From its kilometres of scenic coastline with breathtaking foreshore vistas to its luxury apartments and stately mansions, Oak Bay is one of the most desirable residential areas in Greater Victoria. Architecture ranges from the late 19th century style of pre-eminent architects such as Francis Rattenbury and Samuel McLure to the contemporary West Coast style of today.
Oak Bay is home to two golf courses, the Uplands Golf Club
and Victoria Golf Club
as well as the Oak Bay Marina and the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. There are three recreation centres in the municipality and its main shopping areas, Oak Bay Avenue and Estevan, maintain a village-like atmosphere.
Oak Bay shares the University of Victoria
and Camosun College
with the neighbouring district The District of Saanich
The eastern side of Saanich is dominated by the University of Victoria
, which is very much a part of the local life of the community.
The landscape of Saanich is unique because of its ecological diversity and leisure potential. There are 170 municipal parks, three regional parks and a cycling network route. Saanich has more parks per capita than any other municipality in B.C. There are several golf courses in Saanich: Mount Douglas Golf Course , Cedar Hill Golf Course ,
Agricultural, residential and institutional are the primary land uses in North Saanich with minor commercial or industrial uses (with the exception of the
Victoria International Airport
. The dominant agricultural/residential use results in the rural atmosphere of North Saanich. Almost all the housing in the area is classified as single detached homes.
Colwood offers a variety of recreational pursuits. The Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre
for example is considered to be one of the most complete sport complexes in the province. For the golf enthusiast, there are the Royal Colwood
and Olympic View .
The area offers a nature reserve as well as a beach for sun tanning, swimming, wind-surfing, sailing and walking. Views of downtown and of the American coast over the Strait of Juan de Fuca are also enjoyed by visitors and residents. Colwood is also home to
Visit the web site of the City of Colwood.
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