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The 13 Municipalities of Greater Victoria - Part 2

The 13 Municipalities of Greater Victoria - Part 2

In this 3 part blog and email series, we’re learning about the 13 municipalities in the Greater Victoria area and their best attributes.

Be sure to scroll down to read the first part which focuses on North Saanich, Sidney, Central Saanich, and Juan De Fuca, and stay tuned for part 3 which will review the remaining municipalities. 


The stunningly beautiful rural residential area of the Highlands sits just northwest of Victoria.

More than 1/3 of the Highlands is protected as municipal, regional, and provincial parkland, ensuring its residents are surrounded by nature.

Highlanders take great pride in the stewardship of their environment by ensuring that new developments include conservation covenants limiting human encroachment and protecting their land. 

This area is great for hiking, biking, bird watching, and countless outdoor activities. 

View Royal

A gateway between Victoria’s urban core and the growing West Shore municipalities, View Royal is a vibrant community that still offers a small-town feel.

The Town of View Royal is home to 71 parks, over 27km of trails, and regional lakes such as McKenzie, Pike, Prior, and the locally famous Thetis Lake.

View Royal is home to numerous annual festivals and is a larger supporter of performing arts, general arts, and visual arts throughout the Capital Regional District. 


Saanich blends both the rural and urban on southern Vancouver Island with countless entrepreneurs, artists, community-builders, farmers, and families.

More than 114,000 people live in Saanich, making it the largest population on the island.

This area is home to over 170 parks with over 100km of trails, 37 beach accesses, 62 sports fields, and 56 playgrounds. This area has everything a family could ever want and much more.

Additionally, Saanich offers all the amenities a community needs, schools for students of all ages, including universities, and numerous shopping centres. 


Langford is the fastest growing community in British Columbia, attracting new residents from all over Greater Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and Alberta due to new housing developments, a strong real estate market and affordability, a desirable temperate climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, ample amenities as the commercial centre of West Shore, and year-long recreational activities.

The area offers year-round events, such as parades, a seasonal farmer's market, the Summer Festival, and Luxton Fair. Rugby Canada’s headquarters are located in Langford and they also offer a new $30 million YMCA/YWCA Aquatic Centre.

The area is perfect for those looking to keep active, live near amenities, parks, schools, lakes, trails, and stay just a few minutes drive from the Capital City. 


Set amongst some of the most beautiful parks and trails on Southern Vancouver Island, this area prides itself by claiming the statement “There’s no better to place to live, work and play, than Colwood.”

With significant growth and change through this area, it’s home to new waterfront communities such as Royal Bay and Royal Beach where new homes, schools, shopping, dining, and businesses are currently being built on nearly 500 acres of land set along the ocean.

The community has a strong vision that will ensure it maintains its natural, historical, family-friendly feel as it enjoys the benefits that growth will bring.

With this unique combination of community, nature, and growth, home buyers and businesses are taking a fresh look at Colwood.


Bob Daykin on Jan 4, 2022 1:29 PM posted:
I remember during the forty's and fifty's Greater Victoria was referred to as the four core. Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich and Esquimalt. When did it change to thirteen municipalities?

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