The Greater Victoria area, also known as the Capital Regional District, is located on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is made up of 13 municipalities and three electoral areas.
Our area benefits from one of Canada’s mildest climates and a diverse ecosystem. The beauty and tranquility of this area is truly unique.
For more information about our region, please visit Tourism, Vancouver Island.
Greater Victoria Public Library endeavours to grow with our communities to benefit present and future generations. We are a library system that serves 10 municipalities, whose websites are listed below.
This page gives visitors a general introduction to Greater Victoria. New immigrants to Canada should visit our Settlement and Orientation page.
General tourism links
The Victoria Newcomer’s Guide (Victoria : Campbell Publishing, c2005, ISBN 1-895297-23-0) provides even more information about our region – ecology, history, neighbourhoods, culture, civic issues, services, jobs, etc. It’s available at local bookstores or at GVPL.
Monday Magazine is a popular monthly newspaper for news and arts.
Most of the common North American TV networks (e.g. NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox) broadcast here. As well, Canadian companies like CBC, Global, and CTV have affiliates, along with homegrown stations CHEK, A-Channel, and Shaw CommunityTV. Full listings can be found at shaw.ca.
|90.5||CBC||Local news, talk|
|91.3||The Zone||Modern Rock|
|98.5||The Ocean||Light Rock|
|101.9||CFUV||Campus Radio, University of Victoria|
|103.1||JACK FM||Adult Rock|
|104.6||MARINE||Marine Weather Radio|
|900||Village||Global roots, Camosun College|
|1070||CFAX||News, sports, talk|
Arts and entertainment
The Art Gallery Of Greater Victoria is home to BC's largest public art collection. There are also a number of fine private art galleries to enjoy in our region. Discover the history, culture and ecology of Victoria at the Royal British Columbia Museum and other local museums. As part of the library's collection, we offer passes to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria as well as the Royal BC Museum, which can be borrowed with a valid adult library card.
The Belfry is Vancouver Island's largest professional theatre company, but theatre lovers also have Kaleidoscope, Langham Court, Intrepid, and Victoria newest theatre company, Blue Bridge, to choose from.
If you’re looking for movie options, check out the local website What’s Playing Where.
There’s a wide range of live music in Victoria including:
When Victorians want to know what’s happening in live popular music – or other local live arts and entertainment -- they often go to Monday Magazine’s Calendar. On Thursdays, the Times-Colonist’s Go! page lists weekend events.
Sports And Recreation
Tourism Victoria maintains a comprehensive guide to regional parks and hiking trails, as well as opportunities for cycling, kayaking, skiing, and golfing. You can also find out where the nearest recreation centre is, and what our local sports teams are up to.
BC Transit operates an extensive public bus system throughout our region and offers special day passes and a “bike and ride” system for cyclists.
The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition has recreational cycling maps, including a guide to the world famous Galloping Goose regional trail.
Living In Victoria
Rental accommodation notices can be found in:
- The Times-Colonist classifieds
- Monday Magazine’s classifieds
- Craig's List Victoria
- University of Victoria Housing Services
Jobs In Victoria
Resources for job seekers in Victoria include:
The GVPL website has an extensive webpage of other employment resources.
For federal government services such as CPP, OAS, EI, and SIN visit the Victoria Service Canada Centre.
Information about provincial services like education, environment, health, and family support can be found at the BC government website.
The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for southern Vancouver Island providing inter-municipal services such as recycling, parks planning and water conservation.
The municipalities in GVPL’s community also provide a range of services e.g. police and fire protection, garbage collection, road maintenance, and business licensing:
Community groups and societies
GVPL and the Victoria Telecommunity maintain The Victoria Community Information Database, the most up-to-date information about community groups, organizations and societies in our area.