Don’t understand why people think Vancouver is more expensive because I find that it’s just slightly more since Victoria seems to be following suit in terms of general living expenses.Also there are outlying suburbs such as Burnaby etc.that are probably more affordable.
Even if Vancouver is more expensive, it’s probably worth it (and I’m sure if you are very creative with your money, you can wing it).Factors on why Vancouver might be the better choice: It’s on the mainland, which means you’re at least not spending money on ferry fare (not to mention wasting 3 hours just to get from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria since these ferry terminals are in the middle of nowhere).Travelling to Seattle is far easier because you don’t have to rely on the Clipper, which only operates twice a day at odd hours.Plus that means you cannot just take a day trip from Victoria, and will likely have to pay for additional expenses with hotels and spending more on travel insurance.If you’re a skier, you have a few ski resorts nearby while the closest resort to Victoria is three hours away.
No thank you.It might rain more in Vancouver, which is manageable with an umbrella.Victoria does have it’s fair share of rain PLUS lots of wind so you could end up dipping into your bank account on umbrellas.I personally prefer rain over wind.I know it sounds like irony, but if you’re shy or an introvert, bigger cities might be better to live in because of the anonymity and less of a chance of running into people you know.Bigger city means more job opportunities.
Sure Victoria has the BC gov, but it’s hard to get into plus I’ve heard horror stories of people being extremely competitive to the point of trying to get fellow coworkers fired.How nice!Sure, I’ve heard people in Vancouver are cold, but people in Victoria aren’t any better.It might seem liberal, but there’s a paradox that if you like fashion and dressing up rather than looking granola, hippie, weird, or significantly overweight, people regard you as being cold and calculating.
It’s a bizarre place.While Vancouver probably gets plenty of tourists, downtown Victoria can be a nightmare since it’s smaller in area and that’s where all the tourists clump together.Should also add in those carriages.While they might be interesting to look at, it can become a nuisance since these carriages don’t just stick to a park like in New York, but go out on busy streets.No IKEA on the island so one has to spend money on the ferry just to visit that store.While Vancouver might seem slightly more expensive, think of all the expenses involved with living on an island.
Born in and grew up in Alberta, I have lived in Victoria for over 40 years, but have spent extensive time in Vancouver, including decades travelling there for work (I answer this just back a few hours ago from 3 days working in the Lower Mainland).Other writers are spot on.Vancouver is vibrant, large and exciting, where in the winter you can ski Cypress on a Saturday morning and go downtown in a,T-shirt in the afternoon shopping.
Nightlife, sports, culture and the arts, easy access to Seattle, yep, Vancouver has a lot going for it.But I live in Victoria.Better climate, more sunshine, a unique microclimate virtually snow free all winter (I don’t know where the “windy” reputation comes from though, it’s not).
It has its own nightlife, sports, culture and so on.And the biggie….waaaaay less traffic and commute issues.A much gentler pace, a beautiful city and it’s where I chose to raise my family.
Depends what you like.Similar atmosphere.Different sizes.
Vancouver has more of a big-city feel.Victoria is a smaller sort of city.Very touristy there, because of the parliament buildings and stuff.
I feel like there are more granola-types in Victoria.You know, like people who make their own patchouli-scented soap.But that might just be the people I know there.
Both are really pretty cities with accessible ocean as well as a nice downtown core.I feel like there might be more homeless people in Vancouver, but I might just think that because of where I live.Similar weather.
I think they get snow more often in victoria than we do in Vancouver, but not much.We definitely get more rain in Vancouver.Victoria has more wind.
Both have good restaurants, parks, hotels and theatres.Idk about bars and clubs- I’m too old for that.
I had a friend who thought Victoria would be great.He had 6 kids.It didn’t work out.
No one went to the island to visit.it cost him a fortune to visit friends and family on the mainland.He came back.
The island is isolated and Victoria is congested.Pretty to visit.Milder in winter and a bit sunnier by a small margin.
Its no California.Vancouver has lots more to keep you entertained and out of trouble.It has more beach, marinas, people you want to meet and the possibility of that by a country mile.
Victoria to anywhere on the mainland….add half a day of travel and $150 one way.Whistler from Vancouver…a day trip and $40 gas.From Victoria: at least one night at a hotel, $300 for 2 to ferry and eat.
So we’re already at about $500 as opposed to $40.for that trip.
Raising a family?Then Victoria is the place for you, if you can find suitable housing and a decent job.
Having visited both as a tourist and seriously considered that I might one day apply to settle in Canada to be near my sister and her husband, I’d say neither.Instead I’d suggest the Lower Mainland outside the city of Vancouver.In particular, my sister lives in Ocean Park and a bit further west is Crescent Beach, which I think is a really attractive beachside community and where I’d choose to live if I were to settle in Canada and could afford the property prices.
These areas of South Surrey are easily commutable into Vancouver.While the City of Surrey has a poor reputation as a whole, the area known as South Surrey (I think unofficially) is really rather nice.
Victoria’s climate is nicer (but Vancouver’s is not bad at all).Victoria lacks some of Vancouver’s big-city problems—namely, a big drug trade and homeless population.Victoria is also more affordable.
On the other hand, victoria’s quite sleepy.That can be boring for teenagers.It’s also isolated, with everything a not-so-short ferry ride away.
Steady employment is hard to come by, and wages are lower.
Victoria is far more affordable to live in for sure.But some prefer to be on the mainland rather than the island.I don’t personally like Victoria; it has a weird vibe to it and has always given me the wiggens.
But Vancouver does seem to have a higher crime rating and is less safer for children.For a family, I’d suggest Victoria, for cost and safety purposes.
Unless you have enough money to not care about how much your house costs, Vancouver really isn’t an option.Victoria is still realistically priced and in some ways nicer… less traffic!