Conservation is a priority for people living in the Highlands, and no wonder! The natural beauty of this municipality can just about take your breath away. This is not serene pastoral countryside; it’s much more dramatic than that. Mountains, rocky windswept highlands with panoramic ocean views, steep sided inlets swooping up from rocky beaches, and small lakes nestled like jewels in the forest, this is the Highlands.

It’s a good thing that one third of the municipality is protected in parkland, otherwise proximity to Victoria might result in the loss of this valuable habitat. As it is, the wilderness will be preserved for everyone to enjoy, and the extensive network of trails ensures that anyone who wants to experience this west coast terrain, can. There are hikes for people of all abilities, including the wheelchair accessible Elsie King Trail in Francis/King Regional Park.

Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and the adjacent Mt. Work Regional Park offer an almost unending choice of hikes, some very gentle and others more challenging. The Summit Trail to the top of Mt. Work is a great day hike, and the reward an amazing view. Another astounding view can be found at Lone Tree Regional Park, also famous for the fabulous display of wildflowers in spring.

People who want to live close to nature, in a community that cares about preserving the environment rather than reshaping it to suit our own needs, will find a special place in the Highlands. And the best part is; you don’t need to go all Grizzly Adams and leave civilization far behind to do so!

Jodi Baker

After attending grade school locally, Jodi enrolled at Camosun College, taking Business Administration and majoring in marketing. She graduated in 1991, the same year she was licensed as a Real Estate Agent and joined RE/MAX Camosun. Since then Jodi has been been building her career based on a desire to provide friendly professional service to people who want to sell or buy properties in Victoria, winning several awards along the way. In 2003 Jodi joined Geoff McLean and Associates, and she enjoys being part of his team of real estate experts. The team approach allows Jodi to balance her career and home life, something that every mother can appreciate, especially when the children are young! Jodi also enjoys cooking, camping, traveling and music. She shares her Central Saanich home with her husband and two children, two border collies and a cat. Connect with Jodi via email:

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