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. View Royal is a suburban community that borders Westshore and shares close access to may of the same parks and amenities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Westshore’s designation for auto-racing, Motocross, Go Kart racing, batting cages, mini golf, RV camping, and the massive Westshore Swap and Shop that takes place every Sunday (weather-permitting) between April through September. Find out more!
Outdoor adventure course including 11 ziplines, an aerial obstacle course, and plenty of outdoor activities that are fun and suitable for all ages. Find out more!
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
Located in the heart of Langfords urban hub. The centre of the park features a cenotaph honouring fallen Canadian veterans, and hosts Langford's annual Remembrance Day celebrations as well as other community events throughout the year. The park also features a children's playground and waterpark, basketball court, picnicking areas, gardens and onsite public washrooms. Find out more!
GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK & MOUNT FINLAYSON
One of Vancouver Island's most famous outdoor attractions and hiking destinations. Goldstream Park & Mount Finlayson are rich with native plantation and wildlife, and feature trails that are perfect for hiking. During the months of mid-October through December, spectators visit Goldstream River to witness thousands of wild salmon as they make their treacherous swim upstream to spawn. The park includes sheltered picnic areas, camp sites, public washrooms, and onsite parking. 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!
A freshwater lake and surrounding park that are ideal for hiking, swimming, picnicking, and fishing. Features several walking trails including the Galloping Goose Trail. Public washrooms and parking onsite. Find out more!
Second largest regional park, spanning 4,000-hectares of rich wilderness, and features 30-kilometres of designated trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Offers scenic views and wildlife viewing. Public washrooms and parking onsite. Find out more!
88-kilometres of designated walking and cycling trail that runs from East Sooke through Westshore, Downtown Victoria, and all the way out to Swartz Bay in Sidney. View the full trail map here
. Find out more!