Esquimalt was originally a Royal (UK) Navy base, before being turned over to the Royal Canadian Navy. It is now home to the Canadian Forces Maritime Command Pacific Fleet. The naval base is located in Esquimalt, British Columbia (see below), just west of Victoria. The Royal Navy's Pacific fleet was based at Valparaiso, Chile until the late 19th century, when it moved to Esquimalt. The navy has played an important part in Victoria's social and economic life right down to the present day.
Esquimalt District Municipality is a suburb of Victoria, British Columbia, and is the home of the Canadian Forces Maritime Command Pacific Fleet (see above).
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