As an almost lifelong resident of Victoria, I can assure you its changed little in the past 30 years with the exception of a bunch more homes, a far better selection of Asian and Indian restaurants and a whole bunch more older, slower drivers! Despite our great climate, Victoria proper is still only 100 k and the entire region is only 350k. I had to chuckle when you mentioned the Salish Sea, because if I lean back in my chair I can see San Juan Island and Mt. Baker across Haro Strait. Its a view I've seen off and on since 1974 when I moved here as a child. Sadly, I'm too stubborn accept that most people now refer to it by its new name. My daughter, however, can (and does) tell me all about it!