The Canadian College of Performing Arts is nestled cosily between Theatre Lane and Poets’ Corner in the most desirable area of Victoria, only 5 minutes from downtown and a few blocks from the beach. Situated in Oak Bay, the college is two blocks from the Village markets, sidewalk cafes and coffee houses, banks and shops. Down a short pathway lies the Oak Bay Recreation Centre with pools, tennis courts, sauna, skating, weight room, fitness studio and state-of-the-art track.
The Canadian College of Performing Arts occupies 20,000 square feet of dance studios, acting studios, music rooms, stage, dressing rooms, offices, washrooms, showers, lounge and kitchen. Victoria is a very comfortable city to live in where students can jog through green parks and beach trails year round. The city is accustomed to accommodating students from around the world who attend its various colleges and the University of Victoria. The college can assist students to find reasonable home-stay or apartments upon request.
Bicycles, buses and walking are highly recommended modes of transportation.
Whether you are looking for theatre, live music or performing arts, Victoria has it all. Home to many theatres such as the Belfry, The Roxy, The Metro, Royal and McPherson Theatres, there are plenty of venues to choose from (Little Fernwood Theatre, Intrepid, VEC, Langham Court Theatre). Live music includes many wonderful music festivals like the Victoria Ska Fest, Rock the Shores, Rifflandia and of course the annual Victoria Symphony Splash. You can also look forward to the annual International Buskers Festival and Victoria Fringe Fest for even more superb live performances. The diversity and number of arts festivals and venues hosted in Victoria make it the place to be, whether you are an arts enthusiast or just looking for entertainment.
Victoria, the “City of Gardens”, has the mildest climate in all of Canada. Flowers bloom all year round with an average of 15 centimetres of snowfall and 592 millimetres of rain. This makes for great weather in the spring and summer, perfect for a trip to one of our many great beaches or camping excursions on the weekends. If you’re looking for snow during the winter months, head a little further up the island to Mt. Washington and Mt. Cain for some skiing or snowboarding.
Many animals and wildlife can be spotted in Victoria, most notably orca whales. There are several whale watching tours in town, and a chance to feed seals close to the downtown core at Fisherman’s Wharf. Additionally, if you head into the suburbs, there are plenty of deer prancing around (or eating someone’s garden). Victoria is relatively small and accessible on foot. From the Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings to the iconic Butchart Gardens, Victoria is a beautiful vibrant city full of life, making it the jewel of western Canada.