Victoria is the provincial capital city for British Columbia, Canada’s third-most highly populated province trailing only Ontario and Québec.
Guinness World Records points to Victoria as being home to the largest underwater press conference ever, attended by 61 journalists who had dived to a depth of 32 feet 9.6 inches (10 meters) at a November 4, 2006 book release.
Victoria was the site of another world record when Canadian Arran McLellan completed 8,898 step ups within 8 hours at the University of Victoria Stadium on June 4, 2011.
Victoria serves as headquarters for one of Canada’s largest 500 corporations by revenue. Operating as BC Ferries, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. provides major passenger and vehicle ferry services for the province’s coastal and island communities.
British Columbia shipped C$39 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value British Columbian exports are wood, coal, copper, natural gas, seafood, aluminum, electronics, zinc, automobiles and aircraft according to the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
Victoria’s unemployment rate was 3.6% as of April 2017 down from 6.2% one year earlier.
Capital Facts for Victoria, Canada: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, David Foster Foundation Theatre, Robert Bateman Centre, Royal BC Museum, Royal Theatre, The Avenue Gallery, The Maritime Museum of BC, Victoria Bug Zoo and the Victoria Symphony Theatre
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Victoria, Canada
- Nelly Furtado, pop singer (born Dec. 2, 1978)
- David Foster, composer & music producer (born Nov. 1, 1949)
- Jamie Benn, professional NHL hockey player (born Jul. 18, 1989)
- Riley McCormick, Olympic diver (born Aug. 25, 1991)
- Helen Kelesi, professional tennis player (born Nov. 15, 1969)
- Colum Worthy, actor (born Jan. 28, 1991)
- Kimberley McRae, Olympic singles luge (born May 24, 1992)
- Cameron Bright, actor (born Jan. 26, 1993)
- Michael Saunders, professional baseball player (born Nov. 19, 1986)
- Jocelyn Chew, model (born May 15, 1992)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Victoria resident: Victorian
Population: 85,792 (Victoria city limits)
Density: 11,409 people per square mile (4,406 per square kilometer)
Population: 367,770 (Metropolitan Victoria)
Density: 1,368 people per square mile (528 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$15.7 billion in 2016 (Metropolitan Victoria)
GDP per person: $42,690
Note: The above GDP metrics are 2007-based and are in Canadian dollars.
Official currency used in Victoria: Canadian dollars
Colliers International Consulting, Fairfield and Gonzales Retail Demand Analysis: Victoria BC. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Fortune, Global 500 2016. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest press conference underwater. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Guinness World Records, Most step ups in 8 hours. Accessed on May 18, 2017
National Post, The FP500. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Victoria official website. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Statistics Canada, Labour force characteristics, unadjusted, by census metropolitan area. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, British Columbia. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Wikipedia, Victoria, British Columbia. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Within city limits, Victoria occupies 7.52 square miles (19.47 square kilometers). The provincial capital city’s population was 85,792 people in 2016.
Including the city of Victoria plus its surrounding rural municipalities, cities and towns, Metropolitan Victoria has a land area of 268.8 square miles (696.2 square kilometers) with a capital area population of 367,770 inhabitants.
At the city level, Victoria’s population density is 11,409 residents per square mile (4,406 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the much larger Metropolitan Victoria area with an average 1,368 inhabitants per square mile (528 per square kilometer).
Victorians celebrate Canada Day as a national holiday each July 1.