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MAYOR’S MESSAGE Welcome to the 2019 Langford Guide! Located just north of the City of Victoria, Langford is a vibrant and ever-growing, family-friendly community with so much to offer both residents and visitors. Langford boasts an eye-catching natural landscape that includes three lakes, a provincial park and spectacular views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains. As one of the fastest growing areas in Canada, Langford truly is a city transformed by the forward-thinking, innovative and ambitious residents, businesses and Council. Whether you’re looking for action or relaxation, Langford has it all. One of the many wonderful things about Langford is that our residents can live, work and play here. With a variety of housing available to suit all incomes and needs, a council that encourages business development, and a diverse assortment of restaurants, bars and entertainment, everyone can ﬁnd their balance in Langford.
home to Cycling Canada’s Mountain Bike Team, and end your day on Bear Mountain with exceptional dining, the award-winning Santé Spa and Greater Victoria’s only outdoor pool at the North Langford Recreation Centre. If you’re looking for family fun, check out Goldstream Provincial Park, one of Langford’s many family-friendly beaches, the brand new YMCA Aquatic Facility, or City Centre Park, where you will ﬁnd bowling, mini golf, the Play Zone indoor playground, and the outdoor splash park. And please don’t forget to check the schedule for the high calibre sports teams playing out of the newly expanded Westhills Stadium: Paciﬁc Football Club (a team in the FIFA sanctioned Canadian Premier League), Rugby Canada and Rebels Football. Whether you’re here for a visit or here to stay, we know you’ll enjoy your time here. Welcome to Langford!
During your stay, visit the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, Canada’s only urban resort offering guests world-class recreation and relaxation opportunities. Play on the 36 hole Jack Nicklaus golf course to discover why Golf Canada calls Bear Mountain home, play on Canada’s largest indoor/outdoor red clay tennis court which doubles as Tennis Canada’s Development Centre, mountain bike down world class trails that are
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Victoria Int’l Airport 33km BC17 South to Exit 17 McKenzie, Turn to North on BC1. Take Exit 14 Langford
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Can’t wait to get to Langford? We can’t wait to welcome you, so don’t waste any time getting lost along the way. But be warned, once you ﬁnd your way here, you may not want to leave…
AIRPORTS The closest major airport is Victoria International, just 33 kilometres (20 miles) north of Langford. Once you land, the quickest way to travel is by highway – travel south on the Patricia Bay Highway until Exit 7 Nanaimo/Sooke and veer right onto McKenzie Avenue. From McKenzie Avenue, turn right onto the Trans-Canada Highway 1 until Exit 14 Langford. Remember to stay on the left side of the fork which will loop around onto Millstream Avenue/Veterans Memorial Parkway. Travel south until Goldstream Avenue then turn right into downtown Langford.
HIGHWAYS If you’re travelling from mid or north Vancouver Island, follow the Trans-Canada Highway 1 south. Highway 1 runs from downtown Victoria to Nanaimo and travels through the urban south Island region and the gorgeous Cowichan Valley. It also travels right through the City of Langford with the city centre south of the highway and Millstream Village to the north.
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You can also catch a seaplane, landing in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. There are several options out of town, all of which will lead you to the Trans-Canada and follow the same instructions as above.
FERRIES Langford is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island so one of the most popular ways to travel here is from the mainland. B.C. Ferries’ Swartz Bay terminal is just 37.5 kilometres (23 miles) north of Langford and can be accessed from the same highway system as the airport as the ferry terminal exits directly onto the Patricia Bay Highway.
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OPTIONS TO SUIT EVERY LIFESTYLE Langford consists of a diverse collection of neighbourhoods that have been carefully planned to accommodate all needs and lifestyles. Seniors looking to downsize, young families and singles seeking ﬂexible live-work options will ﬁnd what they are looking for within many of Langford’s award-winning communities. Homes and condominiums on Bear Mountain feature resort-style luxurious living framed by spectacular views, with access to two golf courses and a host of other outdoor recreational activities. Newer areas like Happy Valley include a selection of subdivisions with a variety of housing choices. Happy Valley has maintained a rural ﬂavour, but with all the modern conveniences of urban living minutes away. It has become a popular choice for young families starting out, as well as families who have made Langford their home for generations.
