Saanich is the largest municipality in Greater Victoria, offering a mix of suburban and rural neighborhoods. With 18 kms of oceanfront and several freshwater lakes, Saanich boasts an abundance of waterfront and waterview properties. The district comprises of 35 distinct neighborhoods, including East and West Saanich, Royal Oak, Broadmead, Prospect, Elk and Beaver Lakes, Tillicum, Gorge, Cordova Bay, Mt. Doug, and Gordon Head, with a mix of solidly suburban areas and distinctly rural ones among them.

From apartments, condos, and multi-family housing to single-family residences of all sizes, styles, and values, Saanich offers varying housing styles. The municipality has upscale neighborhoods as well as modest suburban family ones. The older neighborhoods are slowly being redeveloped, with many small postwar houses being transformed into modern living spaces.

Saanich has several recreational facilities, a large number of parks, and college campuses. The district is serviced by its own police and fire departments, and the municipality offers biweekly garbage pickup while the Capital Regional District takes care of the recyclable pickup.

Saanich Sub-Area Attraction Pages:

Uptown Shopping Plaza

Uptown Shopping Plaza

Uptown Shopping Plaza on Saanich Road in Victoria is more than just a shopping center. It is a hub that provides services, events, and entertainment to the surrounding communities and neighborhoods. Uptown Plaza is an excellent choice for those looking for a place to relax, have fun, and shop. 

A Wide Range of Retail Outlets

Uptown Shopping Plaza offers an array of retail outlets that is second to none. For the convenience of its shoppers, the center’s website offers a complete list of all outlets along with phone numbers. Their Guest Services office, across from the main elevators, is there to help answer all your questions and offer shoppers things such as:

  • Strollers
  • Wheelchairs
  • BC Transit bus passes
  • Uptown Gift Cards

Uptown Gift Cards

Gift Cards are a great way to let family and friends on your gift list shop for the items that they really want. Uptown Gift Cards can be purchased in any denomination from the Guest Services office and are redeemable at most outlets within the plaza including:

  • Eccotique Salon & Spa
  • Flight Centre
  • Wal-Mart
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Erito Sushi
  • Starbucks, and many more

You can check their website for a complete list of all outlets where Uptown Gift Cards can be redeemed by clicking on “Where Can I Use It”.

Community Room and Meeting Rooms

Uptown Plaza is a great choice if you are looking to book a meeting room or the perfect spot, at a reasonable price, for your event. The amenities include:

  • A 12 person board room
  • T.V.
  • Kitchenette

Not only will your guests appreciate the location that includes plenty of free parking, being able to arrive by car or BC Transit, but the ability to be able to walk around and do some shopping during breaks. The costs of renting Uptown’s Community Room are:

  • Half day for business $50.00
  • Half day for non-profits $25.00
  • Full day for business $100.00
  • Full day for non-profits $50.00

For more information about renting the Community Room, you can contact Guest Services by filling in their request form, and a representative will get back to you promptly.

Special Events

Uptown Plaza is the place to go for special events such as:

  • ‘Long Table’ dinner under the stars
  • Live outdoor music events
  • Tons of special savings at select outlets

Medical Services

Uptown Plaza offers several medical services such as:

  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Optometry

Environmentally Responsible

It is also refreshing to know that such a large organization that considers itself a part of the community is committed to protecting the environment. One of the ways they accomplish this is by making sure that walking, public transit, and cycling are easily accessible when traveling to Uptown Plaza. 

If you have walked, cycled, or taken public transit and find you have purchased more than you can easily carry home, Guest Services will be happy to arrange delivery to your home.

The management shows its commitment to being environmentally responsible in many ways, including:

  • The use of recycled paper products
  • ‘Green’ cleaners are used whenever possible
  • CFL and Fluorescent lighting products are fully recycled
  • Chemical-free pest and weed control
  • Rainwater used for watering when available
  • Electric vehicles that have been manufactured on Vancouver Island are used in recycling and waste handling

For a more detailed description of all they do to protect the environment, you can take a look at the ‘Responsibility In Retail’ portion of their website.

Hours of Operation

Their hours of operation are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Some outlets and special holidays may have different operating hours, so it’s a good idea to check their website before you head out. For detailed information on the many ways, and how, to get to Uptown, you can visit the ‘Directions & Hours’ page of their website.

All in all, Uptown Plaza is so much more than just a shopping center; it is part of a larger community and really takes that responsibility seriously by providing a welcoming, relaxing, and fun shopping experience. There really isn’t anything that you might need that is not available here. Plan your visit to Uptown Shopping Plaza today and experience the difference!

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary is a natural habitat for birds and small animals located just minutes away from downtown Victoria. It incorporates two unique areas, Christmas Hill and Swan Lake, both offering breathtaking views and an opportunity to explore nature.

Christmas Hill

The rock face of Christmas Hill, which has been glacially molded, is distinct from the lowlands of the lake. In spring, the hill invites a profusion of wildflowers, and the hilltop affords panoramic views.

Swan Lake

The lake provides a safe haven for a variety of birds and smaller animals such as mink, muskrat, and river otter. The water from the lake drains into the Colquitz River, which then flows into the Pacific Ocean via Portage Inlet.

Nature House

The Nature House of the Sanctuary is their information centre with great interpretive displays, a reading room, and even has a live ‘Bee House’. They are open year-round (Monday to Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on weekends from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. (They are closed on statutory holidays) The House is wheelchair accessible, and admission is by donation.

Library and Gift Shop

The Library is a great spot to visit and has something of interest for both adults and children. The library has a welcoming atmosphere with a terrific view, free Wi-Fi, and a number of fabulous coffee table books one can browse through. The gift shop, located in the Nature House, has lovely handmade, one-of-a-kind quality items at very reasonable prices.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is extremely popular at the Sanctuary twelve months of the year, although the spring and fall migrations tend to attract the most visitors. Spotting the difference (during migration) between a drake and a hen can be tricky, but if you look closely, the male (drake) keeps his pale, yellow-green beak compared to the female’s mottled orange and black beak.

