Langford Neighbourhoods – Bear Mountain

by Geoff McLean on 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 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


Langford Neighbourhoods – Florence Lake

by Jodi Baker on 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 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.

Florence Lake, Langford, BC

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.


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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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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