THE NEIGHBOURHOODS OF VICTORIA

Burnside Gorge
Downtown
Fairfield/Gonzales
Fernwood
Harris Green
Hillside-Quadra
James Bay
North and South Jubilee
North Park
Oaklands
Rockland
Victoria West


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Burnside Gorge

Home to 6,000 residents, Burnside Gorge is a neighbourhood of varied uses.

This neighbourhood is home to the Cecilia Ravine Sports Court and Bike Skills Park, Point Ellice House Museum, the Selkirk Trestle and Selkirk Waterway development. The Gorge Rowing and Paddling Club is located along the Selkirk Waterway.

Burnside Gorge also has much of the City’s industrial and commercial property with warehouse and distribution centres, car dealerships, a regional shopping centre, hotels and motels. The City’s Public Works yard and the BC Transit transfer station are also located here.

The residents of Burnside Gorge are served by the Burnside Gorge Community Association, housed in the Burnside Gorge Community Centre.



Burnside Gorge is located immediately north of downtown – a gateway to Victoria, traversed by a number of major traffic corridors.



Downtown

All great cities have a great downtown, and Victoria is no exception.

Our downtown is a vibrant urban neighbourhood, a walkable shopping area, and a thriving entertainment district.

Downtown Victoria hosts not only the world-renowned Inner Harbour, Empress Hotel and Legislature Buildings, but also Canada’s oldest Chinatown, and a wonderfully charming Old Town district.

Our downtown is without a doubt one of the reasons why Victoria is consistently rated as a premier travel destination across the country, and around the globe. It is picturesque, featuring waterfront paths, charming shops and restaurants, stunning heritage buildings and picture-perfect locations.

Downtown Victoria serves as the employment and entertainment hub for the 360,000 residents of Greater Victoria. It is also home to a growing number of residents, and a community in and of itself.

 



Fairfield/Gonzales

Fairfield is located to the southeast of downtown and is bounded by diverse natural features and historic buildings.

To the west is Victoria’s treasured Beacon Hill Park and to the south lie waterfront parks and walkways along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Fairfield Gonzales Fairfield is also home to Cook Street Village, a lively and quaint commercial area drawing many to its unique atmosphere and small local shops.

This neighbourhood boasts a vibrant weekly summer market, the Moss Street Market, and is home to the historic Ross Bay Cemetery, the last resting place of many of the region’s founding fathers, and renown artist Emily Carr.

The rich inventory of heritage homes on tree-lined streets, its many beaches including the picturesque Gonzales Bay, and proximity to downtown and cycling pathways make Fairfield a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

 



Fernwood

Located in the heart of Victoria, Fernwood is a neighbourhood with a wonderful sense of character.

Home to many artists and young families, it is primarily a residential neighbourhood, connected by a dynamic community square.

Fernwood Square is a beautiful, historic location, and a community meeting place that is buzzing almost any day of the week. Fernwood is a community where neighbours know one another, and meet up at one of the many shops or eateries surrounding the square. The historic Belfry Theatre is a Fernwood landmark.

The tree-lined streets of Fernwood boast many character and heritage houses. The neighbourhood is also home to Victoria High School, known as Vic High, the oldest public high school west of Winnipeg and north of San Francisco.



Harris Green

The Harris Green neighbourhood serves as a gateway to downtown, and provides an alternative to suburban living.

It is a lively, emerging neighbourhood with many interesting new developments and opportunities to offer.

To the west, Harris Green is adjacent to downtown with its shared boundary running between Blanshard and Quadra Streets. Harris Green’s proximity to the city centre, access to transit and its urban streetscape make it a desirable place to live for many downtown commuters. Its central location provides an alternative to suburban living and decreases car-dependency.

The Harris Green Village serves as a commercial and social hub, stemming from a major beautification initiative that occurred in the late 1990’s. The village includes a diverse array of amenities including a local grocery store, restaurants, cafes and specialty shops.

 



Hillside-Quadra

Hillside-Quadra is an emerging neighbourhood.

Bounded by three high volume traffic routes, this neighbourhood is able to maintain a pleasantly mature feeling complete with tree-lined streets, grassy boulevards and a variety of housing styles and sizes.

The neighbourhood is served by the commercial centre at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and Quadra Street known as Quadra Village. Quadra Village provides a mix of retail, service and small office facilities. This centre reveals its multi-cultural nature of the community with Caribbean, Dutch, Indian, Greek and Filipino food stores.

The Quadra Village Community Centre also provides a focal point for many of the neighbourhood’s different cultures and the greater community.

