the Fairfield-Gonzales Area: A Neighbourhood Guide
Fairfield is a pleasant, residential community with a mix of low-rise apartments and single family homes on well-maintained, tree-lined streets. It is bounded to the east by Oak Bay, to the north by the community of Rockland, to the west by Beacon Hill Park and to the south by the ocean shoreline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Arguably one of the most highly sought after areas of Fairfield is the Cook Street Village area, a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike. This neighbourhood is rich in culture and history.
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Fairfield features the historic Ross Bay Cemetery, as well as many heritage buildings dating from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. The community is very engaged here as many are members of the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association who serve and act in need of the surrounding neighbourhood and it’s residents. This association has been working with the City of Victoria in developing a community plan for this area which will be adding various improvements to the neighbourhood.
During the days of “Fort Victoria” Sir James Douglas acquired for himself a large property between Fort Street and Clover Point, which he called Fairfield Farm. To the east lay the lands of Joseph Despard Pemberton and Isabelle Ross, BC’s first female land owner. One of the oldest structures in central Fairfield is located at 1263 Richardson Street, a gothic gabled building from the 1860s (now strata-titled) that was moved down the hill from Rockland Avenue in the Rockland neighbourhood to make way for a much grander residence that today stands beside the Langham Court theatre.
The popular scenic destination Clover Point offers views south to Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, east to the impressive snow clad Mount Baker–a dormant volcano—and west to the Sooke Hills of southwestern Vancouver Island.
Cook Street Village, a commercial area characterized by sidewalk-flanking Horse Chestnut trees, low-height buildings and the absence of bisecting roads, is a popular shopping and social strip in Fairfield, with cafés, restaurants, small boutiques and grocery stores. Shops and services in the village include the locally-renowned Pic-a-Flic video store, Moka House, Bubby’s Kitchen and the Beagle Pub.
Another small neighbourhood centre, known as Five Corners, is located at the intersection of Moss Street and Fairfield Road, featuring Sir James Douglas Elementary School, Fairfield United Church, Fairfield Bicycles, a general store, fish and chips shop, veterinary clinic and other services. This location has historically been a hub of community activity since the community’s earliest days. The school yard of Sir James Douglas school is the site of the locally-famous Moss Street Market, which runs weekly from April until October.
The Fairfield Plaza, a compact strip mall, is another, somewhat more prosaic shopping area, situated near the Fairfield/Gonzales border. It is worth noting however, as having the first Thrifty Foods of the Thrifty Foods grocery store chain , as well as the Ross Bay Pub, the Ross Bay Health Centre, government liquor store, Home Hardware and other enterprises.
Across Fairfield Road from the western entrance to the Fairfield Plaza is Emily Carr’s grave, in the Ross Bay Cemetery.
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