A sample guide of which birds to watch for and when includes:

  • All Year – Anna’s hummingbird, Spotted Towhee, Bushtits, Great Blue Herons
  • November to April – Golden-Crowned Sparrow
  • November to February – Barred Owls

Hiking Trails

There are a number of great hiking trails from easy strolls to more strenuous trails that all offer great views and things to see. For those who enjoy a more relaxed walk, the lake trail is the perfect spot, which has a floating boardwalk taking you to the center of the wetland area. If you are up to more of a hike, the hill trails offer a beautiful view of the city.

Education Programs and Event Venues

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary is not only a great place to explore nature but also a valuable learning center for local schools. They offer a number of different preschool and school-age programs. If you are interested in your school or class getting involved, visit their website for more information on school programs. The Sanctuary also offers ideal venues for weddings, corporate meetings, and other social events. Check out their Facility Rentals page for all the information you need to book your next event.

Visit Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary

Whether you are looking for a great place for a nature hike, a stroll along the lake, or the perfect spot to hold your next event, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary is one well worth considering. Download their trail map before heading out and enjoy the natural beauty Victoria has to offer.

Whether you are looking for a great place for a nature hike, a stroll along the lake, or the perfect spot to hold you next event, Swan Lake Christmas Hill Sanctuary is one well worth considering. If you need more information you can always contact them by phone at: 250.479.0211 or by email at: [email protected]

Silver City Cinema

Silver City Cinema

Looking for a unique movie experience? Look no further than Silver City Cinema located at Tillicum Centre in Victoria. With a wide range of movies, live performances, and corporate products, Silver City Cinema has something for everyone. 

Experience live stage performances on the big screen from famous theatres like the National Theatre in London, England and the Stratford Festival in Ontario. You can buy general admission tickets for these big events in person at the box office or purchase them online. Other ‘Stage to Screen’ performances include classics performed by the Bolshoi Ballet like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcraker, The Golden Age, and more. 

General admission prices for these spectacular performances are very reasonably priced and SCENE members can earn 25 points for each one. To purchase tickets online simply choose the date and movie or event you wish to see and proceed to check out. SCENE membership is free, easy to join, and comes with tons of special privileges such as 10% off movies and snacks, earning points towards free movies, exclusive discounts, contests, and offers, and earning 1 point for every $3.00 you spend at select restaurants. 

Create a SCENEtourage for even more specials and bonuses. All you need is a group of 3 to 10 people that you generally go to the movies with and enjoy specials like bonus points when 2 or more members of your SCENEtourage see a movie together, be entered to win 30 free general admission movies for your group, and compete against other SCENEtourage groups for a chance at 2,000 SCENE points for each person in your group. 

Silver City Cinema also offers a wide array of corporate products that can be a great way to recognize employees, teams, or to use as door prizes. There are many options in the corporate category such as Admit one general admission tickets – purchased in increments of 50, Great Escape Certificates which include 2 general admissions, 2 regular soft drinks and 1 regular popcorn – to be purchased in increments of 25, and Child Adventure Certificates which includes 1 child admission, 1 kid’s tray combo of a drink, popcorn and a treat – purchases in increments of 25 are required. To make your corporate give-away stand out even more, you can personalize it with your own brand using a special message or image.

Looking for a unique gift idea? A Silver City Cinema ‘Dinner & Movie’ package is sure to be a big hit. This also makes a perfect gift to give to family and friends who live out of town, as they are redeemable online and at all theatres in Canada. An $80.00 ‘Dinner & Movie’ gift card will get you:

  • A $50.00 Bon Appétit Gift Card
  • A $30.00 Cineplex Gift Card – can be redeemed at Swiss Chalet, Milestones, Montana’s, Kelsey’s and Harvey’s locations

E-Gift Cards are yet another way to impress people on your gift list. They can either be sent right away via e-mail or if you prefer, print it out and present it in person. You can even customize your e-gift card to make it even more personal and meaningful.

Do you know someone who loves to see movies but for some reason is not able to get out; you can buy or rent great blockbuster movies and have fun watching them at home!

Have a special birthday coming up and don’t know where to hold it? Silver City Cinema is the perfect place to book your next party.

Silver City Cinema is the perfect place to book your next party. With 10 screens, 1 IMAX screen, 1 DBOX screen, 5 3D screens, and 2 party rooms, Silver City Cinema has everything you need for a great party. 

For more information on anything from movies to parties to corporate events, you can call the theatre at (250) 381-9300.

Saanich Municipal Hall

Saanich Municipal Hall

Located on southern Vancouver Island, Saanich is a vibrant community that offers a range of services and facilities to its residents. The Saanich Municipal Hall serves as the central hub for all services and issues that residents may need or wish to have access to. Their departments are separated into specific categories and include:

  • Administration
  • Corporate Services
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Fire Department
  • Legislative Services
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Planning
  • Police
  • Municipal Organization

If you have any questions about any of the services that the Saanich Municipal Hall offers, you can contact them via email at: [email protected] or by phone at 250.475.1775.

Fire Department

The Saanich Fire Department has been serving the community since 1919 and currently has 3 fire stations and just over 123 uniformed staff members with 7 support staff. The department responds to more than 4,600 emergency incidents each year. In addition to responding to emergencies, the department is also responsible for services such as fire safety inspections, the delivery of fire prevention and life safety programs, and supporting the municipality in responding to and recovering from major emergencies and disasters.

Parks & Recreation Department

The Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for helping individuals and families of all ages stay active and fit through a variety of programs, festivals, events, parks, and activities. The department runs four recreational centres, three teen centres, 171 parks, 100+ kilometers of trails, a community services section, an arts centre, and an 18-hole golf course. The scope of the Parks & Recreation Department is divided into two separate divisions: Parks Division and Recreation Division.

The Parks Division is responsible for all public green space, including sports fields, trails, playgrounds, beach access points, the urban forest, boulevard maintenance, and invasive species control. The Recreation Division oversees services and facilities in relation to active living, provision of programs, healthy lifestyles, and building community. Cedar Hill Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 67 course within Cedar Hill Park, is also managed by Saanich Parks & Rec.