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Langford’s downtown core in beautiful Goldstream Village has a mix of condominiums, houses, affordable rental options and townhouses that take advantage of the close proximity to the many shops and local businesses that line the avenue. A short distance away, Westhills, which integrates the latest in green technologies, combines all of the elements you’re looking for. Within a short stroll of City Centre Park and the new YM–YWCA Aquatic Centre, library and arts centre, Westhills is perfectly positioned to provide access to the world-class recreational facilities and high calibre live sports action that have made its soccer and rugby stadiums the envy of the entire region. The West Shore Parkway, Langford Parkway and Bear Mountain Parkway have been added in recent years to make getting around Langford even easier. The just completed Leigh Road connector is another welcome addition to a carefully planned network of roads designed with future growth and convenient access to public transit in mind. Wherever you choose to live, you will be close to Langford’s
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Langford offers a great selection of shopping and restaurant options. The most comprehensive collection of retail and wholesale national chains on Vancouver Island are all within reach. Goldstream Avenue in Langford’s pedestrian and cyclist-friendly downtown offers a selection of shops, boutiques and businesses that specialize in unique products. There’s also an assortment of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.
Just minutes away, Westshore Town Centre has more than 50 stores and national brands to choose from, as well as Cineplex Odeon Westshore Cinemas, restaurants and coffee shops. Located across the highway from Home Depot, Staples, Costco and other national outlets, Millstream Village is another popular shopping destination. Belmont Market is an exciting new addition that provides many more choices for shopping and dining. The ﬁrst phases opened this year, with more on the way. Wherever you choose to shop, parking is free throughout all of Langford. If you’re in the mood for ﬁne dining or looking for something more casual, Langford serves up the best in pub food and a variety of choices featuring international cuisine. In addition to fast food outlets and popular chains such as Original Joe’s and Brown’s Social House, there’s lots of locally owned restaurants that have garnered rave reviews for their great food and service.
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PFC Home to some of Canada’s biggest sports names and a number of national teams, Langford is a destination to watch some of the best teams duke it out against their rivals. The two premium-grade artiﬁcial turf ﬁelds at City Centre Park are built to IRD and FIFA two-star rated speciﬁcations. Westhills Stadium — home to Rugby Canada, the Westshore Rebels football team and the new Canadian Premier League’s Paciﬁc FC — has full stadium seating that will accommodate 6,000 spectators, nine suites and concession with liquor service. Meanwhile, Bear Mountain is home to great tennis, mountain biking and a golf resort unlike any other in Canada.
PACIFIC FC The Paciﬁc Football Club is a division of the brand new Canadian Premier League and has brought professional men’s soccer to Langford. Based out of Westhills Stadium, the team played its inaugural season in 2019 and lit up the ﬁeld in purple and blue, taking on its opponents. The home opener in April 2019, saw a sold-out crowd and the team’s ﬁrst win as it made Canadian soccer history. The games are for all ages with a family zone, food trucks and a beer garden.
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RUGBY CANADA Canada’s top rugby athletes have settled into their routine of training on the turf ﬁelds at City Centre Park. They start their mornings with a scrum and hit the Eagle Ridge gym for an afternoon workout. Rugby Canada also ofﬁcially opened the brand new Al Charron Training Centre in 2018, the single-largest investment ever made by Rugby Canada in its pursuit of growing the sport in Canada. Canada’s international rugby teams have achieved unprecedented success. The senior women’s team claimed a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the men’s team claimed its ﬁrst ever HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series cup title at the 2017 Singapore Sevens.
TENNIS CANADA/TENNIS BC Near the North Langford Recreation Centre and at the foot of Mount Finlayson is a new tennis facility supported by Tennis Canada and Tennis BC. Located within the District of Highlands, the facility is easily accessible via Bear Mountain parkway and is expected to be one of the largest in Canada. It offers up eight red clay courts and a recently opened four-court indoor facility. Tennis Canada and Tennis BC are working to develop the sport, enhance an active tennis community and inspire players to enjoy all levels of play. It will be a future host site for Island, provincial, national and international events, training camps and coaching conferences, with a professional staff and a welcome environment.
