Sidney Neighbourhoods – Sidney Northeast

by Geoff McLean on September 24, 2014

Sidney by the Sea, north of Victoria BC divides neatly into 4 neighbourhoods along the axis of Beacon Ave and the Pat Bay Highway.  In the Northeast quadrant lies (appropriately!) Sidney Northeast.

The southern portion of this neighbourhood is largely commercial, as it follows the town’s main drag, Beacon Ave.  There is a quaint, small town atmosphere to Sidney. The friendly streets are peppered with bookstores and the relaxed feeling of many seaside communities.

A few blocks north of Beacon Ave you’ll find an established residential neighbourhood, with housing ranging from apartment or condo style housing to single family homes.  One of the advantages of living in a small town like Sidney is the walkability factor.  Everything is reasonably close, so you don’t have to own a car.  When you need to visit Victoria or catch a ferry at Swartz Bay there is a robust transit system to get you where you need to go.

Perhaps you would forgo car ownership in favour of owning a boat of some sort; there are 2 marinas within the Sidney Northeast neighbourhood:

  • Van Isle Marina, on Harbour Rd. at the northern tip of the neighbourhood – visit their site, or
  • Port Sidney Marina, further south, near the town centre – see here.

Sidney Northeast Schools

Children living in Sidney may attend:

  • Sidney Elementary School – visit site
  • North Saanich Middle School – see here, or
  • Parkland Secondary – click this, which offers a specialized sports academy and an innovative marine program.

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Goldstream

by Jodi Baker on September 10, 2014

Goldstream is a very diverse neighbourhood in Langford, one of the west shore communities near Victoria BC.  Diverse because the corridor that Goldstream inhabits stretches from almost the centre of Langford, with a vibrant commercial centre where new development has created a bustling village, through to a world famous provincial park cradling the innermost reaches of the Saanich inlet where the wilderness and natural beauty are absolutely breathtaking.

The commercial centre of Goldstream Village has undergone a serious makeover in recent years and the beautification project has created a new atmosphere that is welcoming and where business thrives.

At the other end of Goldstream, you’ll find the quintessential west coast experience, where mountains clothed in conifers slope steeply down to the ocean. The Goldstream River flows through a narrow valley, emptying into the inlet through the filter of a serene salt marsh.

Goldstream Provincial Park protects this incredible habitat and allows visitors to get up close and personal with nature.  Generations of Victoria’s schoolchildren have made the annual pilgrimage to Goldstream each fall to witness the spawning salmon, a sobering and fascinating lesson in the circle of life.  As the salmon finish out their life cycle the eagles move in, providing an excellent opportunity to study these fierce raptors.

Goldstream Park also contains miles of hiking trails, a campground that is open year round, and educational programs at the Goldstream Nature House.

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Happy Valley

by Geoff McLean September 3, 2014

Happy Valley is a rural agricultural and residential neighbourhood in south Langford, bordering on the municipality of Metchosin.  This neighbourhood contains agricultural lands (ALR designated) as well as residential developments and has a distinctly friendly, laid back country atmosphere. As one of Langford’s oldest neighbourhoods, Happy Valley is home to several unique farming ventures such […]

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Victoria BC – One of the Friendliest Cities in the World!

by Jodi Baker August 27, 2014

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 […]

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Bear Mountain

by Geoff McLean 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 […]

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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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