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Victoria is known for many things, but there are some things you may not know about if you don't live in this part of British Columbia. Some of the facts about the city are simply oddities, while others are quite interesting. Here are some of the little known facts about the city.

Victoria isn't north of the 49th parallel latitude like the rest of Canada. The United States is south of this line and Canada is north, but Victoria is neither.

Another interesting fact, Victoria isn't on Victoria Island, but instead, it's on Vancouver Island. This is something people get confused all the time and some even think they can drive to the island. Instead, you will need to take one of the many ferry services or fly into the Victoria International Airport. Of course, you could swim, but watch out for the whales (not recommended).

The city gets its name from Queen Victoria and was originally a Hudson Bay Fort in 1843. Today, the area is made up of 13 municipalities with their own bureaucracies. Thirteen mayors and 91 councilors make up the government officials for the area.

The Greater Victoria BC area is made up of nearly 350,000 people. It's known as a popular place to retire and one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

In 1855, the population of Victoria grew from 300 to 5,000 due to the British Columbia gold rush. This happened in just a few days.

The only city in North America with more restaurants per capita than Victoria is San Francisco. The city is full of restaurants ranging from chain eateries to local choices.

Victoria set a record with 21 billion blooms in 2010. Every year, in February, the residents count the flowers that bloom and this is a reminder about the climate here.

These are some of the oddities and little known facts about Victoria, BC. This interesting city has its own unique charm and provides many other interesting things.

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