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


Central Saanich Neighbourhoods – Saanichton

by Jodi Baker on 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.

Today, Saanichton is a bustling village with shops, restaurants and other businesses at its heart, surrounded by single family and townhome residences, which are in turn surrounded largely by agricultural land, parks and rural properties.

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital is located just to the east of the village and west of the Pat Bay Highway, the main route to downtown Victoria.  School aged children in the area can attend:

  • Kelset Elementary
  • North Saanich Middle School, or
  • Stelly’s Secondary

Saanichton is also home to the Saanich Pioneer Society’s Log Cabin Museum, where you can peruse collections from local pioneer families as well as First Nations artifacts.  The popular Saanich Fall Fair, an historical agricultural event, used to take place very near the village, but has since relocated to a larger property on Stelly’s X Road.

Saanichton Links

Saanichton Village Association

The Saanich Fair

The Saanich Pioneer Society

Saanich Peninsula Hospital


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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West Saanich Neighbourhoods – Prospect Lake

by Geoff McLean January 29, 2014

Prospect Lake is an idyllic rural neighbourhood in West Saanich, north of Victoria BC.  If you like the idea of living in Victoria, yet don’t want to live in the city, you couldn’t do much better than this.  Prospect Lake is pure country living close to town. The neighbourhood is near the Royal Oak commercial […]

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