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The Westshore Rebels football team ofﬁcially made its move to Langford’s Westhills Stadium in 2011. The club has been around since the late 1960s under various names but became the Westshore Rebels to commemorate its new home. The team, which is part of the Canadian Junior Football League and plays in the B.C. Football Conference, has award-winning coaches and players. The Westshore Rebels have also been recognized for their sportsmanship and involvement in the community and are committed to the development of amateur football and community development across Vancouver Island.
Langford’s Bear Mountain Resort is home to the Canadian National Mountain Bike team and includes a training centre, dirt jump park and bike trails. With its intermediate to advanced west coast single track, sweeping ﬂow lines and scenic climbs, Bear Mountain serves as year-round training grounds for Cycling Canada and has been host to the Canada Cup Series for mountain biking. The weather, technical terrain and training environment on Bear Mountain is perfect for Canada’s riders to prepare themselves to compete on the international stage.
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The Olympic View Golf Course was rated the 20th Best Golf Experience in Canada and USA West according to Fairways and Greens Magazine and has previously been ranked within the Top 35 Public Golf Courses in Canada and Top 50 Golf Courses in Canada by the Golf Course Ranking Magazine and Score Golf Magazine. It offers striking views of the Olympic Mountains to the south, two waterfalls, 12 lakes and wildlife like deer and eagles. Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club is unlike any other golf resort in Canada. Located on the foothills of Mount Finlayson, golfers get a spectacular view of the south Island to Mount Baker and everything in between. It is the only 36-hole Jack Nicklausdesigned property in Canada and specializes in a variety of tournaments. The resort offers two courses — the Mountain Course and the Valley Course — each with their own unique setting. Royal Colwood Golf Course is one of the oldest golf courses in B.C. and one of only ﬁve royal courses in Canada. It has been host to the monarchy numerous times and has been the location of several tournaments.
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LANGFORD SUPPORTS THE ARTS With the population of Langford growing, so too is the appetite within the community to celebrate the arts. The City of Langford supports arts in various ways. Annually, the City helps fund the West Shore Arts Council, which is the lead advocate for public understanding of, participation in and appreciation of arts, culture and heritage. The council puts on a number of events throughout the year to highlights the arts, including Light Up the Hills. As part of the annual event held after dark, residents use handmade lanterns and walk along the pathway from Belmont Secondary school to the Westhills playground. Along the way, there are illuminated art installations of various art forms. Langford is also a big supporter of the Coast Collective Gallery and Arts Centre, which opened its new space in January 2016 and has drawn thousands of visitors to discover and enjoy the arts on the West Shore. It is a dynamic, inspiring centre promoting art and culture, connecting community members of all ages through creative expression and explorations. Gallery exhibits bring the works of talented emerging and established Canadian artists and artisans to the public at an accessible location. An Artisan Gift Shop showcases juried handmade works that celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of southern Vancouver Island. Exceptional, innovative, international-calibre instructors encourage the pursuit of excellence and fun for artists of all ages and abilities.
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DISCOVER TWO HIDDEN GEMS
With its breath-taking views, the opportunities are endless for outdoor enthusiasts in Langford. But two spots that often go unnoticed by visitors are the Goldstream Trestle Bridge and little Niagara Falls.
While not quite as splendid, there is also Goldstream Falls, a smaller waterfall located in the southwest corner of the park near the campground.
Located in the heart of Goldstream Provincial Park, Niagara Falls and the trestle are often missed as residents and visitors ﬂock to the north side of the park for salmon spawning, hiking and the nature house.
Once you’ve snapped enough shots of Niagara Falls, head up the trail to the Goldstream Trestle Bridge. Don’t worry, the steep climb is well worth the view at the top. Nestled in the tree tops overlooking the park, this hike is not for the faint of heart, or anyone afraid of heights.
But hidden just off the highway on the south side, a short walk from the parking lot, is little Niagara Falls, a 47.5-metre-high waterfall that is particularly spectacular during the spring and fall months.
While this railway line was not active at the time of publishing, maintenance crews do travel on the tracks and visitors are asked to use extreme caution while on the bridge as it may be slippery.
