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Ben Waterhouse

My wife and I honeymooned in Victoria. It's a beautiful city with an extraordinary heritage, but I agree with you--Portland is tops.

kathleen

Victoria on a sunny dry day is gorgeous. My husband and I go there quite often. I heartily recommend getting out of the touristy core and walking through the extended city's many parks (what views!), or biking on the Galloping Goose trail that takes you way past city limits, visiting the many harbors along the lower island's inlets and bays and for architecture fans trolling for sights of the new influx of contemporary homes. Yes, Victoria is changing and waking up a bit. There are now 1500 software companies in town and for the first time the city marked as many young as old inhabitants.It'll never be Portland but its golden age is still ahead.

Pam

Another garden that is nice is the Government House gardens.

audrey alverson

Amen...or, uh, something like that...to the idea of better mass transit!!! I, too, hope that fuel prices will fuel (pun intended) more use of transit, which will fuel more transit options. One can hope anyway...

John

If there's one thing that's true of Victoria, it's that American's love to come here and tell us how small, cute, and charming it is. We understand that they don't mean anything negative by that, but it always comes off as being condescending.

Victoria might have felt like a small oregon coast town like Astoria, but it actually has about 30 times the population of Astoria. The University of Victoria alone has thousands more students than Astoria has people.

Also, the tallest building in Astoria is maybe 7 floors, while Victoria has 37 buildings that are over 10 floors (a few of which are over 20 floors), and has recently approved another 6 (including one at 24 floors). There's over $3 billion in developments happening around Victoria at the moment, but that kind of high-rise condo and office tower development is typical of sleepy towns, right?

Also, like most small sleepy towns, Victoria happens to be the capital city of the province of British Columbia, where the Premier, the lieutenant-governor, and the 79 elected members of the Legislative Assembly do the typical small town work of creating laws and managing a $40 billion budget for a province of 4.4 million people.

In fact, Victoria is such a sleepy town that it has an international airport with direct flights to San Francisco, Toronto, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas.

Yup, Victoria is just a small town where not much happens besides walks in the park and tea at the Empress.

Brian Libby

John,

Thanks for setting us straight, and me especially. I underestimated all that Victoria has going.

Glad you're not insecure about it, either.

:)

Nikos

Now, that's an unlikely flight, Victoria BC to Salt Lake City...the trivia one learns every day scouring the internet!

John

I think the purpose of the flights to/from Salt Lake City is because it's a hub for Delta Airlines. So if you fly through SLC, you can easily connect to lots of other cities.

Nikos

I know, you can fly from SLC to Paris on Delta. Now, that's a culture shock...

Besides, if you get tired of all the frenzy of activity in Victoria (there's only so musch tea, flowers and Canadian legislativve activity one can take) Vancouver and Seattle are only a ferry ride away!

John

Brian, I posted a comment with a bunch of links to renderings of developments happening in Victoria, but the blog spam filter says it needs to be moderated.

:(

benjamin

John,

You can't for a minute say that our perception of Victoria as an enclave of cuteness hasn't been perpetuated by your local government. While it would be moronic to think there aren't other things happening in Victoria besides high tea at the Empress, it's that type of association that's heavily marketed to American visitors (and visitors from other parts of Canada).

Either way, we love coming to your city, your island, and to Vancouver across the water. And when I do visit Victoria, I (like kathleen) enjoy its more dynamic aspects, which can be found outside of the tourist core. You dig?

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