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Overview of Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada

Esquimalt is a township located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, only 2 kms west of downtown Victoria. Esquimalt's name is derived from a native Indian expression "Es-whoy-malth" which means ‘the place of shoaling waters'.

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  • Population: 16 127 (2001)
  • Area: 7.04/km²
  • Population Density: 2289.6/km²
  • Latitude: 48°25?50?N
  • Longitude: 123°24?29?W
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Esquimalt, British Columbia

The region now known as Esquimalt was settled approximately 400 years before the arrival of Europeans, by First Nations people. In 1855, the navy constructed three hospital buildings on the harbour to treat casualties of the Crimean War. In 1865, the British Royal Navy relocated the headquarters of its Pacific fleet from Valparaíso, Chile, to the Esquimalt Harbour. In 1905, the Royal Navy abandoned the area, but the Pacific base of the new Royal Canadian Navy replaced it in 1910. Gradually, naval life and shipbuilding came to dominate the region's identity. On September 1, 1912, Esquimalt was incorporated as a city. After World War I, it became one of Canada's major shipbuilding capitals.

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Esquimalt's Demographics

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Esquimalt's Climate

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Education in Esquimalt, British Columbia

Esquimalt educational institutions are part of the Greater Victoria School Disctrict 61 that has several elementary, middle and secondary schools in the township.

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Transportation around Esquimalt, British Columbia

Esquimalt is serviced by the Victoria Regional Transit System, which operates 365 days of the year.

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Tourism and Attractions of Esquimalt

Esquimalt has several tourist attractions worth checking out, including West Song Way Promenade-- the scenic seaside walkway connecting Esquimalt and Victoria, the Trackside Gallery--the largest outdoor art gallery, Highrock-Cairn Park--At 232 feet, it is the highest land point in Esquimalt and the English Inn & Resort --a collection of English manors set amidst a five acre country garden estate, just to name a few.

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Geography of Esquimalt, British Columbia

Esquimalt is bordered to the east by the provincial capital, Victoria, to the south by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, to the west by Esquimalt Harbour, to the northwest by the New Songhees Indian reserve and the town of View Royal, and to the north by a narrow inlet of water called the Gorge, across which is the district municipality of Saanich.

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Esquimalt's Government

Esquimalt is represented by a municipal government which consists of a Mayor and six Councillors.

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Esquimalt's Economy and Industry

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Esquimalt's Culture and Significant Events

Esquimalt's Community Market is held from June to October every year. Buccaneer Days runs every June and celebrations include a parade, midway and dance.

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Sports in Esquimalt, British Columbia

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