Police Department

The Saanich Police Department is a full-service department governed by the Municipal Police Board. The department is divided into six different divisions, each with separate and distinct responsibilities: Uniform, Detective, Community Liaison, Professional Standards Audits & Plans, Administration, and Staff Development. Together, these departments provide Saanich residents with protection and safety and manage important community programs such as crime prevention, Blockwatch, animal control, and school liaison programs.

The Saanich Council is made up of 9 individuals, including Mayor Richard Atwell. If you want to stay informed and keep in touch with what’s going on in your community, the Saanich Municipal Hall website lists all the contact information for each department and ways you can keep in touch with meetings, agendas, and more.

Prospect Lake

Prospect Lake

Prospect Lake is an idyllic fishing spot located in a beautiful residential community just 20 minutes northwest of Victoria on southern Vancouver Island. This popular destination is regularly stocked with a variety of fish including cutthroat and rainbow trout, bass and yellow perch. 

With limited shore access along the lake, fishing from a boat is recommended, but you can also see people using float tubes and pontoons. The shallow parts of the lake that have branches, weed beds, rocks and docks is where much of the fishing takes place. 

Some of the recommended techniques for fishing in the lake include:

  • Fly fishing – 4 or 5wt setup is adequate
  • Floating/intermediate sinking lines – depends on the depth of the water you are in
  • Leech patterns – lets you cover both trout and bass
  • Spincasting – small spinners are good for both bass and trout

Prospect Lake is a perfect day-fishing trip for fishing enthusiasts, but it is important to make sure you are in possession of a valid B.C. freshwater fishing license. Also important to note is that Prospect Lake is located in Region 1 and everyone should be aware of existing freshwater fishing regulations that are in place. 

If you are ready to explore the area around Prospect Lake, there are a number of other great fishing lakes that are worth checking out, such as Prior & Thetis Lake, Elk and Beaver Lake, and Durance Lake. 

Getting to Prospect Lake is quite easy as it is located just north of the capital city of Victoria. To get to the lake, travel on West Saanich Road (17A) and turn off at Prospect Lake Road. There are several access points at the lake, including Whitehead Park, Echo Drive, and South Prospect Lake Park.

So, if you are ready for a fun and relaxing day of fishing, head out to Prospect Lake but do take the time to make sure you understand all the regulations. Knowing beforehand what is allowed and not allowed will make for a great day of fishing.

Mount Tolmie

Mount Tolmie

Mount Tolmie Park is a must-visit destination in Saanich, Southern Vancouver Island, just a short drive from the provincial capital of Victoria. It is famously known as ‘The Best Place to View the City,’ making it a popular spot for hiking and sightseeing.

Named after the respected biologist, Dr. William Frazer Tolmie, who was a prominent resident in the area in the 1960s, Mount Tolmie Park boasts panoramic views of several attractions, including:

  • San Juan Islands
  • Olympic Mountains
  • Mount Baker
  • Race Rocks & Lighthouse
  • Mount Douglas.

This park features over 1500 meters of hiking trails that wind through rocky slopes and lush meadows, leading to the summit of Mount Tolmie, where you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views.

One of the park’s distinct features is the Garry Oak, the province’s only native oak species, thriving on the rocky bluffs. Another unique tree in the area is the Arbutus, a broadleaf evergreen with a satiny bark that changes to reddish-brown and peels away during the fall.

The park’s grey bedrock on the summit and surrounding outcrops were formed about 200 million years ago during the Jurassic period, and visitors can spot signs of the last ice age from about 12,000 years ago, including shallow grooves from glaciers and fine scratches in the broken rocks.

Mount Tolmie Park offers a wide range of places to explore, including natural pathways through rocky outcrops and man-made structures like the water reservoir. There are five picnic areas available, which visitors can either hike to or drive to, with nearby parking areas. You can reserve any of these picnic areas through the park permit system or use them on a first-come-first-served basis.

While Mount Tolmie is a paradise for nature lovers and history enthusiasts, it is also a sensitive and balanced ecosystem, protecting the Garry Oak and many other natural areas. To preserve the area, all visitors are encouraged to follow a few simple rules, such as staying on designated trails, keeping dogs under control, cycling only on paved roads, not leaving anything behind, and not picking wildflowers.

Plan a visit to Mount Tolmie Park today, and take advantage of all the wonders it has to offer. By preserving the area, we can ensure that future generations will enjoy it just as much as we do.

Mount Douglas Park

Located on southern Vancouver Island, Mount Douglas Park and the surrounding area have been in use for thousands of years, originally by the local First Nations. Today, the 188-hectare park boasts the largest urban forest on the Saanich Peninsula and offers year-round activities for the thousands of visitors who frequent the park each year.

Trails and Difficulty Levels

Your journey will begin right from the parking lot where you can choose from one of the many trails taking you through the forest and up to breathtaking views at the mountain summit, or if you prefer down to a secluded and sandy beach. The trails are well-marked with color coding showing their difficulty level:

  • Black – Difficult
  • Blue – Moderate
  • Green – Easy

Churchill Drive

Churchill Drive, a paved road that leads to the summit, stays closed to vehicle traffic until noon each day to make way for cyclists and pedestrians. Following that, one can drive to the summit until dusk. There are elevation and distance markers to help you know how far and how high of a hike you wish to take.

Things to See and Do

From spectacular views to exploring the natural beauty of the area, there are so many amazing things to see and do while surrounded by the beauty of Mount Douglas Park including:

  • Spectacular Views – Let the sounds and sights of the ocean relax you either from the beach or the summit while you look out onto Mount Baker. Keep an eye out for Orcas, Seals, and Waterfowl.
  • Painting & Photography – It’s not surprising that Mount Douglas Park is a popular spot for artists and photographers attempting to capture the rugged and peaceful natural beauty of the area.
  • Exploring – No matter which difficulty level you have chosen, keep a lookout along the way for Lizards & lichens among the rocks, a variety of marine life while strolling along the beach, fish swimming in creeks, different birds & animals that make the forest their home, and an abundance of wildflowers in different seasons.
  • Picnic Area – A day trip that includes a picnic lunch with friends and family is always a big hit. It’s a great spot to book your next family reunion or even a workplace gathering. There is a large picnic area that has accessible washrooms and a great open field that invites all kinds of games and activities. 

