West Shore

West of downtown Victoria, along highways 1 and 14, are the rapidly growing communities of View Royal, Colwood, the Highlands, Langford, and Metchosin, collectively known as the West Shore Communities. Although its rural nature is quickly giving way to suburban development, the area is worth a visit for its wilderness parks and national historic sites.


Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada

The world's best-preserved coastal artillery fort (it dates to 1895) and Canada's oldest West Coast lighthouse occupy a parklike backdrop…

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Hatley Park National Historic Site

Envisioned by James Dunsmuir, a former premier of British Columbia and son of the man who built Craigdarroch Castle, this…

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Goldstream Provincial Park

Eagles, bears, and three species of salmon thrive in this 477-hectare (1,180-acre) wilderness park 16 km (10 miles) north of…

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