Victoria Neighbourhoods – Oaklands

by Jodi Baker on 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 commercial areas along with a diverse range of housing.  BC’s oldest registered non-profit society, the landmark Cridge Centre for the Family, is located in Oaklands as is Oaklands Elementary School, originally built in 1913!

Oaklands Community Centre is a hub of social and recreational activity in the neighbourhood, with a wide range of programs and special events scheduled throughout the year.

Oaklands Park offers a great children’s playground as well as tennis courts, a baseball field and soccer pitch, all guarded by picturesque giant Oak trees (of course!).Oaklands Park Victoria BC

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Victoria FUN Camps for Kids and Teens

by LivingInVictoriaAdmin on 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.

FUN Camp Victoria BC FUN Camps in the Western Communities are based at historic Pendray House on the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon



We all co-inhabit this marvellous world, sharing and appreciating the abundance which supports our survival. As the environmental issues we face become ever-more complex there is a great need to live and work once again with the land and natural systems. This is where the vision of FUN takes us.

Friends Uniting for Nature (FUN) Society began with FUN Camps in Vancouver in 2008. In 2009 we became a registered charity running after-school programs and a spring break camp in Vancouver as well as piloting FUN Camps Victoria and the first year of our Peer Leader program, FUN Champs.

At FUN Camp kids and teens connect with nature while having fun and making new friends! Every week a new theme helps FUN campers learn about the amazing world around them. Paddling, rock-climbing, hiking, exploring, geo-caching, growing food, making solar ovens, whale watching and more … There’s nothing quite like saving the world through collaborating and creating FUN for everyone!

The FUN Society is very excited about our new partnership with the Coast Collective Art Centre and our first year in service on the shore of the Esquimalt Lagoon. It is hard to imagine a better venue for FUN Camps than a 100 year old stone house surrounded by old-growth forests and on the edge of a protected stream and estuary. This fertile land together with our creative means of nurturing the inner teacher provides amazing opportunities for FUN campers to grow and explore.

Maia Green, founder and executive director of FUN Society, is an environmental activist and educator from Victoria BC. She truly sees the best within all people and recognizes the untapped potential in every child. Maia believes that making the task of saving the world a whole ton of fun is crucial. Her love for working with young people and her lifelong passion for saving the planet have united with the creation of the FUN Society.

For more information, and to register, visit our website.


Phone: 778-977-5921


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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Colwood Neighbourhoods – Sun Ridge

by Jodi Baker May 16, 2014

The Sun Ridge neighbourhood in Colwood is a very desirable neighbourhood, close to Westshore Centre for shopping and with quick access to transportation corridors for those who commute to Victoria. Colwood Creek Park is located in Sun Ridge, offering trails, wide grassy areas and a playground for your children.  The Galloping Goose trail runs alongside Sun Ridge […]

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Colwood Neighbourhoods – Triangle

by Geoff McLean May 9, 2014

Triangle, or Triangle Mountain as it’s commonly referred to, is a neighbourhood in Colwood, one of the westshore communities of Victoria BC.  This largely residential neighbourhood on the slopes of Triangle Mountain has some amazing view properties and beautiful homes. You can learn more about Colwood here. One of Colwood’s hidden gems is Lookout Lake Park, […]

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The Trial Islands

by Jodi Baker May 7, 2014

The Trial Islands are two elongate islands and associated islets located just off the southeast tip of Vancouver Island near Victoria BC.  They are part of the municipality of Oak Bay and, since 1990, a designated ecological reserve created to protect 28 species of plants listed as rare within Canada. For most people who are […]

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Central Saanich Neighbourhoods – Hawthorne

by Jodi Baker April 25, 2014

The Hawthorne neighbourhood of Central Saanich lies on the eastern shore of the Saanich Peninsula, between Central Saanich road and the shores of the Cordova Channel.  This area is home to the Tsawout First Nation.  There are affordable housing options here, modular homes on leasehold properties.  The commercial centre of Saanichton is adjacent to the […]

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