Choosing a Great Office Location in Victoria

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We plunked the Upanup offices in the heart of Cook Street Village in the Fairfield neighborhood of Victoria, British Columbia. It's a good fit for us. We're on the second floor of an office building with a Starbucks and a nice local food market on the main level. We've got a combination of open space, conference rooms and offices, with room to expand. Our offices used to be home to a pro audio technology company, so the technical setup was already great before we moved in.

The best thing about the Upanup offices is our location. Within 15 minutes walk we can be at any number of great places including

  • the center of Victoria's downtown;
  • the harbor ferry terminal, where we can ferry directly to downtown Seattle, Washington among other places;
  • the Helijet terminal, where we can jump on scheduled helicopter flights to downtown Vancouver or the Vancouver International Airport;
  • the beach beside Dallas Road, overlooking Juan de Fuca Straight and the Olympic Mountains across the water in Washington State;
  • any one of about five million great restaurants and coffee shops (okay I'm exaggerating a bit);
  • the breakwall at Ogden Point, watching the cruise ships come in, and looking for octopi, seals and starfish in the water; and
  • the center of Beacon Hill Park, Victoria's answer to Central Park, complete with petting zoo, Arbutus and Sequoia trees, numerous ponds and gardens, the world's fifth tallest totem pole.

Victoria is an excellent location for a high-end digital agency such as ours for a few key reasons. Firstly, it's about the talent. With an abundance of post secondary institutions offering technological programs, we've got an excellent pool to choose from. Area schools include University of Victoria, Royal Roads University, and Camosun College. Also, when needed, it doesn't take much convincing to have somebody move to this city and work in this office location. The islands, beaches, parks, sailing and year-round golf speak for themselves.

VIATeC, the Victoria Advanced Technology Council, does a great job of telling people just how vibrant the Victoria technology sector is. The tech sector has grown to more than 800 technology companies and revenues that blew past Victoria's also thriving tourism sector in the past decade.

With a population of around 360,000 people Victoria has an excellent professional service base. We get the services we need quickly and at the right price. This is because lots of professionals want to live here, it's the capital city of British Columbia and we typically don't need to compete with rich resource industries to get our services here.

While our service area is the entire planet, it doesn't hurt that we are close enough to make day trips to the major centers of Vancouver and Seattle. We can also get anywhere we need to go relatively quickly via the Victoria International Airport. This is important because we like to visit our client's offices, wherever they happen to be, but at the same time we're open for visitors here. Come pay us a visit!

By Peter Knapp
CEO & Lead Strategist
January 19th, 2012
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