To book your spot, simply give Saanich Parks a call at 250.475.5522 or email them at: [email protected].

Plan your Visit

If you have your smartphone, you can download a GPS-enabled map of the park. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your visit to Mount Douglas Park today and experience the natural beauty of Vancouver Island’s largest urban forest!


Mayfair Mall

Mayfair Mall

Visit Victoria’s great shopping destination, Mayfair Shopping Centre, which is a leader in fashion-focused shopping. Conveniently located at major commuter routes into the City of Victoria, BC, this mall offers 117 stores and services spread across 454,213 square feet of retail space. With a warm and inviting shopping environment, Mayfair Shopping Centre is a perfect place to shop, dine, and relax, making it a must-visit destination for shoppers in Victoria. 

Attractions around Mayfair Mall

Mayfair Mall is located just a couple of km from downtown Victoria, which is about a 20-30 minutes walk. There are other popular destinations located within just minutes’ walk, such as:

  • Vancouver Island Brewery – to enjoy a glass of freshly brewed beer and learn about the brewing process
  • Chrystal Pool & Fitness – to go for a refreshing swim and keep your body fit
  • Victoria Gymnastics – where you or your kids will spend fun time and keep yourself fit
  • Uptown mall – will bring you back to the modern-day with a full suite of shops to explore

What to expect at Mayfair Shopping Centre

Mayfair Shopping Centre is Victoria’s original mall, providing customers with ample parking space in a great location and tons of stores offering everything from jewelry and watches to good shoes for men and women, higher-end clothes, makeup, and more. Mayfair Shopping Centre is the place to go for fashion, with a good selection of healthy alternatives in the food court as well as typical fast-food. The most exciting part of the shopping experience is the free gift wrapping at the concierge desk.

Mayfair Shopping Centre Services

Mayfair Shopping Centre is well-equipped and has easily accessible rooftop parking by stairs or elevators, as well as underground parking with 300 spaces and three entrances to Mayfair, known as one of the best underground parking in the city. Mayfair Shopping Centre also offers the following services:

  • Mayfair Concierge: The friendly staff at the Mayfair Concierge are available to assist you with anything you need, from directions to store event and merchandise information, store directories, transportation assistance and complimentary local magazines. The Concierge is located at the Center court adjacent to Purdy’s Chocolatier.
  • Stylist Services: If you’re finding it hard to decide what to wear, what style or color to choose and can’t find fun in fashion, the Style Service team is available at Mayfair Shopping Centre to assist you. You can book an appointment with them today! By booking an appointment, you will also be benefiting your community. A two-hour Personal Style Session can be reserved with a $20 donation to Bridges for Women. If you have any questions, please contact Stylist Services at
  • Family Services: Mayfair Shopping Centre also offers family services such as strollers for use by children up to 40 inches tall, family washroom accessible and comes with a private breast-feeding area and a change table in both men’s and women’s washrooms, high chairs for infants available at the Food Court, and emergency supplies like diapers and wet wipes available at the concierge.

History of Mayfair Shopping Centre

Mayfair Shopping Centre is owned and managed by Ivanhoé Cambridge, the pre-eminent Canadian-based global property owner, manager, developer, and investor, based also in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Their focus is on high-quality shopping centers in urban areas. In October 1963, Mayfair Shopping Centre initially opened as an outdoor strip mall with 27 stores, constructed on the grounds of a former brickyard in the Maywood district. It became the known department store in the Maywood district. In 1974, Mayfair went through renovations and was enclosed, and from 1984-1990, the mall went through significant expansion, which included the addition of a food court and more retail space. On August 23, 2016, Mayfair Shopping Centre announced it will undergo a $72-million expansion, replacing its parking lots along Douglas Street with 100,000 square feet of new retail space, and some other improvements and interior updates. Let’s see what will happen!

Traveling to Mayfair Shopping Centre

If you drive, there is plenty of parking available onsite. Mayfair Shopping Centre is conveniently located between Douglas Street (Trans Canada Hwy) & Blanshard Street (Hwy 17). If you use the bus, please check the BC Transit schedule here.

Operating Hours

– Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

– Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

– Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

– Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

– Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

– Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

– Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Mattick’s Farm

Link to header image: 

Looking for a unique shopping and entertainment experience near Southern Vancouver Island? Look no further than Mattick’s Farm, the hub of the thriving Cordova Bay community. Here, ‘shop local’ is made easy and fun, with an exciting yet relaxed atmosphere that attracts both locals and visitors from miles around. 

At Mattick’s Farm, you’ll find a wide variety of shops and activities to enjoy, including:

  • The Red Barn Market: This market offers the freshest meat, fruits, vegetables, and bulk foods around.
  • Pure Day Spa: Relax and rejuvenate at this full-service spa, which offers everything from anti-aging treatments to hot stone massages.
  • Mini Golf: Enjoy a fun and relaxing game of mini golf, complete with a visit to the Hobbit House and some delicious local ice cream.
  • Victoria Pilates: Get fit and flexible with Pilates classes for all ages and abilities.
  • Adrienne’s Restaurant & Tea Garden: Take a break and enjoy some quality organic teas, fine wines, and local beer at this charming restaurant.

In addition to these great shops and services, Mattick’s Farm also hosts a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year. Check their Calendar of Events for the latest updates and specials from the various merchants.

If you’re looking to establish a business or professional office in this vibrant community, Mattick’s Farm offers leasing opportunities for one and two-level office or retail spaces. Contact them at 250.658.4700 ext.2 for more information.

Most shops and services at Mattick’s Farm are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., though some may have different hours. Check their website for a full list of businesses and hours, or email them at [email protected] with any questions. Come see why Mattick’s Farm is a ‘must-see’ destination for anyone in the area!

Lochside Park

Lochside Park

Lochside Park in Saanich is a beautiful, well-maintained park located on southern Vancouver Island. It is a perfect destination for a fun-filled day with family or friends. Whether you want to enjoy a game of tennis, watch organized sports, or simply relax with a picnic lunch, Lochside Park has something for everyone.

