Central Saanich Neighbourhoods – Island View

by Geoff McLean on April 18, 2014

Island View neighbourhood in Central Saanich lies to the east of the Pat Bay Highway and just north of the Martindale neighbourhood. It takes its name from one of Greater Victoria’s treasures – Island View beach, a CRD park boasting a beautiful long stretch of sand and unique dune and wetlands ecosystem.  There is a campground at Island View Beach, open from Victoria Day long weekend until Labour Day.

Much of Island View neighbourhood is either park or farmland, but there is a small cluster of homes on the bluff overlooking the park and a few large waterfront properties.  This Central Saanich neighbourhood offers quiet living, some amazing views and proximity to both Brentwood Bay and Saanichton, with the city of Victoria only about 20 minutes away.

Students living in the Island View neighbourhood can attend:

  • Keating Elementary
  • Bayside Middle School, or
  • Stelly’s Secondary

Island View Links

Island View Beach Park Regional Campground

Island View Beach Regional Park


Brentwood Bay


Victoria Neighbourhoods – Fairfield

by Jodi Baker on April 16, 2014

Fairfield is a charming residential neighbourhood adjacent to the downtown core of Victoria BC.  It’s a very popular place to live, with a mix of low rise apartments and single family residences.  There are many lovely character homes that have been renovated to modern standards and the neighbourhood offers a distinctive community ambiance.

Beacon Hill Park Dallas Rd Fairfield Victoria BC










The famous Beacon Hill Park is located in Fairfield, along with other Victoria landmarks Clover Point, Ross Bay Cemetery, where a multitude of notable personalities are interred and the Dallas Road waterfront. Commercial centers that serve Fairfield are:

  • Cook Street Village
  • Five Corners, and
  • The Fairfield Plaza

All these amenities and just a short stroll to downtown Victoria makes Fairfield a great place to live car free!

Fairfield Links

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Central Saanich Neighbourhoods – Saanichton

by Jodi Baker April 11, 2014

Saanichton, sitting almost in the center of Central Saanich is a quaint community with historical significance.  This village served as a commercial center to the agricultural community surrounding it since the 1800’s.  At one time there was even a train station; when the Victoria and Sidney Railway (V&S) steamed through Saanichton between 1894 and 1919. […]

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Victoria Neighbourhoods – James Bay

by Geoff McLean April 9, 2014

James Bay is a charming seaside neighbourhood within the City of Victoria BC.  Surrounded on three sides by water, James Bay is really a peninsula, named for one of Fort Victoria’s founders, Sir James Douglas.  Richly historical, James Bay is home to the BC Parliament Buildings, the Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park and Mile […]

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Central Saanich Neighbourhoods – Brentwood Bay

by Geoff McLean April 3, 2014

Brentwood Bay sits on the eastern side of the Saanich Peninsula overlooking the Saanich Inlet and is one of the main commercial centres of Central Saanich.  It is home to the world famous Butchart Gardens and there is a small ferry that operates between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay, a route that bypasses the treacherous […]

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Victoria City Neighbourhoods

by Jodi Baker March 26, 2014

The City of Victoria BC has some beautiful residential neighbourhoods within walking distance of the downtown core.  Whether you are looking for a hip urban condo/apartment in the city or a character rich home in nearby James Bay or Fairfield, Victoria proper offers diversity in housing. Imagine a daily stroll along the scenic inner harbour, […]

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Ogden Point Breakwater

by Geoff McLean March 19, 2014

The Ogden Point breakwater is one of this city’s treasures, as anyone who is living in Victoria can attest.  Almost every resident and a good number of visitors have enjoyed strolling atop this unique structure at some point, and for some it’s regularly revisited. Generation of families have walked the breakwater since it was completed […]

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Esquimalt Neighbourhoods – Rockheights

by Jodi Baker March 12, 2014

Rockheights is a residential neighbourhood in the center of Esquimalt.  Sitting above the municipality on a rocky hill (hence the name!) Rockheights offers single and multi-family homes as well as townhomes and condos with lovely views. In fact, the highest point of land in Esquimalt is in Highrock Park in the Rockheights neighbourhood where you […]

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Tim Hortons Near CFB Esquimalt

by Geoff McLean February 26, 2014

Here’s some critically important information for military personnel who are newly transferred to CFB Esquimalt in Victoria BC.  Heck, this is important to anyone who is moving to Victoria!  I mean really, on your first day in a new city what do you need? Coffee!  And since you’re Canadian, you probably need Tim Hortons coffee. […]

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West Saanich Neighbourhoods – Gorge

by Jodi Baker February 12, 2014

The Gorge neighbourhood in West Saanich is an historical urban area very close to the city of Victoria BC.  Sitting on the southern edge of West Saanich, the Gorge neighbourhood hugs the northern edge of Victoria’s storied waterway. While much of West Saanich is rural, the Gorge is decidedly urban to suburban, having been developed […]

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