by hwilde on June 8, 2010

The municipality of Highlands (inc 1993) is a ruggedly beautiful rural residential community of barely more than 2000 people. This is country life for those who relish privacy and untamed natural surroundings. Not that it’s a remote or unreachable location – it’s a short commute to communities on the Saanich Peninsula like Brentwood Bay and Royal Oak, or View Royal and other western communities, depending on which end of the Highlands you are coming from! Even the city of Victoria is certainly within a reasonable commuting distance.

Yet it seems worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and residents of Highlands like it that way! There are no residential subdivisions by design, and people are encouraged to build homes that minimize impact on the environment and blend into the natural surroundings by avoiding vegetation removal, using natural construction materials, and when possible, ensuring the home is hidden from the road and viewpoints.

The homes you will find here vary quite a bit, from summer cabins to single family dwellings and on up to gorgeous waterfront estate properties. Land value is reduced compared to other municipalities due to the fact that there are fewer amenities for the tax base to support, and this means properties can be quite reasonable, for those who like the rural flavour.

If you are looking for privacy, you won’t find a better place in Greater Victoria to look for it, but it doesn’t mean you have to be alone. Citizens in this community are very supportive of one another, as is often the case in smaller centres, and there are a number of annual and ongoing community activities you may wish to participate in, like the Highlands Markets held the last Sunday of the month May through September where you can buy locally grown produce, fresh eggs and honey, or crafts. Maybe you would enjoy the opportunity to get together with your neighbours at the Highlands Coffee House, the second Saturday of the month October through August. Both events take place at the Caleb Pike Heritage Park, which is the site of many local happenings, from council meetings to the Easter Egg Hunt.


Victoria BC Realtor Heather Wilde was raised and educated in Winnipeg. After graduating from both the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Education she relocated to British Columbia in 1975. Her career in real estate has been successful due to her commitment to and genuine pleasure at helping families find homes and properties for sale in Victoria BC. Heather was licensed as a Realtor in 1976 and since then has worked hard to achieve a high standard of performance; consistently attaining a Victoria Real Estate Board MLS Gold Award. If you ask Heather, she will undoubtedly say that although it’s nice to be recognized in the industry through performance awards, what really drives her success is the relationships and friendships she forges with the families that she helps. Many of Heather’s former clients have become close friends, and many of her close friends have become clients. That says a lot about her dedication to providing professional service while maintaining a friendly rapport with clients. Heather loves to travel the world (preferrably on a cruise ship!) and also enjoys tennis and bridge during her spare time. As of January 2014, Heather has retired from her real estate career.

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