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WATER PARKS BEAT THE HEAT What better way for your little ones to beat the heat than by splashing around at one of the city’s ﬁve spray parks. This good old-fashioned fun has been upgraded with additions to ﬁve local parks to make a splash and allow your kids to enjoy some fresh air and exercise. The city has spray parks at City Centre Park on Langford Parkway, Veterans Memorial Park on Goldstream Avenue, Langford Lake Beach on Leigh Road, Glen Lake Beach Park on Shoreview Drive and Centennial Park on Carlow Road. Centennial Park is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Glen Lake Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Langford Lake from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Veterans Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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FAMILY PARKS FIND FUN IN LANGFORD CITY CENTRE PARK City Centre Park redeﬁnes what a traditional civic park looks like. It is Langford’s “everything” and is a go-to place for active entertainment and recreation.
facility welcoming bowlers of all ages as well as league players.
The Eagle Ridge Community Centre’s arena plays host to roller and ball hockey leagues while lacrosse teams duke it out on the dry ﬂoor.
Halfway between Langford’s downtown core and Langford Lake is one of Langford’s new water parks, Centennial Park. It’s the perfect place for families to gather, watch a baseball game or try out the Explorer Dome.
Westhills Arena, which is next door, is a fullsize indoor ice arena featuring an ice river leading to an outdoor skating rink in the winter. The arena’s ice is great for hockey, ﬁgure skating and recreational use.
With four improved ball diamonds, two upgraded tennis courts and a washroom/ concession building, the park keeps adults happy and entertains kids with two playgrounds and a water park.
In the summer, the Splash Park is the best place to cool off and beat the heat.
The playground and picnic tables are specially surfaced to accommodate children with physical challenges.
The Family Fun Park is great fun for kids and adults with an 18-hole mini-golf course featuring pirates, Aztec ruins and buried treasure. The gold mine-themed PlayZone is a hit with the kids, giving them a space to run, crawl and slide while parents can relax on the leather couches with a coffee and magazines in the parents section. Westhills Stadium with a premium-grade artiﬁcial turf ﬁeld, is built to IRD and FIFA two-star rated speciﬁcations. It has full stadium seating that will accommodate 6,000 spectators, nine suites and concession with liquor service. Next to the stadium is Goudy Field, a second full-size artiﬁcial turf ﬁeld. Langford Lanes is Victoria’s only 10-pin bowling alley and is a state-of-the-art
ED FISHER MEMORIAL FIELD Ed Fisher Memorial Field is one of Langford’s best all-purpose ﬁelds. It is one of the largest public spaces in the Happy Valley neighbourhood and hosts all kinds of sports with a full ﬁeld for soccer, football or rugby, and a minor baseball diamond.
Kids can scramble over the jungle-gym and excavator while watching their older siblings run bases or shoot hoops on the basketball court. Permanent bleachers behind the diamond serve as the perfect spot for parents to watch their little ones. A concession/washroom facility stands in the centre of the park with parking and picnic facilities also available.
SARAH BECKETT MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND Built to honour West Shore RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett, the new playground will have two sections — one with equipment for two to ﬁve-year-olds and other for ﬁve to 12-year-olds. The playground is set to open on Aug. 24, 2019 and will coincide with the grand opening of the new Westhills Stadium located next door.
Youngsters can stay entertained with a playground and swings at one end of the ﬁeld. Ample parking, picnic tables, a public washroom and bleachers make this park family and spectator-friendly.
A.T. (TOM) GORDON MEM. PARK The A.T. (Tom) Gordon Memorial Park was built with Langford’s little leaguers in mind with a baseball diamond sized for little league baseball teams.
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NATURE PARKS Goldstream Estuary Photo by Dunc Malcolm
WHERE NATURE ABOUNDS MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN GOLDSTREAM PROVINCIAL PARK Waterfalls, old-growth forest and the opportunity to commune with Mother Nature draw thousands of visitors annually to Goldstream Provincial Park, located just minutes from Langford’s downtown core. Mount Finlayson offers spectacular views of the region, while the park’s trail system highlights the park’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems. The spawning of salmon from midOctober to December attracts visitors from around the world. The Freeman King Visitor Centre in the heart of the park is staffed by park naturalists happy to answer questions. They host interpretive programs and informative lectures throughout the year. A large picnic area with shelters and washrooms make Goldstream Provincial Park the perfect place for a family gathering. There’s a great selection of campsites, and a concession is in operation during the summer.