Hillside-Quadra residents enjoy 43 acres of parkland, including Summit Park which protects a rare Garry oak environment. The community also has other features included designated heritage homes and the Roxy Theatre, one the City’s best-known independent movie houses.

 



James Bay

A vibrant and diverse neighbourhood, James Bay is located immediately south of downtown.

It is surrounded by water on three sides; Victoria Harbour to the north and west, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south. Beacon Hill Park provides a green border to the east. Its extensive waterfront is alive with activity including an array of industry, government and transportation facilities.

Tourism plays a significant role in the economy of James Bay. Visitors find many of Victoria’s key attractions in the neighbourhood including the Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Fisherman’s Wharf and many hotels and bed and breakfast establishments. Horse-drawn carriages and waterfront walkways also serve as a draw.

This neighbourhood is an active community with a wide variety of housing styles including heritage homes, and an array of multi-family housing and apartment buildings. The heart of the neighbourhood, the “Five Corners” is filled with local shops and services. James Bay Community School and South Park Elementary also serve the neighbourhood. A thriving population is reflected in the neighbourhood community association and active senior’s associations.

 





North and South Jubilee

North and South Jubilee neighbourhoods are located in the northeast corner of Victoria, bounded by the Municipalities of Saanich and Oak Bay.

It is home to many businesses, health agencies and institutions, including the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Canadian Cancer Agency, BC Cancer Centre and Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Commercial and medical practices cluster around these health facilities and around major intersections.

Many streets serve as important transportation routes and provide Jubilee residents easy access to all points around the City. Residents enjoy a variety of parks and play areas offered at local schools such as Sundance School. There is a wide range of housing throughout.

 

 

 









North Park

North Park is a bustling neighbourhood directly adjacent to downtown, and home to approximately 2,800 residents.

North Park has a diverse mix of affordable housing and churches along with a variety of commercial and industrial activities. Bike shops, bakers and specialized services are just some of the things that make North Park unique.

North Park is a recreation hub for the City, home to three of the most prominent recreation facilities: the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre, Royal Athletic Park, and the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre home to the Victoria Royals of the WHL.

 

 

 

 









Oaklands

Oaklands is an attractive and affordable family neighbourhood in Victoria.

Originally a heavily forested area, street trees are still important to the neighbourhood with its many chestnuts, Garry oaks and flowering fruit trees. After World War One, London Plane trees were planted along Shelbourne Street as a memorial to local soldiers and still grace the street today.

Oaklands is home to Hillside Mall, a major shopping centre for the region. The mall, along with surrounding commercial uses, medical and dental offices, restaurants and neighbourhood convenience stores, form a vital commercial core which is served by high volume traffic and transit routes of Hillside Avenue, Shelbourne and Cook Streets. The community is also home to a growing neighbourhood village, known as Haultain Corners.

Residents enjoy a great deal of parkland in a variety of city parks. Oaklands Elementary School, originally opened in 1913, continues in its role providing education to young children and serving as a resource to local community groups. The landmark Cridge Centre for the Family, BC’s oldest registered non-profit society, is located in Oaklands.

Oaklands has other heritage features including a number of residences and structures and the Jewish Cemetery which was established in 1860 and sits atop Fernwood Hill.




Rockland

Located on a rocky escarpment and home to a rich array of heritage houses, a castle and Government House, Rockland has a grand, elegant character.

It is located east of downtown and inland from the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Originally developed in the early 1880’s, Rockland consisted of mansions and estates surrounded by stone walls and fences. During this time, the architect Samuel MacLure designed numerous Arts and Crafts style homes, many of which still grace the neighbourhood. Today, Rockland remains largely residential with some commercial along the northern boundary. The neighbourhood has evolved as many mansions have been converted to suites and it now includes a mix of apartments, townhouses, single-family homes and care facilities. Despite this change, the neighbourhood has retained its elegance and neighbourhood character.



Victoria West

Victoria West, commonly known as Vic West, is a dynamic neighbourhood with a wide array of land uses including industrial, retail, commercial, single and multi family residential.

The area is undergoing significant change including the comprehensive Railyards development, Dockside Green, and Upper Harbour Place. The Songhees, overlooking picturesque Downtown, features new condo buildings skirted by waterfront walkways and green space. Vic West is also home to a more established residential area consisting primarily of older, detached heritage homes.

The area’s amenities include the Victoria West Community Centre along with other churches and services. The neighbourhood also has one of highest ratios of parkland to population in the city, and is well served by the Galloping Goose Trail and the harbour pathway system. Only steps away from downtown, Vic West is an eclectic community and a popular neighbourhood for young families.



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