Victoria Neighborhoods 2017-01-25T02:28:20+00:00

VICTORIA

Victoria, in addition to being the provincial capital and having the mildest climate in Canada, is also a vibrant urban gem. With an abundance of waterfront walkways, bike trails and parks, in addition to a vibrant downtown core, there truly is something for everybody in Victoria.
Victoria—the Region’s Oldest Community

Victoria is just one of 13 municipalities that make up Greater Victoria. It’s one of the oldest communities in British Columbia, dating back to at least 1843 and the establishment of Fort Victoria above the Inner Harbour.
The city grew quickly during the 18th Century, and many historic buildings still survive. The mature neighborhoods of Victoria feature tree-lined boulevards, expansive parks and a blend of heritage homes and stunning contemporary architecture.
Canada’s Most Romantic City?

Victoria is more than just a sublimely beautiful place to live. The city has also racked up a large number of awards, including:
Canada’s Smartest City
Fittest City
Cyclist Capital
Most Walkable
Victoria has also been called “Canada’s most romantic city”. If you’ve ever walked the Inner Harbour on a moonlit night, you’ll know why.
Read more about Victoria’s supernatural livability here.
The Best Weather in Canada?

Victoria is acknowledged to have the best weather in Canada. Bordered on three sides by ocean, Victoria with its warmer temperatures gets almost no snow in winter.
In the summertime, cool ocean breezes keep temperatures low compared to the Lower Mainland.
Greater Victoria Schools

Victoria neighbourhoods and communities such as East Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal and the City of Victoria itself are served by School District 61 (SD 61).
SD 61 refers to “school catchment areas” to help determine where children will attend school.
While catchment schools are defined by the residential postal code (see the “school locator” below), students in Greater Victoria School District have the choice to attend either their catchment school or any other school within the district.
Victoria is also home to three postsecondary institutions:
University of Victoria
Royal Roads University
Camosun College

Below is a list of Victoria areas and neighbourhoods and a little information on each. Always feel free to contact me for more detailed information on what neighbourhood will be right for you!

BURNSIDE
-Gorge
-Rock Bay

DOWNTOWN
-Chinatown

FAIRFIELD/GONZALES
-Cook Street Village
-Humboldt Valley
-Gonzales
-Oak Bay – Oak Bay is a highly desirable area of Victoria – beautiful homes, a “village” feeling, beautiful beaches and golf courses are part of the charm. Oak Bay is just minutes from town and home to a great range of both public and private schools (as well as having both Camosun College and the University of Victoria on its shared border with Saanich).
Neighbourhoods in Oak Bay
OAK BAY VILLAGE. Acting as the main street of Oak Bay, Oak Bay Village features shops, banking and public services. The library is just off Oak Bay avenue, and the Starbucks there is a popular meeting place. Oak Bay Recreation Center is close by as well.
CARNARVON PARK. Located in the heart of Oak Bay, tree-lined residential streets surround Carnarvon Park. The park features a baseball diamond and soccer pitch, and a clubhouse. The quiet surrounding neighborhood is close to both the shops of Oak Bay Avenue and the sea and the Oak Bay Marina.
ESTEVAN VILLAGE. Called an “undiscovered gem”, Estevan Village is located about three blocks from the beautiful white sand of Willows Beach at the foot of Estevan Road.
The village is home to a small grocery store, a gym, various boutiques (including an independently-run toy store), and the Village, a popular bistro that prides itself on its breakfasts. There’s also a fish and chip shop that is great for picking up dinner on the way to the park at Willow’s Beach.
Olmsted’s vision for Uplands has been largely maintained. Even today, Uplands is an elegant neighborhood with estate-sized lots, serpentine streets and the signature green, globed, ornate lamp posts selected by Olmsted himself.
The beautiful houses of Uplands are visually stunning, with lush gardens that are carefully manicured.
UPLANDS. Oak Bay’s tony Uplands neighbourhood is one of Greater Victoria’s most desirable places to live. The beautiful houses, tree-shaded boulevards and proximity to the sea all combine to make Uplands a wonderful place to live. The Oak Bay suburb dates back to 1907, when the original land was sold to visionary developers who named prominent landscape architect John Olmsted to design a “garden suburb.” Olmsted was a founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and helped create the US National Parks Service.

