View Royal & Westshore
Welcome to View Royal & Westshore! Also referred to as the Western Communities, Westshore represents multiple suburban municipalities located at the South end of the Capital Region, including Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, and the Highlands, and encompasses the popular residential areas of Bear Mountain and Royal Bay. View Royal is a suburban community that borders Westshore and shares close access to may of the same parks and amenities.
Langford Condo Benchmark Price: $392,500 (as of Dec 2018, according to MLS Home Price Index)
Colwood Condo Benchmark Price: $412,900 (as of Dec 2018, according to MLS Home Price Index)
View Royal Condo Benchmark Price: $478,300 (as of Dec 2018, according to MLS Home Price Index)
The booming district of Westshore is rapidly growing with ongoing development, new home construction, activity centres, and additional retail and amenities all establishing themselves in the area. It’s close enough to Downtown Victoria to still feel included while also being just far enough away to afford its own culture, pace and lifestyle.
The variety of new and relatively affordable homes, townhouses, and condos for sale (when compared to other areas of Victoria), is drawing more young professionals and families to make Westshore their home.
View Royal & Westshore LOCATION
70% city + 30% Island Life
A short drive Downtown Victoria, especially considering the Improvements that are being made to the highway from Downtown Victoria to Westshore. Suburban areas of Westshore are within a short driving distance, and some are even within easy walking or cycling distance, to shops and other amenities. Encompasses a large variety of retailers, restaurants, schools, and recreation, making the community self-sustainable and the trek downtown unnecessary when it comes to accessing speciality items.
Love to golf? Westshore is home to some of Vancouver Island’s best golf courses.
A large number of newly built homes, townhouses, and condos for sale. Plenty of young families, events, and activities make Westshore a friendly, outgoing and social community.
Avid gardener? Want a yard? Many of the new single-family homes in Westshore feature yards as well as being close to playgrounds, lakes, and green space.
Outdoor enthusiast? Westshore boasts hundreds of outdoor attractions, parks, lakes, hiking trails, and beaches to enjoy and explore.
Walkability and Bikeability
View Royal/Westshore has a Walkscore average of of 48 (a vehicle is required for running most errands unless you live nearby to one of Westshore’s retail districts).
Walk the Westshore Walking Guide: A comprehensive list of user-friendly walking trails throughout View Royal and the many municipalities that make up Westshore.
The several parks and trails that welcome dogs on-leash, with some parks even offer designated dog off-leash areas, make Westshore a very pet-friendly district.
Access to outdoor parks, trails, lakes, golf courses, and recreation centres, as well as proximity to amenities, make Westshore an ideal community for active seniors.
Westshore is quite possibly the Capital Region’s most family-friendly place to live. Close proximity to numerous schools, parks, playgrounds, recreation, and activity centres, in addition to year-round family-friendly events and attractions, make Westshore an extremely accommodating area for families.
Key Landmarks & Amenities
Parks & Outdoor Attractions
Whether you’re craving a game of golf, a wilderness hike and campout, or an afternoon of family activities in a nearby walking trail and playground, Westshore is home to hundreds of parks, trails, and outdoor attractions including beaches and lakes. Some of which feature multi-use sports fields and children's playgrounds and waterparks.
View Royal alone, has over 730-hectares of parkland, 27-kilometres of trails, and 71 municipal parks, including lakes that you can locate using this map. Visit the parks and trails pages of each neighbourhood: View Royal Parks and Trails, Langford Parks and Trails, Colwood Parks and Trails for a complete list of all the parks, trails, and attractions that are available to you when you visit or live in the Westshore area. Following are just a few of the most popular outdoor attractions in Westshore.
The Canadian West Coast’s very first lighthouse, and the site of a historical artillery fort from 1895 to 1956. Explore the lighthouse and old military bunkers. Find out more!
A Breathtaking 1908 Edwardian estate that’s located on 565-acres of oceanfront green space, including a Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, and Rose Garden. The grounds and gardens provide a delightful destination for walking, jogging, and picnicking. Hatley Castle including its Grand Hall and interiors, outdoor terrace, gardens, and grounds offer rental opportunities for special events including weddings and formal banquets. Find out more!
565 oceanfront acres of land that were originally occupied by the Coast Salish, Xwsepsum and Lkwungen people, long before becoming home to the wealthy and influential Dunsmuir Family in 1907. In 1940, the land was purchased and used by the Government of Canada as a naval training centre and college. Today, the land is still home to the magnificent Hatley Castle and gardens, as well as Royal Roads University. The University has a dedicated space that serves as a museum showcasing the history of the land, which is accessible by Guided Walking Estate Tours that are offered from May to September. The vast gardens and green space are ideal for strolling, jogging, and picnicking year-round. . Find out more!
