Home to nearly 65,000 people, the WestShore is one of Greater Victoria's fastest growing areas. With relatively cheap housing prices and a younger demographic compared to the city of Victoria, as well as a variety of parks, historical sites and shopping opportunities, the area's a haven for many first-time home buyers and young families.
Whether you're after a rural country life or cosmopolitan living, the WestShore's five communities cater to every type of person.
Langford is the urban core of the WestShore. It's a young, growing community of over 25,000 people. Although the city is just over 40 square kilometres, it boasts three lakes - Florence, Gland and Langford - the gorgeous Goldstream Provincial Park and large portions of Mill Hill, Mount Wells and Thetis Lake Regional Parks all within its boundaries. Numerous other smaller parks and fairground dot the cityscape and play host to festivals large and small, including the famous Luxton Pro Rodeo.
A fast growing, family-friendly waterfront community of just over 16,000 people, Colwood enjoys a rich heritage and a unique connection to nature. Nestled along five kilometers of breathtaking oceanfront and set amongst some of the most beautiful parks and trails on Southern Vancouver Island, the community is an outdoorsman's dream. Esquimalt Lagoon is within walking distance of the city centre and the city's oceanfront boasts stunning views of the city of Victoria and Olympic Mountains.
Another nature lover's paradise, Metchosin is a rural community of just under 5,000 people. The area has miles of pristine hiking trails, beautiful pebble beaches, and marsh-like areas perfect for bird watching. Additionally, the area's also home to a number of artists, carvers, potters and other artisans.
A gateway between Victoria's urban core and the rest of the WestShore, View Royal is a vibrant community of over 9,000 residents. The town has over 700 hectares of parkland and encompasses McKenzie, Pike, Prior and Thetis Lakes and portions of Esquimalt Harbour and Portage Inlet. It is also a thriving arts community with visual and performing arts being central to many in their day-to-day lives.
Primarily residential community, Highlands is rural in nature, and blessed with an exceptional abundance of scenic beauty, native plant and animal life, and public parkland. Residents place high value on the natural environment and their rural lifestyle and are known for being actively involved in the community, which fosters a unique spirit that is both self-reliant and cooperative.