Oak Bay Neighbourhoods – South Oak Bay

by Jodi Baker on December 3, 2014

South Oak Bay is a beautiful, largely residential neighbourhood in the municipality of Oak Bay, very near to downtown Victoria BC.  As one of the most pleasant corners in what is arguably the city with the most comfortable climate in all of Canada, South Oak Bay is a highly desirable neighbourhood for those who are living in Victoria and those who are considering moving to Victoria.Oak Bay-The Marina RX100M2 DSC0820

As one of the first established neighbourhoods of Victoria, South Oak Bay contains beautiful old homes and historical sites.  The quiet, tree-lined streets are punctuated with several municipal parks including Anderson Hill Park, Lafayette Park and Windsor Park.  The Capital Regional District operates Gonzales Hill Park within South Oak Bay.

The Victoria Golf Club is located in South Oak Bay, draped along charmingly scenic Gonzales Point.  There are a couple of small commercial centres but the neighbourhood is mostly residential, with homes that, while generally not as grandiose as those in the nearby Uplands neighbourhood, are nevertheless often very beautifully restored and quite valuable.

The Oak Bay Marina, Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Oak Bay Guest House are other notable and historical institutions also found in South Oak Bay.

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North Saanich Neighbourhoods – Deep Cove

by Geoff McLean on November 19, 2014

The Deep Cove neighbourhood in North Saanich, near Victoria BC offers peaceful rural living and spectacular ocean views and access.  This is one of Victoria’s most desirable rural neighbourhoods and there are beautiful country and waterfront properties, just a short drive from both Sidney and Victoria BC.View from Mill Bay of Saanich Peninsula and Deep Cove courtesy of Tourism Victoria

Deep Cove sits at the northeastern tip of the Saanich peninsula, overlooking the protected waters of the Saanich Inlet and across to the Malahat region of Vancouver Island.  The topography includes both rocky, forested areas and rolling fields.  There are several local farms producing fresh comestibles and you can buy fruit, veggies and more at the farm gate or at the Deep Cove Market or North Saanich Farmer’s Market.

The nearest large commercial centre is Sidney and Deep Cove is located conveniently close to both the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and the Victoria International Airport.

Deep Cove Schools

If you have school-aged children they may attend:

  • Deep Cove Elementary School
  • North Saanich Middle School, or
  • Parkland Secondary

Deep Cove is popular with those who enjoy getting out on the water and you can keep your boat close to home at the Deep Cove Marina.  The protected local waters are also great for kayaking, SUP’s, waterskiing or just cruising.

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North Saanich Neighbourhoods – Swartz Bay

by Jodi Baker November 5, 2014

Swartz Bay is a neighbourhood in the municipality of North Saanich, around 30 kilometres north of Victoria BC.  It is well known as the location of BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal from which you can sail to Vancouver, Saltspring Island and other Gulf Islands. As part of the municipality of North Saanich, this relatively sparsely […]

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Moving to Victoria BC in 2014?

by Geoff McLean October 22, 2014

Are you thinking about moving to Victoria BC in 2014? If you are, let us be the first to welcome you to this wonderful place we call home.  We may be biased, but we think that living in Victoria is awesome! If you are new to Victoria, you will undoubtedly have a lot of questions […]

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Sidney Neighbourhoods – Sidney Southeast

by Jodi Baker October 8, 2014

The Southeast quadrant of Sidney by the Sea is another lovely oceanside neighbourhood where fresh marine air and beautiful sunrises greet those who live and work there.  Located just a short drive north of Victoria and close to both the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, the Sidney Ferry Terminal (sailing to Anacortes in Washington State) and […]

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Sidney Neighbourhoods – Sidney Northeast

by Geoff McLean 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 […]

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Goldstream

by Jodi Baker 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 […]

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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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