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Langford is the hub of "Westshore", a group of municipalities to the west of Victoria. Mostly suburban, there is nothing of interest in Langford itself, but rather on the outskirts of the Westshore municipalities.

Get in[edit]

Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) passes through Langford on its way between Victoria and the other cities further north on Vancouver Island. Highway 14 connects with Highway 1 in Langford. The Galloping Goose Regional Trail passes through Langford.

Get around[edit]

There are busses that run through Langford and Westshore but they are spread out and don't go anywhere worth seeing. The two main public transport hubs are Langford Exchange at Westshore Town Centre (formerly CanWest Mall), south of Langford's "downtown"; and Western Exchange at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre in Colwood. Getting around on foot isn't realistic, a bicycle or vehicle are you best options.

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  • Fisgard Lighthouse is a long time running historic lighthouse at the head of Esquimalt Harbour. It can be reached by footpath from Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park.[1]
  • Hatley Castle on the grounds of Royal Roads University is a gorgeous piece of architecture. Featured in many films, it is most famous as Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-men movie series. There is an admission fee of $8 to enter the university grounds, but once you do there are many paths through gorgeous gardens to wander.[2]
  • Metchosin, just south of Langford is a quiet rural community. Highlights include the expansive Witty's Lagoon Beach (great for skimboarding!)[3], Matheson Lake[4], a drive up Lombard Drive, and a visit to My Chosen Cafe (on the corner of Metchosin Road and Happy Valley Road). Metchosin is connected to Sooke Road in Westshore by Happy Valley Road (in Langford) and Metchosin Road (in Colwood). It is also connected to Sooke by Rocky Point Road.
  • Western Speedway is Vancouver Island's largest racecourse and there are exciting races every weekend here. 474-2151.[5]

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  • Spend a day or evening at the busy Western Speedway at 2207 Millstream Road, north from Highway 1. Go-cart racing is also available on top of watching amazing automotive and motorbike racing events. There is also a motorcross track on site.
  • Explore the underground magazines of Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Park. This popular attraction features an exciting array of historical gun batteries and bunkers. The site is filled with informative panels and there is an entrance fee. 250-478-5849.[6]
  • Visit the popular Goldstream Provincial Park. Between October and December the Goldstream River within the park is Langford's most popular attraction as people flock to the creekside to witness the annual salmon run. A popular and slightly challenging hike is Mount Finlayson within the park, Greater Victoria's tallest mountain. There are also two small waterfalls located within the park: Goldstream River takes a small plunge over Goldstream Falls in the southwest corner of the park; and Greater Victoria's very own Niagara Falls are a very tall and thin chute on Niagara creek. Although not technically apart of Goldstream Provincial Park, the Niagara rail trestle is another popular attraction, accessed by Goldstream Park trails. You can drive north along Highway 1 until you see the park entrance on your right to access the more popular locations within the park.[7]
  • Go swimming at Thetis Lake Park located in the small town of View Royal between Langford and Saanich (though technically part of Westshore). Kayaking, beaches and trails are all available here. This popular lake is accessible by Six Mile Road and by Greater Victoria public transit (catch #50 to Langford from downtown, get off at Six Mile Road, then hitch a ride to the park... everyone on Six Mile Road seems to be heading to the the lake and it is probably one of the easiest places in Greater Victoria to hitchike).[8]

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  • Camping sites are available at Goldstream Provincial Park.[9]

Get Out[edit]

You can head southwest along Highway 14 to reach Sooke or head north along Highway 1 to reach Shawnigan Lake or Duncan.


Routes through Langford
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