Here’s a list of Oak Bay attractions:

WILLOW’S BEACH. Estevan Village’s real attraction is Willow’s Beach, one of only two sandy beaches suitable for building sandcastles in Greater Victoria (a third, Witty’s Lagoon is a bit of a drive – followed by a bit of a hike – from the city).
Willow’s is a popular summertime family destination for its long beach, as well as a beautiful shaded playground, a large lawn great for volleyball, and a volunteer-run canteen that sells great french fries and ice cream.
CATTLE POINT.  Close by is Cattle Point, with plenty of rocks and tide pools to explore, and, if you like fishing and sailing, there is a boat launch.
Cattle Point gets its name from its role 150 years as a cattle barge landing for the Hudson’s Bay Company, which owned a large farm that covered the area of what is now the Uplands neighbourhood (many of Victoria’s first European residents were brought over to work the HBC farm at Uplands).

Schools in Oak Bay

Willows Elementary School, offering a French Immersion program, is located about a block from Estevan Village. Glenlyon Norfolk School (aka “GNS”) has its main campus on Beach Drive, a short walk from Willows Beach. Monterey Middle School is set at the heart of Oak Bay.
This top-performing public high school he school enrolls about 1300 students in grades 9 – 12. Called “amazing” and “inspiring” Oak Bay High School has been completely rebuilt and is one of the newest schools in the province.

Oak Bay High is known throughout Victoria for its band program, its reputation as a sports powerhouse and for academics. Oak Bay High School also offers a French Immersion program that gives students a chance to travel to France during the summer.

Monterey Middle School is a public school featuring English-stream education, with some of the highest performing students in the province. Sidewalks and a residential setting make walking to school possible.

Willows Elementary. This public French immersion school dates back to 1910 and is located in the heart of Oak Bay, close to Beach Drive and Willows Beach.

FERNWOOD

HARRIS GREEN

HILLSIDE/QUADRA
-Blanshard
-Quadra Village
-Mayfair

JAMES BAY

JUBILEE
-North Jubilee
-South Jubilee

NORTH PARK

OAKLANDS

ROCKLAND

VIC WEST – Victoria West, commonly known as Vic West, is a dynamic neighbourhood with a wide array of land uses including industrial, retail, commercial, single and multi family residential. Recently, it has been the site of luxury condominiums developments and now its home to many higher end working couples and retirees.
– Esquimalt, the town of stunning seafronts, incomparable parks, urban-design waterways and down-to-earth friendly residents. Soothe your soul and stimulate your imagination as you discover the area’s unique attractions.

SAANICH
-Blenkinsop
-Cadboro Bay
-Queenswood
-Ten Mile Point – Luxury Close to Nature. Ten Mile Point in East Saanich is one of Victoria’s most spectacular neighbourhoods, and real estate listings here typically sell quickly. The large, wooded lots provide privacy, tranquility, and a connection to nature, which is always close by.
Located close to the shops of Cadboro Bay Village, yet wild enough to be close to salmon fishing, scuba diving and ocean kayaking, Ten Mile Point is a beautiful, green oasis of West Coast living.

VIEW ROYAL – A gateway between Victoria’s urban core and the growing West Shore municipalities, the Town of View Royal is a vibrant community. Since its incorporation in 1988, the Town is home to over 10,800 residents and is continuing to grow. In this section please find information regarding amenities, events and opportunities in View Royal.

COLWOOD – The City of Colwood is located on the coast of Vancouver Island, in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Just 10km from BC’s capital city of Victoria, Colwood is a fast growing, family-friendly waterfront community of just over 16,000 people that enjoys a rich heritage, a unique connection to nature and incredible potential.

