The Sooke region, West Shore and Urban Greater Victoria includes most of the Capital Regional District (except the Saanich Peninsula). With incredible variety, from the urban provincial capital in Victoria, to the rugged natural beauty of Sooke, this area has it all.
British Columbia’s scenic capital city of Victoria is located on the southern part of Vancouver Island. Double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages, scenic gardens and even the tradition of formal afternoon tea, reflect this seaside city’s British heritage. Victoria’s economy is made up of traditional industry, advanced technology, tourism and arts and cultural organizations. The city boasts one of the highest “park-to-people” ratios of any city in North America. A temperate climate supports numerous recreational pursuits including golfing, fishing and pleasure boating and a vibrant restaurant scene.
Just 20 kilometers west of Victoria, the West Shore includes Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and the Highlands. This fast-growing community offers a variety of housing and commercial centres as well as ample recreation opportunities.
A short drive from Victoria, Sooke is known for its mild weather which allows residents to take advantage of all that the community has to offer. From horseback riding to sailing in the waters of the Sooke Basin, residents enjoy the casual lifestyle of a rural setting and the benefits of a nearby urban city.
The Sooke region, West Shore and Urban Greater Victoria is in the traditional territory of the Coast Salish and Nučaałʔatḥ (Nuu-chah-nulth) Indigenous people.
For more information please visit Health Match BC’s link Communities on the Island.
Community News & Events
The summer issue of Island Health magazine includes information on the COVID vaccine; a feature on planning ahead for retirement; Primary Care Networks explained and an in-depth look at the drug-poisoning crisis and some of the projects taking place as part of Island Health’s response.
More than 100,000 Vancouver Island residents are now signed up for MyHealth, a secure online website where patients and families can conveniently access personal health information for care and services provided by Island Health.
Island Health magazine spring 2021 features articles on COVID-19 including a look back at the past year. Also included are articles on the health benefits of spending time in nature, memory loss and aging, and a moving article about one family’s journey with hospice care.