In the western area of Saanich, large parts have a more rural flavour. It really is remarkable that you can live 20 minutes from Downtown Victoria, yet feel like you’re in the country.
Older homes are being renovated and upgraded throughout Gorge-Tillicum which is bounded by the picturesque Gorge Waterway and Portage Inlet. Just west of Royal Oak, you will find the Camosun College Interurban Campus along with the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) and the Vancouver Island Technology Park, all popular draws for the region and spread among a good supply of protected agricultural land.
Commercial services are centered around the Tillicum Village area that features Tillicum Mall, and the Mayfair and Uptown shopping centres in the southwest corner called Town and Country. Elk and Beaver Lakes, which feature many running and walking trails, are immensely popular in summertime. This is also where our National Rowing Team trains.
Residents can boast about the extensive greenbelt in Marigold, which also includes the popular Galloping Goose Trail and sports a multitude of wildlife. From the wooded areas around Prospect Lake to the new subdivisions sprouting up, you’re never lacking choice in property styles. If more land and the outdoors are important to you, this area may be perfect.