Neighbourhood Feature: All Things Esquimalt

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Esquimalt has experienced a lot of growth and become a trendy Victoria neighbourhood to move to in the past decade or two. This is because it’s not only a short walk or drive into town, but it’s a beautiful, friendly community to live in that has everything you need close by.

If you’ve been thinking of making a move to Esquimalt, here are a few great things you can expect from this fantastic Victoria neighbourhood.

 

A Wonderful Community

The Pacific home base of the Royal Canadian Navy is located in Esquimalt, so many military members and civilians working on the base call Esquimalt home. It’s also become a popular place for families of all ages and seniors who still reside in the area or who choose to retire there.

Markets and festivals have become popular in Esquimalt over the past decade or so, and barely a weekend will go by where you won’t see a farmer’s market or food festival at Bullen Park.

The Esquimalt Neighbourhood House offers resources, workshops, and events for groups of all ages. It is a popular meeting place for seniors. The teen centre at the local recreation centre is popular with the local youth to meet and play games.

 

Education & Other Services

You’ll find all schooling levels conveniently located in this neighbourhood — from preschool right up to high school. The only French first-language school is located in Esquimalt as well.

A large library is open late certain evenings and has a vast selection of books and resources — plus you can access books and resources from all other Greater Victoria Public Library locations. The library also commonly has workshops and special events for people of all ages.

 

Parks & Recreation

Esquimalt has some stunningly beautiful, popular parks and beaches — including some eco-parks and wooded walking trails. If you’re looking to join a sports team of any kind — you’ll likely find a league in Esquimalt!

Saxe point is a popular park with amazing ocean views, places to picnic, and forested walking trails. Esquimalt Gorge Park is a large park with a beach, several walking trails, specialty gardens, lots of space for picnics and other activities, and has a dedicated education centre for interactive exhibits. Bullen Park is popular for sports, day camps, festivals, and the yearly Esquimalt Buccaneer Day Fair.

The Esquimalt Recreation Centre offers a terrific pool, fitness centre, weight room, fitness classes, and many workshops and other educational opportunities in the meeting rooms. Nearby Archie Browning Centre has a few ice surfaces, curling rink, and is home to several roller derby events.

 

Shopping & Dining

Many Victoria residents come from other neighbourhoods to visit Esquimalt’s yummy locally-owned restaurants and coffee shops. Pretty much any cuisine you crave — you’ll find it in Esquimalt!

There are a few locally-owned grocery stores and other specialty food shops in the area as well.

Drug stores, boutique clothing stores, novelty stores, thrift shops, and many other shops and services are centrally located — many lining Esquimalt Avenue.

 

Want to Move to Esquimalt?

From condos right in the heart of the neighbourhood to vast oceanfront homes, we’re sure you’ll find a home you’ll love in Esquimalt. If you would like to make a move to this popular Victoria neighbourhood, please contact us today.