If you’re considering moving to Victoria BC, here’s some interesting news for you.  Victoria BC was voted one of the friendliest cities in the world in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers.  In fact, of the top ten (or eleven actually, there was a tie for tenth position), Victoria placed 3rd… now that’s impressive!

We aren’t really surprised. Living in Victoria, we know how friendly the people around here are.  But it’s nice to hear our sentiments echoed by people who have come here for a visit, because it doesn’t take much to turn off someone who is only here for a few days.

Beacon Hill Park Dallas Rd Fairfield Victoria BC Friendly Victorians enjoying the waterfront


The really lucky people are those who actually live here, we enjoy more than just friendly neighbours.  Victoria BC has arguably the best climate in Canada, unsurpassed beauty and all of the perks that come with living in a tourist-friendly city;

  • Excellent (and diverse) restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues
  • Amazing opportunities for outdoor recreation (and the ability to enjoy these almost year round)
  • Well-rounded employment and education prospects, and
  • A wide range of housing options

Oh, and it’s really pretty here too, they don’t call Victoria the City of Gardens for nothing!

The Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC


Langford Neighbourhoods – Bear Mountain

by Geoff McLean on August 13, 2014

Bear Mountain is a luxurious residential and resort neighbourhood in Langford, near Victoria BC.  Located on the slopes of Skirt Mountain, this neighbourhood boasts the only Jack Nicklaus designed 36 hole golf course among its many fine amenities.

This lavish planned community has experienced some ups and downs, but looks to be back on track under new ownership as of October 2013.  The neighbourhood has much to offer, along with the resort amenities, Bear Mountain has excellent access to nearby shopping in the commercial centre of Langford and it’s just a short drive to downtown Victoria.

For those who prefer their recreation a little more untamed, nearby Mt Finlayson offers excellent hiking and if you hop on the Island Highway (Hwy #19) and head north you’ve got the rest of beautiful Vancouver Island to explore, with all of the hiking, fishing, mountain biking and skiing (at Mt. Washington) you can handle!

Back at home on Bear Mountain you can enjoy resort style living with well-appointed homes, many of which enjoy fabulous panoramic views.

Bear Mountain Neighbourhood Links

  • Bear Mountain Community Association website
  • Bear Mountain Golf Resort Community website


Langford Neighbourhoods – Florence Lake

by Jodi Baker August 6, 2014

Florence Lake is a peaceful semi-rural to rural neighbourhood in Langford, one of the west shore communities of Victoria BC.  This area provides great access to outdoor recreation for residents of the Capital Regional District. Around a good part of Florence lake Strachan Trail meanders, with one section wandering off into the woods before returning […]

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Langford Neighbourhoods

by Geoff McLean July 30, 2014

The City of Langford is centrally located within Victoria BC’s Western Communities, flanked by The City of Colwood, the District of Metchosin,  the Town of View Royal, the District of Highlands and the Juan de Fuca electoral area. Langford has undergone rapid growth recently, the commercial center as well as outlying areas have seen an […]

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Victoria Neighbourhoods – Oaklands

by Jodi Baker July 16, 2014

Tucked into the northeast corner of Victoria proper is the lovely neighbourhood of Oaklands.  Named for the wonderfully gnarly Garry Oak trees sheltering our homes and parks, this neighbourhood is popular with families who want to live near the city. Hillside Mall is a large commercial centre located in Oaklands and there are several, smaller […]

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Victoria FUN Camps for Kids and Teens

by LivingInVictoriaAdmin July 2, 2014

Please welcome a guest writer to our blog!  We know that you are looking for new adventures for your children this summer, and Cedar Luke from FUN Camps in Victoria has written to tell us all about the philosophy behind their summer programs.     We all co-inhabit this marvellous world, sharing and appreciating the […]

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Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park

by Geoff McLean June 18, 2014

School is almost out and it’s high time for some unstructured play and summer relaxation.  One of my favourite local destinations is Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin.  Located off Metchosin Road, the park offers: Excellent bird watching (over 160 documented species) Hiking trails through coniferous forest, salt marsh and along the beach A nature […]

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Victoria Golf Club

by Jodi Baker June 4, 2014

The Victoria Golf Club is one of the city’s historical gems and the site of a famous ghost story.  It’s also very scenic, located oceanside and within the upscale municipality of Oak Bay.  Established in 1893, it’s the oldest golf course in Canada remaining in its original location and the second oldest in North America! […]

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Colwood Neighbourhoods – Royal Bay

by Geoff McLean May 23, 2014

The Royal Bay neighbourhood in Colwood, just outside Victoria BC is undergoing rapid growth and development.  A large chunk of Royal Bay, formerly a gravel pit, is now being developed into a seaside residential neighbourhood complete with waterside commercial village. Some development has already taken place and work continues in the neighbourhood, with input from established residents who […]

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Victoria Neighbourhoods – Fernwood

by Geoff McLean May 21, 2014

Fernwood is a vibrant neighbourhood near downtown Victoria, BC with a strong sense of community and beautiful historical infrastructure.  At the heart of the neighbourhood is Fernwood Square, at the corners of Gladstone and Fernwood Roads, a community gathering place and home to the Fernwood Inn, the Belfry Theatre and more. The tree lined streets […]

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