City Profile

British Columbia
Population: 94,005¹

  • Victoria has the third highest number of community gardens relative to population size—nearly twice the average.
  • Victoria is one of 56% of cities with a park system master plan updated within the last 10 years.
  • Victoria is just above the average for parkland that is protected as environmentally sensitive areas at 36%.
  • Victoria acquired 1,178 square meters of land in a residential neighborhood, protecting a sensitive Garry oak ecosystem, and creating a new park.
  • Victoria was awarded Tree Cities of the World recognition and increased tree planting by 40% in 2020, adding 500 new trees in parks and on boulevards.
  • In response to COVID-19, Victoria launched the online Fun For Life GO platform to provide outdoor fitness and recreation activities for people of all ages to do from home.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

254 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

91 total ha


of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

91 total ha


of total city land is parkland

1947 ha of total city area


dog parks



Community gardens/urban farms

400 m

Parkland provision goal (distance to park / ha per 1000 people)


volunteers / 1000 people

100 total


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Parks operating budget per person

$10,294,220 total


Total parks capital budget


Total philanthropy/sponsorships


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland dedication, acquisition and/or development

5% of the land area of subdivision type development or cash-in-lieu. Municipalities may also fund parkland through Development Cost Charges.

¹2019 estimate ²There are an additional 4 gardens not on city lands.

Community grant program
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