Facilities and Activities

The park is equipped with a great playground, picnic areas, and dedicated fields for several organized sporting activities, including soccer, softball, and tennis. The soccer field within the park, Frank’s Field, is named after Frank Leversidge, a long-time supporter of youth soccer in the area. This artificial turf field is also equipped with lights, making it possible for teams to play later in the day as the summer turns to fall. 

The well-placed picnic tables make it easy to spend the day watching tournaments or simply enjoying the park with family, friends, or an office get-together. Although dogs are allowed in the park, they must be kept on a leash and are not permitted in the fenced baseball field from March 1 to October 31.

Other Attractions Nearby

Lochside Park also has other popular attractions nearby that are certainly worth a visit such as:

  • Mattick’s Farm – A great shopping experience where one can purchase one-of-a-kind gifts, local foods, fresh produce and even take in some great art and entertainment. 
  • Cordova Bay Golf Course – Spectacular views, impeccable grounds, and golfing that is easy enough for beginners and holes that will nicely challenge veteran golfers. This golf course has 18 holes, a golf shop, restaurant, and has been named Facility of the Year by the PGA of British Columbia.
  • Lochside Regional Trail – For those who are looking for a more adventurous walk or hike, the Lochside Regional Trail can also be accessed from Lochside Park. This trail is perfect for taking a leisurely stroll as well as cycling and even horseback riding through the rural sections of the trail. It is also popular for Day Cycling Trips one of is 12 km or another 29 km long (one way).

Children’s Play Area

The park’s playground is an ideal spot for anyone with young children. Children can enjoy playing on a digger toy, lots of swings including 2 child and 2 baby swings, a running frame, climbing apparatus, slide, and more.

If you are anywhere near Cordova Bay Road in Saanich, Lochside Park really is a must-visit destination. The whole family will enjoy playing games, having a picnic, and just plain having fun.

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is both a public garden and a College of Horticulture. Just twelve kilometers from downtown Victoria on southern Vancouver Island, the centre is home to the largest outdoor Bonsai Garden in Canada. It also has a hands-on garden designed for children to explore.

The Centre features the largest outdoor Bonsai Garden in Canada and a hands-on garden designed for children to explore. In addition, there are 30 vibrant demonstration gardens that showcase fascinating native and non-native plants.

Guided tours are available to gain some interesting facts about how it all works. The tours are led by Master Gardeners who are eager to share their knowledge. Some of the things your tour guide will share are:

  • Show visitors fascinating native and non-native plants
  • Direct visitors to the plants that are in bloom at the time
  • Let guests know which plants are less susceptible to deer
  • Talk about and discuss topics such as Zen Gardens, Rock Wall Building, Bonsai Gardens, and more

If you and your group would like a guided tour simply fill out the guided tour request at the bottom of the page.

Once the tour is completed make sure you leave time to visit the gift shop then stop for a bite to eat at the Charlotte and the Quail. Of course once you’ve relaxed a bit, you are encouraged to meander through the gardens at your leisure.

If you enjoyed seeing and learning about the plants and trees at the Centre, you will be amazed at the kinds of things you can learn from a visit to the Library In The Cottage. Whether you are a novice or an expert in the area of plants and trees, the library is a great place to lose yourself in. You can learn which trees have been around since the dinosaurs or that the Centre’s rhododendrons originated in the Himalaya Mountains! For more information about the library and its hours, give them a call at: 250.479.6273.

The Centre also hosts an annual Arts & Music festival, which has quickly become one of the most popular festivals in and around Victoria. There are three separate stages where you can enjoy as many as fifty different artists while taking in the beauty of nine acres of the Centre’s demonstration gardens. Visit their site for a list of their Arts & Music Calendar.

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is also an ideal place to hold weddings, special social gatherings, and the perfect spot to rejuvenate your next corporate meeting. With a backdrop of 30 vibrant demonstration gardens, your next event is sure to be an unrivaled success. As amenities, the Centre can provide such items as:

  • Sound system
  • Projector
  • Tables & chairs
  • Linen

You can contact them to help you plan your next event by phone at: 250.479.6162 or by filling out the contact form on their Weddings Page.

Whether you are interested in a career in horticulture, wish to learn more about the plants and trees around us, or simply stroll through some amazing gardens, the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is an activity that must be experienced firsthand to appreciate some of the wonders that nature holds.

Lochside Park


Lochside Park

Located on southern Vancouver Island, Lochside Park in Saanich is a well-maintained park with plenty of amenities for visitors to enjoy. From a great playground and picnic areas to dedicated fields for various organized sports, Lochside Park has something for everyone. 

One of the highlights of the park is Frank’s Field, the soccer field named after Frank Leversidge, a long-time supporter of youth soccer in the area. This artificial turf field is equipped with lights, making it possible for teams to play later in the day during the fall season. Other team sports regularly played here include softball and tennis. 

The park is an ideal spot for spending the day with family, friends, or even for an office get-together. The well-placed picnic tables make it easy to enjoy tournaments or simply relax in the park. Although dogs are allowed in the park, they must be kept on a leash and are not permitted in the fenced baseball field from March 1 to October 31.

Lochside Park also has other popular attractions nearby that are worth a visit. Mattick’s Farm, for instance, is a great shopping experience where one can purchase one-of-a-kind gifts, local foods, fresh produce, and even enjoy some great art and entertainment. Cordova Bay Golf Course, on the other hand, offers spectacular views, impeccable grounds, and golfing that is easy enough for beginners and challenging enough for veteran golfers. 

For those who love to walk or hike, the Lochside Regional Trail can also be accessed from the park. This trail is perfect for taking a leisurely stroll, cycling, or even horseback riding through the rural sections of the trail. It is also popular for day cycling trips, with one route being 12km long and another being 29km long (one way). 

The park is an ideal spot for families with young children, as they can enjoy the many amenities, such as a digger toy, swings, a running frame, climbing apparatus, slide, and more. 

If you are planning to visit Saanich, be sure to stop by Lochside Park. It is the perfect spot to spend the day playing games, having a picnic, and just having fun.

