The District of Oak Bay
Oak Bay is a distinct municipality located to the east of Victoria. Incorporated in 1906, it no has a population of over 18,000.
From its miles of scenic coastline with breathtaking foreshore vistas to its luxury apartments and stately mansions, Oak Bay is one of the most desirable residential areas in Greater Victoria. Architecture ranges from the late 19th century style of such pre-eminent architects as Francis Rattenbury and Samuel McLure to the contemporary West Coast style of today’s fine architects.
Property owners take pride in maintaining their impeccable manicured lawns and fine landscaping. Canopies of trees enhance the attractiveness of the area and are passionately protected.
Oak Bay is home to two world class golf courses, the Uplands Gold Club and Victoria Golf Club, as well as the Oak Bay Marina and the prestigious Royal Victoria Yacht Club. There are three recreation centres in the municipality and its main shopping areas, Oak Bay Avenue and Estevan, maintaining a village-like atmosphere.
Oak Bay shares the University of Victoria and Camosun College with the neighbouring municipality of Saanich.
The District of Saanich
Saanich East and Saanich West (Population 102,000) is a sprawling area composed of a number of distinct neighbourhoods.
The eastern side of Saanich is dominated but the University of Victoria which is very much a part of the local life of the community. The landscape of Saanich is unique for its ecological diversity and leisure potential. There are 170 municipal parks, three regional parks and a cycling network route to see and explore. Saanich has more parks per capita than any other municipality in B.C. There are several excellent golf courses in Saanich; Blenkinsop Valley, Cedar Hill, Cordova Bay and Prospect Lake golf courses.
Saanich’s distinct neighbourhoods include the following:
Gordon Head, a solidly upper middle class family area with several shopping malls, restaurants and movie theatres within a short driving distance.
High Quadra overlooking Blenkinsop Valley.
Broadmead with imaginative West Coast architecture.
Saanich and Cordova Bay – The district of Saanich is a large residential area that begins north of downtown and encompasses several neighbourhoods and recreational parks. One of the most visited is Mount Douglas Park, which offers panoramic views of the city from its drive-to summit.
The District of Victoria
The City of Victoria, located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island, is Western Canada’s oldest city and the capital of British Columbia. As such, it is home to the provincial legislature. It is a community of choice for many, due to its temperate climate, natural beauty, and superior economic opportunities. The City of Victoria has a population of approximately 74,000. Readers of Conde Naste Traveler magazine rate Victoria #1 for environment an ambience and the best overall city in Canada. Macleans magazine recently rated Victoria as the number one city in Canada in which to locate a family business.
Victoria West occupies a peninsula bounded by the scenic Gorge/Selkirk waterway, the harbour and the easter border of Esquimalt. Its 155 hectares (380 acres) represents eight per cent of Victoria’s land base. With the development of Westside Village and the continuing development of the Songhees lands, Vic West offers its residents quality retail, traditional residential and multi-family housing options as well as scenic waterfront walkways.
Governments at all levels provide a major employment base in the City with 18 of the largest employers coming from the public sector.
More information on Victoria BC can be obtained through the City of Victoria Economic Development Office by telephone at +1 (250) 361-0355
The Town of Sidney
“Sidney by the Sea” as it is affectionately known, currently has a population of just over 10,000 people. Because of its climate, natural amenities and friendly community character, Sidney’s fastest growing age group is in the 65 and over category. Sidney has established trend-setting laws requiring the provision of adaptable housing for persons with disabilities. Sidney is under the jurisdiction of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In an effort to maintain population balance, the municipality has approved single family developments that cater to younger people in an attempt to make housing more affordable. Sidney has extensive waterfront walkways, parks, restaurants and marinas. The Panorama Leisure Centre provides indoor tennis, ice arena and pool and will soon offer squash and racquet courts. The Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club and the Ardmore golf course serve golf enthusiasts.
There is a daily ferry service to Anacortes, Washington, U.S.A. Sidney is less than two kilometres away from the Victoria International Airport, three kilometres away from the B.C. Ferry Terminal to Vancouver and only 25 minutes away from downtown Victoria.
The Town of Esquimalt
Esquimalt is the municipality immediately to the west of Victoria. With a population of over 16,000 if offers a variety of interesting contrasts in lifestyles with an abundance of parks, foreshore vistas and a marina.
Esquimalt has a strong mix of high quality residential properties, some excellent waterfront properties and a very active business community including a light industrial district. It has a well-establish community spirit and all of its services were well developed many years ago. Some of Esquimalt’s most attractive residential areas are Saxe Point, Rockheights and Parklands.
Esquimalt has a full range of recreational facilities including arena, curling rink, indoor swimming pool, recreation centre and the top-ranked Gorge Vale Golf Club.
Facing the western approaches from the sea, it is a very pleasant and sun-filled location. Esquimalt is home to the department of National Defense. Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt employs around 4,000 Military and 3,000 civilian personnel, making it a significant contributor to Victoria’s economy.
Between Victoria and Esquimalt is Vic west, currently being revitalized with the Songhees development. The area is developing rapidly as it is a prime piece of waterfront property commanding an unparalleled view of the Inner Harbour and downtown Victoria.
The District of Highlands
Highlands is the newest of the municipalities in the Capital Regional District to be incorporated. Many people choose to live in the Highlands because of its rural character and natural beauty. Residents are encouraged to build their homes with the least environmental impact by minimizing vegetation removal, using materials that blend in with the landscape and positioning homes that are not highly visible from the road or viewpoints.
Mount Work Regional Park boast swimming holes, fishing spots and hilly terrain as well as the highest peak on the Saanich Peninsula. Lone Tree Regional Park has a two kilometer trail that winds uphill, leading hikers to fabulous views of the Highlands, Victoria and the Olympic Mountains.
During a normal winter, the Highlands experiences cooler temperatures and approximately 35% more rainfall than Victoria. The precipitation is essential to recharge well water resources and maintain ecosystems during severe drought conditions that occur during the summer and fall months.
The highlands is home to many interesting plants and ecosystems such as wetlands, woodlands, wildflowers and old growth trees. The roads are scenic, narrow and winding.
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