Living in the Region - An Island Lifestyle

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the Capital Regional District is made up of 13 municipalities and three electoral areas.

Every year tourists flock to the Capital Region to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, old growth rainforests, outdoor adventure, world-class culinary experiences and a vibrant arts and culture scene. So what’s it like to live here? For many, our region is a community of choice for its beauty, climate, recreational activities and lifestyle.

Vital Signs produced by the Victoria Foundation

“Our check-up report” summarizes the good, the bad and the ugly of the Region. Completed by the local non-profit Victoria Foundation, the report includes topics such as population data, information on the economy, arts and culture, regional safety, standard of living and regional transportation www.victoriafoundation.bc.ca

Climate

Check out the current weather conditions for one of the mildest climates in Canada!

Moving to the Region

Victoria house prices may surprise those from outside of the region, but when you look deeper you realize there are a variety of housing options to suit all budgets. Not all CRD employees work and live downtown so finding the right home might mean living on the Saanich Peninsula, the Westshore or even the Gulf Islands. Remember that living in the Capital Region comes with some compensating factors such as lower heating costs due to a temperate year round climate, lower transportation costs due to convenient public transit, excellent biking/walking routes, lower commute times, and lifestyle options that mean you will want to spend more time at home accessing local arts, recreation and entertainment.

Looking to buy a place or check out real estate prices?  Check out Victoria Real Estate board and MLS listings

If you are interested in renting, there are many rental agencies and social sites that list rental accommodations in the region, including Craigslist, Used Victoria and Kijiji.

Schools (K-12 and Post- Secondary)

There are four school districts that support the area as well as numerous private schools for those in K-12.

Post-Secondary Institutes

The CRD is home to a number of world class post-secondary institutions including:

Recreation

One of the best things about living in the Capital Region is the access to recreational activities within a short distance of town. Within the CRD there are ng spots, world-class kite surfing, and first-class golf courses.

We asked some of our staff what kind of activities they would recommend to people new to the region and the list was endless. In addition to visiting all 33 of the CRD regional parks and biking the Lochside and Galloping Goose trails, or visiting our recreation centres, staff suggested kayaking to Sidney Island, visiting a winery or vineyard in the summer, and in the winter head up island to Mount Washington for skiing, snowboarding, tubing and snowshoeing. Southern Vancouver Island also has an extensive artistic community with galleries and studios showcasing local artisans, multiple venues for live theatre and music and year-round farmers markets.

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Here’s what some of our employees said about their reason for choosing the region as their home

 “Since moving back to the island we enjoy short commutes, easy access to outdoor activities & even waterfront walks at lunch! Everything is so close; it’s a real welcome change.” Sharon, Property Manager

“I love living in the most temperate climate in Canada. It allows me to do the things I enjoy most year round like running and cycling. There’s also a very active music community here where I can attend lessons at the Victoria Conservatory of Music to nurture my creative side.” Chris, Financial Services

“I love that I can kayak somewhere different every week without driving more than an hour from town. No matter what the weather, there is almost always a safe paddling option to keep me on the water year round” Sarah, Human Resources