Greater Victoria is comprised of several communities which are actually self-contained towns, villages and townships, each with their own unique ambience reflected in their diversity of shops, services, parks, beaches and amenities. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Victoria downtown core, you can find many interesting things to see and do in more relaxed atmosphere.
Easily reached by a short drive or by public transit, you may even wish to forgo the usual downtown accommodations for a stay at some of the finer Bed and Breakfast , guest houses and cottages tucked away in the suburbs. Sooke, Jordan River and Port Renfrew, although not part of Victoria, comprises the west coast section of the lower part of Vancouver Island and are within 2 hours drive from downtown Victoria on scenic Highway 14. See Map
Esquimalt - The Township of Esquimalt is a colourful progressive community located at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, only 2 kilometres [1.2 miles] west of downtown Victoria. Esquimalt is the home of Canada’s naval presence on the West Coast and was first used by the Royal Navy as early as 1837. The original Esquimalt townsite has long since disappeared inside the boundaries of the Canadian Forces Base which is now the community’s largest employer. Today, 17,000 people live in Esquimalt’s varied residential neighbourhoods and enjoy its many amenities including beautiful parks and beaches, scenic waterfront walkways, modern recreational facilities, schools, library, archives, and commercial services. Although it’s an established community, the Township still provides opportunities for new commercial, industrial and residential developments.
Sidney or Sidney-By-The-Sea, is one of Vancouver Island's best kept secrets. The Saanich Peninsula's commercial hub, Sidney is a bustling seaside community with an easy going attitude; population, just over 10,000. Close to the BC Ferry Terminal, Vancouver International Airport and Butchart Gardens and only 20 minutes to downtown Victoria.
Cadboro Bay - is located near The University of Victoria and Gyro Park on the scenic shores of southern Vancouver Island, a short 10 minute drive from downtown Victoria, B.C., Canada. At the foot of Sinclair Road is the Cadboro Bay Beach Public Park with a concrete octopus, fish, tugboat and a replica of the no so mythical (according to residents) sea monster Cadborosaurus. One of the main attractions of Cadboro Bay is its curving, sandy beach and the Cadboro Bay Village shopping area with Smuggler's Cove neighbourhood pub.
Cordova Bay north of the Victoria city centre. Cordova Bay offers visitors some of the finer beaches in the city, with views of The San Juan Islands and Mount Baker in Washington State.
Oak Bay borders Victoria city to the east. Take a pedicab ride to Oak Bay along the scenic marine drive, or rent a bicycle and experience all of Oak Bay's senses! Within half an hour you can be strolling along Willows Beach, feeding wild seals at the marina or having a coffee in a seaside cafe. There is also shopping and afternoon tea to be enjoyed.
Victoria's West Shore
View Royal - View Royal is a growing community of approximately 8,000 people, located within the Greater Victoria area at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Spectacular ("royal") waterfront views, nature parks and trails, pedestrian and cyclist-friendly neighbourhoods - it's all here in View Royal.
Metchosin - The agricultural community of Metchosin is one of Vancouver Island's oldest. Tucked away between Victoria and Sooke it has been farmed since the mid 1800's.
Colwood is largely a residential community with a major commercial area, located on a series of sloping hills allowing many excellent ocean views. Only 10 km from downtown Victoria, this area offers excellent amenities while only a short drive from the attractions in Victoria.
Langford is on the southern end of Vancouver Island, the City of Langford is a young and growing community. It offers a variety of business opportunities, affordable housing and a wide range of services and amenities. Major Big Box stores are available for your shopping needs. Langford is within easy access of the rest of the Greater Victoria metropolitan area. Langford is one of the municipalities of the West Shore in the Capital Regional District. Langford enjoys warm and dry summers, and mild, wet winters resulting in a frost-free season of approximately 202 days. Lying in the rain-shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Langford receives less precipitation, approximately 620 mm. per year, than Vancouver (annual average of 1070 mm.)