Greater Victoria Neighbourhoods and Communities

In many ways living in the Greater Victoria neighbourhoods and communities is the same as living in any other moderate-sized Canadian city. We enjoy live theatre, professional sporting events, plenty of green space and a vibrant downtown. However just like every city, there are some things that make Victoria so special and unique, that you just have to come see for yourself! 

Our beautiful city sits on the largest island off the Pacific Coast of continental North America. Our island is larger in area than many European countries and yet we have a population of around 900,000 with approximately half of us living on the southern tip in the Capital Regional District (CRD). Learn more cool information about the people and the place on our Island Essentials page. 

The City of Victoria has a population of approximately 86,000 – the other 300,000 of us live in Greater Victoria in the municipalities of Saanich, Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sidney, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin, Sooke and The Highlands.  The bulk of those not living in the City of Victoria are located "on the Westshore" which is comprised of Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and View Royal. Some argue that Sooke and The Highlands are also part of the Westshore, but mostly they prefer not being lumped together.

Oh and did I mention our incredible weather? The region boasts the most moderate temperatures in the entire country and we get very little snow! And then there's our flowers - with their very own website

The many municipalities and distinct neighbourhoods that comprise Greater Victoria add to the character and charm of the region. 

Some of our favourite Victoria neighbourhoods and communities are:

Long before non-native settlement, the region’s Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area. The indigenous peoples of the region include, among others, persons of the Esquimalt, Songhees, Beecher Bay, Malahat and Tsartlip Bands. 

The rich heritage of the indigenous people is presented in various cultural events as well as world class works of art, found in public spaces, in local galleries and in the Royal BC museum. Recently Fort Rodd Hill hosted the Coast Salish Pit Cook that demonstrated how the Coast Salish people traditionally cooked native plants such as camas and lily bulbs in pits. The day began with a traditional welcome followed by carving demonstrations, workshops and presentations as well as songs and dances by the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers. 

This is just one example of some of the cool stuff happening in the Greater Victoria neighbourhoods and communities.  Other activities include:

  • Moss Street Paint In
  • Symphony Splash
  • Ribfest
  • Buccaneer Days
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Oak Bay Tea Party
  • Goldstream Salmon Run
  • Gorge Family Picnic
  • Eats & Beats

Be sure to check out our Festivals & Events page for even more local activities. 

Would you like to contribute? It’s easy!  We all have our favourite places – maybe it is for relaxing, outdoor adventure, shopping, dining or arts and entertainment. Just click on the link and tell us what yours is. Upload a photo if you have one and let others know your favourite neighbourhoods. 

Like us on Facebook to stay up to date on what's going on in Greater Victoria.

You may also like:

Recent Articles

  1. French Beach: A Victoria Day Trip | Must Be Victoria

    Oct 04, 21 02:49 PM

    French Beach Provincial Park: A easy day trip from Victoria that is worth including in your itinerary.

    Read More

  2. Francis King Park: A Cool Reprieve on a Warm Day

    Oct 04, 21 11:51 AM

    With towering trees and a well packed easy trail, Francis King Park is a delightful destination for toddlers and those with mobility concerns.

    Read More

  3. Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill: Must See Heritage Attractions

    Oct 04, 21 11:17 AM

    Two of the finest heritage attractions in Greater Victoria - don't skip a visit to Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

    Read More

Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.