The Capital Staff


The Border’s Closed So Do Your Touristing Here: The Capital’s Guide to Vancouver Island’s Hidden Gems 

Spooky ruins, crashed planes, famous murder weapons and some very, very tall trees


Police Are Facing Ever-Rising Rates of Mental Health Calls, Raising the Risk of Tragedies Like the Shooting of Chantel Moore

Canadian police face a "significant increase" in mental health-related calls, and as the killing of Vancouver Island woman Chantel Moore shows, sometimes these calls can go terribly wrong


Limit Cars in Beacon Hill, More Free Transit, More Gardens: Victoria Sets Out Plans For Life After Reopening

In marathon session, city council endorses everything from cheaper parking to extended free transit to a federal wealth tax


Our All-Out, Comprehensive Guide to What's Open in Greater Victoria

Every grocery, eatery, brewery, bakery, distillery, winery and cidery open through COVID-19


(Updated) What's Still Open In Victoria

The grocery and drug stores are all open, and you can still get a cocktail and a donut


See Aerial Footage of Victoria Deserted by COVID-19

A drone from the Victoria-based SkyScope took to the air Sunday morning to capture the BC capital utterly emptied of people


The Capital’s Guide to a Grand Day Out Without Leaving Your Couch

Take in some opera, ride a roller coaster or inspect some historical artifacts


A Statement from The Capital's Parent Company: We Want to Help Local Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

We are committed to making 0% unsecured loans to Victoria-based small businesses impacted by COVID-19


What's Still Open in Greater Victoria

It's still possible to get a cocktail, a book and a burger in the BC capital, but it's going to take a few more steps than usual


Images From An Empty City

Just as spring weather hits, photographer James MacDonald captures the eerie scenes of a capital that has never been emptier


Vancouver Island Has 22 COVID-19 Cases, But We Don’t Know Where They Are

Health officials say it’s to protect privacy. Critics say it’s hindering efforts at social isolation.


The Capital’s Guide to Navigating COVID-19 Victoria

Current as of March 18: What’s open, what’s not and why you absolutely should not visit grandma


Why There's No Way Victoria is Getting a 2020 Cruise Season

For any community trying to insulate itself against COVID-19, an arriving cruise ship is an epidemiological nightmare


Victoria Snowbound: Here's Everything You Need to Know

In a few hours, Victoria got more snow than it's seen in five of the last 10 years

Climate Change

Victoria Is Already Getting Warmer. Here's the Proof

As recently as 1940, the city was one degree colder than it is now


The Rejected Plan to Build a Bypass Around the Malahat

New report, swiftly rejected by province, lays out how drivers would be able to avoid the treacherous mountain highway


How Harbour Air Beat Everyone Else to the Electric Aviation Revolution

Electric planes work for Victoria and Vancouver in a way that they just don't anywhere else

B.C. Ferries

B.C. Ferries Aren't As Expensive As You Think

We compared them to car ferries around the world, and everyone from Brits to Italians are paying more


What Victoria’s Megaprojects Will Cost in Interest

Servicing the debt for the Johnson Street Bridge and the Wastewater Treatment Plant will ultimately cost more than $50 million

Victoria City Council

Victoria City Council's Proposed 55 Per Cent Pay Raise Is Wildly Out of Step with Similar Cities

On almost every metric, it's hard to find any council in Canada proposing to pay itself as much


Nearly Half of Victoria Seven-Year-Olds Not Up-to-Date on Immunizations

Victoria and Salt Spring Island show rock-bottom rates of childhood vaccination

Climate Change

Victoria’s Cruise Ship Conundrum

As it positions itself as one of Canada’s greenest cities, Victoria has simultaneously been boosting an industry condemned around the world for its pollution


How Victoria’s Political Allegiances Have Changed Over 70 Years

Now strictly a battleground between Greens and NDP, it wasn’t too long ago that Victoria was a safe place for Liberals and even the Reform Party

B.C. Ferries

Here’s How Much B.C. Ferries Fares Have Risen Since 1960

B.C. Ferries’ already historically high fares were just approved for another increase