The riding is 4,865 km from Parliament Hill, which would take about 47 hours via the Trans-Canada Highway and a ferry.
Victoria International Airport is located in the neighbouring riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands to the north.
The riding has access to public transportation through the Victoria Regional Transit system.
The riding, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, has a warm summer Mediterranean-type climate, with the exception of the fog zone along the coast between Sooke and Shirley.
Birders should check out the bird sanctuary at the sheltered Esquimalt Lagoon, the perfect resting spot for migrating birds like herons, swans, and more. Along the lagoon’s borders are some of the oldest coastal Douglas fir forests left in Greater Victoria.
About 16% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and India.
Punjabi, Tagalog, and Urdu are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 6% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $45,081.
Animal lovers will want to explore East Sooke Park, a popular spot for migrating birds like peregrine falcons, osprey, and bald eagles. Keep watch for the Kermode bear or Spirit bear, which has been spotted in the park.
The community of Jordan River is a surfer’s paradise, a hidden gem and a great spot to catch waves ranging from two to ten feet.
The riding shares an international maritime border with the U.S. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca lies the famed Olympic National Park in Washington State.
The Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, completed in 1918, was planned to be the largest telescope in the world. However, delays in construction resulted in the telescope losing out on that distinction.
About 15% of the riding’s labour force works in public administration. It’s the riding’s top industry due to its proximity to Victoria, the capital of B.C.
CFB Esquimalt is the second largest military base in Canada. The base contributes over half a billion dollars a year to the local economy and employs more than 6,000 military and civilian personnel.
The National Defence Department is spending up to $160 million to clean up Esquimalt Harbour. Home to CFB Esquimalt for over 170 years, the harbour has been largely contaminated by years of military activity, shipbuilding and repairs, and commercial industry. The harbour was the site of a major oil spill in 2016, when a barge ran aground, spilling more than 30,000 litres of diesel in the water.
The riding is also home to a critically endangered population of Southern Resident Killer Whales.
The Craigflower Schoolhouse in Saanich is the oldest surviving school building in Western Canada. The schoolhouse, originally called “Maple Point School” was built in 1855 to provide a proper religious education to the children of the settlers in the region. Craigflower Manor was completed the following year and both structures were designated National Historic Sites of Canada.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
Naut’sa Mawt Tribal Council
T'Sou-ke First Nation
Songhees First Nation
Sc'ianew (Cheanuh) First Nation
The Métis Nation of Greater Victoria Association