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
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 lakeside. This trail has 2 boardwalk sections from which you may cast a line (the lake is stocked with trout) and is easy to navigate. The boat launch (off Florence Lake Rd.) provides access for those who want to get out on the water and in warm weather Florence lake is enjoyed by swimmers.
While you’re enjoying a stroll around the lake, you can ponder on the old tale about the sunken piano. Apparently, before there was road access to the west shore of the lake there were several homes built, and all the building materials and household goods had to be brought in by boat. Unproven local legend has it that someone tried to bring a piano to their home but lost the piano in the lake when their boat capsized. If this story is true the piano is probably still there and if it were a ghost story there would be rumours of ghostly music on dark and foggy nights, but let’s not start rumours!
If you want to live in the Florence Lake neighbourhood you will find that housing runs the gamut from modular homes to older rural single family homes to new, upscale modern houses. There is probably something that will suit almost anybody, even a few lovely lakefront properties.