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Link to header image: 

Located just twelve kilometers from downtown Victoria on southern Vancouver Island, the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is a public garden and a College of Horticulture. The Centre boasts the largest outdoor Bonsai Garden in Canada and a hands-on garden designed for children to explore. It’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the tranquility of the gardens.

Guided tours are a great way to experience the gardens and learn interesting facts from the Master Gardeners. During the tour, visitors can explore fascinating native and non-native plants, discover which plants are in bloom, and learn about Zen Gardens, Rock Wall Building, Bonsai Gardens, and more. To schedule a guided tour, fill out the request form at the bottom of the Centre’s website.

After the tour, visitors can stop by the gift shop and grab a bite to eat at Charlotte and the Quail. Finally, take some time to explore the gardens at your leisure and enjoy the beauty of the Centre’s demonstration gardens.

The Library In The Cottage is another must-see attraction at the Centre. Whether you’re a novice or an expert in the area of plants and trees, the library is a great place to learn. Visitors can discover the trees that have been around since the dinosaurs or the fact that the Centre’s rhododendrons originated in the Himalaya Mountains. For more information about the library and its hours, call 250.479.6273.

The Centre’s annual Arts & Music festival is one of the most popular festivals in Victoria. With three separate stages featuring up to fifty different artists, visitors can enjoy the beauty of nine acres of the Centre’s demonstration gardens while taking in the music. Check out the Centre’s website for a list of events on their Arts & Music Calendar.

The Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is also an ideal venue for weddings, special social gatherings, and corporate events. With a backdrop of thirty vibrant demonstration gardens, your event is sure to be a success. The Centre can provide amenities such as a sound system, projector, tables and chairs, and linen. To plan your next event, call 250.479.6162 or fill out the contact form on their Weddings Page.

Whether you’re interested in a career in horticulture, want to learn more about the plants and trees around us, or simply stroll through some amazing gardens, the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific is an activity that must be experienced firsthand to appreciate the wonders of nature. Plan your visit today!

Gordon Head Recreation Centre

Link to header image: 

Looking for a place to stay active and fit? Look no further than Gordon Head Recreation Centre, which offers a wide variety of activities to suit all levels and needs. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or new to exercise, Gordon Head has everything you need to stay active and fit.

Swimming Classes for All Levels

If you prefer to be in the water, Gordon Head Recreation Centre has more than one type of pool to choose from. The main pool has a climbing wall, rope swing, slide, monkey bars, and stairs, while the leisure pool is 1 metre at its deepest point and has sprayers, waterfalls, and bubblers. The river pool has a tot pool with a shallow water area. The pool area is 100% wheelchair accessible, including shower wheelchairs and aquatic wheelchairs on deck.

Accessible Facilities

Gordon Head Rec Centre ensures that its facilities are accessible for all who wish to use them. Their washrooms and change rooms are wheelchair accessible, and two of the family change rooms are equipped with lifts. Other features that make this facility an accessible one include a Handy Dart loading zone, scooter charging station, wheelchair access to gym and weight room, and warm water in the lap pool, which is appropriate for those with arthritis and circulation issues.

Rehabilitation Services

The staff within the Rehabilitation Services is specially trained to work with a wide range of health concerns, including physiotherapy, aquatic exercise therapy, massage therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, nutritional consulting, and registered group classes.

Drop-in Fitness Classes

Attending fitness classes can be challenging while trying to juggle today’s hectic daily schedules. Gordon Head Recreation Centre offers drop-in fitness classes in all levels, making it easier to take care of yourself and stay active. They have two separate schedules; a summer schedule and a winter schedule. You can also check out their Active Living Guide for a complete list of all classes.

Well-equipped Weight Room

There is also a well-equipped weight room, and if you are new to weights or wish to ramp up your routine, it’s a good idea to book an appointment with one of their personal trainers. They offer a lot of different choices that will help get you on your way whether you are a novice or have years of experience.

Family & Special Events

From Yoga to martial arts and youth programs, there are so many ways to keep your whole family active at Gordon Head Recreation Centre. They have a great selection of Family & Special Events, Early Childhood classes, birthday parties and so much for. Check out their Family Living Guide starting on page 10 for a list of activities that suit the ages of your children. The Family Living Guide also shows you how to register for all their classes online.

Getting There

Getting to the Centre is easy either by bus or by car. BC transit also goes to the Centre from various points in and around Victoria. The Centre is located at 3100 Tillicum Road, and you can give them a call with any questions about transportation or class information at 250.475.5400. Their hours are very accommodating, making it easy to fit into your specific schedule.

Summer Hours:

Monday to Thursday 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fall Hours:

Monday to Thursday from 6:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Friday from 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday from 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

It’s always a good idea to check out their summer or fall Active Living Guide for a complete list of all hours and special day closures.

G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre

Are you looking for a fun and inclusive place to stay active in Victoria? Look no further than Pearkes Recreation Centre! Located on Tillicum Road, this facility offers a wide range of fitness programs, community programs, and skating activities suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Here’s what you can expect:

Fitness Programs

  • Drop-In Fitness classes for all levels, with heart ratings to help you choose the right class
  • A weight room with extensive amenities and equipment
  • Friendly and qualified staff to help you get started

Skating Activities

  • Drop-In Skating program with varying schedules
  • Family, group, and private skating lessons available
  • Access passes valid at 13 different centers throughout the region

Facility Rentals

  • A variety of rental spaces, including event rooms, sport courts, and the Fieldhouse
  • Fully accessible to washrooms, change rooms, ice rinks, and the weight room
  • Elevator access to the second floor

Operating Hours

  • Monday to Friday – 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed on the July 1st, August 1st, and September 5th statutory holidays

Pearkes Recreation Centre truly is a community hub, providing opportunities for people to come together, socialize, and stay active in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. For more information, call 250.475.5400 or visit their website.

Elk Lake Regional Park

Elk Lake Regional Park

Elk Lake Regional Park is a picturesque park located in Saanich, Vancouver Island, and is a perfect place for a day trip. The park offers a wide range of outdoor activities and facilities that cater to all ages. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just looking to relax and unwind, Elk Lake Regional Park has something for you.

