Shopping, parks, historic attractions, sheep farms, beachfronts and even a castle that has doubled as an X-men movie set are among the welcoming attractions found in the diverse mix of communities west of downtown Victoria.
View Royal is known for its neighbourhood green spaces and the loop trails at such scenic spots as Nursery Hill, Admirals Walk, Chilco Ridge and Knockan Hill. Once a mecca for big-box shoppers, Langford now features a village-style town centre and family recreation opportunities galore (bowling alley, splash park, mini golf and outdoor skating rink included).
Neighbouring Colwood is renowned for its award-winning green initiatives, the splendid bird-watching at Esquimalt Lagoon and as home to Royal Roads University(site of Hately Castle and magnificent public garden).
To truly wander off the beaten path, head for two other getaways in the western communities: idyllic Metchosin is known for its rolling green fields, oceanfront parks, home artist studios and annual sheepdog trials. Highlands is a sparsely populated residential area featuring thrillingly winding roads that leads through forested parkland and up to breathtaking mountaintop views.