Cordova Bay is a pleasant neighbourhood in Saanich that lies just to the north of Mount Doug Park, and has a reputation for real estate prices that are above the median. The close proximity to shopping, schools and parks and recreation makes this seaside neighbourhood an attractive choice for both families and adults setting out on a new phase in life.
Beautiful Ocean Views
Cordova Bay stretches from sandy beaches up to a ridge with magnificent views of Haro Strait, the American San Juan Islands and Mount Baker, all to the east. Lochside Trail, a popular regional multi-use trail runs from north to south along the east side of the ridge, and the flat, multi-use trail is popular with cyclists travelling between Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula.
Close to the Beach, Regional Parks and Golf
One of Cordova Bay’s best features is a sand and pebble beach that’s great for exploring year-round, and is an especially popular spot for swimming and sunbathing on warm summer days. There are several public access points to the beach along Cordova Bay Road.
Perfect for families or anyone who loves the outdoors, Cordova Bay is close to a variety of parks and recreation spots as well.
Mount Doug Park
Wooded Mount Doug Park is just a short trip by car or bicycle from Cordova Bay. This forested park is perfect for hiking or family picnics.
Elk and Beaver lakes
Close by is one of the largest parks in Greater Victoria, Elk Lake and Beaver Lake. This network of swimming lakes provides opportunities for canoeing and kayaking, as well as fishing. The lakes are ringed by a ten-kilometre trail network popular with joggers, dog walkers and horseback riders.
Cordova Bay Golf Course
This parkland-style golf course is a favourite with locals. Besides offering 18-hole championship golf, Cordova Bay also offers stunning views of Mount Baker.
For errands and quick trips, a pharmacy, post office and supermarket are located in the heart of Cordova Bay. Royal Oak Shopping Centre and Broadmead Village are nearby, while Langford Costco and the large Uptown shopping centre are both an easy trip by car from Cordova Bay.
Mattick’s Farm, located in the heart of Cordova Bay, offers a relaxed atmosphere and is a favourite with locals. Browse boutiques for locally handcrafted pottery, handmade quilts, equestrian accessories, gardening tools and kitchenware.
Red Barn Market
Located at Mattick’s Farm, Red Barn Market is a farm-to-table supermarket offering fresh local produce, delicious deli prepared foods and locally raised Vancouver Island meat and poultry.
Schools Near Cordova Bay
The community lies within Saanich School District (SD 63), which, despite its name, does not serve the entire Municipality of Saanich, but does serve the entire Saanich Peninsula, including parts of Saanich such as Cordova Bay.
This Saanich school locator is a useful way to find the closest school to wherever you’re thinking of buying in Cordova Bay.
Several excellent schools are located in the Cordova Bay neighbourhood, including:
Cordova Bay Elementary
Located in the heart of the community, Cordova Bay Elementary enrols approximately 260 students in Kindergarten to Grade 5. The school now includes ‘Cordova Bay Community Place’, a joint venture of our school district and the Municipality of Saanich. This facility houses ‘Cordova Bay 55 Plus’, who run programs for more than 200 members here every day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Serving families who live in the southern reaches of Cordova Bay, Lochside Elementary is home to 450 students and focuses on providing a collaborative environment using inquiry and project-based learning.
Royal Oak Middle School
The Cordova Bay neighbourhood lies within the Royal Oak Middle School catchment. Located a short drive east from Cordova Bay, Royal Oak Middle School enrols about 550 students in grades 6, 7 and 8. The school has served the community for 150 years, and was completely rebuilt in 2006.
Claremont Secondary School
Parkland Secondary School is centrally located in Cordova Bay. The high school is known for its Institute for Excellence, which is provided in collaboration with the nearby Pacific Institute for Sport (PISE, and a stellar fine arts program.
Commuting from Cordova Bay
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 on Hwy 17 (the Pat Bay Highway), while the airport and BC ferries are located just fifteen minutes to the north.
However, many neighbourhood residents choose to ditch the car entirely and travel into town by bicycle via the Lochside Regional Trail. Depending on your fitness level, commuting by bicycle into town can be just as fast as driving.
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