Getting There

Elk Lake Regional Park is easily accessible via the Pat Bay Highway, just a 20-minute drive from Victoria, the capital city of Vancouver Island. If you’re traveling by public transportation, you can take the #70 or #72 BC Transit buses from Victoria, which will drop you off just a short walk from the park.


Elk Lake Regional Park boasts a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. The park has a number of trails, some designated for hikers only and others as multi-use trails suitable for cyclists, hikers, and horseback riders. All the trails are ranked as ‘easy’, making it a perfect outing for the whole family.

Just north of the lake, you’ll find Eagle Beach, where you can enjoy a picnic under the majestic Pacific Willows, go for a swim, and take a leisurely hike. You can also indulge in water sports like water skiing, rowing, windsurfing, sailing, and fishing. If you’re planning a family reunion, sporting event, or office picnic, Elk Lake Regional Park is the perfect spot. You can even reserve a picnic shelter for a reasonable cost of $40.00 by calling 250.360.3341 or sending a request through their website.


Elk Lake Regional Park offers many amenities, including ample parking, a boat launch, group picnic shelters, seasonal change rooms, wheelchair-accessible washrooms, and a playground. The park also has a Nature Centre near the main Beaver Lake parking lot that provides information on trails and interpretive displays about the park’s history. The Nature Centre is open from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays from June to September.

Nearby Attractions

Elk Lake Regional Park is just a short drive from the scenic town of Saanich, where you can visit popular attractions like Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and Sea Cider Farm & Cider House.

With its stunning natural beauty and a wide range of outdoor activities and facilities, Elk Lake Regional Park is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Vancouver Island. So, pack your bags, grab your family and friends, and head out to Elk Lake Regional Park for a fun-filled day.

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre located in southern Vancouver Island is the perfect place for the whole family to have fun and stay in shape. With a wide range of activities suitable for all ages, you can enjoy tennis, squash, racquet sports, fitness classes, weight room, and much more. 

Summer and Fall Hours

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre has flexible hours to accommodate your busy schedule. 

  • Summer hours – June to September 
    • Monday to Friday 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Fall hours – September to December 
    • Monday to Friday 6:30 – 10:00 a.m.
    • Saturday & Sunday 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Arts Centre

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre has a fantastic Arts Centre that offers dance and performing arts, pottery, and visual arts courses. With programs suitable for all ages, you can join a drop-in class or enroll in a course. From ceramics to preschool art programs and community art events, Cedar Hill certainly has something for everyone who is interested in the arts. For more information, contact them at 250.475.7127.

Dance Classes

If dance is the way you like to stay fit, Cedar Hill offers a variety of classes for all age groups and styles, including tap, ballet, hip-hop, line dancing, African drum dance, and more.

Racquet Sports

Racquet sports are also a popular way to stay active at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre. Choose from table tennis, squash, badminton, pickleball, and tennis.

Active Living Guide

If you’re looking for a specific program or aren’t sure which activity you’d like to participate in, check out Cedar Hill Recreation Centre’s Active Living Guide that shows all their programs and events.

Health and Rehabilitation Services

Cedar Hill offers a range of Health and Rehabilitation Services, including aquatic exercise therapy, exercise rehabilitation, nutritional consulting, and cardiac rehabilitation.

Rental Facilities

Cedar Hill is also a great spot to hold your next fundraiser, company event, or even a birthday party. They can accommodate up to 260 people in their banquet facilities and have meeting rooms that hold from 10 to 250 people. They also provide coffee service if needed, and their rental facilities are quite extensive and reasonably priced.


For those with special mobility needs, Cedar Hill is a highly accessible facility, including wheelchair access to the gym, squash & tennis courts, accessible washrooms, designated HandyDART loading zone, ramp access to the dance studio, accessible picnic tables, and adjustable-height art tables and pottery wheels.

Getting There

Getting to Cedar Hill by BC Transit is very convenient. Simply put in your starting destination and Cedar Hill Recreation Centre as your stopping point to get the right bus schedule and times. Alternatively, you can give BC Transit a call at 250.382.6161.

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre has something for everyone, all age groups, and abilities to help you stay active, meet with others in your community, and just have a great time staying active.

Cedar Hill Golf Course

Cedar Hill Golf Course

Located on Derby Road in Victoria, Cedar Hill Golf Club is an excellent course for both novice and experienced golfers alike. Managed by the municipality of Saanich, the club is run by volunteers who work hard to promote golf and a friendly, welcoming environment for all. 

3 Sections

  • Men – The season begins with qualifying rounds for positions on the interclub teams. They also hold regular competitions throughout the year as well as ‘buttons’ matches. From October to March men participate in a sometimes challenging winter league, depending on the weather conditions.
  • Senior Men – Men 55 years and over participate in a host of events and interclub matches pitting their skills against other south island clubs.
  • Ladies Division – The two groups within this division are the ‘Tuesday Ladies’ and the ‘Business Ladies’ with the latter playing on Saturday mornings. The women participate in Tuesday and Saturday competitions, tournaments, pin rounds, and interclub matches as well as other golf and social events.

Thanks to the temperate climate, golf is a year-round activity on Vancouver Island. Cedar Hill Golf Club offers reasonable green fees that differ slightly from winter to summer. In summer (April to October), weekday green fees start as low as $37.50 (tax incl.) for 13 holes. Nine holes during summer are only $28.25 (tax incl.) anytime.

The club also has a great Pro Shop that is open year-round, seven days a week, from dawn until dusk. They offer a number of passes for purchase including:

  • Weekday Pass – Gets you 3 rounds of golf a week for a total of 100 rounds, 55 of which can be played in the summer.
  • Full Pass – This gives you 4 rounds of golf a week all year long with a total maximum of 90 rounds including 50 rounds that can be played in summer.
  • Junior Pass – 4 rounds a week after 12:30 p.m. junior players between 8 and 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult but is at the discretion of the Pro Shop.

