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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > The Islands  > Langford

Langford
Langford is located on southern Vancouver Island approximately 14.5 km (9 miles) west of downtown Victoria.

West Shore
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.

Goldstream Village
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.

New Development
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.

Millstream 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.

Bear Mountain
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.

Goldstream Provincial Park
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 Mount Finlayson, explore old mines' viewpoints and a large estuary at the head of Saanich Inlet.

Ma Miller's
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.

Langford Lake
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.

Galloping Goose
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 Potholes.

Glen 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.

Regional Parks
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.

Local 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.

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Goldstream Village
Goldstream Village

 

Mount Finlayson-Goldstream Provincial Park
Mount Finlayson

 

Goldstream Marina
Goldstream Marina

 

Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial

 

Loghouse Pub
Loghouse Pub

 
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