LANGFORD LAKE The city’s largest of several beautiful lakes is accessible from a number of convenient locations. Langford Lake’s boat launch on its western shore makes a variety of activities such as ﬁshing, kayaking, boating and canoeing available throughout the year. A user-friendly system of trails and boardwalks enable visitors to stroll around the lake and take advantage of scenic views that feature a variety of water fowl, birds and turtles. Langford Lake’s
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collection of beaches are the perfect place to cool off with a swim during the summer. Parking is available at a number of locations, including at the start of the Ed Nixon Trail near the Trans-Canada Highway and at nearby City Centre Park.
GLEN LAKE Nestled at the tip of the growing Happy Valley neighbourhood in the southern part of Langford, Glen Lake is the perfect place for boating, ﬁshing and swimming. You can take a dip at the beach at Glen Cove or at Glen Lake Beach Park, which has a boat launch, spray park, children’s playground, washrooms, an exercise area and picnic areas shaded by giant willows and Douglas ﬁrs.
FLORENCE LAKE The opportunity to swim, ﬁsh or simply enjoy amazing views draw residents and visitors throughout all four seasons to Florence Lake, one of Langford’s precious natural jewels. The two boardwalks are great spots to cast a line, and a boat launch on the northern shore provides easy access for boaters. The two viewing platforms that provide panoramic views of the lake are wheelchair accessible. The changing colours of an array of trees makes views of Florence Lake a must during the autumn months. All of Langford’s parks are dog friendly all year long.
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WALK & HIKE WALK AND HIKE LANGFORD An extensive trail system has been a goal of the City of Langford since its incorporation. As the city grows, Langford’s internal, environmentally friendly pathways grow as well.
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nearby houses. The possibility of small children being on bicycles and stopping to Millstream Creek Trail is one of the easiest explore a trailside playground are the big draws of this trail. Two foot bridges draw you walks in the Langford area. A wooded over the creek after passing through some The City of Langford strives to provide walk nestled in one of Langford’s family bizarrely shaped tress. Note the creek itself viable, sustainable transportation options for neighbourhoods, this trail is level, wellour residents and visitors which is why we groomed and well sign posted; it could hardly may be dry in the summer months. continue to develop pedestrian and bicycle be easier. Attractive leafy bushes screen Location: Driving north on Highway 1, as you
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pass Thetis Lake and approach Langford, take exit 14 towards Langford/Highlands. Drive along Millstream Road for about 0.3 km until you come to Goldie Avenue. Drive to the end and park.
fishing. A bit of a kid’s paradise, especially in the summer months. The swimming is plentiful, and the trail great for riding bikes. There is even a local population of painted turtles! Once on the Ed Nixon Trail, cross the lovely boardwalk to begin the trail. Dense willows cascade over the walkway with a couple of midpoint viewing platforms to take in the views. With a floating platform on the lake don’t miss the opportunity to grab your fishing rod and hook a trout!
Mill Hill Trail is an easily accessible hill and one of the prettiest, complete with Garry oak meadows, flowers and views. For families who like to experience being at the tip top this hill has a 360-degree view and a plaque naming distance points. The large rounded rock clusters make for the perfect place to perch and enjoy a family picnic. There can be a few challenging spots for those with weak knees but the trail to the summit is mostly smooth and regular.
Location: Driving north on Highway 1 take the signposted Leigh Road Exit. Drive just 1km, turn right onto Leigh Place and drive for 500m. You will come to a sign for Langford Lake Beach Park on the left.
Location: Off Highway 1, near Langford take the ramp towards Sooke and drive 0.8kms to Hoffman Avenue. Take a left. Continue for about 100m and make a right turn onto Winster Road, drive and go left onto Atkins Avenue. Drive for 1 km until you see the entrance on the left for the Capital Regional District offices and you’ll see the sign and entrance to Mill Hill Regional Park.
Strachan Trail follows the Florence Lake shoreline to a boat launch and swimming dock. On the north shore there is parking with an accessible viewing deck.
