Colwood BC Real Estate & Attractions
About Colwood British Columbia
For more than 1,700 years the Straits Salish People inhabited the area now known as Colwood. Captain Edward Langford who worked for the Puget Sound Agricultural Company was named bailiff and then built a home which he named Colwood after his home in England. Langford soon added several other enterprises on his farm including:
•A lime kiln
•A stone dairy
•A barn & homestead
In 1863 a sawmill was built on land that now belongs to Royal Roads University. The first hotel in Colwood was believed to have been opened around 1879 with Andrew J Bechtel as proprietor.
Prime Minister Sir John McDonald (1886) drove the ceremonial spike for the railroad that would soon after bring rail transport to Colwood. It was around this time that horse racing tracks were built on part of the Colwood farm which today is the site of the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.
The Colwood Golf and Country Club opened in 1914 on land that was at one time owned by the Hudson’s Bay Company and part of the original Colwood farm.
Today’s Colwood Fire Department dates back to 1939 where it began as an Air Raid Protection Unit.
Real Estate in Colwood BC
The Colwood real estate market has enjoyed steady growth in recent years with new developments both in the heart of the city as well as along the Royal Bay waterfront area. Colwood has managed to maintain its sense of community and natural environment while ensuring that residents benefit from the town’s growth.
With many development projects underway, Colwood’s population is poised to see an increase of 108% by 2038. According to statistics, the majority of residents are highly educated with a higher than average household income when compared to nearby communities.
Colwood residents also hold a variety of professional occupations such as:
- Community & government services
The anticipated expansion of businesses within Victoria to locations in and around the Colwood area will help increase the town’s tax base creating even more opportunities for sustainable growth. With an increase in employment opportunities, proximity to Victoria, and the welcoming nature of the community, there is little doubt that investing in Colwood real estate is a sound financial and lifestyle decision.
Colwood BC Attractions and Resources
Colwood is a beautiful waterfront community located on the coast of southern Vancouver Island. The town is extremely family-friendly with plenty of recreational activities for all ages.
Education plays a major part in a family’s decision when relocating. Colwood falls under the jurisdiction of School District 62 and runs 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and a new secondary school. The world renowned Royal Road University is also located in Colwood and the University of Victoria is just a short drive away. Colwood also runs a unique and innovative Nature Preschool and Kindergarten.
The Victoria International Airport and BC Ferries Swartz Bay Terminal are both less than 40 km from Colwood and local travel is quite efficient via the BC Transit system.
The West Shore RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) is responsible for policing Colwood and surrounding areas. The Colwood Fire Department is made up of 8 career firefighters and 32 dedicated volunteers who are responsible for such emergency services as:
- Emergency Fire Rescue Response
- Fire Prevention/Education
- Fire Safety Inspections
- Firefighter Training
The natural landscape of Colwood offers an abundance of recreational opportunities such as hiking, swimming, boating, cycling, wildlife adventures, golfing, and so much more. There are two recreational centres that offer both indoor and outdoor activities 12 months a year for all age groups. Colwood also boasts forested parks and trails for jogging or leisurely walks. All the amenities that a family might need are close by including shopping, entertainment and medical facilities.
For more detailed information about attractions, resources and things to do in Colwood BC, click on the PLUS sign beside “Colwood Attractions” below.
Local Resources and Information
Westshore Parks & Rec Centre
West Shore Parks and Recreation Center is a modern premier complex for recreational facilities located at 1767 Island Highway. This Parks and Recreational Center serves all western communities of Greater Victoria Area, including Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, Highlands, View Royal and Juan de Fuca Electoral area. Seems impossible, absolutely everyone despite age will find something on the list there! The center has indoor and outdoor activities, special programs and art classes, provides facility rentals and catering services. Often hosts festivals, trade shows and much more. West Shore Parks & Recreation Centre Guide and App will help you be updated with what’s going on all the time!Learn More
Fort Rod Hill
Just around the corner from Hatley Park and the Esquimalt Lagoon, at 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, is Fort Rodd Hill, a historical park that offers a museum-like educational experience in a park setting. You have the opportunity to tour the fort at your own pace, learning how soldiers in the late 1800’s lived and worked. Light refreshments are available in the old canteen during the summer, and family picnics are welcome. For $120 a night, up to six people can share a cabin inside the park, with all the modern amenities for an enjoyable stay. Day passes to the park cost between $1.90 for a youth to $9.80 for a family or small group. Yearly passes cost between $4.90 for a youth to $24.50 for a family or small group.Learn More
Located at 2005 Sooke Road, Hatley Castle is one of Victoria’s most popular historic sites. The Edwardian style castle, which overlooks the beautiful Esquimalt Lagoon, was once the home of James and Laura Dunsmuir. It now serves as the administrative building of Royal Roads University. This historic site has also been used as a setting for a number of movies, including being Charles Xavier’s School for the Gifted in the X-Men franchise.
From Monday to Friday, at 11:45 and 2:45, you can take a guided tour of the castle with one of their knowledgeable staff, priced at: $18 for adults, $15.50 for seniors over 60, $6.50 for students aged 6-17, and $50 for a family of five, with two adults. Children under 5 get in for free.Learn More
Hatley Park is the grounds on which sits the historic Hatley Castle, at 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria. With extensive gardens and hiking trails, Hatley Park has a lot to offer for the nature enthusiast. The park features Japanese, Italian and formal rose gardens, as well as 15km of hiking trails through old-growth forest, a migratory bird sanctuary, and a spectacular view of the Esquimalt Lagoon and the Juan de Fuca Strait. Walking most of the grounds is free, but access to the formal gardens is well worth the price, at $9.75 for adults, $8.75 for seniors over 60, $6.75 for students aged 6-17, and $30 for a family with up to two adult. Children under 5 get in free.Learn More
Wild Play Element Park
Experience the natural beauty of Colwood by climbing through its only tree-to-tree obstacle course! At 1767 Old Island Highway, WildPlay Element Park offers adrenaline-packed fun for the whole family. Three Monkido courses feature climbing, jumping, zip-lining and swinging through obstacles that get harder as you go. Adult admission for the Monkido courses is $34.99 for a single round. Children’s admission is $19.99 for two rounds. Their “What’s to Fear Jump” is a loose-line plunge off the edge of a 40-foot-high perch. A single jump is $19.99, or you can add it onto your Monkido course for $14.99.
WildPlay is accessible by car or bus, or you can ask to be picked up and dropped off (within city limits) by calling 1-855-595-2251. There are vending machines, free parking, lockers, a gift shop, footwear loans, a personal event space, washrooms, picnic tables, and walking trails. The park is open, daily, from 10am- 6pm between May 23rd– October 2nd, and Friday to Sunday from 10am- 3pm between October 3rd– November 13th.Learn More