Founded in 1843, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. The capital of British Columbia, known as "The Garden City", Victoria offers famous flower gardens, a mild climate, picture perfect scenery, old world charm and new world convenience.
While the old world English ancestry is still embraced in Victoria with horse drawn carriages, double-decker buses and tea rooms, the lively new age cosmopolitan feeling of a bustling technology rich city has been adopted with open arms. The over 80,000 residents (and of course visitors) have access to a plethora of business opportunities, attractions and activities to keep their lives full, healthy and invigorated. Victoria has grown into a city simply bursting with so many possibilities for economic growth.
Victoria's prime location and easy access from nearly anywhere makes it a popular international tourism spot, creating major tourism industry serving more than 3.5 million visitors each year and adding more than a billion dollars to the local economy. And tourism in not the only large revenue stream in Victoria. This city has also become home to a thriving advanced technology industry generating over 3 billion dollars within Victoria's business sector. As if that is not enough, the following industries (among others) also add to Victoria's revenues on a smaller scale: food products, education, investment and banking and online book publishing. However, it's evident that technology is ever apparent in Victoria with its increasingly younger and older demographics that are Internet Savvy. More and more people are turning to the Internet (via home computers, laptops and mobile devices) to find their news, business and services. Actually, it has been rumored that Victoria has Canada's highest household Internet usage and is ranked as "Canada's Smartest City."