Langford is located on southern Vancouver Island approximately 14.5
km (9 miles) west of downtown Victoria.
Langford is included in the Capital Regional District (CRD) and
is situated in an area called the Western Communities often referred
to as the West Shore. The West Shore is a commercial, business and
recreation association and includes the other communities of Colwood,
the Highlands, Metchosin
and View Royal.
The downtown section of Langford is situated on Goldstream Avenue
near Veterans Memorial Parkway (Hwy 14). Here you can find beautiful
paved stone sidewalks, tree-lined streets, municipal offices, restaurants,
pubs and a number of coffee shops including Starbucks,
Tim Hortons and a few independent operators offering different roasts
and unique coffee blends.
Langford is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the CRD
with vast areas being developed including new homes, condominiums
and large shopping centres. The community, through the future vision
of Mayor Stew Young, has gone through a number of building changes
that now include a Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Superstore, Canadian Tire,
Costco and a revitalized shopping mall, once named the Canwest Mall
now called Westshore Town Centre.
Village Shopping Centre
There is also another shopping area separate from Goldstream Avenue
and the Westshore Town Centre called the Millstream Village Shopping
Centre. There are a number of great stores and restaurants situated
here including a Milestones Grill + Bar, Serious Coffee, Nando's
Chicken and a Valhalla Pure Outfitters store. The entrance to Millstream
Village is situated off Hwy 1 north of Thetis Lake Regional Park
on Millstream Road towards Costco.
Also situated in Langford is a mountainside resort community called
Bear Mountain. This centres around a beautiful and challenging golf
course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Bear Mountain includes executive
homes, luxury condominiums, hotels, spas and first-class facilities.
For parks in the Langford vicinity, you have to visit nearby Goldstream
Provincial Park located off the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 north of
Goldstream Avenue. This provincial park features a number of wildlife
viewing areas that highlight salmon returning to spawn and bald
eagles that nest in the park. Goldstream Provincial Park also has
a large campground and a number of great hiking trails that go up
Finlayson, explore old mines' viewpoints and a large estuary
at the head of Saanich Inlet.
If you do visit Goldstream Provincial Park, this part of Langford
is home to a real old pub called Ma Miller's located in the historic
Goldstream Inn built in 1864. Ma Miller's is across from the park
gates at the corner of Humpback Road and Sooke Lake Road. Ma Miller's
features a pub, liquor store and sometimes has live blues music
on Saturday nights.
For nature walks around Langford, try using Ed Nixon Way which goes
part way around Langford Lake. This recreational trail starts near
the end of Goldstream Avenue by the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and goes
over a beautiful boardwalk near the shoreline of Langford Lake.
Langford Lake features canoeing, fishing and swimming at one end.
Other trails in Langford include the Galloping Goose regional trail
which takes you either east through Colwood, View Royal through
Saanich to downtown Victoria or west through
Metchosin to the Sooke
and Florence Lakes
Besides Langford Lake, there are also two other small lakes, Glen
Lake and Florence Lake. Both offer small boat launches, some boardwalks
and areas to fish. Glen Lake has a small park and a couple of places
in which to swim.
Langford also borders two regional parks, Mount Wells and Thetis
Lake. Thetis Lake has excellent walking and biking paths plus great
swimming in the summer, some fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities.
Mount Wells Regional Park borders the Sooke Hills Wilderness Reserve
where there is a hike up to the Humpback Lake Reservoir.
Entertainment and Eateries
Other entertainment and favourite places to eat and have refreshments
in Langford include the Loghouse Pub on Millstream, Darcy's Pub,
Original Joes, Browns Social House and Sabhai Thai on Jacklin Road.
For a butcher try going to Glenwood Meats where you can find some
of the best cuts available on Vancouver Island.