One of the most spectacular sandy beaches in Westshore. This beach stretches out for miles and includes an enclosed lagoon and sandspit, offering an ideal place to sunbathe in summer and stroll all-year-round. Offers exceptional ocean views and stargazing. It's also located next to the historical sites of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS and Hatley Castle. Because the lagoon serves as a federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary, dogs are permitted so long as they are kept on-leash at all times. The park does offer an appointed dog off-leash area that's located at the southwest side of the public washrooms. Find out more!
Located on Metchosin Road in Colwood (adjacent to the Colwood Fire Department), this little museum operated by The Historical Society, features firefighting artifacts from past-generation fire fighters who served the local community. Find out more!
National historic site located in Esquimalt Harbour. Features buildings and bunkers from as early as 1859 that were once used as an ammunition depot by the Royal Canadian Navy. Easily accessed by boat or kayak. Find out more!
Located a short drive from the Westshore area, in the neighbouring district of Sooke. Enjoy an exhilarating zipline tour over the majestic treetops of Sooke's old growth forest. Adrenaline also offers whale watching, kayaking, and rainforest hiking adventure packages. (Operates seasonally from March 1st through summer and late autumn, weather-permitting). Find out more!
The Westhill community’s City Centre Park. This large, outdoor splash park for kids is free for Langford residents (with proof of address) and $3.30 per child for non-residents. (Operates seasonally and weather-permitting. Refer to link for details). Find out more!
Cherished by locals, Witty's Lagoon features a large sandy beach and calm, clean waters for swimming and sunbathing. You’ll also find a staffed nature centre, and plenty of trails and footpaths to enjoy. Find out more!
Home to Canada's first nature sanctuary. Features a beach and a fresh water lake for swimming, canoeing, and fishing. The park also features public washrooms and change rooms, and plenty of areas for picnicking. Thetis Lake is surrounded by a scenic walking and hiking trail through Garry Oaks, Douglas Firs, wild brush, and flowers. Also attached to the park is the Thetis-Langford Connector Trail: a 1.3-kilometre walking/cycling trail that connects to other trails including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. (Dogs are welcome on the trail, but between the months of June 1st through September 15th, dogs are not permitted on the beach and main park area, except to pass through without stopping on-leash). Please note that horseback riders sometimes use the trail, and so dogs must immediately be leashed when approaching horses on the trail. Find out more!
The communities of View Royal and Westshore are part of Greater Victoria School District No. 61 which includes 27 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and 7 secondary schools, as well as Greater Victoria School District 62 which includes 18 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 secondary schools and 1 Adult/Alternative School. The following schools are located within the View Royal/Westshore area and include public schools as well as independent schools and programs.
Coast Collective Gallery & Art Centre: Art gallery located in Colwood that offers art classes and workshops to students of all ages and artistic abilities.
Visions Flight Services: Pilot training and flight school.
David Cameron Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K through grade 5.
Brookes Westshore: Private IB World School offering instruction as well as boarding school for students from grades 6 through 12, based on the “world-renowned International Baccalaureate Programmes of Education.
École John Stubbs Memorial School: Public School offering English and French Immersion instruction to students from K to grade 8.
Colwood Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K to grade 5.
Dunsmuir Middle School: Public middle school offering instruction to students from grade 6 - 8.
Sangster Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K - grade 5.
Discovery School: Independent school offering individualized K to grade 12 instruction to students with learning disabilities.
Eagle View Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K through grade 5.
View Royal Elementary: Public elementary school offering K through grade 5 instruction.
Royal Bay Secondary School: Public secondary school offering instruction to students from grade 9 through 12.
Wishart Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K to grade 5.
Royal Roads University: Its campus stands in Hatley Park National Historic Site, and its faculties operate from a heritage building which once served as the Royal Canadian Military College. Royal Roads is known for offering excellent business, marketing, and leadership curriculum amongst its many programs and offerings.
Millstream Elementary: Public elementary school offering dual track instruction in both English and French Immersion to students from K to grade 5.
Crystal View Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K to grade 6.
Willway Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K to grade 5.
Lighthouse Christian Academy: Independent School offering elementary, middle school, and high school curriculum.
View Royal Preschool: With a focus on offering quality child care at affordable prices. Operates from 2 locations. View Royal location offers a preschool program and child care to children aged 30 months to 5 years. Belmont location offers child care to infants (newborn up to 18 months), toddlers (aged 19 - 30 months) and preschool aged kids (aged 30 months to 5 years).
