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Victoria and the Capital Region: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
 

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and Western Canada's oldest city. The city itself encompasses an area of just under 20 square kilometers, with a population of about 77,400, according to 2005 estimates.

Greater Victoria, with a population of approximately 330,000, comprises the City of Victoria, as well as the surrounding municipalities and townships: Saanich, Oak Bay, View Royal, Esquimalt, Colwood, Langford, Highlands, Metchosin, Sooke, and East Sooke.

The Capital Regional District includes Greater Victoria as far west as Goldstream, the Saanich Peninsula north to Sidney, and the Southern Gulf Islands, and has a population of approximately 351,000.

Greater Victoria is the largest urban area on Vancouver Island and the southernmost urban area in western Canada, located below the 49th parallel.

Victoria is located on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is 69 km or 90 minutes by highway and ferry south of the City of Vancouver and mainland British Columbia.

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Sidney by the Sea: Vancouver Island, British Columbia
 

Sidney, situated close to the Gulf Islands and on the shores of the Strait of Georgia and Patricia Bay, is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Just 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) north of Victoria, BC's capital city, the relaxed, seaside town of Sidney has a population of just over 11,500 people.

Washington State Ferries has the Sidney / US (Anacortes, WA) ferry terminal located in Sidney, and just minutes away from here are the Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay BC Ferries Terminal.

Tourists visit this beautiful community year-round to enjoy the Mediterranean-type climate of low rainfall, very little snow, and sunny summer days. Sidney is a part of the Saanich Peninsula; an area of Vancouver Island well known for spectacular views and farms. Tourists and residents alike enjoy the fresh produce, country roads, beautiful beaches, and friendly atmosphere of the Saanich Peninsula and of Sidney-By-The-Sea.

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Vancouver: Lower Mainland, British Columbia
 

Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia, Canada, situated on the western shore of the Lower Mainland, an hour and a half Ferry ride away from British Columbia's capital, Victoria. Vancouver is the future location for the 2010 Winter Olympics, which will be held February 12-28, 2010.

Vancouver is a major seaport named after the British explorer, Captain George Vancouver. The name originates from the Dutch term 'van Coevorden', indicating somebody from the old city Coevorden, In The Netherlands.

Depending on where you are, there can be various ways of getting to Vancouver due to it being a coastal city. Vancouver is accessible through the Vancouver International Airport, BC Ferries coming from Victoria and Clipper Ferries from Seattle, HeliJet and three seaplane companies, Salt Spring Air, Harbour Air and West Coast Air.

Vancouver's mild climate and its close proximity to the ocean, mountains, lakes an rivers among other things, makes Vancouver an extremely popular location for outdoor recreation and an equally popular destination for travelers.

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Whistler: Mainland, British Columbia
 

Whistler is a resort town located in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Canada. The town of Whistler is approximately 125 kilometres (78 mi) north of Vancouver. Whistler has a permanent population of approximately 9,965.

Whistler receives the visit of more than two million people visit every year. Visitors come primarily for alpine skiing and mountain biking at Whistler-Blackcomb. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler will host most of the alpine, nordic and sliding events.

The Whistler's pedestrian village offers all a visitor needs at walking distance. The village has won numerous design awards and in important sky magazines Whistler has been voted among the top destinations in North America since the mid-1990s.

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