According to Destination Greater Victoria, Victoria is the Canadian city with the most restaurants, restaurants, pubs and bars per person.
Statistics Canada data shows the city of Victoria has 4.6 restaurants, eateries, pubs, and bars per 1,000 residents, with Vancouver and Niagara Falls next at 3.6 and 3.4, respectively. All other measured Canadian cities have fewer than 2.8 such businesses per 1,000 residents.
“It’s a claim to fame and we’re proud of it, but it’s also great to be able to back our claim,” Paul Nursey, CEO of Destination Greater Victoria, told Black Press Media.
The restaurants, restaurants, pubs and bars data comes from Stats Canada’s Canadian Business Counts from June 2020, while the population data comes from the 2016 census data.
Nursey, who has a background in economics, said he spent the “dark days of the pandemic” reviewing claims with two researchers to validate the claim that Victoria is Canada’s leading food and beverage destination per capita.
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Mayor Lisa Helps wasn’t surprised that Victoria leads the country in restaurants per capita, she said, considering not just the quantity of restaurants but also the quality, variety and variety.
Peter de Bruyn, chairman of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, added in a statement, “The food and drink options in Victoria are endless. There is always something new on the menu and a reason to try a new place. “
For more information on Victoria’s food and drink scene, visit Tourismvictoria.com/eat-drink.
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