Shopping, parks, historic attractions, sheep farms, beachfronts and even a castle that has doubled as an X-men movie set are among the welcoming attractions found in the diverse mix of communities west of downtown Victoria.
Langford is roughly 20 minutes from downtown Victoria, 30 minutes from the Victoria International Airport (YYJ), and 35 minutes from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. In recent years the city has experienced massive growth, bringing in great new attractions, places to stay, and shopping experiences. From elegant resorts to cute apartment hotels, the options for accommodations are aplenty. Plus, Langford’s bedroom community status makes it a great place to set up basecamp for South Island adventures.
Golfers can stay and play at the mountaintop Bear Mountain Resort, home to beautiful accommodations, challenging hillside courses, and luxurious amenities like the Amatista Spa. Golf, hike, bike, play tennis, dine, and relax, all in the beautiful community of Bear Mountain.
Coming soon to Langford is the Jordie Lunn Memorial Bike Park, where riders of all ages and abilities can play on a brand-new Velosolutions pumptrack, jump parks for all levels, a cyclocross track, and some short singletrack trails to experience what mountain biking is all about.
Despite being an urban community, the opportunity to recreate outside is endless! Surrounded by beautiful parks, like Thetis Lake Regional Park and Goldstream Provincial Park, pack an afternoon picnic or enjoy a scenic hike through dense forests and tranquil lakes. The Galloping Goose Trail and Sooke Hills Wilderness Park are both part of Canada’s The Great Trail, which meanders its way from Victoria to Nanaimo.
View Royal is known for its neighbourhood green spaces and the loop trails at such scenic spots as Nursery Hill, Admirals Walk, Chilco Ridge and Knockan Hill. Once a mecca for big-box shoppers, Langford now features a village-style town centre and family recreation opportunities galore (bowling alley, splash park, mini-golf and outdoor skating rink included).
Neighbouring Colwood is renowned for its award-winning green initiatives, the splendid bird-watching at Esquimalt Lagoon and as home to Royal Roads University(site of Hately Castle and magnificent public garden).
To truly wander off the beaten path, head for two other getaways in the western communities: idyllic Metchosin is known for its rolling green fields, oceanfront parks, home artist studios and annual sheepdog trials. Highlands is a sparsely populated residential area featuring thrillingly winding roads that leads through forested parkland and up to breathtaking mountaintop views.