Is Victoria really a nice place to live?
Victoria Style Horse Danc

Victoria, Canada

#62 Dec 27, 2012
Ah, life in Victoria BC Canada is like that PSY Korean Gangnam Style dance. It is an interesting temporary flash of brilliance and then it will fade into darkness for much longer. Most people will wake up and face the fact they have been duped and it isn't as good as the propaganda marketing made it out to be. However, what can you do? You fell for the hype and spin and now you are stuck with the shitty goods nobody else wants.
maybe maybe not

Victoria, Canada

#63 Dec 28, 2012
Sure victoria is a nice place to live, if you are already rich. Making enough money to have a better life is not too easy anywhere, but appears less likely in victoria for previosly mentioned reasons. You are in for an unpleasant surprise if you think you are goin to give up your old life in another bigger Canadian city go to Victoria to make it big with lots of money, good job, cool friends, house, condo, etc.
short term rider

Calgary, Canada

#64 Dec 29, 2012
Victoria and Vancouver Island is good for a temporary amusement. When the lack of money, good jobs, opportunities, social life, friends get to you, you will want to relocate to another more exciting major Canadian city. Of course, if you are only visiting victoria, you won't spend enough time to realize the limitations and systemic corruption.
lack passion huh

Victoria, Canada

#65 Dec 30, 2012
short term rider wrote:
Victoria and Vancouver Island is good for a temporary amusement. When the lack of money, good jobs, opportunities, social life, friends get to you, you will want to relocate to another more exciting major Canadian city. Of course, if you are only visiting victoria, you won't spend enough time to realize the limitations and systemic corruption.
Christmas, Canada Day, Civic Day, Labour Day, News Years Day, any other holiday in any other city Canadian or otherwise would be filled with lots of happy, cheerful, outgoing, friendly party people doing their things. Every calendar day in Victoria is no different if they were statutory holidays or regular work days. It is all very dull, boring, comatose, completely lacking in anything resembling passion. It is always like being at a funeral or having a full car tear down inspection by border officers. There are always cold, distant expressions, a carrot up the ass types of looks. Laxatives won't help the Victoria culture.
typical Victorian

Victoria, Canada

#66 Dec 30, 2012
Sam wrote:
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I'm glad to hear you're leaving. Obviously this wasn't a place to be for an extrovert like you. We are on "Island time" here on the Island and it is difficult for city folks to get used to it. Have fun back at your home.
This is typical Victorian uptight, cult like, deluded mentality. How dare our own people and outsiders collude in bad mouthing our paradise of Victoria. It is sacrilege! Anyone who doesn't think and act like a Victorian is going to Hell! Counter Victorianism is a sin you know?
boring dull

Canada

#67 Jan 1, 2013
There seems to be prevalence of general life in Victoria to be boring and dull. I feel the people and culture of Victoria are very uptight, dull, and boring. Most of the time they act really odd. Nobody can accuse most Victoria people of being adventurous.
Unfortunately Him

Victoria, Canada

#68 Jan 3, 2013
"Please help me,

I work, but due to the cold wet weather my company is unable to keep busy until February. I am clean cut, polite, and very thoughtful young 24 year old man. I don't have many things, just a suitcase with my nice and great looking clothes. You wouldn't know it by looking at me, but come tomorrow I will be homeless. I have no one to turn to, and this is real embarrassing to ask, but please put me up for the short term.

I will be out and about during the day, I only need a place to sleep, I will get work A.S.A.P, undoubtedly, and don't mind helping out with anything you might need. I am in a real tough spot at the moment, as I am flat broke."

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This guy abviously didn't do his homework before moving to Victoria. The region is not exactly the golden land of economic opportunity and vast wealth flowing like rivers. He probably just left some city back in Eastern Canada and moved to Vancouver Island, Victoria BC because he felt like it? It may not be official yet, but the economic social atmosphere definitely seem more doom and gloom after 2011. You can be just like this guy and others after relocating to Victoria. You will also have a ad site ad like this one. Happy New Year 2013.
Not Hot Turd Just Turd

