Entertaining the Elderly in Victoria BC

by Jodi Baker on March 18, 2015

Victoria BC is an incredible city with a wealth of culture and history that isn’t easily matched or beaten. Not content with being named after our Queen, we’re the capital city of our province and home to BC’s legislature.

The downtown core is rich with Victorian buildings and architecture.
Waddington Alley Victoria BCSeveral days could be spent just browsing the downtown Victoria business area on foot, stopping for tea/coffee along the way to ensure small easy segments.

Victoria BC has so many wheelchair friendly parks and amenities that to try and discuss them all in one post would be far too much so I’ve picked a couple favourites that are sure to appeal to seniors and family.

Hatley Park – Royal Roads University

If you are a fan of the X-Men movies or Smallville/Gotham then you’ve seen parts of Hatley Castle and Royal Roads many times even if you didn’t know it.
Hatley Castle at Royal Roads UniversityThe woods at Royal Roads University are very beautiful and serene with 5 distinct gardens to visit.

There’s a dedicated guest parking space for school visitors, but you can also park down by the boathouse where the parking is not metered or restricted. This is a nice spot for a little picnic with stunning views of ocean on one side and the castle on the other, all of it flanked by a thick forest.

While visiting the university you will likely see swans and all other kinds of beautiful birds, since the campus sits above a federally-designated migratory bird sanctuary.

A small museum under the castle holds a mini-collection of historic items but RRU is not stuck in the past. This university is constantly adding new buildings/parking, so this campus legend is a nice reference to have.

Esquimalt Parks – Saxe Point Park and Macaulay Point

Saxe Point has a ton of picnic benches and a large, open, relatively flat field. This is a great spot for picnics and lazy sun soaking. Stunning views of the harbour and Port Angeles will be a memorable sight and is a draw for photographers.

Macaulay Point Park began as a Hudson Bay farm but later became part of Fort Macaulay, defending the island with historic gun emplacements that are still accessible to tourists. The collection of cement paths will ensure easy access and most of the park is wheelchair friendly.

As an old retired military base the structures around this area are fun to explore and photograph.
Fort Macaulay Gun Emplacement

The 7.6 hectare area has been a park since 1985 and is very popular with birdwatchers, hikers, and tourists. Macaulay Point is also home to some protected spaces for endangered plant species so visitors are required to keep pets on a leash and pay attention to signs.

The historic feel imparted by the various lookouts, ramparts, and bunkers is complemented by incredible views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca including the Fisgard Point Lighthouse.
Fisgard Lighthouse at Macaulay Point

Macaulay Point can be accessed from Fleming Beach, as well as from Clifton Terrace off Munro Street.

Sidney by the Sea

The entire town of Sidney seems set up for seniors and the elderly. Benches and seating is sprinkled everywhere in the center of town. There’s small cafes, nice restaurants, unique bakeries, tons of shopping, and an incredible, huge waterfront.

The beaches are mostly designated as public parks and Lochside Drive is often bordered on the ocean side with local driftwood art.
Sidney-by-the-seaSidney isn’t all parks and beaches, there are some very impressive wineries in the area and most have tours, wine tastings, and special events that are worth signing up for. One of the closest wineries to the city, Church & State, is a 4 time winner of ‘Best Red Wine of the Year’ in the All-Canadian Wine Championships, among many other awards that help bring Sidney both national and international acclaim.

Sidney is also host to multiple ferry docks with the main BC Ferries dock, smaller commercial docks, and the Brentwood Bay ferry dock which is a nice shortcut for travelling north towards Duncan, Nanaimo, and Courtenay.

Don’t just visit, Move to Victoria!

The reasons for visiting Victoria are clearly appealing for locals and tourists. Victoria boasts a thriving retirement community with a wide selection of health care facilities, care homes, and entertainment options.

It’s been over 4 years since the poll, but BMO’s Retirement Institute did a survey of over 800 Canadians over 45 and found that 85% of intend to stay in Canada in their retirement years — and 15% of all baby boomers intend to retire in Victoria!

If you are looking for real estate in Victoria BC the experts at Geoff McLean and Associates have both the experience and knowledge to quickly answer questions about properties for sale.


