Canada's West Coast
Royal Roads University is located on the spectacular West Coast of Canada in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. Located on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is just 25 minutes by air or 90 minutes by ferry from Vancouver, and less than 3 hours by ferry from Seattle. Located on 227 hectares of ocean-side parkland, with a hundred year old castle at its centre, Royal Roads is considered one of the most beautiful campuses in North America.
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About Victoria BC
Victoria is one of the friendliest, safest cities in the world. It is a major tourist destination, with more than 3.65 million visitors per year. Known for its bustling downtown and busy harbor life, Victoria has a variety of theatres and cinemas, as well as pubs and night clubs. Victoria is said to have the second highest number of restaurant per capita in North America. Festivals occur throughout the year, especially during the summer months, drawing tens of thousands of Victorians and visitors to the downtown core. Victoria is well known for its parks and gardens, ranging from manicured gardens to ocean-side parks with rugged west coast terrain. There are a wealth of outdoor activities to choose including whale watching, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, swimming and sailing. For more information on Victoria please visit Tourism Victoria.
Victoria boasts the mildest climate in Canada and is one of the sunniest places in British Columbia with more than 2,200 hours of sunshine annually. Winters are mild and damp, while summers are fairly dry and pleasantly warm providing year-round access to outdoor activities.
Victoria is one of the driest areas in Canada with an average rainfall of 26 inches, which is less than neighboring Vancouver or Seattle. Victoria has a distinct dry and rainy season with nearly two thirds of the annual precipitation falling from November to February. Victoria averages only 9.75 inches of snow annually, and on the rare occasion that snow does fall, it does not last long. Winter temperatures average between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius, rarely dropping below freezing. A warm waterproof jacket and umbrella generally provide sufficient weather protection through the moderate coastal winter.
Spring weather can arrive as early as February with mild temperatures leading to an explosion of blossoms on the cherry trees that line the city streets. Also known as the “City of Gardens”, Victoria has flowers in bloom year-round. In February of each year, while most of Canada is covered in snow, Victorians take part in an annual Flower Count, to lightheartedly promote the city’s pleasant climate with temperatures ranging between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius.
By June, the days are longer, with daylight hours exceeding 15 hours a day. During the summer, temperatures average a pleasant 22 degrees Celsius. Low humidity and constant offshore breezes keep summer days from being too hot, but can also result in cool evenings. September is the start of autumn, when the deciduous trees turn a delightful golden hue. Early autumn is a beautiful time of year in Victoria and the days are often quite warm and sunny. For more information on current weather conditions please visit the Environment Canada website.