CAREY
-Glanford
-Marigold

GORDON HEAD – Quiet and Family-Friendly. Gordon Head, a quiet, green suburb to the northeast of downtown Victoria. The area features many parks and very good schools, including the University of Victoria. The Gordon Head area are perfect for families. The neighborhood lies in a quiet, natural setting. For over a hundred years the farms of Gordon Head and the Shelbourne Valley provided the growing city of Victoria with much of its food.
The Hillcrest area was once the site of one of the largest strawberry farms in Victoria, and the Vantreight family’s original stone house still stands just off of Tyndall Boulevard. At one time, Gordon Head exported holly all over the world, which is why so many of these trees can be spotted around this corner of Victoria.
The pastoral setting gradually shifted to the livable, green, family suburb that Gordon Head is today.
Gordon Head is family-oriented, and this means there are many schools to choose from. For example, Hillcrest Elementary is located in the very heart of Gordon Head, and provides a comprehensive ESL program as well as a Challenge Program for gifted learners.
Gordon Head Middle School is known for its interdisciplinary teaching. Nearby Lambrick Park Secondary offers a popular business program and a baseball academy. Frank Hobbs Elementary and Arbutus Middle School all serve Gordon Head, as does Mount Douglas Secondary School, alma mater of many successful Victorians, including Steve Nash, Nelly Furtado, Yahoo! co-founder Jeff Mallett, and Miss Universe 2007.
And of course, the University of Victoria is within walking distance. University student renters are a great “mortgage helper” for homeowners in this part of Victoria.
-Arbutus
-Mt. Douglas

NORTH QUADRA

QUADRA
-Cedar Hill
-Lake Hill
-Maplewood

ROYAL OAK

Cordova Bay –  Spectacular Ocean Views, Close to World-Class Schools. Cordova Bay lies roughly between Royal Oak Drive and Sayward Hill, with luxury oceanviews overlooking tranquil Haro Strait and the San Juan Islands to the east. Lochside Trail runs from north to south along the east side of the ridge, and the flat, multi-use trail is popular with cyclists travelling from Victoria to the Saanich Peninsula. Cordova Bay is an excellent place for families with young children. Sandy Cordova Bay Beach is a popular but “local” spot to bring children, and several other “hidden” beaches can be found off of Cordova Bay Road. Mattick’s Farm features two 18-hole mini golf courses, and some of the best ice cream in Greater Victoria.

-Broadmead . Broadmead and Cordova Bay are served by School District 63; Cordova Bay Elementary School lies in the heart of the neighbourhood, while Royal Oak Middle School is an impressive new school located nearby, just off West Saanich Road.
Claremont Secondary School is within walking and biking distance of most homes in Cordova Bay.
Claremont is well-known for its Institute for Excellence, which is provided in collaboration with the nearby Pacific Institute for Sport (PISE).

RURAL SAANICH
-Beaver Lake
-Elk Lake
-Interurban
-Prospect Lake
-Strawberry Vale
-West Burnside

SAANICH
-West Saanich. Saanich West is a diverse area, ranging from the busy suburban Gorge waterway to the rural areas of Elk Lake, West Saanich and Willis Point. Saanich West is part of the Municipality of Saanich, with the distinction of having more parks per capita than anywhere else in BC. This area generally begins at Royal Oak Shopping Centre in the south and extends to Stelly’s Crossroad and Brentwood Bay in the north. The hills and forests of West Saanich have remained largely intact since Victoria was first settled by Europeans. The region was originally opened up thanks to the construction of an “Interurban Railway” linking Victoria’s Inner Harbour with steamship docks in Deep Cove and in Sidney at the top of the Saanich Peninsula.
Interurban Road still serves as the major artery connecting the forests and farms of the Saanich Peninsula with West Saanich and downtown Victoria.

The flat railbed has become West Saanich Road today, a pastoral artery that provides surprisingly quick and easy access from West Saanich to the heart of Victoria.
There are many large properties in West Saanich, and residents are never far from the farmland of Oldfield Road and Central Saanich.
Cycling, hiking, rowing, horseback riding and boating are all popular activities in West Saanich.
Schools in West Saanich

West Saanich belongs to Saanich School District (School District 63). Schools offer French Immersion and project-based learning.
Claremont and Stellys are the two high schools that serve families living on this part of the Saanich Peninsula.
Claremont, just east of Royal Oak, offers and award-winning sports institute. Students train at Commonwealth athletic centre on Royal Oak Drive. Stellys High School, near Brentwood Bay, offers a renowned climbing academy. At Stellys, students train on one of the best climbing gyms on Vancouver Island.
Camosun College Interurban Campus is also located in West Saanich. The Interurban campus offers business, science and engineering programs that feed into the University of Victoria.
Parks and Recreation in Saanich West