Canada

#69 Jan 3, 2013
Unfortunately Him wrote:
"Please help me,
I work, but due to the cold wet weather my company is unable to keep busy until February. I am clean cut, polite, and very thoughtful young 24 year old man. I don't have many things, just a suitcase with my nice and great looking clothes. You wouldn't know it by looking at me, but come tomorrow I will be homeless. I have no one to turn to, and this is real embarrassing to ask, but please put me up for the short term.
I will be out and about during the day, I only need a place to sleep, I will get work A.S.A.P, undoubtedly, and don't mind helping out with anything you might need. I am in a real tough spot at the moment, as I am flat broke."
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This guy abviously didn't do his homework before moving to Victoria. The region is not exactly the golden land of economic opportunity and vast wealth flowing like rivers. He probably just left some city back in Eastern Canada and moved to Vancouver Island, Victoria BC because he felt like it? It may not be official yet, but the economic social atmosphere definitely seem more doom and gloom after 2011. You can be just like this guy and others after relocating to Victoria. You will also have a ad site ad like this one. Happy New Year 2013.
I talked on the phone with a Victorian friend who mentioned some show about with expert who said he can expect real estate value in Victoria to drop 33% while unemployment goes up. Property prices don't usually drop unless something is seriously wrong with the economy, like no jobs, not enough work, cheap slave wages, etc. Nobody is going to buy anything if they don't have money to buy. Perhaps this was why 2012 Christmas Eve shopping was really dead? Victoria prosperity wasn't that great even when times were so called good. It just gets much worse in bad times like now.
moved here from Edmonton

Victoria, Canada

#70 Jan 4, 2013
We moved here in 1980 and always found it a really difficult place to make a living. We stayed because we got trapped here for financial reasons but have been dreaming of escaping for a long time. There are way too many people chasing too few good jobs. It is also very insular and unfriendly to newcommers. I still remember being asked when I wanted to register my car in BC by the clerk with a sneer "what do you people want here" as if Albertans were from outer space and not Canadians.
It is too bad the rest of Canada has such cold winters but I wouldn't recommend anyone moving here unless you are retired and have lots of money. If you are able to make money elsewhere and live here part time is also a good plan. It is expensive and boring. Most of the locals donot want to meet new people and are snobs. The ferries keep you trapped here as it is inconvenient and expensive to leave.
Like the Coments Decribed

United States

#71 Jan 5, 2013
moved here from Edmonton wrote:
We moved here in 1980 and always found it a really difficult place to make a living. We stayed because we got trapped here for financial reasons but have been dreaming of escaping for a long time. There are way too many people chasing too few good jobs. It is also very insular and unfriendly to newcommers. I still remember being asked when I wanted to register my car in BC by the clerk with a sneer "what do you people want here" as if Albertans were from outer space and not Canadians.
It is too bad the rest of Canada has such cold winters but I wouldn't recommend anyone moving here unless you are retired and have lots of money. If you are able to make money elsewhere and live here part time is also a good plan. It is expensive and boring. Most of the locals donot want to meet new people and are snobs. The ferries keep you trapped here as it is inconvenient and expensive to leave.
Edmonton, your post is a combination of most of the other posts on these Topix victoia forums. Victoria is slow, mentally lost, dumbed down, uptight, cliquey, crazy, impoverished, artificial, culturally cold, boring, closed minded, small minded, waste of time, cheap, living expensive, bleeding heart socialist hell hole. I read another post from another Edmonton person who changed his mind about relocating to Vancouver Island and Victoria, after reading these comments. Do you realize that many Victorians themselves hate their Victorian lives and want to escape too? The only Victorians who refuse to see the truth are the hard core, deluded fanatics. There was no internet in 1980 or you would have did some long distance research and saved the wasted time and money of moving.

I would personally turned Vancouver Island and Victoria into Canada's contribution to the New World Order's world wide prison camp system if I was dictator. Perhaps only then will the place finally reach its full potential. It is not doing so under the current reality.
not in victoria

