Highlands BC Real Estate & Attractions
About Highlands, British Columbia
The District of Highlands (referred to as “The Highlands”) is one of the West Shore municipalities just outside Victoria. It is one of the newer communities being developed and falls within the Capital Regional District.
It is evident that this region dates back many years as can be seen on the Homestead at Caleb Heritage Park. There are several heritage buildings that let us see a small piece of what life must have been like during the 1800’s, including:
• Caleb Pike House – a log cabin dating back to 1883
• The Little Red Schoolhouse – moved here from a nearby site and carefully rebuilt so as to respect its heritage which dates back to 1893
• An original dairy building – now used as caretaker residence
• A heritage orchard
Although The Highlands is now a growing community, it has maintained its natural, rural beauty and a strong commitment for any development to have as little impact on the environment as possible.
Real Estate in Highlands BC
Many of the residents in the area have been drawn here because of the privacy that each home offers. The homes and estates of The Highlands have been built with the environment and the rural nature of the area in mind.
Real estate properties in The Highlands generally start in the $700,000 range with estates that are typically in the $1 to $2 million range.
It’s proximity to amenities, Bear Mountain, and a vast array of activities all set in such a pristine environment is yet another factor for its popularity among discerning home buyers. The Highlands real estate market continues to be strong making it a sound financial investment.
Highlands Attractions and Resources
The Highlands has its own volunteer Fire Department as well as agreements for mutual aid with other nearby towns including:
- The British Columbia Forest Service
- Willis Point
- View Royal
Household garbage collections is handled by private contractors which can all be easily accessed through the local Yellow Pages directory.
BC Transit does provide their handyDART service for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Although The Highlands area is poised for residential expansion within the Greater Victoria Region, much of its popularity stems from the many pristine lakes, hills, and wilderness areas that offer a host of activities for all ages.
There are two main municipal parks in The Highlands offering a wide array of both leisurely activities and exciting outdoor adventures:
- Twinflower Park – Has a tot playground, ball field, bicycle jump, and a horse-riding ring
- Eagles Lake Park – Has a beach and picnic area
The welcoming atmosphere and privacy along with quality of life that The Highlands offers would be difficult to duplicate anywhere on southern Vancouver Island.
For more detailed information about attractions, resources and things to do in Highlands BC, click on the PLUS sign beside “Highlands Attractions” below.
Local Resources and Information
Gowlland Todd Provincial Park
Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is a 1,280 hectare park covering most of the eastern side of the Saanich Inlet, stretching between Goldstream Provincial Park, Brentwood Bay, and the Butchart Gardens. With over 25km of trails ranging from wheelchair accessible to wilderness-style, Gowlland Todd Provincial Park has a Class A designation, meaning that its establishment was intended to preserve its natural environment for public enjoyment. The forest here is lush old growth, offering spectacular views and more than 150 identified animal and plant species. Outhouses are available at the Mackenzie Bight, Todd Inlet and Caleb Pike access points. Picnic tables can be found at Caleb Pike and Tod Inlet. Hikers are encouraged to bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as appropriate clothing, and should exercise due caution, as many of the Gowlland Tod trails have challenging terrain and dense forest.Learn More
Lone Tree Hill Regional Park
The main parking lot for Lone Tree Hill Regional Park is located in the Highlands, on Millstream Road, less than 250m from where it intersects Red Cedar Court. Alternatively, you can get to this park from Goldstream Provincial Park by simply following Finlayson Arm Road for about 10 minutes, and then turning left when it intersects Millstream Road. Lone Tree Hill is a tiny park, being just over 31 hectares, so it may be a good idea to plan to visit this beautiful gem along with some other nearby attractions. The summit is about 1.6km from the trailhead, and from it you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Malahat, Victoria, and even the Olympic Mountains in the distance. While at the park, you may get to see rare plants nestled in rugged outcrops, bald eagles, turkey vultures, hawks, ravens, and other wildlife, on top of the fantastic view from the 364 meters high summit.Learn More
Mount Work Regional Park
Located on the border of Saanich and the Highlands, Mount Work Regional Park is 20km north of Victoria, and 697 hectares in size. It is a multi-use day park that offers mountain biking trails, over 11km of mixed terrain hiking trails leading through the forest to the summit of Mount Work, and water activities at Durrance and Pease lakes. The north side of Durrance Lake features wheelchair accessible areas, but many of the trails are not suitable for those with mobility issues. There are four access points to Mount Work Regional Park, including the main entrance on Ross Durrance Road, the Durrance Lake entrance, the Hartland Landfill entrance, and the Munn Road entrance. Public transportation, via the #83 bus, is available only at the Hartland entrance. For more information, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/parks.Learn More
The Caleb Pike House
Originally built in 1883 by Caleb Pike, an English colonist who came to Canada to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company, the house and the heritage park on which it sits now represent the efforts of the Highland community to preserve its pioneer heritage. The land was donated to the Capital Regional District in 1983, and then transferred to the District of the Highlands in 1993. The original house underwent necessary restoration before being opened to the public as a community building in 1985. The house has since been restored a second time, to stabilize the roof, and other buildings have been added to the park.Learn More