trying to make up it’s mind all the time, here’s a tip for the newcomers - keep an umbrella in the trunk.
Now I’m here to tell you, because I know Victoria very well, that if you are thinking of moving to Victoria B.C, please please please, think again. This city is ancient and boring, with houses dating back to the Victorian Era, you know they’re about to crumble... or maybe they are strong enough to last forever?
Hatley Castle - Royal Roads
You know that if you come here, you’re only going to be directed to “hipster” markets, and stores.
Did I mention that the architecture is outdated and a total drab?
Christ Church Cathedral
And when the designers attempted modern, they couldn’t even bring it to justice.
The Atrium - Downtown Victoria
Did you also know that Victoria has Canada’s oldest Chinatown? Talk about smelly sewage and run down streets.
Chinatown is also home to the city’s narrowest alleyway. Come on why would you want to go a place where you can’t even stretch your arms out fully?
The local forecast for jobs? It’s not too exciting. Just plenty of opportunities in government, the tourism industry, and even more surprisingly the tech industry. Have you checked out Tectoria located on Fort St.?
If you are single and do not have a family yet, or do not have plans on forming one, well you’re not really in luck. Yes there’s lots of condos in development that offer a huge array of modern amenities and are located as near or as far from the downtown area as you would like. But any city has that right?
If you’re looking for higher education, well you’re kind of out of luck here. In terms of public post secondary - Not many choices. There’s only the University of Victoria, Camosun College, and Royal Roads are available. For those looking for schooling in alternative degrees, there’s only around 9 private institutions available.
From cradle to the grave, there are very few reasons why one would want to stay in Victoria B.C. There is a reason why people say “for the newly wed or the nearly dead.” There’s absolutely no night life scene here, and barely anything to do in the day.
Okay, let’s be honest now. The attitude of the Victoria dwellers are like those in states of west coast America such as California. The people here are warm, laid back and approachable, always ready with a smile and a helping hand. If winter sports are something you enjoy, the world-famous Mount Washington where athletes trained for the 2010 Olympics is easily accessible and only a 1.5 hour ferry ride away . It also holds the record for deepest snowpack in the entire world.
If you are of the mind of selling your home and moving to greener pastures, Victoria British Columbia should be at the top of your list. With an overabundance of employment and educational opportunities, a very amicable brand of denizens and a housing market that is very generous to prospective buyers, there are practically no reasons to leave this beautiful island. If you already have a home here, hold onto to your jackpot.