Victoria, Canada

#72 Jan 5, 2013
moved here from Edmonton wrote:
We moved here in 1980 and always found it a really difficult place to make a living. We stayed because we got trapped here for financial reasons but have been dreaming of escaping for a long time. There are way too many people chasing too few good jobs. It is also very insular and unfriendly to newcommers. I still remember being asked when I wanted to register my car in BC by the clerk with a sneer "what do you people want here" as if Albertans were from outer space and not Canadians.
It is too bad the rest of Canada has such cold winters but I wouldn't recommend anyone moving here unless you are retired and have lots of money. If you are able to make money elsewhere and live here part time is also a good plan. It is expensive and boring. Most of the locals donot want to meet new people and are snobs. The ferries keep you trapped here as it is inconvenient and expensive to leave.
People with brains, abilities, education can get worhty employment and pay in places like Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto because of their assumption of skill and merit. Nepotism corrupt Victoria would label you under or over qualified at the same time and place. They will want to pay cheap for the good people anyway. They drive all the best job applicants to other cities and even outside of BC. The left over results will be sub standard and messed up. The remaining highest ranking best of the worse stupid ones will be promoted to leadership positions and pay. Then you have situations of the most incompetent getting the best jobs and benefits.
Expose Greater Victoria

Canada

#73 Jan 5, 2013
moved here from Edmonton wrote:
We moved here in 1980 and always found it a really difficult place to make a living. We stayed because we got trapped here for financial reasons but have been dreaming of escaping for a long time. There are way too many people chasing too few good jobs. It is also very insular and unfriendly to newcommers. I still remember being asked when I wanted to register my car in BC by the clerk with a sneer "what do you people want here" as if Albertans were from outer space and not Canadians.
It is too bad the rest of Canada has such cold winters but I wouldn't recommend anyone moving here unless you are retired and have lots of money. If you are able to make money elsewhere and live here part time is also a good plan. It is expensive and boring. Most of the locals donot want to meet new people and are snobs. The ferries keep you trapped here as it is inconvenient and expensive to leave.
Newfoundland is an island and Vancouver Island is an island. That is where the similarities end. Newfoundland is colder climate, people warmer, more genuine, outgoing, sociable, nicer. Vancouver island is warmer climate, people colder, artificial, fake, uptight, snotty, insane, unsociable, meaner. It is not the rest of Canada that is from outer space. It is BC and Victoria that is from outer space. I'm sure even space aliens wouldn't want to associate with BC and Victorians because of the horrible culture.

A friend once said he thought the map of east coast Canada looks like an animal head, central Canada looks like the torso, prairie provinces are the middle, and BC is the ass buttocks end of the animal. Vancouver Island looks like a piece of poo that is coming out of Vancouver BC (the anus). Victoria is the tip of the piece of poo. That is what he said.
pathology

Victoria, Canada

#74 Jan 7, 2013
A secure locale for those whom have accumulated, wealthy ,goods ,etc. over a lifetime and await the pearly gates, newly wed and nearly dead, is an old saying of Vic town.
Gentrified and more so , miserly wages in the private sector, well move away if you don't get it. Wealthy people remain wealthy ,don't share .That's how they get to remain .wealthy.
many people don't like the high cost of rent etc.,so Duncan is awaiting the rush of bus riders.
yes

Victoria, Canada

#75 Jan 7, 2013
pathology wrote:
A secure locale for those whom have accumulated, wealthy ,goods ,etc. over a lifetime and await the pearly gates, newly wed and nearly dead, is an old saying of Vic town.
Gentrified and more so , miserly wages in the private sector, well move away if you don't get it. Wealthy people remain wealthy ,don't share .That's how they get to remain .wealthy.
many people don't like the high cost of rent etc.,so Duncan is awaiting the rush of bus riders.
I agree that Victorians are cheap, restricted, and crusty. The only friendly, sociable, with a clue, intelligent, cool Victorians are the ones fresh off the plane or boat. They haven't been in Victoria long enough to absorb all the mental culture yet.
crippled mentality

United States

#76 Jan 14, 2013
Calgary, Edomonton Alberta generate revenue by selling oil and gas and other goods to the world. They have a wealthy lifestyle, mindset, higher wages, and the pricey toys and services to prove their good life. The costs and taxes are much lower and the average workers can aspire to build something with their lives. Then you have Victoria, Vancouver British Columbia that generates revenue by putting up all kinds of sales, income, environmental taxes, surcharges, fees to scrape away the already pathetic low wages of BC citizens. All the costs of living are already too high as it is. On top of this, BCers refuse to pump oil, gas off the Pacific coast, transport Alberta oil and gas to sell to the rising rich countries in Asia and South America. The transport of oil and gas could potentially screw the environment. BC say bye bye to lots of high pay jobs, supporting jobs, and lots of wealth while the various taxes further impoverish the BC people.
Broke No Fun City