Victoria Conservatory of Music at Westhills: Offers education, performance, and music therapy to children, teens, and adults in the Westshore community. Also offers a 2-year post-secondary diploma program.
Lakewood Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K to grade 5.
Ruth King Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K to grade 5.
Spencer Middle School: Public middle school offering instruction to students from grade 6 - 8.
Savory Elementary: Public elementary school offering instruction to students from K to grade 5.
Westshore Music Academy: Offers private music lessons to students of all ages and musical abilities.
École Belmond Secondary School: Public secondary school that offers English and French Immersion instruction to students from grade 9 through 12.
Bloom Montessori Langford: Independent preschool offering Montessori curriculum to children aged 3 to 6 years.
Byte Alternate Program: Public alternative learning program for students in grade 8 through 12.
Westshore Centre for Learning & Training: Independent School offering alternative, distributed learning and continuing education to adults.
View Royal Out-School Care Society and Little Wonders Preschool: Offers affordable before and after school programs to K to grade 5 students attending View Royal Elementary, as well as offering preschool programs to children in the Westshore community.
École Intermédiaire Shoreline Community Middle School: Public middle school offering English and French Immersion curriculum to students in grade 6 through 8.
COMMUNITY CENTRES, FACILITIES & Libraries
Westshore Centre for Learning: Independent learning and training centre that offers a high school graduations program as well as college preparation and job training programs.
Academy of Learning Career College: Private career college located in the West Shore community.
Greater Victoria Public Library - Goudy Branch: Located in Goldstream Village
City Centre Park: Located in the Westhills community. Westshore's multi-activity centre that features: Westhills Stadium, Westhills Arena, a seasonal outdoor skating pond, Goudy Field multi-use playing fields, 18-hole mini golf, Langford Lanes for bowling, a family fun park (including a children's play zone and Splash Park), a fitness centre, sports pub, and more.
Westhills Stadium: Features an artificial-turf field that's ideal for football, rugby and soccer, stadium seating, suites, a concession, change rooms, and more. Serves as the official home of Rugby Canada and the Westshore Rebels CJFL football team.
YMCA/YWCA Eagle Creek Village: Located in Eagle Creek Village in the neighbourhood of View Royal. Features a weight room and fitness centre and offers a variety of drop-in classes and programs including licensed child care and activities for children and teens.
YMCA/YWCA at Westhills: Located in the Westhills community and features a pool and aquatics centre, weight room, and fitness centre as well as offering drop-in classes and programs including licensed child care.
Greater Victoria Public Library - Juan de Fuca Branch: Conveniently located at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.
Greater Victoria Public Library - Langford Heritage Branch: Located in the Langford neighbourhood, in the same building as the YMCA/YWCA and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
View Royal Reading Centre: Its new location is 266 Island Hwy, in the district of View Royal.
The Q Centre: Formerly known as Bear Mountain Arena. An indoor, mid-sized, arena and stadium that seats over 3000-people and features 10 box suites, concessions, a state-of-the-art digital sound system, and hosts local sports teams.
Westhills Arena: Brand-new, indoor, NHL-sized ice arena and a seasonal outdoor skating pond located in the Westhills community.
Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre: Features an arena, swimming pool and aquatics centre, curling rink, fitness studio and weight room, nine hole golf course, clubhouse, fieldhouse, kids cottage, grassy area, multi-sports playing fields, artificial turf field, baseball diamonds, BMX track, beach volleyball, tennis courts, basketball courts, lacrosse box, lawn bowling greens, a children's playground, picnic shelter, jogging trail, a 55+ activity centre, library, WildPlay outdoor adventure park, The Q Centre arena, and more.
Arts, Cultural Attractions & Festivals
From picnics in the park, polar bear swims, marathons, night markets and parades, to art shows, massive Easter egg hunts, Christmas light parades, outdoor movies and ongoing sporting events. There's always something exciting taking place in Westshore.
The View Royal and Westshore communities host a multitude of interesting attractions, annual events, and festivals including regular sporting events. Refer to this complete list of year-round, community and sporting events hosted in Westshore. You can also view the events pages of each neighbourhood within Westshore: City of View Royal Events, City of Langford Events, and the City of Colwood Events for details regarding upcoming events and activities in each neighbourhood. Following is a sampling of some of the most notable attractions and annual events in View Royal and Westshore.
Located on Wale Road in Colwood. Displays pieces from Canadian artists and offers art classes and workshops to kids, teens, and adults. Find out more!
