Esquimalt: A Neighbourhood Guide
Given’s Esquimalt’s unique location in that it’s almost entirely surrounded by water, this neighbourhood feels like it’s on it’s own little island! Esquimalt features around 30 parks and beaches throughout the area and is very popular for young families to lay roots given that it’s one of the most affordable areas in the Capital’s Core Region. Esquimalt also boasts some of the most beautiful views of Downtown Victoria and is home to the Naval Base, drawing in many to live here for work and the beautiful scenery.
In this neighbourhood guide of Esquimalt you’ll read about the many attractions to the area. If this is the neighbourhood for you, scroll down to the bottom to view homes that are currently for sale in Esquimalt. Alternatively, you can view these properties here.
A Brief History Lesson & Today
First Nations people of the Coast Salish linguistic group inhabited the area now known as Esquimalt for approximately 4000 years before the arrival of European settlers. The Township of Esquimalt began as an agricultural settlement and is now a vibrant and impressive community. The Esquimalt Harbour was used by the British Royal Navy in the 1800s and now Esquimalt’s Graving Dock is now the largest non-military site for ship building and repair on the west coast. It is also the largest employer in Esquimalt to day.
Esquimalt Adventure Park, Gorge Park, Anderson Park, Captain Jacobson Park, Macaulay Point, Saxe Point..the list goes on. There’s so many beautiful parks and beaches in Esquimalt it seems all you have to do is walk 5 minutes in any direction and you’ll likely find something. The Archie Browning Sports Centre and the Esquimalt Recreation Centre is where you’ll find lots of places for exercise and sporting activities, from hockey to weight lifting. There’s even a Trampoline Park!
Buccaneer Days are a fun-filled weekend is loaded with events for all ages, including a midway, dance, beer garden, rugby tournament, sky divers, kids play zone, races and parade. Memorial Park Music Fest hosts six beautiful summer evenings in Esquimalt with free live outdoor music performances in historic Memorial Park. ArtFest is another festival gaining momentum as well as the Esquimalt Light Up festival that takes place every Christmas.