If you’re looking for something different, why not try the game of FootGolf which is quickly growing in popularity. Cedar Hill Golf Club offers this unique mix of soccer and golf on Saturday to Monday after 6:00 p.m. Nine holes are only $9:00. If you’re not familiar with the game, you can check out the rules of FootGolf on Cedar Hill’s website.

Cedar Hill Golf Club is also an excellent venue for community fundraising events, business meetings, and social events. With a practice putting green and food services open all year, Cedar Hill is definitely a full-service golf club.

To contact Cedar Hill Golf Club

– Phone: 370.1471

– Fax: 250-370-943

– Pro Shop Telephone: 250-475-7151

– Food & Beverage Services: 250-475-7156

– Email: [email protected]

For more specific details on banquets services, events, tournaments, weddings, workshops/seminars, etc, call: 250-475-7156.

Cadboro Bay

Cadboro Bay

Cadboro Bay is a charming seaside village located on southern Vancouver Island, bordered by the city of Victoria and the ocean. With its beautiful natural surroundings, pristine beaches, and picturesque walking trails, it’s no wonder that most residents have no desire to leave this quaint community. While relatively small, the village boasts a vibrant and growing commercial area and is just a 15-minute drive from the provincial capital of Victoria. 

Cadboro Bay Village

The village of Cadboro Bay is surrounded by Queenswood, Ten Mile Point, and Cadboro Bay and provides all the amenities that most residents will ever need. Some of the services in the village include drug and grocery stores, cafés, restaurants, hair salons, a spa, gas stations, and more. 

Cadboro-Gyro Park

Cadboro-Gyro Park is a popular spot for children and families, located right next to Cadboro Bay Beach. The large climbing structures are a very popular attraction for all who visit, especially the young ones. These concrete structures include a tugboat, an octopus, a very large salmon, the resident Cryptid, and of course, Cadborosaurus, a famous sea monster. Some of the park amenities include a beach-themed playground, zip-line, picnic areas, washroom, water bottle filling station, non-motorized craft boat launch, tennis courts, seasonal wheelchair accessible beach ramp, and more.

Uplands Golf Club

Just a short distance from the village is the Uplands Golf Club. The natural setting along with pristine fairways and greens makes for a relaxed day of golf regardless of your playing level. Your game may include seeing eagles flying overhead, spotting a hawk or a snow owl, and even heron fishing for a meal.

Royal Victoria Yacht Club

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club is the oldest yacht club in western Canada, and it’s another feature that residents of Cadboro Bay can enjoy. Some of the services they offer include yachting, boating, seamanship, racing events, great dining, and themed events.

University of Victoria

The world-renowned University of Victoria is situated next to Cadboro Bay Village. The university is highly engaged in the community and offers a dynamic learning experience that is respected and globally recognized.

Goward House

Cadboro Bay has a vibrant and active, ‘Over 50’ community that draws local residents and those from the surrounding areas, including the city of Victoria. Goward House operates in a heritage home surrounded by pristine gardens as well as arbutus and Douglas fir. It is a warm and welcoming environment and they encourage guests to visit for a coffee, meet new friends, and perhaps get involved in the many activities and community events of Goward House.

In conclusion, Cadboro Bay is more than just a vibrant and picturesque community; it is a lifestyle that fits young families, the young at heart, and everyone in between.

The Beach House Restaurant

The Beach House Restaurant

Looking for a memorable dining experience in a beautiful location? Look no further than The Beach House Restaurant located on Cordova Bay Road in southern Vancouver Island. With its unique west coast atmosphere and menu featuring fresh, organic ingredients, The Beach House is sure to please even the most discerning palate.

Diverse Menu

The menu at The Beach House Restaurant is diverse and features fresh wild salmon, vegetarian options, and light snacks. The restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible, and the staff pays special attention to guests with dietary needs. The menu is coded with special symbols denoting meals that are dairy-conscious, gluten-conscious, or vegetarian.

Special Occasions

The Beach House Restaurant is the perfect location for your next special occasion or get-together. With flexible menu plans, exceptional west coast fare, and magnificent views, your event is sure to be unforgettable. The staff takes the time to listen to your requests and ensure that every detail is taken care of. Whether it’s an anniversary, fundraiser, wedding, engagement party, celebration of life, corporate event, or more, The Beach House has got you covered.

Hours and Location

The Beach House Restaurant is open Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Brunch hours on weekends and statutory holidays are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The café is open 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

History of The Beach House

The Beach House Restaurant is steeped in history, with beautifully restored and refinished maple-wood floors from the 1940s and a bottle of whisky retrieved from the roof rafters that is now on display. The vaulted wood ceilings, wall-to-wall windows offering panoramic ocean views, and live swing jazz all contribute to the relaxed and grand atmosphere of the restaurant. 

For more information or to book your next event, speak with the Special Events Manager at 250.216.9675 or fill out their events request form. Check their website for specific or holiday hours listed on their contact page.

Arbutus Cove Park

Arbutus Cove Park

Located in Central Saanich, Arbutus Cove Park is a hidden gem nestled in a quiet residential community. The picturesque cove offers breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands and Haro Strait, making it an ideal spot for watching the sunrise and taking your furry friend for a morning walk. The winding Arbutus Road above the cove is a scenic route lined with beautiful Arbutus trees, making it perfect for a leisurely drive.

Arbutus Cove Park is a smaller residential park with beach access, ideal for a picnic lunch, walking, or playing along the beach. Just a short drive from the park is Cadboro Bay Village, a quaint seaside town with plenty of amenities for locals and tourists alike. The village boasts a variety of shops, cafes, and spas, perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a day at the beach.

The University of Victoria and one of the two popular beaches in the area are located near the village, making it a convenient location to stay for visitors. The area offers several trails with signage to guide you in the right direction. Walking along the beach at low tide reveals even more of the peaceful beauty of Arbutus Cove.

Arbutus Cove Park is a popular spot among locals to meet, chat, and let their dogs run and play with each other. It’s a great place to connect with the community and meet new friends. Many residents prefer to walk around the area rather than drive, as everything is within easy reach.

Visit Arbutus Cove Park and Cadboro Bay Village for a peaceful, relaxing getaway.