Esquimalt BC Homes & Real Estate
Included below are homes for sale and real estate in Esquimalt, BC. Esquimalt is a vibrant community separated by a mere few kilometres from the downtown core of Victoria by the new elegant single-leaf bascule Johnson Street Bridge. With ocean on all sides, and neighbourhoods strung together by a bike trail and walkway, Esquimalt provides a scenic and sunny place to live. Hosting attractive residential neighbourhoods like Saxe Point and Rockheights, the district also has an accumulative 72 acres of parkland to play in, as well as many recreation and community centres to choose from. This community feels like living in a quiet suburb but you are only 5 minutes into downtown Victoria.
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Esquimalt’s Six Main Subdivisions
Named for its elevated, beautifully bluffy nature, Rockheights is an esteemed neighbourhood in Esquimalt. Highrock Park is an incredible place to take in the coastal views from all directions, and its location in the heart of Esquimalt gives the neighbourhood an advantage to get the essentials of living.
Like Rockheights, Saxe Point is a highly desirable Esquimalt neighbourhood. With its seaside residences knit by walkable streets and winding paths, it has the serenity of the seaside as well as quick access to the amenities of Esquimalt village. Nearby Saxe Point Park provides an easy green, seafront destination.
The Esquimalt neighbourhood rests on the furthest west point on the peninsula. The shores of Esquimalt Harbour house Canada's own Pacific Naval Fleet, with a military base that contributes approximately $340 million to the local economy annually, adding to its vibrancy.
Old Esquimalt has plenty of opportunity for visiting the waterfront, with its marvelous MacAulay Point Park, and its easy access to the Westbay Marine Village. It also hosts a series of cozy cafés and restaurants, and the proximity to Esquimalt High School makes parenting life easier. Anderson Skatepark and Victoria West Skatepark to the east provide a great way for the kids to stay active and meet community.
The Gorge Vale is equal parts greenspace and equal parts residential, though the residential area is itself a quiet, leafy neighbourhood, and sits just off of Admirals Road, which is a straight shot into the heart of the city.
Considered one of Esquimalt’s most desirable residential neighbourhoods due to its quiet streets and proximity to Victoria’s Inner Harbour, it’s the best of both worlds. The recently restored Gorge Waterway is no more than a block from nearly all homes, and the Gorge Park Waterway Path just across the water provides a great neighbourhood walking loop.The Esquimalt Gorge Park at Tillicum Narrows hosts an exceptional garden and education centre.
There’s something to be said for living in proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Historically Esquimalt has made the news for being the “warmest place in Canada.” When Esquimalt clocked in at 5 degrees Celsius one February morning in recent years, places like the Yukon were feeling the chill of -45 degrees. If you like a temperate climate with relatively high year-round warmth and sun, Esquimalt has you covered. Esquimalt is usually a degree or two warmer than the rest of Victoria.
Esquimalt has been the home of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples since time immemorial. The name derives from “eswhoy-malth,” meaning “the place of gradually shoaling water,” and the Esquimalt Band continues to reside at Esquimalt Harbour. The first European ship to enter Esquimalt Harbour was Spanish ship Princesa Real, which arrived in 1790. Just over 50 years later officials of the Hudson’s Bay Company visited Esquimalt Harbour in search of a location for a Fort north of the border. While it was outcompeted the location of what is now Victoria Harbour, Douglas returned in 1848 to establish a series of Western agricultural farms, which overtook the traditional camas fields, tended for generations by Coast Salish women. Esquimalt took the place of Valparaiso, Chile, becoming the Pacific’s Royal Navy Headquarters in 1865.
Culture & Arts
Esquimalt Buccaneer Days - A fun, annual, community pirate party! This event has been going on for over 60 years in Esquimalt. Originating as a May Day celebration in 1966 this annual tradition evolved into Buccaneer Days. This is a fun family friendly event that helps to raise money for community infrastructure
Esquimalt Celebration of Light - Looking to have fun with the whole family over the holidays? This annual parade and event is a great time to charge up on the holiday spirit. This event has been running since 2006.
Parks & Recreation
Esquimalt Recreation Centre - The Esquimalt Recreation Centre is a large, 4,500 square foot health and wellness centre consisting of a gym with state-of-the-art equipment, recreational programs, and and a six-lane aquatic centre with a hot-tub, sauna, and steam room.
