Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, Canada, and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from BC's largest city, Vancouver, on the mainland. Victoria also serves as the western terminus (Mile Zero) for Canada's Trans-Canada Highway, the longest national highway in the world.
The population of the City of Victoria was 78,057 in 2006. The Greater Victoria Metropolitan Area, comprised of 13 municipalities, has a population of 330,088 and is the largest urban area on Vancouver Island.
Victoria accommodations can range from scenic campgrounds and cozy bed and breakfast homes to econony motels and fine hotels and first class resorts. Many accommodations are within easy walking distance to the inner harbour, downtown, attractions, parks and beaches.
Activities: Victoria's climate, location and facilities make it ideal for many recreational activities including hiking, kayaking, golf, water sports, whale watching, eco-tours, beachcombing, fishing, boating, swimming, shopping and horse drawn carriage rides.
Victoria is also known as the Cycling Capital of Canada, with hundreds of kilometres of bicycle paths, bike lanes and bike routes in the city, including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. There are mountain biking trails at Mount Work Regional Park, and Victoria is quickly becoming a bike tourism destination.
Access: The BC Ferries Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, located 29 kilometres (18 mi) north of Victoria, has hourly sailings to Tsawwassen (a ferry terminal south of Vancouver) and to many of the Gulf Islands.
Commercial airline and bus service is available as is the urban bus line. Various cruise operations are based in Victoria to give people access to a variety of areas around Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
Victoria is within easy distance for visitors from the United States, as it is located about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from Seattle by airplane or ferry and 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Port Angeles, Washington by ferry. The Washington State Ferry terminal in Sidney provides ferry service to Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, and ultimately Anacortes, Washington. In Victoria's Inner Harbour, an international ferry terminal provides car ferry service (M/V Coho) to Port Angeles, Washington, high-speed catamaran service (Victoria Clipper) to Downtown Seattle, and seasonal passenger ferries to destinations in Washington including Friday Harbor, Port Angeles, and Bellingham.