Langford BC Real Estate & Attractions
About Langford, British Columbia
The first European settlers in Langford date back to 1851. Captain Edward Langford originally established several Hudson’s Bay Company farms in the area. Goldstream Provincial Park, which is situated in Langford, saw a rather short-lived gold rush in the early 1860’s. By the late 1800’s Langford had become a popular spot for vacationers from nearby Victoria. There were three main groups that regularly traveled to Langford:
• Victoria residents traveling by train for a day of fun and relaxation
• Hunters who built lodges by the mountain lakes
• Victoria’s elite who would spend the summers by Langford Lake
It wasn’t until December 8, 1992 that the City of Langford was officially incorporated. Today, Langford’s motto is, “Golden in setting, determined in Spirit”. This motto depicts the community’s determination to continue developing and enriching the unique character of the city as well as its future. Holding true to this motto, Langford is proud to be the fastest growing ‘smaller’ city on Vancouver Island.
Real Estate in Langford BC
The population growth as well as the increase in business development has given Langford a tax base with which to continue its growth along with the many beautification projects continually underway. Between 2001 and 2006, the city has seen a growth in population of 19.2%.
Langford has successfully established innovative solutions in their housing development plans putting them firmly on the map for future and sustainable growth. Langford’s housing market is also a leader in affordable housing making it possible for all income levels to settle in the area.
There are several reasons why more and more individuals and families are making the move to Langford including:
- A balanced mix of both affordable and luxury housing options
- An abundance of indoor and outdoor recreational activities suitable for all age groups
- All the amenities that a family requires close at hand including large retail and medical facilities
- A progressive and welcoming environment
The housing value in Langford’s real estate market is by far one of the best on southern Vancouver Island and residents enjoy mild winters, warm, dry summers with plenty of green space for recreation.
Langford Attractions and Resources
Langford boasts the world renown Goldstream Provincial Park where salmon spawn each year, three lakes and several regional parks. Summers in the city are filled with festivals, fairs, and markets of all kinds.
The City of Langford is serviced by School District 62 which runs several elementary, middle, and high schools.
Recycling in Langford is provided by the CRD (Capital Regional District) while garbage collection is run by private collection companies which can easily be located via the local ‘Yellow Pages’.
The West Shore RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Detachment located in downtown Langford provides policing in the city as well as for some neighbouring communities. Langford Fire Rescue has provided fire and rescue services to the city since 1947 which consists mainly of a large group of dedicated volunteer firefighters.
Both Victoria International Airport and BC Ferries Swartz Bay terminal are just a short drive from the city. There are several BC Transit buses that travel to and from Langford and within the city there is a trolley system where ridership is by donation.
Langford also has an extensive hiking and cycling trail system both within the city and ones that connect to other areas throughout the Capital Region.
Langford is a growing and progressive city with and abundance of both indoor and outdoor activities suitable for young couples, families and seniors.
For more detailed information about attractions, resources and things to do in Langford BC, click on the PLUS sign beside “Langford Attractions” below.
Local Resources and Information
All Fun Go Carts
Located next to the Western Speedway, at 2207 Millstream Road in Langford, All Go Karts is part of the larger All Fun Recreation Park. The raceway features a 1,400ft course with safety guards, bridges, and plenty of curves to challenge anyone’s skills. For beginners or small children, All Fun Go Karts also has an oval track, as well as double karts that allow Mom or Dad to ride with you.
