South Island 


Over 375,000 awesome people live here


The mildest climate in Canada


The most restaurants per capita in Canada


13 municipalities in our region

First Nations

10 First Nations communities in the South Island region

Population comparison

2nd largest metropolitan area in BC, behind Vancouver 


3 major post-secondary institutions


$600 billion Cascadia mega-region economic output (region from Seattle to Vancouver)


$15.9 Billion annual GDP (Greater Victoria)

Check out this select list of rankings and awards that celebrate what makes us  innovative, entrepreneurial and unique:

  • University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top 1% in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings) – currently ranked 177th overall.
  • Top 10 small city in North and South America (Human Capital & Lifestyle) – FDi Magazine (Financial Times of London) 2015/16 America’s Cities of the Future Awards
  • Best airport in North America – Airports Council International Award (2015)
  • Top island in Continental U.S. and Canada – Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards (2014)
  • #6 Best island in the world – Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Survey (2016)
  • #7 Top 25 best cities in the world – Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Survey (2016)
  • Canada’s 7th most entrepreneurial city (out of 121) – the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (2016)
  • Canada’s 2nd most creative city – Tied with Vancouver as Canada’s 2nd most creative city behind Ottawa (Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto, based on Dr. Richard Florida’s ‘3 T’s of Economic Development’)
  • Best place to live for young professionals – Victoria topped Canada’s Next Cities list ranking the best place to live for young professionals aged 20-40. Ottawa was second. (2009, Next Generation Consulting)

Are you curious about how Greater Victoria measures up with peer cities across Canada and around the world? Click here to see how we rank