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Why You Should Move To Victoria — And What You Need To Know Before You Do

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When it comes to figuring out your next move, location will undoubtedly be at the top of your criteria. This doesn’t just mean the neighbourhood you choose, but the area as a whole that you want to live in as well. 

And there can be few cities that can match Victoria in terms of scenery, culture, amenities, and quality of life. If you’re on the fence about moving, don’t worry — here’s our mini guide to what you need to know about living in Victoria, and advice for what to keep in mind when making your move to this fantastic city. 

Why You Should Move To Victoria 

The best way to sum up the character of Victoria would be to describe it as a small city that feels bigger. It’s a place where you get the convenience and atmosphere of a nice town, while still retaining access to a high standard of amenities, as well as a bustling downtown hub. 

This character extends to your shopping and entertainment options. What Victoria may lack in variety in terms of chain and mega large retail store options, it more than makes it for with smaller independent and artisan fare. 

Best of all are the views available: you can enjoy a day out in the city or even just a nice meal or a cup of coffee and you’ll be met with spectacular panoramic views of the Juan De Fuca strait, Mount Rainier, and the many many tall evergreen trees that surround everything. 

And for the right person, Victoria will undoubtedly be a city that calls to you, especially if you live an active, outdoors oriented lifestyle. Situated at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria offers something for everyone, whether you want to head out onto the water, are an avid cycler, golfer, or just enjoy the occasional nature hike. 

No matter what it is you enjoy, be sure to look up local clubs and hotspots before you move, as this can help you narrow down your search radius, and get to know your new local area from the moment you move in.

Distance And Logistics 

If you are moving to Victoria, it’s important to consider the logistics and plan accordingly, especially if you’re moving from an area outside of Vancouver Island. In that case, you’ll have to think about not only long distance removals and storage options, but also the matter of transporting yourself and your possessions onto the island from the mainland of British Columbia.

BC Ferries run a number of routes between Victoria and Vancouver, so be sure to plan your journey ahead with these in mind. Make a reservation for a specific sailing if you need to arrive at a certain time, and make sure you know the dimensions of a moving truck if you use one.  

Your plans will also depend on how you intend on getting around. Victoria does have a robust public transport system, but if you’re planning on driving you should get familiar with the high density traffic areas and likely spots of delay. There are several routes where traffic can easily add an extra 30 minutes to your journey.

Once you’ve moved however, if you’re a cyclist then you’ll be pleased to know Victoria is a bike friendly city that should make it easy for you to get around that way, with specific bike lanes downtown and the famous Galloping Goose trail. 

Work Life Balance and Driving

Many people relocate with a job already lined up, and if this applies to you, it’s important to research your new location thoroughly and plan out your regular journey to make sure it’s practical and comfortable. 

A big factor to consider is how often you’re commuting and how long it will take. If you’re considering purchasing a house but are unfamiliar with the neighborhood, test drive the commute during the hours you will be needing to. Because as mentioned earlier, traffic can add 30 minutes or even an hour to what can be a 15 minute drive in quieter times. 

If you are planning on finding work in Victoria as a part of your move, it’s important to research the job market, and the kind of opportunities that are likely to be available. Victoria is particularly abundant when it comes to local government roles, as we are the state capital of British Columbia. 

In addition, there is a burgeoning tech and entrepreneurial scene that could help those with a more modern skill set or looking for roles in those areas. No matter what your industry is, you will be pleased to know that Victoria has a low unemployment rate of just 3.3%, as well as over 400 firms boasting an aggregate annual revenue north of $4 billion.

Find The Right Neighbourhood 

Victoria is split into 13 municipalities, and each has its own unique ambience and advantages, and even more unique neighborhoods within each municipality, so it’s important to understand exactly what you’re looking for so that you can hone in on the right choice for your needs. 

We recommend making a list of important factors and optional ones, things such as local schools, public transport links, and green spaces. 

Once you know what you’re looking for, you can begin doing your research! And we have just the place to start, as we’ve written several blogs on the subject of finding the right neighbourhood in Victoria for you: 

Which Municipality Is Right For You? West Shore Edition

Which Municipality Is Right For You? Metchosin, Saanich, and Sidney

Which Municipality is Right for You? Victoria, Esquimalt, and Oak Bay

When it comes to moving to Victoria, there is no substitute for the knowledge, connections, and assistance of an experienced realtor who knows and understands the area. That’s exactly what we have here on our team at Madsen Langlois, and we can help you get the best price for the best home for your next move. To find out more or to get started, get in touch with us today! 

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