A 6 minute ride on the large track will cost you $13, and $11 for a second ride. A 6 minute ride on the small track will cost you $10, or you can pay $13 for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can opt to purchase a punch card that gives you 20 rides, for $200. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, or to arrange a group outing, please call 250-474-1961.Learn More
Bear Mountain Golf Resort
Located at 1999 Country Club Way, Langford, Bear Mountain Golf Resort is the only urban resort in Canada. This unique travel and entertainment alternative offers both short term stays at the Westin Bear Mountain, or the opportunity to buy real estate within the resort village, so that you can choose to live there or return time and again. Bear Mountain is home to two 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf courses, the Mountain Course and the Valley Course. For those who don’t golf, Bear Mountain Golf Resort has plenty of individual or family attractions at the resort itself, or nearby, including: a new bike park for all skill levels, a first-class fitness facility, a relaxing day spa, fantastic eateries, nearby shopping, hiking, and assorted other family activities.Learn More
Goldstream Provincial Park is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, 17 km from downtown Victoria. This stunning park includes 475 hectares of mixed terrain, filled with old-growth forest and a variety of wildlife, and offers camping, medium to challenging hiking, picnicking facilities, public restrooms, a bicycle handling skills area, and a number of public events throughout the year.
The sites are available year-round, but full-facility camping (including hot showers, water, firewood, etc.) is only available from March 11th– October 9th. Regular campsites are $35 per night ($17.50 for seniors). Group camping is also available, at $120 per site, plus $5 per adult over 16 years old, and $1 per child aged 6-15. Children aged 6-15 can camp for free.Learn More
Located at 1097 Langford Parkway in Langford, this bowling alley is just minutes from downtown Victoria. Langford Lanes has 20 ten pin lanes, a video arcade, a licensed restaurant, a snack bar, a private VIP area bowling area for special events, and banquet facilities. It is open 7 days a week, from 10am to 11pm. Individual game prices are $5.50 for children and seniors, and $5.85 for adults. Regular lanes can also be booked by the hour for $36, while the VIP lanes can be booked for $50.
Equipped for special needs individuals, Langford Lanes ensures that everyone can have fun bowling. Youth, adult and senior bowling leagues are run here, for those with a competitive streak. Scoring is automatic, courtesy of their state-of-the-art equipment, high definition LCD screens and sound systems.Learn More
Olympic View Golf Course
Named for its stunning view of the Olympic Mountains, Olympic View Golf Course is 20 minutes away from downtown Victoria, at 643 Latoria Road in Langford. This club has been rated among the top 10 public golf facilities in British Columbia, and the top 50 in Canada, according to ScoreGolf and Golf Course Ranking. Their on-site shop lets you equip yourself for your game, 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk. The club is open year round, with green fees ranging from $37 to $69. To create a memorable wedding or other special event, consider allowing Olympic View’s event planners to help you plan your occasion with style. Up to 250 wedding guests can be accommodated at the Clubhouse, or 350 banquet guests at Forester’s Restaurant, which is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm, and on weekends from 7am to 8pm.Learn More
Located at 2207 Millstream Road in Langford, the Western Speedway is one of Langford’s most exciting attractions. Seating up to 3000 visitors, it features Stock and Sprint car racing, demolition derbies, and monster truck rallies. On certain days, Nascar and monster truck rides can be purchased, starting at $39. Kid’s parties, with 2 adults and 5 children aged 12 and under, are $100 during regular events and $150 during special events. Prices include reserved seats, meals, 5 goodie bags, a name announcement on the PA, and an autograph session with the birthday child’s favourite racer. Group parties are available, including reserved seating, ticket discounts for groups larger than 10, and food vouchers.Learn More
Located at #900, 2945 Jacklin Road in Langford, the Cineplex Odeon is Langford’s movie entertainment hub. With a total of 12 screens, this theatre features 4 dedicated 3D screens, sensory friendly showings, wheelchair accessibility, and movie times for parents with small children, as well as 2 party rooms for special events. If you like enjoying a snack or even a meal while you watch a movie, Cineplex offers Outtakes Backstage Bistro, Yoyo’s Yogurt Café, Poptopia, Tim Horton’s, Pizza 73, Pizza Pizza, Starbucks, Panago and Mini Melt Ice Cream. SCENE members can get 10% off concession costs, and earn up to 150 points by ordering a snack or meal combo. General admission prices range from $11.99 to $14.99. Child (aged 3 to 13) admission prices range from $8.99 to $11.99, while seniors admission prices range from $9.50 to $12.50. For more information, please call: 250-474-1007.Learn More