Kamloops, Canada

#77 Jan 14, 2013
Most people seem to be poor and bored in Victoria. It is no wonder they are cranky, uptight, stingy. The bad low wages and taxes on everything will drain you like a vampire. The BC people are anti wealth and pro tax. The government will be more than happy to suck you dry in various ways, unlike Alberta in all things.
moved from Edmonton

Victoria, Canada

#78 Jan 20, 2013
crippled mentality wrote:
Calgary, Edomonton Alberta generate revenue by selling oil and gas and other goods to the world. They have a wealthy lifestyle, mindset, higher wages, and the pricey toys and services to prove their good life. The costs and taxes are much lower and the average workers can aspire to build something with their lives. Then you have Victoria, Vancouver British Columbia that generates revenue by putting up all kinds of sales, income, environmental taxes, surcharges, fees to scrape away the already pathetic low wages of BC citizens. All the costs of living are already too high as it is. On top of this, BCers refuse to pump oil, gas off the Pacific coast, transport Alberta oil and gas to sell to the rising rich countries in Asia and South America. The transport of oil and gas could potentially screw the environment. BC say bye bye to lots of high pay jobs, supporting jobs, and lots of wealth while the various taxes further impoverish the BC people.
Victorians donot want development and jobs like Alberta. They want to keep this place for themselves. They want to keep their clean white collar government jobs to themselves so that is why they don't like newcomers. They think they will compete for these scarce cushy jobs and push up real estate prices further.
Victorians are Idiots

United States

#79 Jan 21, 2013
moved from Edmonton wrote:
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Victorians donot want development and jobs like Alberta. They want to keep this place for themselves. They want to keep their clean white collar government jobs to themselves so that is why they don't like newcomers. They think they will compete for these scarce cushy jobs and push up real estate prices further.
Victorians are no common sense, spaced out, jerk around idiots, most of them are anyways. If you love uptight, crazy, procrastinating, closed minded, poor ass, eco freaks, unreliable, indecisive, mental cases, Victoria is the city to spend the years of your life. It takes a special kind of self torturing, masochistic, poverty loving, success hating, nut bar to actually want to volunteer to move to Victoria. The more with it Victorians themselves want to leave. Victoria would actually be up to stuff if the living standards and conditions could match the high environment quality. Instead you will live the poor life of a frustrated crazy person in a beautiful environment. Why do you think BC province is so economically, culturally, socially screwed up when compared to other Canadian provinces? Victoria is the capital city.
Getting Bad

United States

#80 Jan 25, 2013
The Victorian area economy and job market is getting worse and worse. Don't let any government or agency propaganda fool you into thinking everything is just great. The real proof is on the ground, the front lines. There are long lines of people on various ad web sites pleading for almost non-existent jobs. The jobs lists on all the employment sites are sparse for Victoria. If you do get a job, there are most likely the cheap slave driving kind. The spaced out employers want to hire staff, but not want to hire at the same time. Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, etc were not this messed up and on top of things. I can't believe some of you actually want to move to Victoria to become part of that culture?
The Racketeering Scam

Canada

#82 Jan 27, 2013
The situation for all or most of Canada and BC or Victoria is the same when attracting immigrants and locals to move for work. However, it is even more so on Vancouver Island and Victoria. We really like your mad skills and experience in whatever high job you are doind, move or emmigrate to work for us. When you finally arrive, the story changes to something like, "Oh, we don't recognize any of the skills and education from you home region or country. You can waste years and lots of money to go back to school again so we can have jobs at your expense. If that isn't good for you, we do have jobs as cleaners, retailers, fast food workers, taxi drivers, hospitality workers, delivery drivers for all your mad skills." Do you feel dumb for falling into the sales scam by Canada, BC, Victoria, etc? You left your home region and country to go from doctor, lawyer, engineer, teacher, government official to beocme a pizza delivery driver/cook in Canada. The governments, employers/trades associations, schools are all in on the "bait and switch" con job conspiracy. Many get tricked because they don't know any better and lapse in judgement.

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