Every Sunday between April 1st to September 30th (weather-permitting), Western Speedway transforms into Vancouver Island's largest outdoor community Swap and Shop flea market, featuring local produce, food vendors, plants, home and garden wares, vintage finds, jewellery, and collectibles. Find out more!
From July 11 to August 24, between 6pm - 8pm, every Thursday night, the Royal Bay community comes together to socialize, picnic, do arts & crafts, relax, and play at Glen Lake Park. Bring your own picnic dinner. Games, activities, and crafts are included. Find out more.
Every year, on the second-to-last Saturday of September, the community of Westhills comes alive with art, lights, live music, and splendour. The community is also welcomed to participate in the three lantern-making workshops that take place in the days leading up to the festival. Find out more.
Every year on the first weekend of December, Greater Victoria gets a jolt of holiday spirit, thanks to Westshore's Christmas Light Up and the magical IEOA Truck Light Parade, hosted by the Island Equipment Owners Association. Big wheelers compete by adorning their rigs with as much Christmas sparkle and spirit as they possibly can before parading them through the communities of Greater Victoria. The community shows their support by cheering them on and contributing foodstuffs to support their food drive. The Truck Light Parade starts at 8pm, and is preceded by the opening of the Goldstream Station Christmas Market, a visit from Santa himself, Christmas greetings, a countdown to the town's Christmas tree light up, and the official light up itself. Find out more!
Retail, GROCERY & DINING
In View Royal and Westshore, you’ll discover several caches of shops, restaurants, cafes, grocers and other services. Following is a list of the areas’ most notable retail districts.
Millstream Village Shopping Centre: Large outdoor shopping centre located on the right side of Millstream Road as you enter Langford from the Trans Canada Highway. Features a large Market on Millstream grocery store and Michaels Crafts, as well as many large retail chains, pharmacies, restaurants, and coffee shops.
Millstream Road and McCallum: Located across from Millstream Village Shopping Centre as you enter Langford from the Trans Canada Highway, you'll find a stretch of large retailers including a Home Depot, Liquor Planet, and Best Buy. Up McCallum Road you'll find Costco.
Westshore Town Centre: Langford's largest indoor and outdoor shopping centre that includes a Home Sense, Fairway Market, Sport Chek, and other popular retail chains as well as a Cineplex Odeon. Great Canadian Superstore is located within the same city block, behind the mall, on Langford Pkwy.
Langford Parkway and Veterans Memorial: Located around the back of Westshore Town Centre , you'll find even more shops and services, including a Canadian Tire, The Brick, Moksha Yoga, and the Real Canadian Superstore. Across the street you'll find Walmart. And further up Langford Parkway, towards Westhills, is a Quality Foods.
Admirals Walk Shopping Centre: A mid-sized, outdoor plaza bordering View Royal and the neighbouring district of Esquimalt. Features a Thrifty Foods, liquor store, dentist, optometrist, nail salon, pharmacy, small shops, restaurants, and food vendors.
Goldstream Village: An outdoor strip of restaurants, cafes, grocers, and shops along Goldstream Avenue between Veterans Memorial Parkway and Phipps Road.
Goldstream Avenue at Sooke Road: Located in Colwood, where Goldstream Avenue and Sook Road meet. This outdoor city block of shops features a large London Drugs, Rexall Pharmacy, Thrifty Foods, a health food store, medical spa, liquor store, cafes, financial institutions, and more.
Costco Wholesale: Conveniently located in the Millstream retail district of Langford, across the street from Millstream Village Shopping Centre. You can access Costco by turning onto McCallum Road from Millstream.
Real Canadian Superstore: Features Joe Fresh, PC Optimum, groceries, pharmacy, gas bar, garden centre, optical services, medical clinic and more. Located in Langford, behind Westshore Town Centre, on Langford Parkway.
Eagle Creek Village: Located in View Royal, where Helmcken Road meets Watkiss Way. A newly erected neighbourhood retail centre featuring a large Quality Foods, Starbucks, Bosley's Pet Food, YMCA/YWCA, various shops, amenities, and vendors. Helmcken Market is also located across the street.
View Royal/Westshore has good public transit, with daily routes connecting Westshore to Downtown Victoria and surrounding areas, including routes that go directly to the Westhills, Thetis Lake, and Bear Mountain communities. A public transit improvement plan is in the works which will help reduce bus commute times by 20%.
