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The 13 Municipalities of Greater Victoria - part 3

The 13 Municipalities of Greater Victoria - part 3

This is the final part of our series covering the last 5 municipalities, including the Capital City.


Esquimalt, home to Canada’s naval presence on the West Coast, is within walking distance to the City of Victoria and is centrally located in the Greater Victoria area. 

Visit local restaurants and cafés, peruse art galleries and unique shops, and sip from breweries that all call this fantastic municipality home.

Stunning seafronts, incomparable parks, urban-design waterways, and down-to-earth friendly residents welcome you to Esquimalt - rich in history but contemporary in outlook. 

Victoria - The Capital City

Victoria, the Capital City of British Columbia, is home to a dynamic, thriving economy and vibrant arts and culture scene, with an unparalleled natural environment enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Victoria has a wealth of natural and man-made riches, including stunning heritage architecture, ocean views, and mountain vistas. It is this rare juxtaposition of heritage charm, scenic backdrop, and modern city-scape that makes Victoria one of the most uniquely special places in Canada. Millions visit our city every year and enjoy the natural beauty, temperate climate, and heritage charm Victoria offers its citizens every day.

Home to the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, The Legislative Building, Craigdarroch Castle, Beacon Hill Park, and countless attractions, this city has everything you could want, and much, much more. 

Oak Bay

Oak Bay is a picturesque suburban community located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, bordering the City of Victoria.

Affluent Oak Bay is popular for its tree-lined namesake avenue, filled with smart boutiques and art galleries, fancy delis, and lively cafes. Casual spots for serving brunch and fish & chips, along with upscale wine bars and friendly neighbourhood pubs.

Home to the Oak Bay Marina, you’ll find excellent sights, eats, and even opportunities to feed the local seals here.

Oak Bay is also home to the Uplands golf course, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and the ritzy uplands neighbourhood where you’ll spot everything from century-old character homes to modern mansions. 


Sooke is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just 38 kilometres from Victoria.

The Town’s motto of “Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea” speaks to the environmental riches of the area. Here you will find stunning west coast sights through the various local, regional, and provincial parks

The area is famous for its access to the amazing west coast of Canada including countless beaches, the West Coast Trail, Juan De Fuca Marine Trail, Botanical Beach, Avatar Grove, and countless attractions that only this area can offer. 


Metchosin is a rural community of wide-open spaces, pastoral countryside, and bountiful farmlands.

In this area, you will see cultivated acreages, small forests, rocky headlands, small farms, and secluded seaside homes. The area is home to numerous parks, trails, beaches, and a wildlife sanctuary.

Driving through Metchosin you’ll find countless street-side farm stands selling fruit and vegetables that were cultivated right here.

The municipality of Metchosin has imposed a minimum one and two-acre lot size bylaw to preserve the area’s rural lifestyle. If you’re looking for a slower pace of life surrounded by nature, this is definitely the area for you! 

We hope this series has helped you to understand the Greater Victoria area and will help you in selecting a neighbourhood for your next home. 


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