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Vancouver Island

Overview

The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) provides service to all of Vancouver Island. The majority of residents live on the east coast of the island, closer to the southern tip (e.g. Victoria). Specialized services are usually located in these areas and will require residents in small, distant communities to commute.

A map of the Vancouver Island region shows the various municipalities within the area.

Emergency Numbers

Vancouver Island Crisis Line
Phone: 1.250.754.4447
Toll-Free: 1.888.494.3888

KUU-US Crisis Line Society
Phone: 1.250.723.4050
Phone: 1.250.723.2040 (Teen line)
Toll-Free: 1.800.588.8717

North Island Crisis & Counselling Centre Society (Port Hardy)
Phone: 1.250.949.6033

Also see Provincial Emergency Numbers

Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral

Click here for a list of mental health and substance use services offered by Vancouver Island Health.

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Victoria: Drug Rehab, Alcohol Treatment and Detox Resources

With a population of approximately 84,000 people, Victoria offers a variety of private and public programs for drug rehabilitation, alcohol treatment and detox. Use this page as your gateway to Victoria quick facts, emergency numbers relating to drug abuse, alcoholism, and detox services as well as how to locate your health authority.

Victoria: Historical Factoid

The spirit of the Lekwammen people pervades the history of Victoria.

When European ships sailed through the Georgia and Juan de Fuca Straits, there were 10 Lekwammen villages along the shores of what is now Greater Victoria. British agent James Douglas and his men came upon these shores, searching the Pacific coast for new Hudson’s Bay Company headquarters. Welcomed by the Lekwammen as new trading partners, Douglas and his entourage set up a trading post on these lands in 1842. Fort Victoria was built in 1843 in the area known today as Old Town, now the heart of Victoria’s downtown. Source: https://www.hellobc.com/victoria/culture-history.aspx

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