Archie Browning Sports Centre - The Archie Browning Sports Centre includes an hockey and ice-skating arena, curling rink, as well as roller derby and spin classes.
The Esquimalt Gorge Park - Beautiful park located on the Gorge waterway. This park contained North America's first Japanese Garden.
Gorge Waterway Nature House
Bordeur Field -baseball diamond, a soccer pitch, and a crushed rock walking path around the perimeter of the field.
Bullen Field - is large enough for a number of organized field sports such as softball, soccer and rugby. The entire field is also used for single special events that draw the community and neighbours from other parts of the Capital Region. Located at Lyall and Fraser Streets, between the Esquimalt Recreation Centre and the Archie Browning Sports Centre.
Lampson Park - This 1.7 hectare ball park is home to the Esquimalt Little League Association. Complete with two little league ball diamonds, a batting cage, concession, washrooms and bleachers, it has hosted numerous seasons of Little League games and competitions.
Arm Street Promenade - Arm Street Promenade is a .5 hectare park with views of the popular Gorge Waterway.
Shopping & Dining
Esquimalt Road - Esquimalt Road has all the staples. Residents can get their groceries at the country farm-style Red Barn Market and liquor at Tudor House, or quell their hunger at mouth-watering eateries like Kwao Thai food, Vietnamese Garden, or poutine at La Belle Patate. Just further east along Esquimalt road is another micro-village with pizza, sushi and Bunny’s Nook Kitchen & Café, plus a treasure-packed pawn shop.
Esquimalt Plaza - Located next to the Archie Browning Sports Centre. Features a large Country Grocer, dry cleaners, liquor store, dollar store, Little Caesars, Esquimalt Optical, Esquimalt Bake Shop, and Serious Coffee.
If there’s anything that the plaza and micro-villages can’t offer, the nearby Westside Shopping Centre in Victoria West, or the larger Tillicum Shopping Centre across the Tillicum bridge, will top off your needs without too much travel.
Lighthouse Brewing Company - Lighthouse Brewing Company offers beer lovers an oasis with 9 taps of favourite and seasonal beers. They also offer a unique picnic area where you can bring your own dinner and dip into a fresh growlers with friends.
Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park - The Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park is a glowing centre of family fun with its trampoline park, foam pits, climbing walls, rope courses, arcade and café, all with a neon-lit atmosphere. It is on almost every child’s birthday party location wishlist.
The Greater Victoria School District (GVSD) operates the public and charter schools in Victoria West. Several private or specialty schools are also available
Craigflower Elementary School - 2766 Admirals Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 2R3
École Macaulay Elementary School - 1010 Wychbury Ave, Victoria, BC V9A 5K6
Tillicum Elementary School - 3155 Albina St, Victoria, BC V9A 1Z6
Rockheights Middle School - 1250 Highrock Ave, Victoria, BC V9A 4V7
Shoreline Community Middle School - 750 Shoreline Dr, Victoria, BC V9B 1M6
Esquimalt High School - 847 Colville Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 4N9
École Victor-Brodeur - 637 Head St, Victoria, BC V9A 5S9
S J Willis Alternative School - Cecelia Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 4T4
La Pre Maternelle Appletree Preschool - 500 Admirals Rd, Victoria, BC V9A 2N4
Victoria Montessori Preschool - 323 Skinner St, Victoria, BC V9A 3B5
Esquimalt Music Centre - 883 Wollaston St, Victoria, BC V9A 5A8
Naval Fleet School (Pacific) - 92 Ontario Dr, Victoria, BC V9A 7N2
Size and Population
Area: 7.08 km²
Population: 17,655 (2016 stats)
Population Density: 2,494.7 per square kilometre
Zip Code(s): V9A
Tillicum Narrows, also known by its previous name Camosack Canal, is the only “reversing rapids” in Western Canada. The ocean tides push an enormous amount of water up and down the Gorge Waterway, and the gorge’s narrow 45-foot width at the point of Tillcum Narrows creates a backwards and forwards waterfall depending on the tide’s direction. The narrows is also the resting place of Camossung, an ancestor of the Lekwungen Peoples, who was turned to stone there by The Transformer. Unfortunately, the reversing waterfall was partially destroyed when an Esquimalt resident in 1960 attempted to blow up some of the rocks with dynamite.
Esquimalt Gorge Park was the location of North America’s first Japanese Garden.
As the Pacific headquarters of the Canadian Maritime Forces, Esquimalt is the home of one of the largest dry docks in the world.