Victoria Neighbourhoods – Rockland

by Jodi Baker on February 24, 2015

If you follow Rockland Ave., you will find the beautiful and historic 1800s neighborhood of Rockland centered around Craigdarroch Castle and Government House.
Rockland Street SidewalkThe elegant neighborhood of Rockland lives up to it’s name and then some. As the streets become more narrow, you will notice that the sidewalks are bordered by hand-placed stonework and rock walls. Many of the properties in the area are notable for their heritage architecture, elaborate fencing, and lush gardenscapes.

Things to do around Rockland

If you have a camera and like to take beautiful photos you could spend days just walking around the area snapping images of cobble drives and stonework. As a primarily residential area there aren’t a lot of commercial buildings but the few that exist do have events.

Visit Government House

Saturday, March 7th 10 am & 11 am
Volunteer tour guides outline the role and responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor and share the fascinating history of this National Historic Site. An interactive map of the gardens is available.
Admission is free and no is booking required.
Government House in the Rockland area of Victoria BC

Craigdarroch Castle in Song

Sunday March 8th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Please Join us for an evening of music in celebration of the story of Craigdarroch Castle and Victoria’s heritage.
Tickets are $15.00 and a portion of the proceeds goes towards scholarships for student summer music programs.
Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria BC

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria : Drop-in Tours

Sat/Sun March 7th & 8th 2pm – 3pm
Come see BC’s largest art collection and the largest collection of amber and ivory carvings in North America. The drop-in tours are an excellent way to explore the gallery’s exhibits and learn about some of the art on display.
Admission is $13 and covers the cost of the tours.
Greater Victoria Art Gallery


Spring Events in Victoria BC

by Geoff McLean February 13, 2015

Spring Events in Victoria BC One of the highlights of living on Vancouver Island and having access to Victoria, the capital city of our great province, is the many events that are put on by local community organizers and businesses. Have a look at just a few of the most interesting events in and around […]

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Oak Bay Neighbourhoods – South Oak Bay

by Jodi Baker December 3, 2014

South Oak Bay is a beautiful, largely residential neighbourhood in the municipality of Oak Bay, very near to downtown Victoria BC.  As one of the most pleasant corners in what is arguably the city with the most comfortable climate in all of Canada, South Oak Bay is a highly desirable neighbourhood for those who are […]

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North Saanich Neighbourhoods – Deep Cove

by Geoff McLean November 19, 2014

The Deep Cove neighbourhood in North Saanich, near Victoria BC offers peaceful rural living and spectacular ocean views and access.  This is one of Victoria’s most desirable rural neighbourhoods and there are beautiful country and waterfront properties, just a short drive from both Sidney and Victoria BC. Deep Cove sits at the northeastern tip of […]

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North Saanich Neighbourhoods – Swartz Bay

by Jodi Baker November 5, 2014

Swartz Bay is a neighbourhood in the municipality of North Saanich, around 30 kilometres north of Victoria BC.  It is well known as the location of BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal from which you can sail to Vancouver, Saltspring Island and other Gulf Islands. As part of the municipality of North Saanich, this relatively sparsely […]

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Moving to Victoria BC in 2014?

by Geoff McLean October 22, 2014

Are you thinking about moving to Victoria BC in 2014? If you are, let us be the first to welcome you to this wonderful place we call home.  We may be biased, but we think that living in Victoria is awesome! If you are new to Victoria, you will undoubtedly have a lot of questions […]

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Sidney Neighbourhoods – Sidney Southeast

by Jodi Baker October 8, 2014

The Southeast quadrant of Sidney by the Sea is another lovely oceanside neighbourhood where fresh marine air and beautiful sunrises greet those who live and work there.  Located just a short drive north of Victoria and close to both the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, the Sidney Ferry Terminal (sailing to Anacortes in Washington State) and […]

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Sidney Neighbourhoods – Sidney Northeast

by Geoff McLean September 24, 2014

Sidney by the Sea, north of Victoria BC divides neatly into 4 neighbourhoods along the axis of Beacon Ave and the Pat Bay Highway.  In the Northeast quadrant lies (appropriately!) Sidney Northeast. The southern portion of this neighbourhood is largely commercial, as it follows the town’s main drag, Beacon Ave.  There is a quaint, small […]

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Langford Neighbourhoods – Goldstream

by Jodi Baker September 10, 2014

Goldstream is a very diverse neighbourhood in Langford, one of the west shore communities near Victoria BC.  Diverse because the corridor that Goldstream inhabits stretches from almost the centre of Langford, with a vibrant commercial centre where new development has created a bustling village, through to a world famous provincial park cradling the innermost reaches […]

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