Mill Bay BC Real Estate & Attractions
About Mill Bay, British Columbia
There is not much documented history about the area around Mill Bay prior to 1838 when a couple of French Canadian trappers from the Hudson Bay Company arrived from across the Saanich Peninsula. They hunted, trapped, and fished without virtually any contact until the 1850’s.
The Mill Bay of recent times was established in the 1860’s with the primary industries of lumber and milling. The mill which was built by Henry Sheppard was eventually sold with the new owner making much needed improvements greatly increasing the mill’s output. From that point on more settlers began to arrive lured by the prospect of steady work.
Once the highway over the mountain (The Malahat) was built and with it the ability to travel more easily to Victoria, Mill Bay was now a viable place to settle.
Real Estate in Mill Bay, BC
Mill Bay seems to have benefitted from the rising demand and cost of housing of nearby Victoria. It has enabled many individuals and families to enter the Mill Bay housing market while avoiding the much higher costs of Victoria and still be close to the provincial capital.
The town of Mill Bay has grown considerably in recent years and as a result offers residents all the services they require in terms of schools, recreation, emergency services, and more. Real estate in Mill Bay also has a wide range of residential properties to suit career couples, young families as well as luxury homes and those looking to downsize in their retirement years.
Mill Bay real estate has experienced steady growth in recent years making it a sound investment opportunity. Its range of properties, abundant recreational activities, and local resources continue to attract more families looking to purchase a home in Mill Bay.
Mill Bay Attractions and Resources
Outdoor recreational activities in Mill Bay provide many options for individuals and families of all ages. A sample of the many wonderful things to see and do include:
- Nature parks
- Rowing Regattas
- Cultural events
- Provincial Park
- Amazing sandy beaches
School District 79 provides first class education for more than 7,500 area students. It is also home to the Brentwood College School which is a co-educational university preparatory boarding school from grade 9 through to grade 12.
The Mill Bay Fire Department is run mostly by a group of highly dedicated volunteers that also provide public safety services to area residents.
The services, recreational activities and pristine natural landscape all contribute to a well established and tight knit community for both young families and retirees.
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Local Resources and Information
Mill Bay Attractions
Bamberton Provincial Park
Bamberton Provincial Park is located in Mill Bay BC, about 6km south of the lights at the Mill Bay Centre mall. The park welcomes its visitors with a vast array of trails, massive campground areas and warm sandy beaches. The warm waters surrounding Vancouver Island’s Mill Bay have been a popular cause for local salmon to gather in the waters of the park, making it a popular destination for fishermen. The tempting water and the 225-metre long sandy beach have also made Bamberton Provincial Park a perfect spot for visitors to come spend a day or two.
While children romp in the warm water, parents can lounge in the sand and enjoy the views of the shores of the Saanich Peninsula, with the southern Gulf Islands and Mt. Baker behind. Being
Blue Dog Kayaking
Blue Dog Kayaking in Mill Bay on southern Vancouver Island offers an extensive array of kayaking and paddle boarding lessons, excursions, and tours from novice to highly experienced levels. Sunset tours, summer youth programs, instructor certifications, multi-day excursions; Blue Dog Kayaking can help you choose which program will best fit your needs. While their aim is to teach you valuable skills, their programs and tours are designed to make sure you have fun while doing so and their hope is to impart a love of their water sport and an appreciation for our natural surroundings.Learn More
Located in Mill Bay on southern Vancouver Island, Enrico Winery produces award winning wines on their 50 acre property. You can visit their tasting room where you can sample wines and enjoy local cheeses, arrange a picture perfect wedding, take in special events, and relax by a stocked trout pond. They offer free self-guided tours or arrange group tours with friends or an office outing. Find out how you can receive a voucher for 2 free wine tastings. Join their wine club for discounts and other offers. Some of their more popular wines include: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Foch, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet Libre.Learn More
Unsworth Vineyards welcomes you to a wine tasting and seasonally inspired dining experience, showcasing fresh local sustainable ingredients, accompanied by exceptional service and award-winning wines! Unsworth Vineyards and Restaurant is located on 2915 Cameron Taggart Road in beautiful urban Mill Bay on 12 acres. Gorgeous grounds, wonderful food and a relaxed atmosphere where unique grapes becomes delicious wines is just minutes away from the ocean. The winery’s pristine location provides the perfect coastal climate for growing some of the world’s finest and most unique wine grapes. The vineyard features a beautiful tasting room and across from the winery’s tasting room, stands a 115-year old farm house which has been beautifully renovated to accommodate Unsworth’s award-winning restaurant which showcases the best of local Vancouver Island food.Learn More