Gordon Head is a livable neighbourhood in eastern Saanich that offers real estate near UVic, the ocean, many parks and shopping. This part of Victoria offers easy and direct access to both downtown Victoria as well as Victoria International Airport and BC Ferries on the Saanich Peninsula.
The schools and suburban setting make Gordon Head popular with families. University student renters are a great “mortgage helper” for homeowners in this part of Victoria.
The Lekwungen people hunted and gathered here for thousands of years before European contact in the early 1800’s. Later, colonists would farm the region of Victoria now known as Gordon Head until a population boom after World War II saw farmland converted into single-family housing.
Today Gordon Head is a mature neighbourhood of broad, leafy boulevards with many parks, all surrounded by sea.
The Gordon Head Recreation Centre lies at the heart of the community. Located at Lambrick Park, the “Rec Centre” features a pool and sauna, a training gym, drop-in sports and even a skate park. The Rec Centre sits at the centre of soccer fields, baseball diamonds and tennis courts. Close by, there are even more soccer fields at Tyndall Park and at the University of Victoria.
Wooded Mount Doug Park is just a short trip by car or bicycle from Gordon Head. This forested park is perfect for hiking or family picnics. The region is also surrounded by small, quasi-private beaches, including Arbutus Cove and Paul’s Terrace.
Gordon Head is family-oriented, and this means there are many good schools located throughout the region. School catchments are strictly observed, so, generally speaking, students will need to attend the school closest to where they live. School District 61 provides catchment maps to help you determine which schools serve various neighbourhoods.
Hillcrest Elementary is located in the very heart of Gordon Head, and provides a comprehensive ESL program as well as a Challenge program for gifted learners. Other elementary schools in include Torquay Elementary, Frank Hobbs and Campus View.
Closer to the University of Victoria, Arbutus Middle School offers French Immersion education. Nearby Mount Douglas Secondary hosts one of two of the district’s ‘Challenge’ programs for gifted, creative and talented high school students.
The University of Victoria is located on the southern edge of Gordon Head, and is within walking or biking distance of the neighborhoods in the Gordon Head community. Camosun College’s Interurban campus is also located close by.
The proximity to postsecondary institutions makes Gordon Head popular with families and people wishing to rent out part of their home to students as mortgage helpers.
Gordon Head residents have many places to choose from when it comes to shopping. Shopping plazas are located all along Shelbourne Street. Grocery stores in Gordon Head include Save-on-Foods and Fairway‘s, a local chain. The Root Cellar on Blenkinsop Road sells fresh local produce. Hillside Mall is a short drive from Gordon Head.
The neighbourhood’s location at the base of the Saanich Peninsula means it’s an easy fifteen-minute drive by automobile into downtown Victoria to the south along the Shelbourne Valley. The 27 and 28 buses provide direct access to downtown as well.
BC Ferries and Victoria International Airport are less than a thirty-minute drive from Gordon Head.
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