Architect John Olmsted was famous for designing some of the best neighbourhoods and parks in North America. In 1907, he was commissioned to craft the beautiful landscape in Oak Bay’s north-east.

The result was Uplands; an early 20th century neighbourhood of impressive homes, winding streets amongst fully grown trees, manicured gardens, and unique globe streetlamps. It is a peaceful and idyllic with no overhead wires to distract the eye from the landscape.

Do you enjoy sailing? You will love Royal Victoria Yacht Club. It is the oldest in western Canada and they host regular regattas and sailing races. New sailors are always welcome. The club provides a wide range of services including moorage, cruising excursions, kayak & stand up paddle boards rentals, dining and themed events. As they put it, they offer “fun for kids from two to one hundred and two.”

Dubbed as “the course you can walk for life”, the Uplands Golf Club has exceptional fairways and greens you can play any time of the year. It’s level, but challenging course makes it a favourite among Victoria’s golf clubs

There are plenty of schools to choose from, especially for younger families. Five Elementary schools and one Secondary school are within the boundaries of the Uplands. They include: Uplands Park Elementary, McGirr Elementary, Randerson Ridge Elementary, Rutherford Elementary School, Frank J. Ney Elementary and Dover Bay Secondary. The Four Seasons Montessori school also finds its home here.

Uplands Park and the adjoining Cattle Point feature breathtaking ocean views from the craggy shoreline. You will see Discovery and Chatham Islands, the San Juan Islands beyond, and on a clear day, Mount Baker’s snow covered peak. Storm watchers will especially enjoy the wild winter winds and surf crashing over the jagged rocks, filling the air with salt spray. Down a set of stairs, there is a causeway that takes you south to Willows Beach with its family friendly playground.