Saanich West is located in the green belt that borders Victoria to the north and west. There are many hiking trails, as well as places to spend time on the water.
Elk Lake and Beaver Lake Regional Park. This park, made up of two freshwater lakes joined by a waterway, is one of Victoria’s most popular outdoor recreation spots. A 10km hiking trail rings the lakes, while Elk Lake is a popular spot for rowing, fishing, water-skiing and swimming.
Prospect Lake and Durrance Lake. These two lakes are popular swimming destinations in the summer, and also feature waterfront properties.
Commonwealth Place

Saanich West is located close to one of the largest sports and recreation facilities in Victoria—Saanich Commonwealth Place. Besides providing facilities for competitive swimmers, divers and cyclists, Commonwealth Place features a large gym, an Olympic-size pool, an indoor wave pool and more. There is also a library here as well.

Layritz Park is 30 hectares of soccer and baseball fields right in the heart of West Saanich. This park is a community hub throughout the year.
Shopping

West Saanich is served by Royal Oak Shopping Centre. Broadmead Shopping Centre is close by, as is Tillicum Mall.
C0mpared to the rest of Greater Victoria, West Saanich is also quite close to Costco and the other “big box” stores of Langford.

-East Saanich. East Saanich is one of Greater Victoria’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Set between mountains, green space and the sea, this pastoral region is the perfect place to raise a family or enjoy the outdoor activities that make Vancouver Island such a wonderful place to live.

– North Saanich is a semi-rural community located on the northern Saanich Peninsula, approximately 25 kilometers north of Victoria. The community is surrounded by ocean on three sides, and shoreline provides many spectacular views of the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.
North Saanich itself is made up of a mix of pastoral and residential areas. There are many farms here, as well as Victoria International Airport and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Neighboring Sidney, BC offers shopping and entertaining, plus a ferry link to Washington State.
Real Estate in North Saanich

The rolling hills and country of North Saanich is the perfect setting for luxury homes and hobby farms. The rocky, rugged shoreline is
The beautiful countryside offers spectacular views in every season. Most importantly for many transplants from other parts of Canada, North Saanich rarely if ever receives any snow.
North Saanich Neighborhoods

North Saanich includes a wide range of properties. The Dean Park neighbourhood, located on the eastern slope of Mount Newton overlooking Haro Strait and Mount Baker to the east, is a family favourite. There are schools close by, as well as the superbly-equipped Panorama Recreation Centre. Besides its wonderful pool and gigantic waterslide, Panorama is also home to hockey and lacrosse rinks.
In fact, the Panorama Recreation Centre helped North Saanich snag the title of Kraft Hockeyville 2015. In Fall 2015 North Saanich will receive the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game between Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
The Ardmore neighbourhood on the west side of the peninsula is close to the beach as well as two golf courses.
Just to the north, Deep Cove, with its school, fire hall, coffee shop and gas station acts as the “downtown” and heart of North Saanich.
Marinas and Boating

Traditionally the ocean has played a big part in the lives of local residents, and today there are more than a dozen marinas located in and around the municipality of North Saanich. For example Curteis Point is home to five marinas clustered around a small cove and inlet, as well as a vibrant boat building industry.
Schools in North Saanich. North Saanich is located in School District #63, Saanich School District. There is a strong French Immersion program in Saanich School District, and local high schools provide many superb specialized programs for students.
Parklands High School, located about 15 minutes by car to the south of North Saanich, offers a hockey academy, a judo academy, and a sailing academy.

-Central Saanich is home to numerous farms as well as beaches and waterfront exposure on both the East and West sides of the Saanich Peninsula. In Central Saanich you’ll also find the friendly villages of Brentwood Bay and Saanichton, spas, restaurants and a small ferry to transport you to Mill Bay. Central Saanich is a pastoral, rural community. There are two main town centers in the region: Saanichton and Brentwood Bay.
-Saanichton is a charming village that is located close to both the farms and the sea. There are many fruit and vegetable farms in the area, making Saanichton a mecca for foodies for much of the year.
Brentwood Bay

-Brentwood Bay is a small community on the Saanich Peninsula with a strong rural feel. Residents look out on narrow Saanich Inlet and the towering hills of the Malahat to the west across the water.
While primarily a bedroom community for Victoria about 30 minutes by car to the south, Brentwood Bay is also home to farms and horse stables, and hosts the Saanich Fair each Labour Day weekend.
Brentwood Bay is also the location of the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Thanks to the close proximity to Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay residents have a front-row seat to the nearby attraction’s fireworks show on summer evenings.