Langford Lake/Ed Nixon Trail is an amazing untouched bit of old forest that surrounds Langford Lake and the Ed Nixon trail tucked within the suburbs of Langford. There are opportunities for swimming, picnicking, and
Cy Jenkins Trail hugs the shore of Glen Lake’s southern tip. The trail links the community along Glennan Road to Happy Valley and the commercial hub surrounding
Langford Fire Rescue Station No. 2. It is one of the few City of Langford trails that intersect the Galloping Goose Trail. The E & N Rail Trail is the Capital Region’s newest pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare. Following the existing E & N Rail corridor, the trail stretches from Esquimalt to the pedestrian oriented green heart of Langford. It cuts through Langford’s downtown core and the Westhills development, into the beautiful greenery of CRD Humpback Reservoir where it will eventually connect with the proposed Trans-Canada Trail. The E & N connects to the Galloping Goose Trail at several points along its path to the Humpback Reservoir in western Langford. Like the Galloping Goose, the E & N moves through urban, rural and wilderness settings. Some portions of the trail are multi-use bike and pedestrian paths.
Lake access is easy along the northeast arm of the Strachan Trail. Off Springboard Place, the trail runs through lush vegetation full of song birds and small animals and provides a panoramic view of Florence Lake.
Building Healthy Communities. You’ll find the YMCA-YWCA, the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Victoria Conservatory of Music all located at the Westhills YMCA-YWCA/Langford Aquatic Centre. The state-of-the-art Westhills YMCA-YWCA/Langford Aquatic Centre offers a fitness facility, fitness studio, multi-purpose space, licensed child care services and an incredible Aquatic Centre, including lazy river and therapy pool. The new centre has something for all ages and abilities. In partnership with the City of Langford, the Y provides Langford residents with a 10% reduction on membership and day pass fees (proof of residency required).
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Willow Wind Feed Tack and Pet Supplies has been in business in Langford for over 30 years. This Island owned and operated store has a rich history of serving the Westshore and Lower Vancouver Island. Located at 2714 Sooke Road (just past the Happy Valley Road turnoff), they are open seven days a week to serve you better – Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and
Happy Hour 3-6 pm 9 to close
Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. The friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help provide solutions for your Pet, Equine, Livestock, Garden and Wild Bird needs. Everything from premium pet food brands, feed for horses, cattle, goats, hogs, llamas, alpacas, sheep and poultry as well as cats, dogs and small pets. They can even help you with seed for your wild birds. They also carry a fabulous selection of supplies…. Collars, leashes and toys. Willow Wind carries Island made Top Shelf Feeds as well as plenty of Canadian brands to choose from. Manufacture sponsored frequent buyers programs for many major brands are available. Stop in and meet us, check out our products and services; visit our website, langford.topshelffeeds.ca or give us a call. We are always happy to answer questions and help any way we can.
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GRAB YOUR BIKE AND HEAD TO LANGFORD Cyclists can enjoy the beauty of Langford on the Bear Mountain bike trails. There are parks and trails to satisfy any ride craving, including a family ﬂow trail, the Canada Cup trail, and a dirt jump park. The trails and jump park both accommodate riders of all levels from beginners to international competitors. Bear Mountain is home to the Canadian national mountain biking team, and riders can experience trails the national team uses for training and Cup races. The family trail is a ﬁve-kilometre track made up of groomed rollers and banked turns on a wide track. The Canada Cup trail offers a world-class single-track trail over 2.5 km with steep and scenic ascents and descents on a nature surface trail. The Cup trail is best suited for intermediate and advanced riders. The Skirt Mountain lookout trail and Highlands Valley loop are both family-friendly and Skirt boasts beautiful views of Victoria and the Salish Sea. Bike rentals can be found at Bear Mountain at the North Langford Recreation Centre. The Hub offers orientation clinics, bike park lessons and coaching if you’re looking to learn how or trying to tighten up that front ﬂip.
