Encompassing 237,000 hectares, including 70 Gulf Islands, the capital region is a sought after destination, renowned for its mild climate, beautiful coastlines and natural ecosystems. The traditional territories of over 20 First Nations span portions of the region, and 11 of those hold reserve lands throughout the capital region.
The region offers a balance between rural and urban lifestyles, from the farming communities in North Saanich to the evergreen hills of Sooke, from the artisan networks on the Gulf Islands to the government and business hub of the City of Victoria, the province’s capital.
It is home to the Canadian Pacific Naval Fleet and multiple educational institutions, including Camosun College, Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria.
Tourism, technology, health care and government services are key industries in the region, a place where residents and tourists can enjoy the Pacific Ocean, old-growth rainforests, outdoor adventure, and a vibrant arts and culture scene.
The region has seen a steady increase in population and a multi-year, double-digit growth rate in housing starts and property values. The CRD will continue to work with local residents, community groups, businesses, First Nations, major institutions, municipalities and other stakeholders to ensure our services continue to meet the needs of this growing region through major infrastructural development and services.
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Central Saanich | Colwood | Esquimalt | Highlands | Langford | Metchosin | North Saanich | Oak Bay | Saanich | Sidney | Sooke | Victoria | View Royal
Juan de Fuca | Southern Gulf Islands | Salt Spring Island