The Western Communities encompass the communities of Colwood, Highlands, Langford, and
Established by the Hudson's Bay Company, Colwood was originally a farm which supplied the
growing population of Fort Victoria. Today, one of the most popular attractions in the area is Fort Rodd
National Historic Park, the site of Victoria's coastal defence between 1878 and 1956. Walk
Fisgard Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse on the west coast, then stroll through the
grounds and relive the past or have a picnic on the lawn or by the sea.
Look for shells along the sandy beach at Esquimalt Lagoon, watch the seabirds in the sanctuary
enjoy the views of Victoria and Esquimalt across the water.
The Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre offers swimming, and a variety of sports activites including
a par 3
golf course and jogging trails.
The home of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park, a 1200 hectare park with 25 km of hiking trails.
Park, where hikers can explore several trails, Lone Tree Park and Caleb Pike Homestead
Next to Colwood is the community of Langford and Goldstream Provincial Park which draws
especially during the fall months, to see the spawning salmon. This annual upstream journey
generally between late October and the end of November, and can be viewed from bridges and
along the river. Eagles can also be seen as they make an annual stop in the park to feed on the
Goldstream is also the place to find massive trees, majestic waterfalls, and a meandering river
the sea. The Nature Hut, located in the park, features exhibits and offers guided hikes and nature
Mt. Finlayson at 1375 feet offers superb views of Finlayson Arm and the surrounding Victoria
trailhead is located on the east side of Mount Finlayson Road, just past the Goldstream Park
parking lot and the bridge over the Goldstream River.
Visit Mill Hill Park and enjoy a short walk to the summit lookout to catch spectacular views.
lush creekbed carpets of yellow wood violet, trillium and sword ferns are seen in spring-a
scenic spot for horseback riding, jogging, cycling or hiking.
The Galloping Goose Regional Trail is a 100 km multi-use trail that links the communities of
Colwood, Metchosin, and Sooke. The trail can be used for hiking, cycling, roller blading,
riding, or just going for a stroll.
Metchosin, a predominantly rural area, is a nature lover's paradise with many trails, beaches, and
Historic sites include the Metchosin Schoolhouse and St. Mary's church. Built in 1871, the
schoolhouse was one of B.C.'s first schools. Now one of the province's smallest museums, it
fascinating array of area artifacts and photographs. A short distance from the village, at the end
Rd. there are earthwork fortifications - evidence of Spanish landings in the 1790's.
Take in views of the Victoria skyline and the Juan de Fuca Strait from Albert Head Lagoon Park
walk or ride horseback in Devonian Regional Park, both nature sanctuaries, as well as The
Goose, also a multi-use trail. For birders there's a variety of forest, meadow, and seashore birds
Witty's Lagoon Park - a bird sanctuary, and Matheson Lake Park - a great place to hike or swim.
Ocean beaches, where eagles, seals and otters may be spotted, include Witty's beach, Taylor
Weir's beach. For golfers there's Metchosin Golf & Country Club, Olympic View Golf Club, and
Acres par 3 driving range. For divers Metchosin even boasts a marine park, Race Rocks Marine
Throughout the community a number of very talented artists and craftspeople have studios
can find pottery, jewelry, stained glass, hand crafted furniture, fabric art, paintings, and carvings.
spring, summer and fall the Metchosin Farmers' Market has lots of fresh fruit and vegetables as
delicious home baking and jams.
Other events include "Fired Up" an outstanding pottery art exhibition held in May, the
International Summer School of the Arts held at Pearson College in July, the Metchosin Sheep
Trials in late July, Metchosin Day and St. Mary's Blackberry Festival in September, The
Show & Studio Tour in November. Wander the beautiful grounds at Pearson College of the
of the United World Colleges and the location of the Metchosin International Summer School of
In December the students of Pearson College give a concert at the Community Hall. From
May there are monthly concerts at St. Mary's Heritage church and the Community Hall holds
craft fairs in
March, October and November.