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WESTERN SPEEDWAY AND ALL FUN RECREATION PARK Langford is home to one of the biggest entertainment attractions on Vancouver Island, the Western Speedway. Thrill-loving visitors can see some loud, four-wheeled fun at the Speedway from March to October with race categories ranging from stock cars and sprint cars to demolition carts and monster trucks. With unbelievable boat/RV demolition competitions you wonâ€™t want to miss the action at Western Speedway. The All Fun Recreation Park attached to Western Speedway promises fun for the whole family with go-karts, batting cages and the Around the World in 18 Holes mini-golf course. Bring your friends and show your inner Andretti on the 1,400 foot road course, an over and under bridge and enough curves to challenge any driverâ€™s skill. Explore the world and attempt a hole in one under the famous Eiffel Tower. From fun to fierce hit that homer you dreamed about with eight batting cages featuring softball and baseball at 40,60 & 75 mph! The All Fun RV Park is also a great spot for RV travellers to enjoy a summer evening after a fun-filled day and offers showers, a laundromat, a sani-station, propane and firewood supplies. Location: From Victoria, take Highway 1 to Exit 14 (Millstream Road North, towards Highlands/Langford. Stay right to Millstream Road and continue NW on Millstream Road for 2.54 km. You will see the All Fun Recreation Park wooden sign on your right, signalling the entrance to the parking lot. Western Speedway is located in the back right corner of the parking lot.
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AMENITIES The City of Langford offers families and individuals great amenities. From annual and seasonal events that draw huge crowds from all over to incredible facilities, Langford is southern Vancouver Island’s playground.
RECREATION Recreation opportunities are in abundance in Langford with the Westhills YMCA/ YWCA Langford Aquatic Centre (1319 Westhills Dr.), City Centre Park and Westhills Stadium (1089 Langford Pkwy.), the North Langford Recreation Centre (in the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa) and West Shore Parks and Recreation. Families and individuals can take in a rugby, football or professional soccer game at Westhills Stadium, go for a recreational swim at the Westhills YMCA/YWCA Langford Aquatic Centre or play a round of golf at the need-to-see Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa. The many parks and trails also offer opportunities for hours of fun and exploration in Langford.
DOG PARKS Your four-legged friends need a place to unwind too and Danbrook Park is just the spot for them. The dog park is located on Claude Road, in the heart of Langford, and is a fenced space for dogs to play and run. Most of the city’s green spaces and trails are dog-friendly but dogs must be under the
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care and control of their owner. Dogs must also be on leash in playground areas and are not permitted on sports fields of school district property.
LIBRARIES Two Greater Victoria Public Library branches call Langford home, with a third one just outside the city at West Shore Parks and Recreation. The Goudy Branch (755 Goldstream Ave.) is in the heart of Langford and is a new express concept library with Goldstream Avenue patio seating and an attached coffee shop. The Langford Heritage Branch (102-1314 Lakepoint Way) features state-of-theart resources such as a book and movie vending machine.
ACCOMMODATIONS There are a number of great options for visitors to spend the night in Langford, including the Westin Bear Moutain Golf Resort and Spa (1999 Country Club Way), Four Points by Sheraton Victoria (829 McCallum Rd.) and the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Victoria (318 Wale Rd.).
LEGION The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91 located at 761 Station Ave. is not just for veterans. The Langford Legion is a proud supporter of the community and also houses the Goldstream Food Bank Society.
CHURCHES Western Community Baptist Church 2612 Sooke Road Westshore Alliance Church 2207 Millstream Road Colwood Pentecostal Church 2250 Sooke Road Westside Bible Church, 3307 Wishart Road Westshore Presbyterian Church 760 Latoria Road Lutheran Church Redeemer 911 Jenkins Road Pilgrim United Church, 3319 Painter Road Our Lady of the Rosary 798 Goldstream Avenue West Village Church 900-2945 Jacklin Road The Forge, 2612 Sooke Road
FREE PARKING One less thing to worry about in Langford is parking. All public parking areas are free, so leave your car behind and take a stroll through the neighbourhoods to see what the city has to offer. Come live your lifestyle for a day, a decade or longer in Langford.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS IN ANY EMERGENCY SITUATION NEEDING IMMEDIATE RESPONSE
NON EMERGENCY West Shore RCMP 250-474-2264
City Of Langford General Inquiries 250-478-7882
To Report a Forest Fire 1-800-663-5555
City Of Langford Public Works After Hours 250-478-7770
Animal Control 250-478-0624 BC Public Health Nursing Line 1-866-215-4700
Victoria General Hospital 1 Hospital Way Victoria, BC 250-727-4212 Westhills YMCA
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LANGFORD EVENTS Langford Legion Night Market Royal Canadian Legion Branch 91, 761 Station Ave. With more than 30 vendors at each market, this event runs on the third Wednesday if every month, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
music, food trucks, shopping and more. Every Wednesday, July through August. HSBC Women’s Sevens Rugby Event 1089 Langford Parkway. Westhills Stadium May 11-12
Rugby 7’s Senior Women’s Tournament Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway. May 11, 2019
Luxton Spring Fair Luxton Fairgrounds, 1040 Marwood Ave. Antique farm equipment, heritage museum, Vancouver Island Blacksmith demonstrations, vendor booths and more, open from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information go to luxtonspringfair.ca May 17 to 20
Goldstream Farmers’ Market Veterans Memorial Parkway, at the corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue Every Saturday from May 12 to October 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paciﬁc Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. York9 FC May 18, 12:30 p.m.
