Victoria, having the warmest winters in Canada is proud of its benign climate and easy-going lifestyle, making it a favourite retirement location and popular tourist destination.
Cadboro Bay Cordova Bay Golf Course
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Cadboro Bay, Ten Mile Point and Queenswood
Cadboro Bay, an English-style seaside village community and bay, is located in the Municipality of Saanich and north of the Municipality of Oak Bay. Cadboro Bay is a neighbourhood nestled between the University of Victoria, to the west and the Uplands to the south. Ten Mile Point lies to the east and Queenswood, with its multi-million dollar secluded homes, to the north. Cadboro Bay gets its name from the first Hudsons Bay Company sailing vessel brought to the BC coast, the Cadboro, which was the first vessel to anchor in the bay.
Broadmead and Cordova Bay
The village of Cordova Bay is a family area, with a mixture of newer and older homes, and a small village-type strip along scenic Cordova Bay. With its long sandy beach, and located east of Elk and Beaver Lakes and north of Broadmead, this quaint community is on the northern edge of the City of Victoria.
Broadmead Village Centre is the commercial shopping core for residents of Cordova Bay, Royal Oak and Broadmead.
The area was originally developed by the famous Guinness family, who also developed the British Properties in West Vancouver. Broadmead's Rithet's Bog is the home to a wide variety of birds and butterflies and has a delightful walking trail of 2.8 km.
Cordova Bay Beach University of Victoria, Gordon Head
Cedar Hill, Mount Douglas
Cedar Hill area, generally speaking, is bounded to the north by McKenzie Avenue, to the west by Quadra and Cook Streets, to the south by North Dairy Road, and to the east by Shelbourne Street. Cedar Hill is a mix of older and newer residential subdivisions, with a commercial area located along Shelbourne Street to the east. It is dominated by the 18 hole Cedar Hill Municipal Golf Course, which is surrounded by a 3.5 km walking trail. Other parks and recreation facilities include Braefoot Park and the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. There are two elementary schools and a junior high school in the area.
Mount Tolmie park offers views of Victoria and the surrounding areas. A walk up Mt. Tolmie will give you the best 360-degree panoramic view of Victoria. On clear days you'll also see the Cascade and Olympic Mountains as well as the Gulf and San Juan Islands.
A comfortable, middle class neighbourhood, Gordon Head has recently undergone a slow conversion process of single family occupancy homes to shared rental homes to meet the demands of the local student population. There has also recently been some very upscale housing developed at Gordon Point, the tip of Gordon Head, close to the north waterfront.
Oak Bay is a pcturesque community, with a population of about 18,000, east of and adjacent to the City of Victoria. Oak Bay; it has been referred to as being located "Behind the Tweed Curtain."
Oak Bay Photo by Benjamin Madison Sidney-By-The-Sea
"Sidney by the Sea" as it is affectionately known, is located about 20 kilometres north of Victoria. It enjoys a temperate climate, natural amenities and friendly community character. Sidney is under the jurisdiction of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has enjoyed steady growth since 1952.
Sidney has extensive waterfront walkways, parks, restaurants and marinas. Sidney's popular Thursday evening street market runs through the summer and attracts visitors from around the region. This attractive town has a daily ferry service to Anacortes, Washington, U.S.A., the Victoria International Airport is under 2 km and a it is just a few kilometres from the B.C. Ferry Terminal to Vancouver. The city of Victoria is a 25 minutes drive.
The Delightful Bays of Victoria and Saanich Peninsula
West Bay - located in Esquimalt, and connecting Victoria's West Song Way for 5.5 km to downtown Victoria.
James Bay - James Bay is the oldest residential neighbourhood in Victoria and the oldest residential neighbourhood on the West coast of North America - north of San Francisco. James Bay occupies the south side of the Inner Harbour close to downtown.
Ross Bay – Ross Bay Cemetery has the oldest surviving formal landscape design in BC and is a superb example of a Victorian-era burial ground.
Gonzales Bay by Murray Sharratt Photography
Gonzales Bay/Foul Bay - Fairfield is a neighbourhood of Victoria. It is bounded by Gonzales (Foul Bay) neighbourhoods, and meets the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south.
Oak Bay - In 2006, Oak Bay celebrated its centenary as a municipality. Before it was incorporated, there were pioneer farmers and fur traders settling here under the auspices of the Hudson’s Bay Company, from the mid-1800’s, and before they arrived Spanish and English explorers navigated the coastal waters. Artifacts, however, provide evidence of settlements dating back 3000 years.
Cadboro Bay - An English-style seaside village community and bay, is located in the Municipality of Saanich and north of Oak Bay. Cadboro Bay is nestled between the University of Victoria to the west and the Uplands to the south.
Cordova Bay - With its long sandy beach, and located east of Elk and Beaver Lakes and north of Broadmead, this quaint community is on the northern edge of the City of Victoria.
Saanichton Bay - Best described as a strip of trees and shore-line that provides green-space to a residential area, Saanichton Bay Park is a little known treasure. To the north, Saanichton Bay is protected by the rocky Turgoose Point.
Bazan Bay – is a little Bay in Sidney, BC, a few minutes drive north of Victoria Swartz Bay - lies at the north end of the Saanich Peninsula, location of one of BC Ferries' main terminals.
Coles Bay – A secluded bay on the western shore of the Saanich Peninsula, Brentwood Bay boasts a small Regional Park, with winding nature trails. A swimming beach and forest trails, with picnic tables are a feature of this lovely park.
Brentwood Bay – The Brentwood Bay village, on the Saanich Inlet, is rapidly developing. The village takes its name from the English town of Brentwood, Essex, hometown of R.M. Horne-Payne, president of the BC Electric Company in the 1920’s. The Brentwood Bay – Mill Bay ferry is a 25-minute route across the Saanich Inlet.