Colwood is located 14 km (9 miles) west of Victoria
using the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and Sooke Road/Hwy 1A.
Colwood is situated in the Western Communities or West Shore, a
commercial, business and recreation association that, besides Colwood,
includes the Highlands, Langford,
Metchosin and View
Royal. These five communities, which are the part of the Capital
Regional District (CRD), share various services, facilities and
organizations including the RCMP, Chamber of Commerce and the Juan
de Fuca Recreation Centre.
One heritage building that you have to visit in Colwood is Hatley
Castle, once home to coal baron and former BC premier, James Dunsmuir,
the son of Robert Dunsmuir who built and lived in Craigdarroch Castle
in Victoria. Hatley Castle, completed in 1908, also at one time
served as Royal Roads Military College but, since 1995, has been
transformed into Royal Roads University. Hatley Castle has a small
museum with a number of interesting artifacts and some beautiful
gardens for you to view.
Situated on the west end of Hatley Castle is a fantastic beach and
wildlife preserve called the Esquimalt Lagoon. At the Esquimalt
Lagoon there is a thin spit of sand that separates the ocean beach
from a salt-water lagoon, all with a stunning view of the Royal
Roads University in the background. The beach along the spit is
an excellent place for you to relax and enjoy the peaceful sounds
of the waves crashing onto the shoreline.
Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse
Other areas nearby to the Esquimalt Lagoon include Fort Rodd Hill
and the historic Fisgard Lighthouse. Fort Rodd Hill, a National
Historic Site, built in 1890's by the British, served as an artillery
fortification protecting the Esquimalt Naval Base. The Fisgard Lighthouse,
also a National Historic Site which was built in 1860 by the British
Navy, has faithfully served maritime traffic starting as Canada's
first lighthouse on the West Coast of British Columbia.
Colwood's main commercial and business section was originally called
Colwood Corners located near the intersection of Sooke Road (Hwy
1A) and Goldstream Avenue. Here you can find a number of stores
including a Thrifty Foods grocery store, a London Drugs, a White
Spot, fast food restaurants and the newly openned Orca Grillhouse.
de Fuca Recreation Centre
Colwood is home to the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre - a large
facility that serves the West Shore communities. Some of the recreational
facilities found here include an eight-lane, 25-metre (83-feet)
long indoor swimming pool, tennis, weight room, skating, hockey,
curling, seniors' centre and a 9-hole, par three golf course, a
jogging trail and BMX Track.
Also situated adjacent to the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre is
Bear Mountain Arena - a modern facility with a seating capacity
for 2,300 people. The Bear Mountain Arena is the home to the Victoria
Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and the Victoria
Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) and also serves
as a venue for trade shows and performing artists in the CRD region.
For cycling trails in Colwood, try doing the Galloping Goose Regional
Trail which takes you either east through Colwood,
Langford, View Royal through Saanich to
downtown Victoria or going west through Colwood to Langford then
through Metchosin, eventually to the Sooke
Memorial Parkway/Hwy 14
For major shopping and big box stores, Colwood is also next door
to Langford and, by using Veterans Memorial Parkway/Hwy 14 or Goldstream
Avenue, you can access a fantastic array of stores. When travelling
you will first come to Westshore Town Centre, then pass a Superstore,
a large Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart, restaurants, coffee shops then
you will pass services on Goldstream Avenue.
If you continue on Veterans Memorial Parkway/Hwy 14 over Hwy 1,
the name changes to Millstream Road. Once on Millstream you will
come to Millstream Village and the turnoff to Costco, Home Depot,
Future Shop, Tim Hortons and a Starbucks.
From here Millstream Road can take you to the turnoff to Bear Mountain,
the Highlands and Mount Work and Lone
Tree Hill Regional Parks.
Other entertainment in Colwood includes the Country Rose Pub on
Ledsham Road. Then nearby in Langford there are the pubs near Goldstream
Avenue plus, in View Royal, the View Royal Casino, the Six Mile
Pub and the Four Mile House, all situated on the Island Hwy 1A.
For RV Camping close to Colwood there is Fort Victoria situated
just off the Island Hwy 1A right before Helmcken Road in View Royal.
Also All Fun Recreation situated on Millstream Road in Langford
has a large selection of RV serviced sites.
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Beach at Esquimalt