Victoria Day May 20 Canvas Family Festival Veterans Memorial Parkway, at the corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue May 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Luxton Summer Night Market Luxton Fairgrounds, 1040 Marwood Ave. A new outdoor market with live
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Rock the Rink West Shore Parks & Recreation, 1767 Island Hwy. Youth bands compete for the opportunity to play at Laketown Shakedown at Laketown Ranch. All ages community event. June 1 Goddess Run The eighth annual event features the BMO 5K, Westhills 10K or Spring Virtual Goddess Run. June 1 2019 Sun Life Walk to Cure Diabetes for JDRF Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway. June 9
Langford Duathlon and Triathlon Standard and Sprint triathlon and duathlon races with swimming, biking and running Langford Lake July 7 Paciﬁc Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Forge FC July 13, 3 p.m. Paciﬁc Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. HFX Wanderers FC July 20, 3 p.m. Mayor’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament Bear Mountain Golf and Country Club For more info go to langford.ca 25 July
Paciﬁc Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Edmonton FC June 23, 3 p.m. Canada Day July 1
West Shore Rebels Season Opener Westhills Stadium 1089 Langford Parkway. August 3 at 2 p.m.
Paciﬁc Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Calvary FC July 1, 3 p.m.
B.C. Day August 6
Paciﬁc Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Calvary FC July 6, 3 p.m.
WestShore Rebels Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. VI Raiders. August 8, 7 p.m.
We hope you enjoy our beautiful and vibrant city!
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LANGFORD EVENTS CONTINUED Langford Parkway Show and Shine Goldstream Avenue, Peatt Road to Veterans Memorial Parkway August 18
WestShore Rebels Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Broncos October 5, 4 p.m.
Pacific Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Valour FC August 24, 3 p.m.
Thanksgiving October 8
BCHF – Victoria Golf Tournament 2019 Westin Bear Mountain Resort, 1999 Country Club Way August 27 Pacific Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Forge FC September 4, 8 p.m. Labour Day September 2 Pacific Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. York9 FC September 11, 8 p.m. Luxton Fall Fair Luxton Fairgrounds, 1040 Marwood Ave. September 13 to 15 Pacific Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Edmonton FC September 14, Noon WestShore Rebels Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Huskers September 15, 1 p.m. WestShore Rebels Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Rams September 21, 4 p.m Pacific Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. HFX Wanderers FC October 2, 7 p.m.
Pacific Football Club Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Valour FC October 19, 3:30 p.m. WestShore Rebels Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway Vs. Suns October 20, 1 p.m. Rugby 7’s Senior Women’s Tournament Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway. Canada vs. Brazil, Ireland and Australia. November 5, 2 p.m. Remembrance Day Veterans Memorial Parkway, located at the corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue November 11 Legion Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Craft Sale and Tea Royal Canadian Legion Br. #91 Langford, 761 Station Ave Free admission with 52 tables, silent auction, meat draws. Wheelchair accessible. For more information call 250-478-5484 November 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Light Up Trolley Tours This annual tour admits by donation of a non-perishable food item or cash, with proceeds going to the local food bank. Each tour is approximately 45 minutes long. December 20, 21, 22, 6:15 p.m. Christmas Day December 25
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