Within 12 minutes’ drive to Victoria’s downtown core from View Royal | Within 20 minutes' drive to Victoria’s downtown core from Langford | Within 5 minutes' drive to Victoria General Hospital from View Royal | Within 8 minutes' drive to Victoria General Hospital from Langford. | Within 30 minutes’ drive to Victoria Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal from View Royal Within 35 minutes’ drive to Victoria Airport and Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal from Langford | Within 15 minutes’ drive to Seaplane and Clipper Ferry terminals from View Royal | Within 20 minutes’ drive to Seaplane and Clipper Ferry terminals from Langford
Iconic Condo & Townhouse Communities
The booming and ever-expanding Westshore community offers everything you could possibly want in a home. You’ll find luxurious family homes with yards and views, and modern and comfortable condos and townhouses for sale that either feature their own retail amenities, or are conveniently situated near retail districts, parks, recreation centres, and playgrounds. Due to the increasing density of Downtown Victoria, more families are making the Westshore community their neighbourhood of choice, and it’s fast becoming a hub of amenities and activity. Following are a few of Westshore’s most notable condo and townhouse communities.
Lakefront living with all the amenities. Retail, recreation, schools, and outdoor fun are all within a 10 minute stroll when you make Westhills home. The Westhills community consists of newly-built, single-family homes, townhouses, and modern condos situated next to Langford Lake. Its close proximity to everything from retail, restaurants, fitness, entertainment, schools, and fun make it an ideal haven for families.
Westhills has its own playground and park, and The Victoria Public Library, Victoria Conservatory of Music, The Westhills YMCA/YWCA fitness centre, and the Langford Aquatic Centre (which includes a wave pool, water slides, a lazy river, child care and more) are onsite, too. Two public schools as well as Westhills Stadium, Westhills Arena, and Langford Lanes are right next door, and over 80 more shops and amenities are minutes away. Finally, you'll enjoy beach access to Langford Lake, scenic mountain views, and plenty of walking trails just steps from your door. Search our MLS® Victoria search engine for houses, townhouses, and condos for sale in the Westhills community.
A unique opportunity to live within one of North America’s most prestigious golf resorts! Bear Mountain offers luxurious villas, scenic lots, modern townhouses and contemporary condo living. The common denominators between each home offered are exceptional styling, scenic views, and luxurious, spacious, and comfortable interiors. Search our MLS Victoria search engine for houses, townhouses, and condos for sale in the Bear Mountain community.
Located in the Colwood area of Westshore, Royal Bay is a seaside community that’s quickly developing into a self-sustaining village. Schools, parks, amenities, and a central dining and retail district are included in its plans! Royal Bay offers a variety of homes, including newly-built, heritage inspired single-family homes, as well as modern townhomes. Quickly developing into a buzzing community, the uniquely designed neighbourhood provides connections with nature, opportunity for retail therapy, schooling possibilities, and more! Search our MLS Victoria search engine for houses, townhouses, and condos for sale in the new Royal Bay community.
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VIEW ROYAL & WESTSHORE
Considering a move to Westshore? You’re sure to find a great home, townhouse, or condo that suits your needs in the booming Westshore district. Be aware that competition can be high due to more young families making Westshore home. Get started with your search today with a Real Estate Expert. Here are some tips and resources to help get you started with your search!
PROPERTY SEARCH TIPS
If you’re seeking a quieter neighbourhood with low traffic streets, when you use our MLS® Victoria Search Engine below to shop for properties in the View Royal/Westshore area, also refer to the provided map for houses, townhouses and condos for sale that are situated a little further back from the neighbourhood’s busiest thoroughfares as follows:
View Royal thoroughfares: Craigflower Road, Admirals Road, Burnside Road West, and Helmcken Road.
Westshore thoroughfares: Island Highway, Veterans Memorial Parkway, Millstream Road, Sooke Road, and Goldstream Avenue.
If you’d prefer a home that is within a short walking or cycling distance to groceries, shops and other amenities, refer to the map and look for homes, condos, and townhouses for sale around the following retail hubs:
Retail districts In View Royal: Eagle Creek Village: Helmcken Road between Burnside Road West and Watkiss Way. Admirals Walk Shopping Centre: Admirals Road between Craigflower Road and Hallowell Road.
Retail districts In Colwood: Westshore Town Centre: around Langford Parkway, Kelly Road, Phipps Road, and Jenkins Avenue. The shops on Sooke Rd: Sooke Road between Goldstream Avenue and Wilfert Road.
Retail districts In Langford: Millstream Village Shopping Centre: Millstream Road between Island Highway and Treanor Avenue. Goldstream Village: Goldstream Avenue between Millstream Rd and Phipps Rd. Westhills Community: Langford Parkway between Westshore Parkway and Jacklin Road.