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Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off the Pacific Coast of Canada. It is the capital of the province of Vancouver. It is reached by ferry, private boats, helicopter or seaplane. The British Columbia Ferry departs from the city of Vancouver. Victoria is known as the Garden City due to its expansive green spaces.
More than 3.5 million tourists visit here annually, contributing as the main force in the local economy. The downtown is filled with theaters, restaurants and clubs. The climate is temperate. In the winter, it rarely drops below 3.6 degrees Celsius nor does the temperature rise above 30 degrees in the summer. Eucalyptus, Banana and palm trees are found in the city gardens, a rarity for the Pacific Northwest. The sunny, generally warm climate prevails most of the year. Nevertheless, large snowfalls are typical in December.
Prior to an English trading post bringing the first European inhabitants, the area had been inhabited by several aboriginal peoples. In 1849, the Crown’s colony was first established here, taking its name from Queen Victoria. A decade later gold was discovered and the population boomed.
Today, roughly 80,000 people inhabit the city; a total of 330,000 reside in the region consisting of 13 municipalities. The scenery and almost year round golf play attract retirees making this the retirement capital of Canada. The 30.35-hectare Beacon Hill Park at the city center is home to a zoo, open fields, out door concerts as well as cricket matches which have been played here since the 19th century.
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At the end of summer, an 11-day Fringe Theater Festival is hosted by the Intrepid Theater company. Drama, comedy and dance are performed by artists from around the globe in the downtown area at discount prices. Independent and alternative work is featured at this annual celebration. It has been taking place since 1986. (http://victoriafringe.com/)
In 2005, the Hotel Grand Pacific began the annual Whiskey Festival. This 3-day event is held in January. It includes tasting of single malt beverages. Master Classes in tasting and apprecation of distinctions and discriminating between malts are also offered for fees. (http://www.victoriawhiskyfestival.com/)
In the year 2000, the Free B-Film Festival began. This outdoor event is held during 3 weeks of August. It offers an alternative to the older, paid film festival here as there is no admission. 3,000 people have been known to attend this outdoor screening in Beacon Hill Park. (http://victoriafilmfestival.com/)
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Air Canada flies to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) from Sydney (SYD). The flight arrives at 11:18. There is an Australian Consulate and Trade Commission representation in Vancouver. (http://www.canada.embassy.gov.au/otwa/90106-Aust_Gvt_offices.html)