Saanichton is home to a Thrifty Foods, and Brentwood Bay features a Fairway Market. A larger shopping center is located in Broadmead, about 15 minutes by car down Highway 17 (Pat Bay Highway).

Schools in Central Saanich. Central Saanich lies within Saanich School District (School District 63). Schools offer French Immersion and project-based learning.
Claremont and Stellys are the two high schools that serve families living on this part of the Saanich Peninsula. Claremont offers and award-winning sports institute. Students train at Commonwealth athletic centre on Royal Oak Drive. Stellys offers a renowned climbing academy. Students train on one of the best climbing gyms on Vancouver Island.
Camosun College Interurban Campus is also located in West Saanich.
World-Class Recreation

In fact, the Panorama Recreation Centre helped North Saanich snag the title of Kraft Hockeyville 2015. In Fall 2015 North Saanich will receive the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game between Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
The Ardmore neighbourhood on the west side of the peninsula is close to the beach as well as two golf courses.
Just to the north, Deep Cove, with its school, fire hall, coffee shop and gas station acts as the “downtown” and heart of North Saanich.
Transportation: Getting to and from West Saanich

Central Saanich is served by West Saanich Road, a convenient “back road” into town that travels through beautiful forests and fields. It takes about twenty minutes to reach either the airport or downtown on this road.
Central Saanich is lies on Hwy 17 (the Pat Bay highway), offering quick access to other parts of Victoria or the Swartz Bay ferry terminal.

SHELBOURNE
-Mt. Tolmie

TILLICUM
-The Gorge

SIDNEY – Sidney BC is a beautiful waterfront town which is well known as a very “walking friendly” place to live.

Sidney is a small town of about 12,000 people located on the tip of the Saanich Peninsula. While Sidney is traditionally regarded as a slow-paced retirement community, the community has a rich maritime history that contributes to a truly unique local culture.
Surrounded by the Sea, With a Rich Maritime History

Sidney got its start as a service centre and transportation hub for the farms of the Saanich Peninsula. Sidney still is a transportation hub. The Anacortes Ferry offers convenient access to Washington State, BC Ferries’ Swartz Bay Terminal is also close by, and, across the highway international flights depart from Victoria International Airport (YYJ).
Sidney’s rich marine history means there is a strong local sailing and boating culture. Many residents own a sailboat or a small boat with an outboard motor. Gulf Islands National Park lies to the north of the Saanich Peninsula. The sea around Sidney is paradise for kayakers and anyone who loves exploring by boat.
World-Class Recreation

In fact, the Panorama Recreation Centre helped North Saanich snag the title of Kraft Hockeyville 2015. In Fall 2015 North Saanich will receive the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game between Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
The Ardmore neighbourhood on the west side of the peninsula is close to the beach as well as two golf courses.
Just to the north, Deep Cove, with its school, fire hall, coffee shop and gas station acts as the “downtown” and heart of North Saanich.
Schools in Sidney

Sidney is part of Saanich School District. There is an elementary school located quite close to Beacon Avenue, as well as a middle school and high school, both north of the town centre.
The community of Deep Cove on the other side of Saanich Peninsula features a well-regarded French Immersion Program.
Close to Ferry Service and International Airports

Besides being quite close to the Victoria International Airport as well as BC Ferries and service to Vancouver, Sidney is also home to the Anacortes ferry terminal, with daily service to Anacortes, Washington.
Sidney is also served by Hwy 17 (the Pat Bay Highway), which leads south to downtown Victoria. It’s a thirty-minute drive into the city, down the Saanich Peninsula, and many people commute into work from Sidney.

LANGFORD

Langford is the urban core of the West Shore, also known as the Western Communities. We are a young, growing community of over 25,000 with ambition and a modern, West Coast style. With all that Langford has to offer residents, there is no better place in which to live the lifestyle of your choosing than the City of Langford.
Welcome to
Metchosin
The District of Metchosin is a coastal community of just over 5000 people in the metro Greater Victoria region of British Columbia. It is part of the Western Communities and one of the 13 regional municipalities. Many Metchosians are operators of small farms (vegetables, orchards, poultry, sheep, some pigs and cattle).